Colchester High School

Primary & Secondary
Post 16

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Wellesley Road
+44 (0)1206 573389
2 - 16
Other independent school
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
GCSE Grade 5 (strong pass) or above in both English and maths
GCSE results at grade 9-7

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School Description

Colchester High School gives pupils an all round education. Alongside academic study, we feel that sports, arts and music are extremely important in creating a happy and successful school. Pupils are taught in small classes in a structured and caring environment. Pupils are keen to participate in extra curricular activities, and events are well supported by pupils and parents.

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News & events from Colchester High School

Last update: 21 October 2020

At Colchester High School we believe it’s important for children to want to be here. That’s why we regularly invite parents and children to visit our school.

Unfortunately due to the current situation, we are only able to provide socially distanced events and tours after school hours at this time but we hope they will still provide you with a strong understanding of what the school has to offer.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family to Colchester High School for a visit to see the School in action in the future but until then, please do have a look at our pupil tour of the School below.

Our Admissions Manager, Mrs Hilton can be called on 01206 217116 or emailed at [email protected] to book an appointment.


Open Mornings and Taster Days

If you would like to visit the school before our next event, please click on the link below to arrange a Private Tour. 

Year 5 Education Day - Saturday 30th January 2021 - 10 am to 12 noon

Open Day - Saturday 6th March 2021 - 10 am to 1 pm

School in Action Open Morning - Tuesday 16th March 2021 - 9.30 am to 12 noon

Year 7 Taster Day for Year 6 Pupils - Wednesday 17th March 2021 - 8.30 am to 3.30 pm

Early Years Meet the Head - Tuesday 4th May 2021 - 9.30 am to 11.30 am

School in Action Open Morning - Thursday 6th May 2021 2021 - 9.30 am to 12 noon

Year 5 Education Day - Saturday 15th May 2021 - 10 am to 12 noon



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"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.

Welcome to our Senior School >>


Parents who visit our school always remark on how happy the children are. It’s no coincidence that we place such an emphasis on providing excellent pastoral care.

Good pastoral care is about making children feel at ease so that they can thrive at school. That means making every child feel valued and cared for, which in turn means knowing them well, having good relationships with their families, and offering them the right support.

Read more about our Pastoral Care here.


Meet the Head: David Young

David Young has been a member of staff at Colchester High School since 2004, originally as a teacher of Mathematics, and then as Director of Studies, before becoming Principal in January 2010.

Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?

I have always been fascinated by the beauty of Mathematics and I am inspired on a daily basis when I see pupils recognising patterns and exploring the subject for themselves. I have never regretted becoming a teacher for one moment – it is a unique profession which is so rewarding. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at school, and my English teacher in particular was incredibly inspirational and passionate about her subject. Pupils can really sense when this is the case and their understanding and enjoyment of those subjects deepens as a result.

What achievement are you most proud of as Head?

I am so proud of the achievements of the pupils at the school, whether these are academic or in any other area. I always feel so privileged when I see an incredible sporting performance or a wonderful Drama production at school. This is often not just solely the quickest runner or the most accomplished performer – I love seeing pupils who are achieving their best and truly enjoying what they are doing. Knowing that I may have played a small part in that is what gives me the most pride as a Head. Of course, the determination and positivity of the pupils, and the commitment of the staff play a far more important role, and seeing the pupils and staff working well together gives me great satisfaction.

What does a successful school look like to you?

I feel as if our school is successful in so many ways, and yet we are always striving to improve every aspect further still. There are so many vitally important pieces that need to be in place for a school to be truly operating at a high standard and therefore deemed to be successful. However, in my opinion, the most important things to look out for are happy children, with great relationships between staff and pupils. I know that this goes hand in hand with high quality teaching and learning, where there is a shared goal between all members of the school community.

What is the most important quality you want every child to have when they leave your school? And why?

I think it is so important that children today have the right combination of resilience, determination and the ability to adapt to new circumstances. So many future careers that children will go into have not yet even been invented, and so much will therefore depend on other skills. I am always impressed by the determination pupils at school show – the effort and grit to improve and move onto the next stage of their development will be a vital skill in their future lives. I think that children also need to learn that not everything will always go their way, and they need to develop ways to deal with such situations and be able to bounce back in a positive way.   

Please give 5 words to describe the ethos of your school.

Collaborative – I believe that education should be a collaborative effort between the pupils, parents and teachers.  Due to our small class sizes, our teachers are able to truly get to know each pupil and together with the parents work together to achieve success.   I also maintain an open door policy and enjoy meeting with the parents and pupils to discuss their aspirations and how we can ensure that they are achieved.

Learning – Our incredibly dedicated teachers instil in our pupils from Nursery onwards a love of learning.  They not only teach an incredibly full and varied curriculum but also help our pupils to see for themselves, thereby becoming confident, ambitious and independent learners.

Community – There is an incredibly strong sense of community at Colchester High School which is evidenced by the daily interaction between pupils who work together.  In particular I enjoy watching our pupils collaborate across year groups on class projects, extra-curricular activities or mentoring.  This not only allows the younger children to learn from their peers but also inspires leadership in our senior school pupils.

Character - I believe that education is not just academic but is also about developing a child’s character. We achieve this by educating the children about the world, providing a wide range of extra-curricular activities and promoting the importance of good manners, respect, responsibility and consideration for others.

Flourish - Every day it is a joy to see how our ethos of creating a strong sense of community and a varied, challenging and inspiring curriculum provides an environment where our children are happy and flourish both academically and as individuals. 

Colchester High School Catchment Area Map

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.

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