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The Lyceum
Last update: 19 October 2017


On the first Tuesday of every month, during term time, the Lyceum holds an Open Morning to welcome potential new parents and children to the school.You will get the chance to meet the Headmaster, hear all about the ethos of the school, see the school in action and talk to the teachers and pupils about their experiences at the Lyceum. 

There is also plenty of opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding the school. To book yourself into one of our open days, please call 020 7247 1588 or click on the link below. 

For 2017-18, they are on the following dates at 9.10am and last for approximately one hour.

7th November Register here >>

5th December Register here >>


The Lyceum is a non-elective independent co-educational school. At the Lyceum, we believe that all children have the potential to acheive and excel. We provide children with an educational atmoshere and expeiriences, that stimulate, motivate and encourage children to acheive beyond what may be expected.

We are a small school with a family atmosphere where children are happy, excited and challenged daily. We offer the children in our care a broad and balanced curriculum with equal emphasis on the arts, physical education, moral and spriitual aducation as well as academic subjects. We believe their involvement in the arts helps to build confidence and self-esteem. 

Hawley Place School
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 19 October 2017



                         Hawley Place Logo



We warmly welcome you to visit our school.

We hold a series of Open Days throughout the year.  Both parents and prospective students are welcome to attend.

Open Morning - Saturday 24 February 2018


Taster Days

Please click on the button below to view more information about the day and to register your interest in attending any of our events.

Senior School Taster Day for Year 5s - Tuesday 26 June 2018


Enrichment Events

We are running a series of free activities and workshops for local families to enjoy, covering a wide spectrum of topics from food to sport to science to music.

All events below are suitable for Year 4, Year 5, Year 6 pupils and their parents, unless otherwise stated. The Open Air Cinema Night is open to all.

Starlight Express Workshop & Show - Tuesday 30 January 2018


You are more than welcome to book an appointment and school tour at any time. If you would like to make an appointment to visit the school please arrange a visit here.


Hawley Place is an idyllic independent Nursery and School, nestled in 16 acres of beautiful woodland on the border of Surrey and Hampshire. Our motto ‘In Pursuit of Excellence’ informs everything we do, from the Nursery right through to GCSE.

We welcome children from the age of 2 into our nursery, where they learn through play and games. Both boys and girls are now welcome to continue into Year 7 and follow through to GCSE at 16.

Hawley Place is a family school and each and every child receives the individual attention they need to meet their true potential, be that in maths, science, art, sports, or all of the above!

Our 2016 GCSE results of 100% A*-C in 5 or more subjects and 71% A*-B manifest our academic credentials.  We strive to make the children in our care the best they can be, be that a mathematician, scientist, artist, athlete, actress or musician. Whatever your child excels in, Hawley Place welcomes them to the family.

Ravenstone Preparatory School
Last update: 19 October 2017


Parents are warmly welcome to attend. Please contact the Registrar, Miss Emily Markham [email protected] to book a private tour. 

We have a number of Open Mornings planned throughout the year. The morning begins at our Pre-Prep in Marble Arch (Nursery and Reception) with tea and a tour, then we whisk you across Hyde Park to our Queen’s Gate site (Forms 1 – 6) to be welcomed by our Form 6 tour guides who will show you behind the scenes of our exceptional Preparatory School.

Open Days for 2017/18

Wednesday 29th November

Wednesday 7th February

Wednesday 21st March

Wednesday 2nd May

Wednesday 20th June

Wednesday 4th October

Wednesday 29th November

Wednesday 7th February

Wednesday 21st March

Wednesday 2nd May

Wednesday 20th June


Always a warm welcome from Headmistress Hilary Wyatt


Hyde Park School and its pre-prep occupy two separate and totally different sites: the prep school is housed in an elegant Victorian building in the heart of South Kensington; the pre-prep school is situated in a wonderfully large garden in W2, just north of Hyde Park.


Hyde Park School


The prep school takes children aged rising 3 to 11 years and the pre-prep school takes children from 1 to 7 years. The staff at both our schools expect and foster high standards of both work and behaviour, with kindness and consideration for others being of paramount importance. The schools are well resourced with modern equipment and the children are safe, secure and exceptionally well cared for. Both schools are small, cosy, friendly establishments where no individual becomes lost in the crowd.

