Independent schools in Essex

Discover independent schools in Essex – nursery, pre-prep, prep and senior – around Southend-on-Sea, Chelmsford, Colchester, Chigwell, Woodford Green and Brentwood.

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Pre-Prep and Prep schools in Essex

Entry to pre-prep is normally in the year a child reaches age 5 but some schools offer a nursery provision for the early years as well. Prep schools start at age 8 and go through until transition to senior school at either 11 or 13 years. Some schools offer every stage from pre-prep, prep and senior providing a single school foundation for a child.

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Alleyn Court Preparatory School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    200 to 400 pupils

    Bancroft's School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Prep + Senior

    1,000+ pupils

    Brentwood School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    1,000+ pupils

    Chigwell School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    1,000+ pupils

    Elm Green Preparatory School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    200 to 400 pupils

    Felsted School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    1,000+ pupils

    Gosfield School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    200 to 400 pupils

    Holmwood House School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    200 to 400 pupils

    Littlegarth School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    200 to 400 pupils

    Loyola Preparatory School
  • Day
  • Boys
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    100 to 200 pupils

    Maldon Court Preparatory School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    100 to 200 pupils

    New Hall School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    1,000+ pupils

    Oakfields Preparatory School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    200 to 400 pupils

    Oxford House School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    100 to 200 pupils

    St Anne's Preparatory School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    100 to 200 pupils

    St Aubyn's School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    400 to 700 pupils

    St Cedd's School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    200 to 400 pupils

    St Mary's, Colchester
  • Day
  • Girls
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    400 to 700 pupils

    St Michael's Preparatory School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    200 to 400 pupils

    The Ursuline Preparatory School Ilford
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    100 to 200 pupils

    Widford Lodge Preparatory School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    200 to 400 pupils

    Woodford Green Preparatory School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    200 to 400 pupils

    Senior schools in Essex

    Entry to senior school is normally at age 11 or 13. Some senior schools also offer a pre-prep and prep, providing a single foundation for a child without the need to change schools.

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    Bancroft's School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Senior + Prep

    1,000+ pupils

    Brentwood School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    1,000+ pupils

    Chigwell School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    1,000+ pupils

    Felsted School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    1,000+ pupils

    Gosfield School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    200 to 400 pupils

    New Hall School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    1,000+ pupils

    St Mary's, Colchester
  • Day
  • Girls
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    400 to 700 pupils