Welcome to Oxford House School

Welcome to Oxford House School, an esteemed private prep-school nestled in the heart of Colchester, Essex.

We are absolutely thrilled that you've chosen to embark on a journey of exploration into the unique offerings of our school. Housed within our beautiful Victorian mansion, each and every pupil has the opportunity to unearth the profound sense of 'Joy in Achievement,' allowing them to realise their fullest potential.

As they progress through our school, our children emerge as self-assured, academically accomplished, curious and well-rounded individuals, ready to conquer the world.

Joy in achievement

Embracing achievement is a celebration that extends beyond academics, weaving together the threads of artistic expression, intellectual curiosity, and a zest for learning, fostering a holistic and vibrant educational experience.

Academic excellence

Providing a dynamic educational approach that seamlessly integrates Montessori principles, laying a strong foundation for pupils' intellectual growth and ultimately culminating in outstanding success in the challenging 11+ examinations.

Future ready

We pride ourselves on being future-ready through our innovative Leadership and Character Development Programme, fostering a holistic approach to education that equips pupils with the skills and values essential for success in the dynamic world ahead.

Meet our Headteacher, Mrs Sarah Leyshon

Sarah began teaching at Oxford House School in 2005, progressed to Deputy Head in 2015 and took up the position of Headteacher at Oxford House School in September 2016. Sarah has a wealth of experience teaching in KS1 and KS2 achieving outstanding results.

“My staff and I wish for every pupil to discover Joy in Achievement."

- Mrs Sarah Leyshon, Headteacher

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Our educational structure

We're proud to educate children aged 2.5 to 11 years. Our skilled teachers customise the curriculum, teaching methods, and school environment for our pupils. We also take pride in the great education we offer as pupils progress through these stages:

  • Nursery & Early Years (Ages 2.5 to 4.5 years, Year Groups Nursery to Reception): Children here learn the basics and slowly start studying subjects like math, reading, and technology.

  • Lower School (Ages 6 to 7 years, Year Groups 1 to 2): Our Lower School provides a more structured curriculum with various learning opportunities beyond the classroom.

  • Upper School (Ages 8 to 11 years, Year Groups 3 to 6): In Upper School, pupils prepare for high school and gain more responsibility for their education. Our success in helping pupils get into selective state and private schools is unmatched.

Join us on a personal tour of the School

We would be delighted to invite you to our wonderful school and share with you what makes Oxford House School the best educational start you can give your child.

I have peace of mind when my children are at school. They are safe, get quality academic education and have good relationships with fellow pupils and staff.

– Parent, Oxford House School

Exceptional results

Oxford House stands as the undisputed leader when it comes to 11+ examination results in Colchester, consistently delivering the best outcomes.

Our commitment to excellence and the exceptional performance of our pupils make us the top choice for families seeking outstanding educational achievements.

Follow Oxford House on Social Media

🌟Get-in day for Oliver!🎭

We are so excited to finally be in the theatre ready for our production of Oliver! on Saturday, that we thought we'd give you a sneak peak of behind the scenes!

There is so much work that goes into putting on a production and our Performing Arts team work endlessly to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible. 
The pupils have worked so hard during rehearsals and we can't wait for them to get performing on that stage 🤩 

#oliverthemusical #oxfordhouseschool #independentschool #lovetheatre
Screen Time vs Screen Use

At Oxford House School, we aim to promote the benefits of using technology within our classrooms, but we know there is sometimes a misconception about how this works. Understandably, parents are concerned about the amount of 'screen time' their children are having. 

Screen time is the passive consumption of content, such as watching videos, scrolling through social media, and playing non-educational games.

We like to focus on 'screen use', which emphasises the power of interactive and purposeful uses of technology to enhance learning and actively engage pupils. This could be through coding exercises, educational games, research projects, film and animation, and much more! Through active learning, our pupils can develop critical thinking, collaboration, problem-solving, and tech skills, all of which are highly valuable in the modern world.

At Oxford House School, we are able to maximise the benefits of technology by focusing on 'screen use' over 'screen time' and by giving our pupils access to interactive whiteboards in every classroom, tablets, and personal laptops throughout their school journey. This enables them to develop their skills and activities, preparing our pupils to thrive in our rapidly evolving world.

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Open morning 

An exceptional start to your child’s future.

Experience ‘joy in achievement’ at Oxford House where children are inspired to excel both academically and holistically.

A wonderful opportunity to meet our Headteacher, visit the classrooms and experience school life for parents and your children.

Monday 20th May
9.30am - 11.30am

To book a place, please visit our website https://www.oxfordhouseschool.net/open-days-and-visits/
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We currently have a vacancy for a School Receptionist. If you would like to be part of an excellent team, in an exceptional school and think you have the skills and experience required, visit our website to apply.
Did you miss our January Open Day? 

We just had a lovely Open Day in our school! 
Our pupils gave a tour to our guests: visited classes and shared interesting facts about Oxford House.
Thank you to everyone who attended, we hope you had a lovely time.
We are happy to welcome everyone in our next Open Day.

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We are proud to have the Millie’s Mark accreditation

Millie's Mark is awarded to childcare providers exceeding EYFS guidelines by having every Early Years staff member trained in paediatric first aid.

This ensures maximum child safety. This accolade requires 100% staff training and upholding first aid knowledge, offering parents peace of mind.


A charming setting in the heart of Colchester

Nestled in the vibrant heart of Colchester, our charming Victorian mansion offers an exquisite setting for education. Located just a stone's throw away from the town centre, our pupils enjoy the privilege of learning within this distinctive and captivating historical building.

Begin an unforgettable adventure

From Nursery through to Year 6, we get to know and understand every pupil as an individual.

Age 2.5 to 4.5


Age 4 to 5


Age 5 to 7


Age 8 to 11

Oxford House School

Enquiries :01206 573 389