We are located in central London and we use our location as our class room. We are fortunate to have all the museums and galleries on our doorstep. There is nothing nicer than hearing a child talk about where they have been and what they have seen, either from a school trip or a family excursion. Using these out of the classroom experiences enriches the learning in the classroom.




A wide range of well-chosen activities out of school hours ensures that all pupils can enjoy the opportunity to develop intellectual, creative and physical skills. Current extracurricular activities include:







Street Dance

Fashion Design


Mini Engineers





Early Years Music




Children may either stay just for a specific activity or if they are in Form 2 or above they may stay until 5pm for tea, followed by ‘After School Club’ where they are supervised doing a quiet activity such as reading or homework.  There is an extra charge for all clubs.

Ballet is another optional extra but this takes place during the school day.  Children are taught in groups by a teacher from Chelsea Ballet Schools accompanied by a pianist. 

Meoncross School
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 19 October 2017



Our next major open day is Saturday, 3rd March 2018

Open events present the perfect opportunity to view the whole school with your family, and to learn more about the benefits of a Meoncross education for your child.

Weekday open morning events are ‘School in Action’ when the school is on normal timetable. Evening events allow you to spend time talking with our teaching staff.

Saturday open events encourage visits from the whole family to take part in special activities and displays throughout the school.

Book to attend an open event by filling in the form below and if these dates are not suitable, book a personal visit for a tour of the school and a meeting with the Headmistress.




“The single biggest predictor of success in adult life is wellbeing in childhood”, says Headmistress Sarah Ebery.

At Meoncross School, we embed five strands of wellbeing into all we do to equip pupils with the resilience they need to navigate the world. 

Our Five Ways to Wellbeing: 

Be active
Take notice

Mrs Ebery, an experienced teacher, is bringing the theory of wellbeing to life through the introduction of a coastal-inspired curriculum, made practical and possible by the school’s location on the Solent coastline in Portsmouth.

Minutes from the school is Hill Head beach, which has long been used by the teachers as an outdoor classroom. It acts as a natural resource for teaching and learning and has become an informal extension of the school.

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 19 October 2017




Year 4 pupils had fun at Woodlands Adventure activity centre where they took part in a range of outdoor activities including an assault course, zip wire, abseiling and archery.

The day was a great opportunity for the pupils to bond as a group and experience some of the activities that they will encounter on their upcoming residential trip.

Not only were the pupils able to conquer fears they also accomplished so much; tackling the day with great teamwork and learning the importance of supporting and cheering each other on.




Students from Hydesville Tower School in Walsall are celebrating excellent GCSE results today, with over 97% of the new style exams being awarded a “standard pass” or better at the new grade 4 and above.  75% of the cohort achieved a “strong pass” at grade 5 and above in English Language and Mathematics. More pleasingly, at a time of much curriculum reform designed to make examinations more challenging, 50% of the grades achieved in Mathematics alone were grade 7 or above.

Over 97% awarded a “standard pass” or new grade 4 and above

Hydesville Tower School students have outperformed a number of national average results: 100% of Hydesville pupils achieved a grade 4 or above in English Language, with the national average being 64.9%.  In Mathematics 91.7% of Hydesville pupils achieved grade 4 or above, significantly exceeding the national average of 68.9%.

Sameer Ali (pictured above) excelled, gaining six grade As, two grade 8s and a grade 7.  

The 2017 GCSE results build on the excellent results seen in previous years and reflect the school’s annual focus on improving the proportion of top grades.  This year, 37% of grades were at A*-A (with the national average being 22.1%), 72% of grades were A*-B and overall 99% of grades were at A*-C. Hydesville Tower School is a non-selective school, so these results reflect tremendous achievement and progress being made over the course of the last five years.

Miss Kam Nijjar, Head of the Senior School, added: “It has been a nervous wait for the pupils who sat their examinations this year, particularly as they faced the challenges of GCSE reform making examinations even more demanding.  I am proud of what the pupils have achieved and they deserve every success.”

