Colchester High School
|Type||Independent day school|
|Principal||Mr David Young|
|Head of Sixth Form||Dr George Georgiou|
|Head of Senior School||Mr Andrew Croydon|
|Head of Lower School||Mrs Catherine Bickersteth|
|Chair of Governors||Mrs Danuta Tomasz|
|DfE URN||115409 Tables|
|Colours||Blue & Yellow|
|Publication||The Royal Blue|
Colchester High School is a profit-making coeducational independent school located in Colchester in Essex, England. The school is owned and operated by the Cognita Group. Colchester High is the only coeducational independent school in Colchester to offer secondary education.
The school was a girls' school only when it opened in 1882. It took boys from 1910, with the first Principal, Mr. Groene, stoutly refusing all approaches by the County Education Committee to incorporate the School into its education remit. It has pursued its independent course ever since, despite a spell as a hospital annexe from 1917–1918 and being strafed in 1941. For many years the school was family owned. In 2005, it was bought by Cognita, the largest independent schools business in the UK. The school is still affectionately known by many of the Old pupils from before it became co-educational as the "Boys'" or "Boys' High".
The school today
The school admits pupils aged 3 to 18 from a wide catchment area including Colchester, Braintree, Marks Tey, Coggeshall, Kelvedon, Tiptree, Maldon,and Wivenhoe. Entry is normally at ages 3–16. Children are able to join at other ages if there is a vacancy. Younger children spend an informal morning at the school whilst entry to the Senior School from the Juniors is via an Entrance assessment, often held in March. Admission is on the basis of interview and/or assessment, but pupils will not be disadvantaged by the school by virtue of gender, race, background or religion. The 2008 GCSE results for the school were at a high standard, making Colchester High one of the top ranking schools in Essex.
Class sizes are typically small ranging from between 1 and 24 pupils and up to 8 in the Sixth Form.
The school has an 'Old Boys' Association' which all Old Colcestrians are eligible to join once they have left the school, often after their exam year. Membership of the OBA allows the members to wear the association tie and attend the "social events" of the year.
The school has four houses: Normans (Royal Blue); Saxons (Old Gold); Romans (Red); and Danes (Forest Green). Each house has its own House Master and two senior boys who act as a Captain of the House and a Sports Captain as well as approximately three to four Prefects. The school has traditionally tried to place pupils in the same house as any relatives who have attended the school before them.
The school plays several sports during school 'Games', they are mainly: Rugby; Football; Cross Country; Hockey; Athletics; and Cricket. During each Year's PE lessons the main sports are Badminton; Indoor Cricket; Darts; Circuit Training; Volleyball and Basketball.
St Mary's School, which is nearby, is often paired with Colchester High School in sport, education and leisure (such as the annual Christmas ball).
Notable former pupils
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