Independent schools are always happy to receive visits from prospective parents and students. Visit a schools in person in vital to determine the suitability of the school for your child.

Here’s our list of upcoming Essex independent school Open Days for the September 2018 intake.

Alleyn Court Preparatory School (Co-ed, Church of England affiliation)
Friday 6 October 2017
Wakering Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS3 0PW
Let us prick your curiosity! Take this opportunity to visit us and explore the school, guided by our Yr6 children. Discover how we prepare children so well for the variety of secondary schools available in the local area and beyond. Appreciate our lovely site, great facilities, confident children and enthusiastic teachers. Find out for yourself why the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate found us to be Excellent in so many different ways. If you are unable to make our Open Morning or you would like a personal tour with Mr Snow, please call Mrs Cain, the Headmaster’s PA, on 01702 582553.
www.alleyn-court.co.uk

Bancroft’s School (Co-ed, Church of England affiliation)
7+ Entry – Saturday 14 October 2017, 10.00-12.00
High Road, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 0RF
Picking the right school for your child is a difficult decision; we recommend that you visit Bancroft’s with your child to get a real feeling for what life is like here. Our Open Mornings and Evenings give you the chance to meet staff and pupils as well as to see our fantastic facilities. For further information, please contact: Prep School (entry at 7+) on 020 8506 6774 or email prep.office@bancrofts.org.
www.bancrofts.org

Braeside School (Girls only)
Wednesday 4 October 2017, Juniors – 9.15am & Seniors – 6pm
130 High Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex IG9 5SD
Attending one of our Open Events is an excellent way to find out more about Braeside School, and our events in October and March are usually extremely busy. The Open Evening in October includes interactive presentations around the school and speeches from the Headmistress, Mrs Osborn and senior pupils. The Open Morning is less formal and shows the school at work. Both events include the opportunity to have a guided tour by some of our older pupils and the chance to talk to them about life at Braeside. You will be able to see displays around the school, observe lessons taking place and meet some of the staff who would be teaching your daughter.
www.braesideschool.co.uk

Chigwell School (Co-ed, Church of England affiliation)
Main Open Day – Saturday 30 September 2017, (Entry at 4+) 12.00-3.00
High Road, Chigwell, Essex IG7 6QF
Talks will be at 12 noon in the Pre Prep School. There will be an opportunity to tour the Pre Prep and then move up to the Main School for a tour there and to hear the Headmaster’s speech. Additional 4+ and 7+ Open Morning on Saturday 7th October 2017.
020 8501 5700
www.chigwell-school.org

Colchester High School (Co-ed)
Saturday 7 October (10.00-1.00), Tuesday 17 October (9.30-12.00), Thursday 19 October (9.30-12.00), Tuesday 16 January (10.00-1.00) & Thursday 18th January (10.00-1.00). Further dates in March/May.
Wellesley Road, Colchester, Essex CO3 3HD
Every term we hold a series of open mornings and other events to give you and your child a chance to look around the school, meet the teachers, talk to our Admissions Registrar, and get a taste of what life is like here. Our forthcoming admissions events are listed below. To book a place, simply use the links provided. If none of the dates are suitable, don’t worry – our Admissions Registrar, Kate Cryne, will be glad to arrange a private tour at your convenience. Just give her a call on 01206 217116.
www.colchesterhighschool.co.uk

Felsted Preparatory School (Co-ed, Church of England affiliation)
Saturday 7 October 2017, from 9.00
Braintree Road, Felsted, Dunmow, Essex CM6 3JL
Attending an Open Day is a great way to find out about Felsted. You will have the opportunity to look around Felsted Preparatory School with your son or daughter and to meet staff and other prospective parents on an informal basis. For Reception, Year 1 and 2 entry, we hold regular open mornings throughout the year in our purpose built Pre-Preparatory Department for this age group, called Stewart House. We would recommend that you attend these days as they are more focused on this area of the school and you will see the school in action (please note that our younger pupils are not in school on a Saturday so you will not be able to see Stewart House in action if you attend a whole school open day on a Saturday).
01371 822610
www.felsted.org