Halliford School
Last update: 19 October 2017


We warmly invite you to visit Halliford School and find out what makes our school special.

School Tours

Please telephone or click on the link below to Arrange a Visit for the following dates and times:

Thursday 09 November            Tours 0930 and 1130

Tuesday 14 November               Tours 0930

Thursday 01 March 2018          Tours 0930 and 1130

Tuesday 06 March 2018             Tours 0930

Thursday 03 May 2018              Tours 0930 and 1130

Please get in touch with our Registrar for more information on all events or click on the link below:
Telephone: 01932 234921
Email: [email protected]




GCSE Results

Boys from Halliford School in Shepperton celebrated yet another excellent set of GCSE results.  Once again, the Halliford School boys have seen their hard work pay off with over a third of all grades being at the top A* and A.

A-Level Results

Sixth Form students at Halliford School in Shepperton celebrated achieving another excellent set of A-Level. The 30 young men and women have obtained an outstanding 99% pass rate with over half of the results being graded at A* to B.

At Halliford School we pride ourselves on the fact that our examination results are about individual success, not school statistics and here too many Hallifordians have every reason to celebrate.




Our Ethos is focused on creating a friendly, family-oriented, and nurturing environment where all pupils are known as individuals and all are valued equally regardless of race, religion, gender or disability.

Our caring ethos is based on the universal values essential for a civilised society:

  • Showing courtesy and consideration to all
  • Taking responsibility for one's own actions
  • Service to others and especially those in need
  • Honesty with others and to oneself

It is reflected in the academic approach of the School in which the setting and demanding of high standards takes place within a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. The structure and organisation of the School are also designed to support and strengthen this distinctive ethos.

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 19 October 2017



You are warmly invited to visit our school with its impressive history and its reputation for providing outstanding education for girls. 

If you have any queries please contact our Admissions Registrar by email: [email protected] or call 020 8260 7543.

Personal tours are also now available. Please click on the link below. We would be delighted to arrange a time for you to visit with your daughter.

Our successful Open Event was held in early October. Click on the link below to arrange a private vist. 

Download an application form >>

TASTER DAY: Saturday 25th November
All applicants will be invited to attend our Taster Day

ENTRANCE TEST DAY (Year 7 and Sixth Form): Saturday 9th December




Excellent A level results 

Once again, Croydon High School has maintained its local reputation for excellent academic results with a 100% pass rate at A Level a fifth of all girls achieved straight A*- A grades. Over 38% of all grades awarded were A* or A, highlighting the number of highly aspirational girls in this cohort. 

Currently a fantas c 77% of the cohort are leaving Croydon High to go on to their rst choice des na on – almost 50% of places at pres gious Russell Group universi es.

Croydon High’s Headmistress, Emma Pattison commented that this year she has been particularly aware of the breadth of experience and learning the girls have enjoyed during their sixth form years which has led them to make informed and diverse choices for their next steps. 

Record breaking GCSE results

Croydon High is celebrating a truly outstanding set of results achieved by their GCSE class of 2017. Almost three quarters of all exam grades awarded were A*- A making this the most successful GCSE cohort in the history of the highly respected Selsdon school. 

It has been widely reported that in the absence of AS level grades, top universities will be relying much more heavily on GCSE indicators when it comes to making offers.

So with 40% of Croydon High girls awarded a remarkable 7 A* (or more) grades, these results also provide the girls with a springboard to go on to the very best universi es in the world.

With a 100% pass rate, an impressive 91% of grades at A*- B and almost half of all grades awarded being A* the message is clear; this is a high achieving cohort at a high performing school. 

Please note: Croydon High School follows the IGCSE curriculum in Maths and English therefore the new grades 1-9 do not apply. 




GO-ED – Girls Only Education. 

This is how we describe our attitude to the education of girls and the unique culture we have developed at Croydon High. 

Why GO-ED not CO-ED? 

We believe our supportive girls-only environment offers enormous benefits. Year after year we see how girls flourish in secure happy surroundings where they can discover who they really are and where they want to go. In a single sex school, there is undoubtedly less pressure to conform to stereotype, particularly in academic or sporting choices.

