Colchester: best-rated primary and secondary schools

Anthea Masey finds out which schools in Colchester are best-rated by Ofsted
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Colchester is dominated by its two state grammar schools: Colchester Royal Grammar (boys ages 11 to 18, with girls in the sixth form) in Lexden Road, which gets the best A Level results in the country; and Colchester County High for girls (ages 11 to 18) in Norman Way; both are judged “outstanding” by the the government’s education watchdog Ofsted. Homes in Lexden, west of Colchester's town centre, always sell well as the boy's and girls' grammar schools are nearby.

It is not hard to find a state primary school with a “good” rating, but only the following get an “outstanding” rating: St Thomas More RC in Priory Street, Hamilton in Constantine Road, Prettygate Juniors (ages seven to 11) in Plume Avenue, St John’s CofE in Clay Lane Grove and Montgomery Infants in Baronswood Way.

The only comprehensive school which gets above average results at GCSE is Philip Morant (co-ed ages 11to 18) in Rembrandt Way. The Sixth Form College in North Hill is rated “outstanding”.

Oxford House (co-ed ages three to 11) in Lexden Road is a private Montessori school based in a large Victorian house. Holmwood House (co-ed ages five to 13) in Chitts Hill with a nursery in the village of Great Horkesley is the local private prep school. Colchester High (co-ed ages three to 16) in Wellesley Road is a non-selective all-through private school.

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