Coopersale Hall School (Co-ed, Christian affiliation)
Tuesday 3 October 2017 at 9.15am
Flux’s Lane, Epping, Essex CM16 7PE
Attending one of our Open Mornings is an excellent way to find out more about Coopersale Hall School. A Coopersale Hall Open Morning takes place on a normal school day providing an opportunity for new parents to gain a real sense of what we offer to their children. We have a creche facility should you wish to leave your child to play whilst going on the tour, but children are very welcome to tour the school as well. Coopersale Hall welcomes parents and their children throughout the academic year. Please contact the Admissions Registrar, Miss G Plampton, if you would like to arrange a personal visit.
www.coopersalehallschool.co.uk

Gosfield School (Co-ed)
Saturday 7 October 2017, 10.00-1.00
Cut Hedge Park, Halstead Road, Gosfield, Halstead, Essex CO9 1PF
Throughout the school year we hold a number of events and activities and we invite families, pupils and local schools to join us. You will need to be registered with us if you would like to book a place at any of these events. Please contact our Marketing Manager on 01787 474 040 or email Sarah.Nicholls@gosfieldschool.org.uk. Alternatively, we are always happy to arrange personal visits throughout the year during term time. Contact our Admissions office on 01787 474 040 or admissions@gosfieldschool.org.uk
www.gosfieldschool.org.uk

Heathcote School (Co-ed)
Saturday 7 October 2017 (10.00-12.30) & Saturday 10th March 2018 (10.00-12.30)
1 Little Baddow Road , Eves Corner, Danbury, Essex CM3 4QB
Heathcote, a small family prep school in the heart of Essex for boys and girls aged 2-11. Our mission is to ensure that every pupil recognises their own self-worth and through their school journey they build character, confidence and compassion as well as a solid academic foundation.
01245 223131
www.heathcoteschool.co.uk

Holmwood House (Co-ed)
Autumn Open Morning TBA
Chitts Hill, Lexden, Colchester, Essex CO3 9ST
The Headmaster and staff of Holmwood House are pleased to invite prospective parents and their children to our Open Mornings. These opportunities allow visitors to experience a school day in action and to meet our staff and pupils. Our next Open Morning takes place during the Autumn Term, the exact date to be confirmed. If you would like to arrange an appointment to visit the school, or if you require any further information, please do not hesitate to call Helen Mitchell, Admissions Registrar, on 01206 574305 or email admissions@holmwood.house.
www.holmwood.essex.sch.uk

Littlegarth School (Co-ed)
Contact for details of next Open Morning
Horkesley Park, Nayland, Colchester, Essex CO6 4JR
We invite prospective parents to attend one of our upcoming Open Mornings to discover Littlegarth and why we have earned our reputation as one of the finest independent schools in Essex. During an Open Morning, prospective parents meet with the Headmaster, Deputy and Registrar. The Headmaster is available throughout the morning to answer questions about the school. Prospective parents are taken on a tour of school and have the opportunity to speak to staff, children and parents of current pupils. For more information on our Open Mornings please call 01206 262332, or email office@littlegarth.essex.sch.uk.
www.littlegarth.essex.sch.uk

New Hall School (Girl & boy divisions – Roman Catholic affiliation)
Saturday 30 September 2017, 9.00-12.00
The Avenue, Boreham, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 3HS
Open Mornings are an ideal way to see New Hall School in action and to meet our students and staff. Tours are available in the Preparatory and Senior School as well as our Sixth Form and boarding provision. If you cannot make our next Open Morning, we will happily arrange a tour at a time to suit you.
01245 467588
www.newhallschool.co.uk

Oaklands School (Co-ed, all faiths)
Thursday 5 October 2017 at 9.15am
8 Albion Hill, Loughton, Essex IG10 4RA
Attending one of our Open Mornings is an excellent way to find out more about Oaklands School. An Oaklands Open Morning takes place on a normal school day providing an opportunity for prospective parents to gain a real sense of what Oaklands has to offer their children. Tours of the school are guided by our Year 6 children who will tell you what life at Oaklands is like from a pupil’s point of view. It is also an opportunity to meet the Headmistress, members of staff and current parents informally over refreshments. Oaklands welcomes personal visits throughout the academic year. Please contact the Miss M Hopwood, the Admissions Registrar, if you would like to arrange a personal visit.
www.oaklandsschool.co.uk