Croydon High girls take all three sciences – and do well - and the level of participation, determination and success on the sports fields is something we are particularly proud of.

But, we always stress that we are offering a single-sex education and not a single-sex life. The girls are not kept away from boys – we encourage and enable shared activities between ourselves and another local Independent boys’ school. Particularly in sixth form, we recognise that there is much to be gained from these activities which can be academic or extra- curricular as well as social.

We are proud to be part of the Girls' Day School Trust: 


Last update: 18 October 2017


We have a drop in morning on the first Tuesday of every month from 9am -12 noon. Parents and children are warmly welcome to visit. 

For further details, call our school office on 020 8942 075, email: [email protected] or click on the link below.

We look forward to showing you what the Study School has to offer. 

Eaton Square School
Last update: 18 October 2017



We offer tours of the Prep and Pre Prep on Wednesday and Friday mornings.

To book onto one of these simply call Mrs Stitcher, the Registrar, on 020 7931 9469 (extension 2) or email [email protected]

Appointments can also be made for individual tours if you prefer.




'Every child, every single child has the capacity to excel.' We believe education must be fostered from within - it stems from connecting, not directing.

Eaton Square School is an independent, coeducational Nursery, Pre-preparatory and Preparatory school in the heart of central London, educating children from the age of 21/2 to 13 years of age. Offering continuity of education in the important formative years of a child's life, the school is a vibrant, popular community where children learn not only the skills, but also the values that will prepare them for the next stage of their life at senior school and beyond.

Eaton Square School offers a breadth and depth of education, which goes beyond academic success in examinations and into every sphere of life. Equal emphasis is placed on intellectual, artistic, aesthetic, physical and musical pursuits.





A brand new senior school for London opened its doors in September 2017:

Eaton Square Upper School, Mayfair.

Adding to our existing group of five independent schools, Minerva will take over a Grade I listed building, located at 106 Piccadilly, opposite Green Park.

Our school will be co-educational and will cater for up to 420 students aged between 11 and 16 years. This will provide a seamless secondary progression for students across all our current preparatory schools, as well as from within wider central London and overseas.

Initially we will open entry into Year 7 and year 9, and will then fill the school naturally after our first year.

Tommy MacDonald-Milner, CEO said: “106 Piccadilly is a fantastic property right in the very heart of London. There is a gap in the market for a much-needed new senior school in the capital and there is no doubt this is the perfect location – it will make a convenient, accessible and stunning addition to our portfolio. 

“The school will be co-educational and academically non-selective, with the same family-focused ethos all our schools pride themselves on. 

“Ultimately, we aim to create a nurturing environment in which well-rounded, considerate, confident and resilient children will prosper, fulfilling their best potential personally and academically.”

Please email [email protected] for more details or to register your interest.

You can also download a Prospectus here

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 18 October 2017


By far the best way to find out more about Bishop Challoner Senior School is to visit us on a working day. Visits and personal tours can be arranged at any time.

If you would like to arrange a personal tour, you are warmly welcome to contact Mrs Sue Long, Admissions Registrar, by email at [email protected] or click on the button below to contact our Admissions Team.

Whole School Events 

Open Door Afternoon:  Thursday 9th November 2017, 1.45pm-3.00pm
More information >>

Open Morning 2018: Saturday 3rd March at 9.00am -1pm.
Register here >>

Visiting the school during an Open Door Afternoon or Open Morning will give you an opportunity to tour the school with one of our pupils and speak with individual class teachers who will be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

Families are also warmly welcome to arrange a private visit at any time by clicking on the link below.


Sixth Form

Sixth Form Taster Day:  Monday 13th November, 9.00am
Sign up >>

Closing date for Registrations: Tuesday 5th December 2017 

11+ Entrance Examination

Our next 11+ entrance examination takes place in January 2018.

Our school ethos is one that nurtures individual talent, respects all faiths and creates a learning partnership.  Together with our Outstanding Pastoral Care, we are sure a visit to Bishop Challoner will help you experience the happy atmosphere of our school.

