Colchester High School, Colchester, UK

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Telephone: 01206 217116

Wellesley Road, Colchester, CO3 3HD

ABOUT Colchester High School, Colchester, UK

Colchester High is Colchester’s only independent school for students aged 2.5-16 years. We pride ourselves on
our ability to provide a friendly, supportive and academic environment in which children are happy, valued as individuals and are offered both learning and extra-curricular challenges which will inspire them to achieve.

Students achieve outstanding academic results at GCSE level thanks to the small class sizes, experienced and professional teachers and strong pastoral support. Colchester High School has a strong focus on the individual child and the achievement of their academic potential whilst also becoming a happy, confident, interested, responsible and caring member of the school.

Colchester High School offers a broad curriculum throughout the school, balancing academic learning with a wide range of stimulating activities, including sports, drama and music.

“Pupils are well educated.  They work enthusiastically, listen attentively and are articulate.  They achieve well in relation to their starting points.”

“Learning experiences are enriched by a good range of extra-curricular activities and visits.”

“Pupils’ personal development is outstanding.  This is reflected in their considerable confidence, self-awareness and sense of self-esteem.”

“Pupils benefit greatly from the school’s excellent pastoral care.”

Independent Schools Inspectorate, 2010

In 2015:

  • Early Years  – 77% of pupils made a “good level of development” at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage versus 60% nationally.
  • Lower School – 5 of our Year 6 pupils were awarded Scholarships to our own Senior School and 5 were successful in gaining entry to local grammar schools.  52% of pupils at the end of Year 6 attained an overall  teacher assessment of Level 5 or higher in both Maths and English.
  • GCSE – Staff and pupils at Colchester High School celebrated another year of excellent GCSE results. 83% of the pupils gained 5 or more A* to C grades, with 75% of them including Maths and English.  Overall, 30% of all Colchester High School grades were either A* or A outperforming UK attainment of 21.2% in this grade range.


David Young

David has been at Colchester since 2004 and was a Maths Teacher and Director of Studies before becoming Principal in 2010. As well as a First Class Honours degree in Maths, he has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. David became a teacher because of his love for Mathematics and remains determined to share his enjoyment of the subject. The Mathematics department is flourishing at the school and he still runs regular competitions and challenges.

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Ages Taught
2-16 yrs
English National Curriculum
Type of School
Day School
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