At Colchester High School we pride ourselves on the all-round excellence of our education, preparing our children to meet the challenges of the real world and become valued contributors in their workplace and in society.
We believe that speaking and listening are two of the most valuable skills we can teach. That’s why we are one of only a few schools in the area to have been registered as an English Speaking Board Centre.
This means we can prepare our pupils to write, deliver and listen to presentations, lead discussions, manage groups of participants, make a useful contribution as audience members and analyse a piece of text. And it means that our children can not only work their way through nationally recognised qualifications (the Advanced Certificate is equivalent to up to 65 UCAS points on a university application), but also develop valuable life skills and grow enormously in confidence.
This is something we offer as part of the curriculum in Year 9 and as an after-school club to Years 3 to 6. The results have been outstanding. In 2021,
- 100% of our Lower School pupils achieved a Merit or higher with 40% of pupils achieving a Distinction.
- 98% of the Year 9 pupils achieved a Merit or higher with 11% of pupils achieving a Distinction.
Colchester High School is also an English Speaking Union Affiliate School and participates in Mace, the oldest and largest debating competition for schools in England. Pupils across the School, also present their Character Development portfolio every summer to senior leadership as part of the CHS Wellesley Award.
It’s a real point of difference for the school.