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 is a mixed, non-selective, Church of England all-through school with nursery classes and sixth form situated in Colchester, Essex. It provides 558 places for nursery, primary, secondary and sixth-form students aged 2-18.

Colchester High was founded as a “most desirable education for young ladies" in 1882 by Ferdinand Gröne . In 1910, the all-girls' school became co-educational, before gradually turning into a boys-only establishment over the next 20 years. Girls were finally readmitted in 2006. It has been a part of the Cognita group of schools, the largest owner of independent schools in the UK, since 2005. 


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.”

View Colchester High School’s latest ISI report

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