Best Schools in Essex

Essex has some of the best schools in England. Colchester Royal Grammar School, the King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford, Chelmsford County High School for Girls, Colchester County High School for Girls and the Colchester Royal Grammar all often feature high in the annual secondary school league tables. At secondary GCSE levels they all consistently get a 99-100% record for 5 GCSE A grades (inc. English and Maths). There are many other great schools in Essex.

Essex Secondary School League Table for GCSEs

All of these schools saw over 75% of their pupils achieve 5 GCSE A grades in 2010. Click the postcode to view the location in Google Maps.

King Edward VI Grammar

Founded in 1551, KEGs has a long history of academic success. KEGs has a status of Science College, Language College, and Leading Edge School, and International School.

Chelmsford County High for Girls

This is a Grammar School with Academy Status. Extra-curricular activities range from charity work and the arts to Duke of Edinburgh Awards and training with the Combined Cadet Forces.

Colchester Royal Grammar

Founded in 1539, today, Colchester Royal Grammar School is one of the UK’s most highly regarded maintained grammar schools. An 11-18 boys’ school with girls in the Sixth Form.

Colchester County High for Girls

In January 2009 Ofsted awarded an “outstanding” status. It has a large, quiet campus on its own grounds which provides its girls with an excellent learning environment.

Brentwood School

Brentwood School covers all age groups from pre-prepatory through to Sixth Form. It provides boarding and has a well equipped sports centre which was used by athletes during the London 2012 Games.

St Mary’s for Girls

For over 100 years St. Mary’s has been educating girls in Colchester. It is the only independent day school for girls in north Essex.

New Hall

New Hall was in the news in 2012 for being the first private school to sponsor a failing state school. They offer boarding and prep.


Braeside was founded in 1944 and is an all girls school for 3 to 16 year-olds. It aims to “educate, enhance and empower” its girls.

Colchester High

The only non-selective independent school in Colchester for girls and boys from the age of 2 1/2 years through to 16 years.

St John’s

Situated in extensive grounds it has excellent sporting facilities. It teaches Preparatory from 3-11 years, and Senior from 11-16 years.

Davenant Foundation

The most recent Ofsted report stated that “there is a very strong sense of purpose in the school as a result of the shared vision which has been developed”.

St Nicholas

Saint Nicholas School runs along Christian principles.

The King John

An oversubscribed, mixed, age 11 – 18 Foundation school specialising in Mathematics and Computing.

Brentwood Ursuline Convent High

The 2009 Ofsted report noted that Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School is a good school with a number of outstanding features. The school’s specialist arts college status contributes strongly to the school’s impact in the community.

  • Brentwood Ursuline Convent High, CM14 4EX –


An independent co-educational day school for ages 4-18 with optional boarding in the senior school.  Set in 110 acres with excellent sports facilities.

St Martin’s

Over the last five years the proportion of students who have achieved significantly above average GCSE results has improved greater than that found nationally and now places St Martin’s amongst the top performing comprehensive schools in Essex and the country.

St Martin’s, Brentwood, CM13 2HG –

Essex Primary and A Level schools will appear here soon.
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3 Comments on “Best Schools in Essex”

  1. A level students at New Hall have achieved record breaking results this year. 25 students were awarded up to 5 A* – A grades. Proof that New Hall is one of the best schools in Essex.

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