We are delighted that Littlegarth School has earned a place in The Good Schools Guide. The review took place in the Spring Term of  2020 and was published in May. The Guide contains independent reviews which are relied upon by parents for their unbiased analysis of exceptional state and fee-paying schools. You can access our review, by clicking here.

Welcome to Littlegarth School; A truly Independent Preparatory School in Colchester, Essex


Littlegarth School is a happy, friendly and forward-thinking, co-educational independent/private school and nursery near Colchester on the Essex/Suffolk border.

Our  school, is a community in which each child has a voice and every person is valued, and where children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 11 thrive as they begin their exciting journey of discovery.

Littlegarth School is a co-educational independent primary school, set in the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which provides a stimulating and supportive learning environment where children are encouraged to reach their potential in all aspects of the curriculum so they develop mentally, physically, socially, morally and spiritually.

Littlegarth School has a strong focus on developing the individual and is dedicated to providing all children with an excellent educational foundation.

We maintain the highest standards of academic work and behaviour, while also giving the children the opportunity to develop as active members of a community.

The School, though Christian in foundation, is non-denominational and welcomes all faiths.

We are proud to have established a reputation for producing happy, confident children who work hard and support each other as they prepare for the various challenges and opportunities ahead of them.

We aim to inspire a lifelong love of learning. Our stimulating and wide-reaching curriculum is designed to enable each pupil to develop a range of talents and to encourage self-confidence. The children enjoy growing up in an environment where the spirit of co-operation and competition combines to provide essential tools for learning.

Our school is a community in which each child has a voice and every individual is valued. The children are taught to appreciate the opinions of others and to understand the differences that may exist between them. We promote high standards of courtesy and behaviour whilst nurturing each individual personality. Every child receives guidance and support to help them achieve their full potential, enabling them to excel in a wide variety of activities.

The best way to gain a true insight into the unique atmosphere of our school is to see the children at work and at play in the idyllic setting of Horkesley Park.

I look forward to welcoming you to Littlegarth. Peter H. Jones B. Ed (Hons) Headmaster


Littlegarth School is a truly independent school and nursery based in Colchester, Essex.