School allocation day is always an anxious time for parents, but during the current school closures, you might be having doubts about your choices, about what happens next or you might just want someone to speak to. At Colchester High School, although the physical doors are closed, we are very much still here to help you and your child through the process of starting school.

Reception at Colchester High School

Choosing a school for your child when they approach five years of age can be a daunting time. But at Colchester High School we are here to hold their hand – and yours!

We pride ourselves on giving our Reception pupils the best start to their educational journey. By providing a structured formal education supplemented with a wide range of extra-curricular activities, the vast majority of our pupils exceed their Early Learning Goals at the end of Reception, placing them one year ahead academically and giving them the confidence and motivation to excel throughout their School life. We clearly adhere to the belief that the quality of a child’s learning in Reception can play a major role in their future.

Our Reception classroom is beautiful, bright and spacious, equipped with everything a little learner needs to make every day special! A separate outdoor area, specifically for our EYFS children, allows for exploring and building new friendships.

Our class sizes are small, with dedicated, enthusiastic, well qualified class teachers and a dedicated teaching assistant. Our pupils receive specialist teaching in PE, ICT, Music and Modern Foreign Languages. One benefit of an all-through School.

Extracurricular activities such as Forest School, exciting school trips and visitors, and our Character Development Programme will expand your child’s horizons, develop their confidence and prepare them for the future.

Academic Results

Our success can be measured by our excellent results at the end of Reception.

For our results at the end of Lower School and beyond, please click here.


100% of our boys and girls achieve a ‘good level of development’.  The national average was 71.8% in 2019.


100% of our pupils achieved a reading age of over 7 years old, an average of 2 years above their chronological age.


72% of the Reception pupils passed the Year 1 Phonics Test one year ahead with one pupil achieving a top score of 40


What Next?

We know Colchester High School can provide your child with the best possible start to their educational journey. We are still very much here and look forward to talking to you about your child and their needs.

We have adapted our admissions process to make sure we can still ‘meet’ and welcome you and your child.

Our Admissions Manager Mrs Susan Hilton, can be contacted on 01206 217116 or to discuss all that we have to offer and she will happily set up a virtual meeting with our Headteacher, Mr David Young too.

Meanwhile, please click here for advice from our Head of Early Years on preparing your child for School.

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