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Chelmsford Schools And Child Care

The Best in Chelmsford Child Care and Education

Chelmsford schools are one of the great atrractions for parents and families to come and settle in this beautiful little city. Chelmsford schools are ranked amongst the best in the UK.

If you are looking for great schools for your kids without having to break the bank, then you read further to see why schools in  Chelmsford are a great asset and place to educate your loved one.

Chelmsford is in the top ten best places to live, according to the Halifax Building Society’s annual Quality of Life Survey, 2013. The  survey says that Chelmsford’s residents are some of the healthiest in the country and life expectancy is a year more than the national  average.

This excellent report continues into school performance in this city. Chelmsford school leavers attained an 81.9% pass rate in five or  more GCSE’s at grades A* to C and 38% went on to further education.

Chelmsford has a number of state schools rated as outstanding by Ofsted and some of the best independent schools in the country.  Junior schools in particular are rated highly.

Here we provide you with an overview of some of the best childcare and educational establishments in the Chelmsford CM1 to CM3  postcode area covering most of the city and surrounding areas. You would be able to follow the links on the category page to study each  school under the education category.

Nurseries and Pre-Schools

The following are amongs top Nurseries and Preschools in Chelmsford. They have maintained very high standards of care and provide residents of Chelmsford excellent pre-school children education. They include:

  • The Duckling Nursery. The Duckling Nursery is in the grounds of Writtle Infant school. It is open during term time only, between 9.00 am and 4.30 pm Monday to Thursday and from 9.00 am to 12.30 pm on Fridays. It has an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating.
  • Seymour House Day Nursery School – Springfield Road. Ofsted calls this nursery ‘truly outstanding’. It is located in a large Victorian Town House and there are 20 staff and places for 50 children from the age of 3 months to 5 years. It is open from Monday to Friday from 7.45 am until 6.00 pm.
  • Seymour House Day Nursery School – Broomfield Road. This branch of the Seymour Nursery group has an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ rating and it is located in a large town house, set in an acre of land. There are 25 staff and places for 50 children from 3 months to 5 years old. The nursery is open from Monday to Friday from 7.45 am to 6.00 pm.
  • Tanglewood Nursery School. Ofsted say that Tanglewood is an “outstanding school, where the children are exceptionally well cared for.” See the School Brochure for more information. It is a large school with around 178 pupils from the ages of 3 to 5 years. The school operates in term time only and the children attend from Monday to Friday, either in the morning between 9.00 am and 12.45 pm or in the afternoon between 12.45 pm and 3.45 pm.
  • Busy Bees Pre-School. Busy Bees is part of a national chain and is located in a ground floor building in the centre of Chelmsford. It has places for around 180 children aged between 3 months and 5 years old. The nursery is open all year round from Monday to Friday from 7.00 am until 6.30 pm. The school has an outstanding Ofsted rating and the report says that the children’s well-being is exceptionally well supported by staff.

Infant and Junior Schools in Chelmsford

Chelmsford Infant And Junior Schools
There are quite some great infant schools in Chelmsford for your kids from age 4 to 7. You would be able to get space for whole day or part of the day – most schools would initially schedule your kid at this age to attend for 2 or 3 hours in the morning or afternoon for the first term or two.

Junior schools in Chelmsford, like in many parts of the UK admits kids from age 8 to 12.

We have included here a hand full of these schools here as examples of the top ones in this city. They include:

