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Private schools in Essex - any good suggestions?

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user1474555748 Thu 22-Sep-16 16:25:06

Thank you smile

Pradaqueen Sat 24-Sep-16 06:20:41

Whereabouts are you in Essex? It's a big county.... Boarding or day? 11+ or 6th form?

user1474555748 Sat 24-Sep-16 12:47:17

I know, but we don't mind how far. We will be looking to move soon, so could move closer to it.

We are actually looking for a prep school or school that caters from 3.

Pradaqueen Sat 24-Sep-16 20:00:23

Massive choice for prep. I think you need to decide where you are moving to first. And decide if you want to pay for secondary or want grammar?

Pradaqueen Sat 24-Sep-16 20:03:15

Forgot to add: single sex or co-ed? Selective or non selective preference? How old is your child currently? At my daughter's prep there are 20 in a year and beyond age 6mths you are very likely on a wait list as all places are taken for 3+ entry.

Essexmum69 Wed 28-Sep-16 12:14:30

It also depends on whether you are looking for 11+ or 13+ entry to secondary or a school to go the whole way through to 18.

FindingNemoFindingDory Wed 28-Sep-16 13:11:55

Yes, we need more info! I know a lot of schools, too many to list...

TaliZorahVasNormandy Wed 28-Sep-16 13:13:46

There is some in Colchester. St Margarets in Gosfield is a prep school. There's another boarding school in Gosfield. Try Chelmsford too.

FindingNemoFindingDory Wed 28-Sep-16 13:16:47

Yes, Chelmsford has lots! Also, there's a good one in Maldon smile

Scarydinosaurs Wed 28-Sep-16 13:18:14

Ursuline prep is lovely.

Newhall take from 2, I think?

FindingNemoFindingDory Wed 28-Sep-16 13:29:53

New Hall is 3-18. It's a lovely school smile but it's Roman Catholic, so not sure if that would bother you?

CuppaTeaAndAJammieDodger Wed 28-Sep-16 13:34:55

Walden School (formerly Friends School) and Dame Bradbury (part of the Stephen Perse foundation) in Saffron Walden are both co-ed and take from pre-prep.

rollonthesummer Sat 01-Oct-16 13:20:01


Essex is a big place though-whereabouts were you thinking?

Dawnypat74 Sat 29-Oct-16 15:49:12

St Margaret's Prep in Gosfield is fantastic. Our daughter is currently in Year 1, highly recommend xx

RockNRollNerd Sat 05-Nov-16 15:51:41

If you're thinking of moving to be near the school then it might be worth also thinking about secondaries that are fed by those schools (if they're not all the way through 3-18). For example if you moved to be close to the schools Cuppa mentioned, that then brings a whole load of other potential non-Essex secondaries into play (eg the Cambridge private schools, Bishops Stortford College etc).

Do you want private all the way through or just for primary - that could also be a factor and again there's massive choice - if you're in South/East Essex you've got the possibility of grammars, further north/west there are some execellent secondaries (eg SWCHS) but these tend to be massively oversubscribed and have ever shrinking catchment areas.

EatonGate Thu 10-Nov-16 16:55:21

Having personally attended four different Essex prep schools (admittedly quite a long time ago now), Oaklands in Loughton stands out as superior to the others in terms of teaching, outdoor space, and general atmosphere.

Purely in terms of academic attainment/exit results, Woodford Prep sends an impressive number on to very good secondaries.

If you're looking for a school that goes straight through, Felsted is great.

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