If you are planning on sending your children to a particular village school you will need to live close to that village (see above for most sought after ones). In the private sector you can combine closeness to school with closeness to the station. 

Private Schools: Junior


Horkesley Park, Nayland, Colchester CO6 4JR 01206 262332

(15 mins from Colchester)
Ages 21/2 –11, co-ed, day. Well-established local school with cosy atmosphere and a great headmaster. 90% of children go on to day schools, either in Colchester or ipswich. A few leave for girls’ boarding schools or to prep schools for Yrs 7 and 8. 

Orwell Park

Nacton, Ipswich, IP10 0ER 01473 659225

(20 mins from Colchester, just off the A14 on the north side of river orwell)
Ages 21/2 –13, co-ed. Day, fexi and full boarding. Fantastic setting overlooking the estuary in enormous grounds with pitches, golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts. A very happy school producing polite, confdent children. most children go on to boarding schools.

Old Buckenham Hall

Brettenham, Ipswich, IP7 7PH 01449 740252 (15 mins north of Lavenham) 

Ages 21/2 –13, co-ed. Day/full boarding (alternate weekend exeats) from year 7+. very attractive school in its own parkland. Cosy atmosphere. good facilities, attracts country people. majority of leavers go on to boarding school.

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Holmwood House

Chitts Hill, Lexden, Colchester CO3 9ST 01206 574305

(10 mins west of Colchester)
Ages 21/2 –13, co-ed, day, some boarding from Yr 7. new sports centre. Children go on to a variety of day or boarding schools.

Ipswich High School

Woolverstone, Suffolk IP9 1AZ 

01473 780201

Amazing setting looking onto the estuary south of ipswich with a good network of school buses serving the local area.
Ages 21/2 –18, girls, day. GDST stalwart with excellent academic results. Children are encouraged to play sport at clubs or county level over the weekend. 

Ipswich School

3 Ivry Street, Ipswich, IP1 3QW
01473 282800

Ages 21/2 –18, co-ed, day, some boarding in sixth form. very good academic results and great sports facilities.

St Mary’s School, Colchester

247 London Road, Copford, Colchester, CO3 8LT 01206 572544

Ages 5–16, girls, day. Friendly small school. 

Felsted Preparatory School

Felsted, CM6 3JL 01371 822610 with weekly and day boarding options from ages 3–18

Senior Schools

Ipswich High and Ipswich School (see above) also Colchester County High School and Colchester Grammar (both from 11+) are very academic.

The Royal Hospital School, Ipswich (11+) is both day and boarding. it has a naval background and attracts both locals and naval families from all over England. it is campus based overlooking the estuary in beautiful grounds.

Woodbridge School has a small number of boarding places or the bus links are good.

Popular boarding schools a little further afeld include Framlingham, Oundle, Rugby and Uppingham.