Braeside is an independent Day school for girls aged 3 – 16 years. A combination of the best in traditional and contemporary teaching methods in a full range of subjects can be seen at Braeside. Class sizes are small and some subjects are delivered in half class groups with correspondingly successful grades. Academic class work is well balanced by activities such as sport, music and drama. A successful P.E. department encourages competition at inter-house, inter-school, district and national levels. Programmes for citizenship, community service and enhancement activities are well embedded in the school.
Girls are entered for music/speech examinations with individual and group entries at speech and drama festivals, public speaking and debating competitions. Enhancement programmes for years 7, 8 and 9 take place during the summer term. Day visits are organised to a wide variety of venues and overseas trips are offered in rotation to Senior and Junior year groups. There are opportunities to visit Northern France, Rome and the Amalfi coast. 130 High Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex IG9 5SD, 020 8504 1133. www.braesideschool.co.uk.
In an increasingly demanding and competitive world, Brentwood students shine out as enterprising people who are able to make the best of themselves and create opportunities for others. The school is a day and boarding school with a difference –
their boys and girls are taught separately until the Sixth Form which allows them to tailor academic teaching. All 1,100 students have the benefit of mixing socially outside the classroom, enjoying state-of-the-art facilities set in the heart of Brentwood town in Essex, surrounded by 72 acres of green playing fields and gardens.
Educational innovation across all disciplines is supported by nearly 500 years of history and tradition. Brentwood has a justifiable reputation for developing flexible, creative, enterprising learners with a sound work ethic, who will be able to compete with the best of Asia, America and Europe in the 21st century. The students understand that learning yields profound rewards for those who approach it with rigour and enthusiasm. They cultivate these qualities by teaching with genuine passion in a stimulating environment. Middleton Hall Lane, Brentwood, Essex CM15 8EE, 01277 243243. www.brentwoodschool.co.uk.
Chigwell School is an independent foundation offering a first class education to boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 18. Students enter the Senior School in Year 9 although internal students will have been studying subjects under the control of Senior School Heads of Departments since the beginning of Year 7. This is both an exciting and increasingly serious phase as students' development – emotionally and academically – accelerates quickly towards maturity.
This phase incorporates the development of skills to pass public exams, survive university life and make careers, all as successfully as possible. Chigwell School aspires to prepare each student to meet these objectives to the best of his or her ability.The focal point of pupils' lives in the Senior School are the four houses – Caswalls', Lambourne, Penn's and Swallow's – and many pastoral, sporting and social activities are organised on a house basis.
Each house has a housemaster or housemistress at its head who has a team of supporting tutors. Every pupil has a house tutor who oversees all aspects of their education, welfare and progress and is the immediate point of contact for parents. The shared stability and common standards promoted by both home and the School help smooth the passage from childhood through adolescence to adulthood. It is only by working together that parents and teachers can seek to give boys and girls the effective support and direction they need. High Road, Chigwell,?Essex,?IG7 6QF, 020 8501 5700. www.chigwell-school.org.
Colchester High School
Colchester High School, established in 1882, is Colchester’s only independent school for girls and boys from 2½ to 16 years. The school’s early years department provides a safe and happy start to a successful education through lower school and senior school. They have many siblings at various stages of their education, from Nursery to GCSE, which contributes to the family atmosphere, which they believe is very important to reflect. Colchester High School pride themselves on their pastoral care and small classes, which enable them to get to know their pupils very well as individuals.
The school aims to ensure that each child is happy and settled and therefore able to achieve his or her academic potential. Visitors are welcome at any time to see the school and members of staff would be more than happy to show you around. Please contact Admissions on 01206 217116 for more information. Wellesley Road, Colchester, CO3 3HD. www.colchesterhighschool.co.uk.
Dame Bradbury’s School
Dame Bradbury's School is made up of three sections: the Early Years (aged 3 to 5) and Key Stage 1 (age 5 to 7), both part of the Infant Department, and the Juniors – Key Stage 2 (8 to 11-year-olds). Their individual subject leaders and form teachers ensure that each child's progress is tracked as they move through the School. Specialists from their Learning Support department also give targeted assistance when required. The School maintains a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum, incorporating National Curriculum requirements while also providing many wider learning opportunities.
They monitor and review the curriculum regularly, ensuring continuity and progression as each child's knowledge, understanding and skills progress in line with the school’s high expectations. Teachers receive further training on current educational research and applications, many of which become incorporated in revised classroom practice. The school use their knowledge of each child to help parents in identifying the most appropriate senior schools when it is time to move on from Dame Bradbury's. Ashdon Road, ?Saffron Walden, ?CB10 2AL, 01799 522348. www.damebradburys.com.
