Admissions FAQs

We are always ready to help you and your child through the admissions process. Here we answer some commonly asked questions about how it all works.

Admissions FAQs

We are always ready to help you and your child through the admissions process. Here we answer some commonly asked questions about how it all works.

There is no specific revision pupils need to do for the assessment tests. The best advice is to reassure them that the questions are not designed to catch them out but to understand where they are in their learning journey. They should relax and try to answer them to the best of their ability.

Yes we do take students whose families are living or working in another country and are now returning to the UK.

The timing of admissions decisions is on an individual basis and may vary depending on the Year of Entry and the time of year. The question of timing will be addressed by the Admissions  Manager upon application.

Yes you can apply by completing our online application here.  A registration form can also be downloaded and emailed or delivered to the School Office.

Most children visit us for a ‘Taster Day’ which gives them a chance to experience life at Colchester High School first-hand and to meet their peer group and the teachers they would be working with. During this day, your child will have some core subject assessments made by the teachers. Accompanying school reports and other information are also taken into account. Year 7 pupils will be requested to take an Entrance Assessment. The Headteacher considers all this before an offer can be made. The Headteacher’s decision is final.

The first step is the completion and submission/return of the on-line application or registration form. When your child visits for a ‘Taster Day’ it would also be helpful to have copies of any relevant school reports or other material to help the teachers to assess which learning groups your child should be placed in if he/she joins the school. Following the Taster Day, an offered place can only be secured by the completion and return of the Acceptance of Place form. Before final admission, we will also need a copy of your child’s birth certificate and the completion of a few other permission forms regarding photography in school, use of electronic equipment, meal requirements etc.

No. The registration fee is non-refundable and covers any assessments, Taster Days and all the admissions administration.

This varies depending on the individual situation. Some parents prefer to see the school themselves first so that they can make an informed decision about whether to proceed further with the application process without the influence of an excited child! They then return for a second tour with the child. Others bring the whole family and explore the school together so that everyone is involved in the decision. We try to arrange for you to meet relevant teachers and Heads of Department during the tour and it is often reassuring for the child to do this with the parents. Valuable questions and different viewpoints tend to arise when parents and child are together which can be answered and discussed thoroughly.

Appointments can be made by calling the school and speaking to Mrs Susan Hilton in the Admissions Office on 01206 217116.

We strongly recommend you come along to an Open Day or have a private tour of the school as this will give you a thorough insight into the school and whether it is the right place for your child. We can also help you to make this important decision by answering any questions that may arise as you become more familiar with our school.

If your contract with Colchester High School was formed entirely by means of distance communication (i.e. by post, fax or electronic communication) without a face-to-face meeting with a member of the School staff you may cancel the contract within 14 days of the date of acceptance. The place was accepted when you returned the acceptance form with your payment of the Acceptance Deposit and the Additional Deposit (if applicable).

You have the right to cancel the Parent Contract without giving any reason. To exercise your right to cancel, you must inform us at the School address of your decision to cancel this contract by a clear statement (e.g. a letter sent by post or fax, or an email). You may use the model cancellation form (downloadable below), or your own wording, if you prefer.

To meet the cancellation deadline you must send your communication concerning your exercise of the right to cancel before the cancellation period has expired.

Effects of cancellation

  1. Where we have provided educational services

If, following your acceptance of a place and payment of the Acceptance Deposit and the Additional Deposit (if applicable), we provide educational services to your child, and then you choose to cancel the contract before the 14 day period expires, you will be liable to pay to us our reasonable costs. These will be the costs for the actual services provided up to the time you communicate to us your cancellation of the contract, calculated as a proportion of the termly fees. We will return to you, after deduction of our reasonable costs, the balance of fees and any deposit(s) paid.

  1. Where we have not provided educational services

If you cancel this contract within the 14 day period and we have not provided any services, we will reimburse to you in full any payment of fees and deposit(s) received from you, without undue delay, and not later than 14 days after the day on which we are informed about your decision to cancel.

We will make any reimbursement due using the same means of payment as you used for payment to us, unless we expressly agree otherwise. You will not incur any fees as a result of the reimbursement.

Reimbursement of payments made

If you have paid to us an amount greater than any costs we have properly incurred, we will reimburse you with the balance, within the timescale and in the manner set out in b) above.

You can register your child at any time for future entry to the Nursery, Prep, Junior or Senior departments but please note that the Registration deadline for September 2023 entry is Friday 21 October 2022.  Once they are registered we will keep in touch with you and help you through the admissions process.

Our application deadline for the academic year 2022 has now passed. However, occasional places may arise; please contact our Admissions Team at your earliest convenience on 01206 217116.


Cancellation FormView/Download
Main Tel:
01206 573389
After School Club:
07505 436582
Early Years Wraparound:
01206 217110