The School wishes for all pupils to discover ‘Labore Confecto Gaudentes’ or ‘Joy in achievement’. Our philosophy is to promote high standards whilst enjoying the process of learning. Oxford House School aims to provide a happy, safe and secure environment for your sons and daughters to learn and develop whilst providing a secure foundation for their growing success.


The School aims to understand and develop the potential that all children possess and to send them on to senior schools as confident, independent, numerate, literate and well-rounded individuals, taking pride in their work and ‘joy in achievement’.

We encourage high standards in behaviour and manners as well as in academic achievement. Pupils are expected to take responsibility for the younger pupils as well as themselves to which they are given positions of authority which help develop their leadership qualities.

Our outstanding curriculum inspires and promotes success academically, while at the same time instilling a love for literature, modern languages, music, dance and drama in the hearts of all our children.  Oxford House teachers pride themselves on producing highly confident and articulate children both academically and creatively.

Our success rate for pupils gaining places in selective state and independent schools is unrivalled in the area and we are extremely proud of our pupils’ individual successes.


Our pupils benefit from being educated in a beautiful Victorian house close to Colchester Town Centre, but at the very start of the schools journey Oxford House School was a small day nursery known as “Little Folks Nursery” founded by Mrs Spendlove in 1959. Within a few years the age range of pupils was extended to include pupils of nursery, infant and junior age. In 1963 the school moved to larger premises in Oxford Road, Colchester and was re-named Oxford House School. In 1968 Mrs Spendlove appointed her son Paul Spendlove as joint Principal. A second move to our present location in Lexden Road, Colchester took place in 1984. This allowed the school to offer better facilities and larger classrooms. In 2006 the school became part of the Cognita Schools Group.

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