For futher information please contact Mrs Sue Long: [email protected]  


More information

Click on these links for information about our four points of entry:
Nursery >>
Junior >>
Senior >>
Sixth Form >>



Award-winning children’s author, Lara Williamson, paid us a visit to the school for World Book Day to talk about her new book ‘Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy'.

Local author Lara, a Blue Peter Awards shortlisted author, visited Year 5 to talk about writing. She talked about the places that inspired her writing and advised pupils to be observant and always 'dig a little deeper'. She recommended keeping a small notebook or journal to jot any observations or good ideas down.

Some of Lara's ideas come from her own journals which she has kept since she was a child growing up in Ireland. She even had the diaries of when she first started dating! 

Her latest book ‘Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy’ is about Adam Butters, whose real mum called him ACE and now he’s just got to prove to the world that's what he is. One mission at a time...

Lara, whose daughter Millie attends Bishop Challoner, signed books for pupils who were dressed up as fictional characters for World Book Day.




We are very proud of our students who have achieved some excellent results again this year. With hard work, commitment and determination our students are able to succeed.


Bishop Challoner once again enjoyed great success with its GCSE results. Despite the changes to the first wave of the new numerical grading system in Mathematics and English, our pupils achieved excellent results.

83% of pupils gained at least 5 A*-C grades or numerical equivalent including Maths and English Language, a 14% improvement on last year. Our effective monitoring of progress and support strategies has enabled the pupils to reach their potential in so many subjects.

More pupils achieved A*-B grades this year with an impressive 100 per cent A*-B pass rate in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Dance, Design Technology, Performing Arts and Spanish.



At A level, our results maintained very high standards for the second year running. This year students achieved an incredible 100 percent pass rate of A*-D, with 81 percent A*-C grades.

Students received excellent results in Chemistry, Dance, English Literature, History, Italian, Mathematics, Music and Physics with 100 percent A*-C grades.

Headteacher, Mrs Paula Anderson said, "The students have worked incredibly hard and we are very proud of their achievements.  The support and dedication of the staff and parents has enabled the students to gain places at universities of their choice"

The Maynard School
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 18 October 2017


Choosing a school for your daughter can be a difficult decision. The best way really to discover The Maynard School is to come and visit. We encourage parents to visit the school in the first instance to discover more about The Maynard School with a tour and a chance to meet the Headmistress or Head of the Junior School. You are welcome to visit at any point during term time.

We offer a range of Open Events and Taster Days across the year. However, if you are unable to attend, you are welcome to contact us and arrange a visit at any point during the term.

Call our Admissions Team on 01392 355998 or email [email protected] or click on the link below.



Saturday 18 November 2017, 9.30am – 12pm
Regsiter here >>

Our next exciting Pre-Prep and Junior School Discovery Morning is open to any girl aged between 3 – 11 years old so bring a friend or relative and enjoy this fabulous opportunity to foster an interest in a whole host of activities on offer.



Thursday 9 November 2017, 6pm – 8pm
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We welcome anyone interested in our stellar offering at this crucial time of their careers! Quite apart from being a centre of excellence, the Maynard Sixth Form is a place of friendship and laughter, of adventure and countless happy memories.

Our Maynard Awards are available to talented students, offering significant fee discounts for entry in September 2018, including free places into the Sixth Form. These are in addition to the range of other scholarships and fees assistance already available.



We also hold group Taster Days for prospective Pre-Prep, Junior School, Year 7, Year 9 and Lower Sixth pupils every autumn. For 2017 these dates are:

Pre-Prep & Junior School – Tuesday 7 November 2017
Upper 3 (Year 7) – Wednesday 15 November 2017
Sixth Form – Friday 24 November 2017





GCSE 2017

The Maynard School is thrilled to have posted another outstanding set of results at GCSE level for 2017.

41% of students attained A* Grades, and 69% gained A* and A grades across a broad spectrum of subjects.

In the new format 9 – 1 Maths, English Literature and English Language GCSEs 2017, an incredible 18% of students achieved a Grade 9, significantly outperforming the predicted national statistic of between 3% and 5%. (Grade 9 is the top grade possible and is ranked as higher than an A*). An impressive 65% of all students gained Grades 7, 8 and 9 (equivalent to A* and A Grades) in these core subjects.