Gosfield School is an independent co-educational day school for ages 4-18 with optional boarding in the senior school. Set in superb grounds of 110 acres with an impressive sports hall and all-weather sports field, they offer pupils the opportunity to excel academically and participate in a wide range of additional activities. The Prep School and the Senior School provide a rich and relevant learning environment in which young people can excel and flourish both academically and socially – an environment where 'children really do come first'. The curriculum is designed to engage and challenge all learners, and pupils thrive in small classes with specialist teachers.
Those who need extra support or further extension find their needs catered for carefully. Tutors guide pupils in their academic work and their social interactions, communicating fully with parents to help pupils make sensible choices and develop generosity of spirit and mutual respect. Advice on careers and further education provides practical assistance as pupils begin to consider seriously what their future may hold. They are given leadership opportunities and roles of responsibility within Houses and throughout the school. Cut Hedge Park, Halstead Road, Gosfield, Essex, CO9 1PF, 01787 474040. www.gosfieldschool.org.uk.
Maldon Court Preparatory School
Maldon Court Preparatory School was established in 1956. It has only had three owners in this time – all with the same vision; that it should be kept as a small, friendly, family owned school with the highest standards. The Curriculum at Maldon Court Preparatory School has been devised so that all children can achieve to the very best of their ability and gain entry into the Senior Schools of their choice. Essex has some of the best Grammar, Independent and Specialist Schools in the country and the curriculum at Maldon Court enhances pupil chances of gaining entry to these over subscribed schools. English and Mathematics are taught by specialists in Forms 5 and 6, and PE, Swimming and Music are taught by specialists throughout the school.
All teachers have a curriculum responsibility and they keep abreast of developments in their area and introduce changes, which will benefit our pupils when necessary. Whether in sport, music, drama or academics, pupils are encouraged to ‘have a go’. Everyone finds that taking part in one of the excellent range of sports or performing arts is great fun. There are plenty of opportunities to excel at local, regional or national level and the school’s aim is to develop skills which pupils can go on to enjoy in adult life. Silver Street, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4QE, 01621 853529. www.maldoncourtschool.org
New Hall School
New Hall School is a leading independent boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 3 – 18 years. Founded in 1642, New Hall School, Chelmsford, is the oldest Catholic school in the UK that has always taken girls, and the largest Catholic boarding and day school in England. At New Hall staff operate the highly successful ‘diamond model’ structure, i.e. co-education in the Preparatory School (ages 3 – 11), single-sex education in the Boys’ Division and Girls’ Division (11 – 16) and co-education in the Sixth Form (16 – 18). In this way, New Hall provides the best of both worlds: the benefits of a co-educational environment together with the advantages of girls and boys being taught separately at Key Stages 3 and 4.
The provision of single-sex education during formative years enables students to grow in confidence, whilst enjoying an education that is specifically tailored and that recognises the different ways in which boys and girls learn. New Hall is a strong and thriving community, set in a stunning location, just 30 minutes by train from London. Students can board from ages 7 – 18 in one of six boarding houses. High academic expectations and achievements, together with outstanding pastoral care and exceptional drama, music and sports facilities and provision, together make New Hall a wonderful place to be educated. The Avenue, Boreham, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 3HS, 01245 467 588. www.newhallschool.co.uk
St Margaret’s Preparatory School
St. Margaret’s is a happy, co-ed, independent day school for children aged 2 – 11, sitting in 7 acres and surrounded by beautiful parkland. At St. Margaret's Prep. School, you can be assured that the school will provide the best education for your child and ensure the best response from your child. Each pupil has a positive identity and is a valued member of the school community. The staff work tirelessly for the children and enjoy an excellent home-school partnership with parents. The stimulating, supportive atmosphere of the School encourages confidence, enthusiasm for learning and consideration for others. They place a strong emphasis on good manners and thoughtfulness, developing life skills of social confidence and making friends as well as the ability to learn, use information technology, solve problems and make sensible judgments.
With the benefit of small classes each pupil can receive individual attention, while at the same time being part of a lively outward-looking school community. The school recognises that your child's progress is intrinsically affected by the attitudes, ethos and expectations of the learning environment and the people around them. Gosfield Hall Park, Halstead, Essex, CO9 1SE, 01787 472134. www.stmargaretsprep.co.uk