Chelmsford has some of the best educational establishments in the country. Chelmsford County High School for Girls and the King Edward VI Grammar School are consistently in the national top ten league tables. We have a rapidly expanding university and further education colleges. Overall, Chelmsford provides a full range of top quality primary, secondary and higher education facilities.
Schools and pre-schools
The local education authority is Essex County Council. There are 71 schools within the Chelmsford area (nursery, primary, secondary, and special schools) including 17 Academies that serve Chelmsford. There is also an excellent range of local comprehensives, many performing as some of the best schools in Essex. Educational attainment is very high in Chelmsford. In the region of 82% of secondary school pupils achieve five or more A*-C grades at GCSE level. Most of the secondary schools specialise in particular areas and have sixth form colleges.
For those seeking private education, New Hall School is an exceptional independent boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 3 to 18. In 2010, New Hall was the top Catholic co-educational boarding and day school in the UK for A Levels.
Anglo European School in nearby Ingatestone, which is around 15 minutes from Chelmsford city centre, specialises in European language and culture.
Early years and nursery education provision is equally well provided for in Chelmsford. There is an excellent range of nursery school provision within the city centre and most primary schools offer excellent early years provision.
Further and higher education
Further education is provided by Chelmsford College. It has 3, 500 students, offers a range of courses, and its facilities include a Sixth Form Centre and Adult Learning Centre. The College offers work-based learning programmes, including apprenticeships and is rapidly developing a specialism in science and engineering.
With around 30, 000 students (9, 000 of whom are part-time) and 1, 000 academic staff, Anglia Ruskin University is one of the largest universities in the East of England. They have five campuses: Chelmsford, Cambridge, Harlow, King’s Lynn and Peterborough, which makes them unique in the region and popular with part-time students and employers including the NHS.