A-level 2017

A-level students have once again achieved brilliant results in 2017, excelling across the board in both science and arts subjects.

With a 100% pass rate, a remarkable 65% of students gained A* and A grades, with 83% achieving A*, A and B grades.

A-level students have once again achieved brilliant results in 2017, excelling across the board in both science and arts subjects.

With a 100% pass rate, a remarkable 65% of students gained A* and A grades, with 83% achieving A*, A and B grades.

Sutton High School
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 18 October 2017


We would love to welcome you and your daughter to our academically selective independent school for girls. You can use the links below to register for Open Events at Sutton High or find out more about our admissions process. 

We are also here to help you along the admissions process every step of the way so feel free to contact us with any questions: Email: [email protected] 
Tel: 020 8225 3001


Senior & Sixth Form Open Morning - new Spring 2018 dates coming soon 

Our Senior School and Sixth Form Open Morning was held in mid-October. However, youy are warmly welcome to arrange a personal tour and meet the Headmistress. Please content us via the link below.


Junior School Open Morning - Wednesday 8th November 
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Our priority at Sutton High Junior School is to enable the girls to be happy, confident and independent. We believe that if the girls enjoy coming into school they will develop a love of learning and feel supported to try challenges, to explore, and to discover their individual talents and gifts.

Our Junior School aims to develop your daughter both pastorally and academically by getting to know her individual personality and skills set. We value the whole girl, from our academic focus, ensuring that we develop their growth mindset, through a connected curriculum, to their enrichment in our extracurricular programme.

Girls can join our Nursery in the half- term before their third birthday, and we provide wraparound care during term time.

Prospective girls visit us for an assessment and do not want to leave. The empathy our girls and staff have is clear the moment you walk through the door.





Sutton High School is delighted to have been awarded the Career Mark Gold Award for the fourth year running.

Our girls are encouraged to consider career options from an early stage, but to keep an open mind throughout their years at Senior School. The wealth of advice and information available and the biennial Careers Fair gives the girls the support and guidance they need to make choices about their future.

Career Mark commented: “Sutton High School is to be commended for its consistent commitment to the provision of high quality careers education and guidance over many years.”

Last update: 18 October 2017


During a week day open day or private tour you will meet the head and other key staff as well as see the school in action on a typical school day.

Saturday open days allow visitors will meet the staff and see the many interesting and exciting subject displays across our sites.


Open Days - Junior School

Thursday 9th November 2017 - 9.30am - 11.00am

Thursday 18th January 2018 - 9.30am - 11.00am

Saturday 10th March 2018 - 9.15am - 11.45am

Tuesday 24th April 2018 - 9.30am - 11.00am

Thursday 14th June 2018 - 9.30am - 11.00am


Open Days - Senior School

Tuesday 14th November 2017 - 9.00am - 12noon

Wednesday 24th January 2018 - 9.00am - 12noon

Saturday 17th March 2018 - 9.30am - 12.30pm

Tuesday 8th May 2018 - 9.00am - 12noon

Friday 22nd June 2018 - 9.00am - 12noon


Nursery Coffee Mornings

Nursery coffee mornings are ideal for parents looking for a nursery place, providing the opportunity to tour the nursery and meet key staff over a cup of coffee.

Find a full list of dates here >>


Private tours

We are very happy to arrange a private tour outside Open Day times. Please call Admissions on 01280 860824 or follow the link below.




We are thrilled that Akeley Wood’s Junior School now offers a Forest School experience, delivered by our accredited Forest School practitioner.  Every child in Junior School participates in this innovative educational approach to teaching outdoors through learning and play that staff and children alike have embraced.  The Forest School ethos centres around the child’s learning needs rather than fixed specific outcomes.  Coupled with the vast space we are lucky enough to have in the Akeley Wood grounds, the beauty and serenity of the natural woodland setting allows children to explore everything that a bit of fresh air and the great outdoors has to offer, and the shelter of our lodge ensures that lessons can continue, rain or shine.

