Colchester High

Welcome to Colchester High School

Colchester High School is Colchester’s only independent school for girls and boys aged 2½ to 16, uniquely able to offer an excellent friendly education to children from Nursery through to Year 11. The School offers a well-rounded curriculum with high standards that builds a bright future for all. The foundations of success are laid in our all-year-round Nursery through an individually targeted blend of free-flowing play and formal learning. In our Lower School, we teach a broad and rich curriculum which allows pupils to explore all their talents and this continues in our Senior School, where our subject-specialist teachers help achieve each child reach their full potential.

ISA award winners for outstanding sport for a large school

Colchester High individualised learning

Individualised learning for each child

Colchester High high quality teaching

Small classes of 16 pupils

Colchester High specialist teaching

Specialist teaching throughout the school

Explore Our School

Colchester High Nursery

Nursery - The First Step in Learning - 2½ - 4 years old

Our wonderful Nursery, open 51 weeks of the year, offers a warm, welcoming environment where your child will develop, flourish and become a happy, confident and independent learner. Take a look inside any of our warm, safe, homely rooms and you will find happy, secure children, playing, exploring, discovering and, above all, smiling. You will also learn about our structured formal learning programme in phonics and mathematics and our specialist teaching in PE, ICT, music and languages – one huge advantage of being part of Colchester High School. Open to children from the age of 2 ½, our Nursery is the perfect place for your child to start their educational journey. 15 hours Free Early Years Educational Entitlement available.

Colchester High Lower School

Lower School – Building a Strong Foundation - 5 - 11 years old

Our emphasis in the Lower School is to make sure that each child enjoys the care, support and attention they need to learn, develop and flourish. Small classes sizes allow our teachers to develop a close bond with every child, building their confidence and love of learning. Whilst a broad and rich Lower School curriculum and comprehensive enrichment programme creates inquisitive minds and allows our pupils to explore all their talents. Our aim is to support and stretch pupils, ensuring every child reaches their full potential whilst building a strong foundation for their Senior School years.

Colchester High Senior School

Senior School – Gateway to an Exciting Future - 12 - 16 years old

Our Senior School offers pupils an excellent education that promotes academic success whilst creating confident, balanced individuals prepared for the future. Our small class sizes, a broad curriculum and strong pastoral care allow our teachers to work with the pupils, giving them the confidence to set their own ambitions and build towards them. Our extensive extracurricular programme and varied trips and visits programme encourages pupils to widen their horizons, build character and inspire leadership and social responsibility. Our pupils leave Colchester High School with the education and the skills they need to excel at life beyond school.


As parents you will rightly consider the cost of sending your child to private school. Here at Colchester High School, we understand that parents want flexibility in the way they pay their fees. There are different options available to parents, from paying termly in advance by direct debit or if you would like even greater flexibility, monthly through the School Fee Plan.

Our story: an inspiring world of education

Our school is part of Cognita which is an extraordinary family of diverse yet connected schools, spanning ten different countries. We share one common purpose: to create an inspiring world of education that builds self-belief and empowers individuals to succeed. Together, we provide a uniquely global education that goes beyond grades to develop all-round academic excellence – building resilient minds and encouraging positive, international perspectives. We do this by sharing expertise, insights and best practice across the world – and by collaborating to develop rich learning environments in every school. We equip young people with the confidence and resourcefulness that prepares them to grow, thrive and find their success in a fast-changing world.

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Main Tel:
01206 573389
After School Club:
07505 436582
Early Years Wraparound:
01206 217110