Essex has many wealthy residents and partly as a result it also have many excellent independent primary schools. While state schools do now provide an excellent level of education, private schools do have the resources to provide an even higher level of education. There are many pre-prep and preparatory schools in Essex, and many of the independent schools take children from 3 years old through to A levels at 18 years.
The Advantages of Independent Education
The main advantages of a private primary school over a state school is that each child will receive more personal and small group tuition. Class sizes tend to be smaller and create a better learning environment for some children. Schools also have the funds to ensure that the best equipment and books are available for all children.
The foundation that is made in a private primary school can be carried on through their lives. 50% of children from private schools go on to gain the top A grade at A-level, and 90% go on to university.
Many private primary schools also provide extra tuition to help children pass the 11-Plus exams, to gain entry into some of the top grammar schools.
The only downside of private education is the cost!
Sports and the Arts – Soft Skills
Private primaries also excel in sports, with many children learning to play cricket, rugby and hockey at a much higher level than is possible in state schools. Many private schools compete in national competitions in gymnastics and other sports. Also many private primary schools have their own swimming pool and provide children with swimming lessons.
Extracurricular activities, such as art, music, drama and dance are all provided as standard. These can actually help a child to excel in the academic subjects too, creating a more outgoing, confident individual.
Of course, what many private schools are famous for is their boarding facilities. Children can stay during the week or all term, at many schools. When both parents are working overseas or far from home, boarding can be a good option. Many children excel in a boarding school environment, and while in fiction they are not always the most fun places to be, many children absolutely love the independence it gives them. Boarding generally starts at 7 years of age.
As much as we try to move towards a classless society, children do form life-long ties with other children at private schools, creating an elite of well educated, wealthy individuals who are all connected. This is partly why so many members of parliament come from private schools, and why so many of the country’s top CEOs are privately educated. Often referred to as the “Old Boys’ Network“.
Types of Independent / Fee Paying School
Independent schools are categorized as follows. Note that “private” covers all independent schools, but is used less today, and “public” is used for independent secondary schools.
- Nursery/Kindergarten: 2 to 4 years
- Pre-preparatory: 3 or 4 to 7 years
- Preparatory: 7 to 11 or 13 years
- Public: 11 or 13 to 18 years
Essex Independent Primary Schools
There are many independent private preparatory & junior schools in Essex. Some of the private schools cover both primary and secondary education.
An independent girls school for pupils between the ages of 3 and 16. The main entry points are at age 3, 7 and 11 years of age, covering Early Years, KS1 and KS2.
- 130 High Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex IG9 5SD
- Tel: 020 8504 0021
Brentwood Pre-Prepatory School
Brentwood Pre-Preparatory School was purpose built in 1995 for the education of 3 to 7 year olds.
- Shenfield Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 8BD
- Tel: 01277 243 239
- e-mail: [email protected]
Brentwood Preparatory School
There are 240 places at the Preparatory School. Set in 72 acres with playing fields and gardens. Their motto is: ‘Virtue, Learning, Manners’.
- Middleton Hall Lane, Brentwood, Essex CM15 8EQ
- Tel: 01277 243 333
Chigwell Junior School
Has both pre-prep and preparatory schools. Children can join from age of 4 (Reception) and continue until they are 18. They have a a comprehensive range of afterschool clubs.
- High Road, Chigwell, Essex IG7 6QF
- Tel: 020 8501 5700
- E-mail: [email protected]
Dame Bradbury’s School
Independent preparatory school for pre-school, infants and juniors which dates back to 1317. Great resources and facilities, sports participation and extra curricular activities. The co-educational prep school and nursery is based in Saffron Walden.
- Ashdon Road, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 2AL
- School Office: 01799 522348
- [email protected]
Elm Green Preparatory School
The school has a strong academic tradition and an excellent record of success in the Essex 11+ and independent school examinations. Taking pupils from aged 4 to 11 years of age.
- Parsonage Lane, Little Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 4SU
- Tel: 01245 225230
- [email protected]
Felsted Preparatory School
For Ages 4-12. Felsted’s Circle of Learning creates individualised pathways for each Felstedian. From the age of 8 many children choose to board. Felsted offers flexible boarding options in a nurturing family atmosphere to meet the varied demands of modern family life.
- Felsted, Dunmow, Essex CM6 3JL
- Tel: +44 (0) 1371 822600
Has both Junior School and Nursery. Opened in 1992, it is a prep schoolwith Quaker roots. Small class sizes and an excellent pupil teacher ratio.
