By SPP Reporter

Children’s Education

The Right to Choose

Traditionally schools have had a designated catchment area (or priority admission area) from which they draw their pupils. Indeed LEA schools are obliged to give places to all the children in their catchment areas and are generally very keen to attract children from outside this area because funding is based largely upon the number of pupils at the school.

Parents therefore need not send their children to their catchment area school. They are free to ‘shop around’and may choose to send their children to any school so long as the correct administrative procedures have been followed, conditions met and a place is available in the appropriate year group.

Choosing the Right School

Each school is required by law to produce a prospectus giving details of its character, policy on discipline and homework, performance in national tests and examinations, truancy rates etc. These may be requested direct from the schools allowing parents to choose the school which best suits the needs of their children. All local Headteachers welcome enquiries and are willing to arrange visits.

If you wish to use an LEA school out of your catchment area then you will need to complete a Preference Application Form. These forms are available from the Planning and Admissions Service of Learning Services at County Hall (0845 603 2200) and should be returned for consideration as soon as you have decided upon your choice of school.

Finally, do not forget that it is now a parental responsibility to ensure that your child’s school records are moved from the old school to the new school.

Essex County Council

On the Essex County Council website you will find information on the different types of schools and education available in Essex, including early education and adult learning.

Schools - Information on primary and secondary schools and admissions, school transport, attendance and home education. You’ll find help with homework, out of school activities and issues such as bullying.

Early Years and childcare – Information on the types of schools available, the Early Years Foundation Stage and getting help with costs.

Adult Learning – Learning opportunities for adults,including flexible courses to refresh basic skills andimprove job prospects and information on funding and support.


SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)Information and Advice Support Service

If your child has a statement of special educational needs or Educational Health and Care Plan you can obtain specialist confidential and impartial support from the Parent partnership Service on 0333 013 8913

Schools serving the Service Families Accommodation

There are a large number of schools which either directly serve SFA sites or which are within easy commuting distance. Remember, applications for places should be made direct to the Headteacher.

Primary Education

If you live in the Drury Meadows area of the SFA site (St Barbara’s Road, Messines Road, Aisne Road, Mons Road, Cambrai Road, Menin Road) the following schools are most convenient:

Hamilton Primary School Colchester 572362

St John’s Green Primary School Colchester 562884

If you live in the area south of St Barbara’s Road, including the Montgomery, St Michael’s and Maypole Green estates, the following schools are convenient:

King’s Ford Junior School Colchester 573807

King’s Ford Infants School & Nursery Colchester 574524

Montgomery Infants School & Nursery Colchester 570231

Montgomery Junior School Colchester 572288

St Michael’s Primary School & Nursery Colchester 546412

All schools are within walking distance from the quartering areas.

Secondary Education

Thomas Lord Audley School, Monkwick Avenue, Colchester 547911

Philip Morant School & College, Rembrant Way, Colchester CO3 QS Colchester 545222

Sixth Form College, North Hill, Colchester, Essex CO1 1SN Colchester 500700. This is one of the largest an most successful Sixth Form Colleges in the country.

Colchester High School Wellesley Road, Colchester CO3 3HD (the only independent day school) to request a prospectus or arrange a visit to the school. Tel: 573389.

Selective Schools

Essex continues to have a selective system of education. These following schools cater for the more academically able children who have attained a pass in the selective procedure. Applications for the limited places available should be made in the first instance to the school itself.

County High School for Girls, Norman Way Colchester 576973

Colchester Royal Grammar School (Boys 11-18), (Girls 16+ A Levels), Lexden Road, Colchester 509100

Roman Catholic Schools

The following Roman Catholic schools in Colchester include the SFA site in their catchment areas. Applications for places should be made direct to the Headteachers.

St Thomas More’s Catholic Primary School, Priory Street Colchester 865722

St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, Clairmont Rd, Lexden Colchester 508445

St Benedict’s College, Norman Way Colchester 549222

Essex County Council provides transport to serve the SFA running to and from St Teresa’s Primary School. For more information on the transport service, ring St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School on Colchester 508445.

Independent Schools

Details of some independent schools can be found in the advertisements in this Guide and there is an Independent Schools Directory at which contains more detailed information.

Boarding Schools

The MOD provides an allowance for eligible service personnel to educate their children at a boarding school. A full list of State Boarding Schools, can be found at the back of this guide, who welcome children, many of whom also offer service bursaries or discounts.

Further Education and Evening Classes

A wide range of educational courses are available to adults in the Colchester area. The main Further Education provider is Colchester Institute which provides a large number of different courses ranging from full time, part-time, apprentices and degrees. Further details can be obtained on Colchester

The Local Adult Education Centre, Grey (ACL), runs academic, craft, recreational and vocational classes in and around Colchester.

Contact me on Tel: 0345 6037635 or

18 AEC

18 Army Education Centre (AEC) supports the personal and professional development of all personnel within the military Community. Educational and Training Services (ETS) Officers and the Individual Education and Resettlement Officer (IERO) are happy to discuss any individual development matters with serving personnel, dependents and MOD contractors. Interviews can be arranged by appointment or alternatively advice can be given over the telephone.

18 AEC offers a number of courses and opportunities in the following categories:

• Functional skills (Maths and English)

• Information Technology (ECDL – MS Office Skills)

• GCSEs and A-levels (examinations only)

• Command, Leadership and Management (CLM) courses

• Officer education JOLP3 and MA modules

• Accreditation (Army Skills Offer)

• Use of Standard and Enhances Learning Credits (SLCs and ELCs)

• Links to civilian learning providers, e.g. Colchester Institute and distance learning providers

• Resettlement

For further details please contact:18 AEC, Tel: 01206 815268 Mil: 94660 5268

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