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 17 October 2017


Every term we hold a series of open mornings and other events to give you and your child a chance to look around the school, meet the teachers, talk to our Admissions Registrar, and get a taste of what life is like here. To learn more about our school, please attend one of our upcoming Open Days or contact our Admissions Registrar for a Private Tour.


October 2017

Thursday 19th October - Open Morning - 9.30 am to 12 noon


January 2018

Tuesday 16th January - Open Morning - 9.30 am to 12 noon

Thursday 18th January - Open Morning - 9.30 am to 12 noon


March 2018

Saturday 3rd March - Open Morning - 10 am to 1 pm

Tuesday 20th March - Open Morning - 9.30 am to 12 noon

Thursday 22nd March - Open Morning - 9.30 am to 12 noon


May 2018

Tuesday 1st May - Open Morning - 9.30 am to 12 noon

Thursday 3rd May - Open Morning - 9.30 am to 12 noon




"We celebrate individuals at Colchester High School – giving each of our boys and girls the education they need to make the most of their personal talents and potential."


At Colchester High School we celebrate the individual. Our small class sizes and high-quality teaching are the two key characteristics that the success of our school is built on, allowing us to offer a tailored education to each individual boy and girl in the school.

Working with a small class, a good teacher can get to know each pupil as an individual and identify their strengths and needs. This allows them to know what motivates them and how to best help them progress. Our great teachers are specialists in their subject and this expert teaching in music, French, ICT and PE is accessed by children at every stage of the school, right from nursery.

Our small class sizes and high-quality teaching also allow us to offer strong pastoral care. We know our boys and girls with all of their enthusiasms, fears and dreams. This allows us to support their on a spiritual, moral, social and cultural education in a focused and tailored way, ensuring that they develop the kind of personal qualities our society needs.

Last update: 17 October 2017


Our Open Mornings give you the chance to discover the opportunities a Duncombe education can give your family. Tours are conducted by our Year 6 pupils, which is followed by the opportunity to chat with staff over refreshments. Our Registrar, Lucy Evans, will be on hand to answer your questions and talk you through the admissions process.

We look forward to welcoming you.


School and Nursery Open Mornings:

Thursday 9th November 2017, 9:45am — 11:30am

Thursday 8th March 2018, 9:45am — 11:30am

Thursday 26th April 2018, 9:45am — 11:30am

Thursday 7th June 2018, 9:45am — 11:30am

We can also arrange a private tour of the school. Please click on the link below to book. 



There was great excitement at Duncombe recently as our school mascot, Duncombe Bear (or DB as he is being affectionately called) was launched into space and his orbit tracked by video.

We held a Sent Into Space assembly followed by a workshop experience before DB headed to the outer stratosphere. Pupils have learnt about the technology and science behind the journey and were completely enthralled by tracking the teddy as he made his way 22 miles away from the earth.

The following day we gathered to watch the amazing first images from DB's space pod, with Earth seen from space. We watched his return to earth and the hunt and collection of the mascot and the images captured on his journey from some very tall trees. Just the most engaging and exciting experience for us all.

We hope that the experience will have inspired our students to explore further learning and even careers in the space industry. We look forward to Duncombe School's first Human Astronaut following in the paw shaped steps of Duncombe Bear one day!

"I really want to go into space, I am really inspired and haven’t been able to sleep properly with excitement, can’t wait until after half term to see the full voyage on film.  Hip Hip hooray for Duncombe Bear!” Edward W. Year 5 pupil.



At Duncombe School we value the benefits of children learning in a range of environments. We are an accredited Forest School, allowing us to offer outdoor education and activities to our Early Years.

Forest School allows children to learn and explore in a safe outdoor environment. The Dell, our large sunken woodland area that was once the house's sunken garden in Victorian times, makes the perfect location for lessons designed to develop the children's curiosity, confidence, self-esteem, creativity, communication skills, knowledge of the natural environment and the ability to assess risk.

From Kindergarten through to age 11 the children have access to activities what range from den building to going on bug hunts. Lessons are carefully planned to teach children problem-solving, teamwork and how to handle risk, all whilst learning about the natural environment.