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St Margaret’s Prep

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A co-educational independent nursery and preparatory school for children from ages 2 to 11 in the North Essex village of Gosfield, near the market town of Halstead.

Head of School: Callum Douglas

Head’s Philosophy: When you read any information about an Independent school you would expect to see the words ‘unique’ ‘small class sizes’ ‘bringing the best out in each child’ ‘excellent academic results’ and so forth. 

St. Margaret’s offers all of those, but you would expect that from any good Preparatory School. So, what makes us different? Why would we encourage you to put your trust in our school? Parents who send their children to St Margaret’s know they can trust us to make education fun and stimulating. We’ve been established since 1946 so they know our reputation for developing exceptionally well-rounded pupils with a love of learning.

They know our academic results speak for themselves, with our excellence in scholarships, including sport and the arts, especially music. We ensure that every child reaches age 11 well prepared to join the senior school that is just right for them, but what makes St Margaret’s so special for parents is the warm and nurturing heart at its core, with every child valued and treated as an individual to bring out the very best in them.

Quite simply we are a family, with traditional caring family values. You’ll feel it as soon as you see the school in its beautiful parkland setting and step inside the warm and welcoming entrance; you’ll feel it when you see our dedicated team helping every child to flourish, celebrating their achievements and recognising their strengths; most of all you’ll feel it when you meet the children themselves – delightful, happy, thriving and full of life. They are our greatest achievement and we are so proud to be a part of their lives.

We would love to welcome you to visit us, either on one of our open mornings, or on a private tour, and to show you just why we are so proud of our school.

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  • A Pre-Prep classroom.

  • An Art lesson at St Margaret’s.

  • Sport is a key part of school life at this rounded prep school.

  • Pre-prep pupils enjoy the open spaces of the school’s campus.


Address: Gosfield Hall Park, Gosfield, Halstead, Essex CO9 1SE

Number of pupils: 214

Recent Results: We are once again celebrating an outstanding set of results in recent entrance exams for the 25 pupils in Year 6 to some of the region’s top independent and selective grammar schools

A record of 22 scholarships, 11+ places and other academic awards were offered to the children aged 10-11, with some achieving multiple honours, continuing the school’s reputation for a very high level of academic achievement. The children will be taking up a variety of offers for September with pupils moving on to The Royal Hospital School in Holbrook, New Hall School in Chelmsford, Felsted School, Ipswich School, Ipswich High School, The Royal Grammar School in Colchester, The Leys in Cambridge, St. Mary’s In Cambridge, and St. Mary’s in Colchester.

Open Day: Every day is an open day – to book your visit please call Julie Last 01787 472134 or email: [email protected]

Claim to Fame: We are our proud of our alumni which includes entrepreneurs, directors, creatives, musicians and sportsmen – even a professional basketball player in the USA who is 7ft tall!

We are also proud of school’s history. A little-known fact is that in 1807, The Marquis of Buckingham introduced straw hat making to Gosfield village. Soon, the industry spread throughout North Essex. We celebrate this piece of history today by having straw boaters as part of our summer uniform for our younger girls.

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