  • Oaklands Infant School. Oaklands Infant School was awarded an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ rating in 2013. Pupils are between the ages of 4 and 7 and the school curriculum covers English, Maths, Science & Computers, Sports, Art, Religion French and Music. There is an after school club which includes; tennis, gardening, football and yoga. There are a number of other good infant schools in the area, but this is the only one with an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ rating.
  • Newlands Spring Primary School. This school is now an academy and has not recently been inspected by Ofsted. However, in their 2008 report they said that the school had a stimulating, supportive and friendly environment and gave Newlands an ‘outstanding’ rating. In the Key Stage 2 Performance Table for 2013, Newlands was above the national average.
  • Perryfields Junior School. Perryfields was last inspected by Ofsted in 2011 and it was given an outstanding rating. Their report quoted a parents’ comment which said “My children are flourishing here, and really enjoy everything about school life.” The school has excellent facilities, including an open air swimming pool, which they use during the summer months.
  • The Tyrrells School. The Tyrells was given an outstanding rating in 2008 and Ofsted said that it was “An outstanding school where pupils make exceptional progress.” – The Key stage 2 report in 2013 showed that The Tyrells is above the national average in Reading, Writing and Maths.
  • Barnes Farm Junior School. Barnes Farm Junior School received an ‘outstanding’ rating in 2008, it was given an interim inspection in 2011, which confirmed that the school’s high standards had been sustained. The school has received several awards for its participation in sporting events and it is has partnered a school in Ghana, where the pupils of both school have the opportunity to learn about and participate in, various educational projects.
  • Boreham Primary School. Boreham Primary School is a small village school with an Ofsted ‘outstanding rating’ which was awarded in 2006 and it was seen to have sustained its standards in an interim report from Ofsted in 2012. The school provides a varied timetable of extra-curricular activities, available before school, at lunchtimes and after school which include Sports, Arts & Crafts, Science and Music.
  • Danbury Park Community Primary School. Danbury Park was given an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating in 2013 and the report says that the teachers “Consistently plan work that appeals to pupil’s interest and captures their considerable enthusiasm for learning.” The school has taken full advantage of the Sports Premium funding and provides sports activities which include; Gymnastics, Netball, Football and Rugby.
  • Purleigh Community Primary School. Ofsted awarded the school an ‘outstanding’ rating in 2013 and in its report said that “The pupils make outstanding progress through the school because the teaching is of a high calibre.” The school is also part of the Eco School Project which aims to educate the children about sustainable energy topics and implement energy saving schemes.  
  • Terling Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School. Terling School was inspected by Ofsted in 2013 and awarded an ‘outstanding’ rating, the report mentioned that “The pupils make rapid progress to achieve standards that are significantly above average in reading, writing and mathematics.” The school also has a high percentage of students that take part in sporting events both within the school timetable and as an extra-curricular activity.
  • Woodville Primary School. Woodfield Primary School was awarded an ‘outstanding’ rating in 2008, which was confirmed to have been sustained in 2011. It is also part of the Eco School Project to teach children about sustainable energy. There is a good variety of school clubs which include; sport, music cookery homework and a philosophy class.

Secondary and Grammar Schools with Sixth Forms


Thousands of students from across the whole of the United Kingdom and abroad converge every year in Chelmsford to write the “11 Plus” test for a chance to get admission into one of the two top Grammar schools in Chelmsford.

These schools are:

  • Chelmsford County High School for Girls. Chelmsford County High School was awarded an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ award in 2007, it is a grammar school with academy status and Ofsted confirmed that it had sustained its high standards in 2011. The sixth form offers traditional A- levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The pupils are also encouraged to take part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities including The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, The Combined Cadet Force, sports and arts activities. This school is listed as 12th in the top 100 secondary schools according to GCSE results and 32nd in the top 100 for A- level results.


  • King Edward V1 Grammar School. The Grammar school is a single sex boy’s school until the sixth form, when girls are then accepted. It has an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating which was awarded in 2006. It has sustained its high standards and it is number 6 in the top 100 Secondary schools, which makes it one of the country’s best state schools. It has links to educational establishments abroad, including France, China, Germany and Kenya and sixth form students have the opportunity to take part in numerous prestigious events including the World Challenge. It is also a member of the Eco Schools Project.

These include:

  • The Boswells School
  • Chelmer Valley High School
  • Great Baddow High School
  • Hylands School
  • Moulsham High School
  • New Hall School
  • St John Payne Catholic Comprehensive School
  • Chelmsford College.


All the schools can be viewed on the Schools Admissions page on the Essex County Council Website.

Private and Independent Schools


Here are some of the top private schools in Chelmsford. They are very well ranked amongst the top schools in the country.

  • Heathcote Preparatory School and Nursery. Heathcote takes pupils from the age of 2 until the age of 11. It has an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ rating from 2011 and the Independent Schools Inspectorate Report of 2013 said amongst other things that the quality of the pupil’s achievements and learning is excellent. The school provides a number of extra-curricular activities, during school hours as well as after school hours including; sports, dance, music, speech and drama. They have a breakfast club which starts at 7.30 am and where the children have breakfast at the school and then take part in the club’s activities. Twilight Club runs from 3.30 pm until 6.00 pm, children get a light snack and do their homework before participating in club activities.


  • New Hall School (Day and Boarding – Prep to sixth form). New Hall is a day and boarding school, which was awarded an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ rating in 2010. Pupils up to the age of 11 and in the sixth form are mixed, but during their senior years, from 11 to 16, boys and girls are separated. It is the largest catholic day and boarding school in the UK. As well as being academically successful, they also have a large sports department, with a wide range of sporting facilities. The pupils not only take part in athletics, netball, cricket, rugby and football, but they also participate in tennis, show jumping, dressage, swimming, sailing and golf.


  • St. Cedd’s Preparatory School. St. Cedd’s is one of the best Prep schools in the country. It takes girls and boys from the age of 2 to 11 and the 2013 ISI Inspection Report rates the school excellent in every respect. The school has an exceptional record in English and Maths and a good number their pupils enter or gain scholarships to Chelmsford’s top senior schools. Extra- Curricular activities include languages, sports, music, art and crafts, science and music and they also have a breakfast and after school club.


As you can see, Chelmsford is home to some of the best schools in the country and the standard of education across the board is extremely high, in most cases. Chelmsford schools, both public and private are certainly one of the greatest assets to be found in this city.


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