- Mount Pleasant Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 3EB
- Tel: 01799 525351
- [email protected]
Day school for ages 4-18 with boarding options at senior level. 110 acres with excellent sports facilities and provides excellent music, arts and IT education.
- Halstead Road, Gosfield, Halstead, CO9 1PF
- Tel: 01787 474040
Herington House School
A private day school founded in 1936 for around 130 pupils ages 3½ to 11. The School has gained a reputation for high academic standards and has an exceedingly high rate of success both for Independent and Grammar Schools.
- Mount Avenue, Hutton, Brentwood, Essex CM13 2NS
- Tel: 01277 211595
- [email protected]
Holmwood House School was founded in 1922 and os an Independent Co-educational Preparatory School. National Curriculum syllabus, French started in year 1. Cricket and hickey are played.
- Chitts Hill, Lexden, Colchester, Essex CO3 9ST
- T: 01206 574305
- [email protected]
Howe Green House School
Howe Green House School was established in 1987. Since 2001 it has run Acorns Nursery for 2 year olds, plus Kindergarten and Reception Class, and they teach through to year 6. “Our children need to grow as caring and responsible citizens, who in the fullness of time will make the world a better place.”
- Great Hallingbury, Bishop’s Stortford, Essex CM22 7UF
Littlegarth School is a happy, friendly and forward-thinking, co-educational independent school and nursery.
- Horkesley Park, Nayland, Colchester, Essex CO6 4JR
- Tel: 01206 262332
- [email protected]
Loyola Preparatory School
Loyola is an independent school for boys aged 3 to 11. Loyola Preparatory School is a Catholic school that welcomes all creeds and denominations.
- 103 Palmerston Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex IG9 5NH
- Tel: 020 8504 7372
Maldon Court Preparatory School
Maldon Court Preparatory School was established in 1956. We believe that every child is a natural learner but they all do not learn in the same way or at the same time. It was voted as the Best Overall Private School in Essex by the Independent Schools Directory.
- Silver Street, Maldon, Essex CM9 4QE
- Tel: 01621 853529
New Hall School – Chelmsford
New Hall School dates back to 1642 and is the oldest Catholic girls’ school in England. Today it is a leading independent boarding & day school for boys and girls aged 3-18. Students can board from the age of 7.
New Hall won the National Independent Schools Award 2011 for Outstanding Strategic Initiative. It is still a Catholic School and one of its objectives is to advance the Roman Catholic religion by the conduct of a Roman Catholic school.
In 2005, New Hall School Trust (NHST) was established as a new registered charity (1110286) and limited company (05472420) registered in England at New Hall School.
- New Hall School, The Avenue, Boreham, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 3HS
- Tel: 01245 467 588
- Email: [email protected]
8 Albion Hill, Loughton, Essex IG10 4RA
An independent co-educational prep school for children aged 2-11 years in Colchester, Essex.
- 2-4 Lexden Road, Colchester, Essex CO3 3NE
- Tel: 01206 576 686
St Anne’s Preparatory School
St. Anne’s is a small Independent Preparatory School founded in 1925 for boys and girls aged 3-11 years. The School is renowned for its friendly atmosphere, supportive enthusiastic staff and excellent academic results.
- 154 New London Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 0AW
- Tel: 01245 353488
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Turpins Lane, Woodford Bridge, IG8 8AX
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Stock Road, Billericay, Essex CM12 0AR
St Margaret’s Preparatory School
Gosfield Hall Park, Gosfield, Halstead, Essex CO9 1SE
St Mary’s School for Girls
91 Lexden Road, Colchester, CO3 3RB
St Nicholas School
Hillingdon House, Hobbs Cross Road, Harlow, CM17 0NJ
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68 Palmerston Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex IG9 5LG
The Ryes School and Community
Ryes Lane, Sudbury, CO10 7EA
The Yellow House School
1 Alderford Street, Sible Hedingham, Halstead, CO9 3HX
Brizes Park, Ongar Road, Brentwood, CM15 0DG
Ursuline Preparatory School
Old Great Ropers, Great Ropers Lane, Brentwood, Essex CM13 3HR
Chelmsford, Essex CM2 9AN
Woodlands Preparatory School
Warley Street, Great Warley, Brentwood, Essex CM13 3LA