St Anne’s Preparatory School (Co-ed)
Thursday 12th October 2017, 9.30-12.00
154 New London Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 0AW
The best way to get a feel for St. Anne’s Preparatory School and whether it suits you and your child – is to come to see the school for yourselves. Further forthcoming Open Days: Thursday January 18 & Thursday April 18 2018. The timings for all 3 days are 9.30-12.
01245 353488
stannesprep.co.uk

St Mary’s School, Colchester (Girls only)
Kindergarten & Lower School Open Days – Saturday 23 September 2017 (9.30-11.00), Thursday 12 October 2017 (9.30-11.00) & Saturday 17 March 2018 (9.30-11.00)
91 Lexden Road, Colchester, Essex CO3 3RB
Join us for one of our lively and informative Open Days. These are held at the Kindergarten and Lower School and at the Senior School in the Spring and Autumn. Open Days are a chance to see the school, meet our current pupils and staff and chat to our Admissions team, who will be able to give you the information you need to help choose the right school for your child.
01206 572544
www.stmaryscolchester.org.uk

Saint Nicholas School (Co-ed, Christian affiliation)
Saturday 7 October 2017, 10.00-12.00
Hillingdon House, Hobbs Cross Road, Old Harlow, Essex CM17 0NJ
Come and experience our caring ethos which enables our children to develop the confidence and flexibility which allows them to face the demands of modern life. Please contact our Admissions Secretary, Julie Bradley, on 01279 429910 or by emailing admissions@saintnicholasschool.net to register, arrange a personal visit or if you have any queries regarding admission to the school.
www.saintnicholasschool.net

Thorpe Hall School (Co-ed)
Wakering Road, Thorpe Bay, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 3RD
Saturday 21st October 10.00-12.00
The next scheduled Open Day will take place on Saturday 21 October. Alternatively, you can arrange to attend a tour of facilities and find out why Thorpe Hall is among the best independent schools in the county. Please call 01702 582340 to arrange a visit.
www.thorpehall.southend.sch.uk

Widford Lodge (Co-ed)
Friday 20 October 2017, 9.30-12.00
Widford Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 9AN
Choosing the right school for your child is perhaps the most important decision any parent will have to make. Widford Lodge Preparatory School has educated the children of local families, ages 2 ½ to 11, for over 80 years. Come and see the school at work and play and see for yourself what makes Widford Lodge such a happy & successful school.
01245 352581
www.widfordlodge.co.uk

Woodford Green Prep School (Co-ed, Christian affiliation)
Friday 10 November 2017
Glengall Road, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 0BZ
The 7+ Talk and Tour offers an opportunity to meet staff and pupils as well as to see our fantastic facilities. We invite prospective Year 3 parents and pupils to visit our School.
020 8504 5045
www.wgprep.co.uk

Woodlands School – Great Warley (Co-ed)
Saturday 30th September 2017 – 10:00am – 1:00pm
Warley Street, Great Warley, Brentwood, Essex CM13 3LA
These events are open and you therefore do not have to book an appointment, however, if you have any further questions or wish to register your interest please call: 01277 245595 or email: admissions@woodlandsschools.co.uk
www.woodlandsschools.co.uk/great-warley

Woodlands School – Hutton Manor (Co-ed)
Saturday 14th October 2017 from 10:00am – 1:00pm
428 Rayleigh Road, Hutton, Brentwood, Essex CM13 1SD
Attending an Open Day is a great way to find out more about Hutton Manor. You will have the opportunity to look around the facilities and grounds of the School, including Little Acorns Day Nursery (3 months – 5 years), and meet with staff on an informal basis. These events are open and you therefore do not have to book an appointment, however, if you have any further questions or wish to register your interest please call: 01277 245595 or email: admissions@woodlandsschools.co.uk
www.woodlandsschools.co.uk/hutton-manor