Colchester High School

Essex, United Kingdom

Location: Essex, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 2 - 16 years

About Colchester High School

Colchester High School was founded in 1882 by Ferdinand Grӧne as a ‘most desirable establishment for young ladies’, providing a ‘sound English education’.    

Since then Colchester High School has grown to be the only independent day school and nursery in Colchester to offer an all-through education to boys and girls aged 2½ to 16.   

The success of our school is built on two key characteristics: small classes and high-quality teaching. These foundations allow us to offer the kind of education that we think works best – an education where each teacher working with a small class can get to know each pupil as an individual. Where they can identify their strengths and weaknesses, discover what motivates them, and figure out how best to help them progress.  

Our commitment to individualised education also extends beyond the curriculum. Here, at Colchester High School we believe in developing the whole child and as such also offer an exceptional and ever-changing array of clubs and extra-curricular activities so that each of our children can identify and explore all of their talents.   

Equally, in line with our School Motto “God First, Others Second, Self Last” we pride ourselves on our friendly and caring close-knit environment, which encourages good manners, consideration for other people and a strong sense of social responsibility among our pupils. 

Since 2005, Colchester High School has been part of the Cognita Group, the largest independent schools business in the UK and a leader in teaching excellence and school governance.  


David Young

Values and Vision

The school strongly upholds its Christian values when it comes to issues such as selflessness, as demonstrated by its motto “God first, others second, self last”. Colchester’s teaching extends beyond the standard curriculum to make the most of each student’s abilities. Pupils are encouraged to realise their personal goals in a supportive learning environment, which tailors learning to the individual and focuses on each student's strengths. 


“Pupils are well educated and their achievement throughout the school is good. They show good levels of subject knowledge and understanding in relation to their ability, and exhibit excellent attitudes to their learning. Their success is supported fully by a broad and balanced curriculum, and the excellent extracurricular provision, which enables a high level of achievement across a wide range of sporting and non-sporting enrichment activities.”

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Address: Wellesley Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3HD, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1206 573389