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We now have three classes each morning! Children in Oak class are now taught in small, dual year classes in the mornings, rather than in a class covering four year groups. Year 5/6 are in one class taught by the Head teacher, Y3/4 in a separate class taught by a very experienced teacher (both classes have TA support). This means our KS2 class sizes are now similar to those you would normally pay private school fees to achieve!  More details can be read here  


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Have a lovely half term holiday everyone!  If you are a member of a uniformed organisation wear your uniform on Monday 22nd Feb for World Thinking Day

A very warm welcome to our website.

Judged a 'GOOD' school  by Ofsted (March 2014)

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We came 5th out of the TOP 12 Essex schools in the primary performance tables (2013) 

Great Tey Church of England (Controlled) Primary School is a small, friendly community school just outside Colchester.  At Great Tey, it is our strong belief that children learn best when they are happy, calm and engaged and we strive to give children experiences and opportunities which will engage their interest, creating an environment which allows every child to flourish and achieve to the best of their ability.  Children here are well supported by a fantastic team of teachers and teaching assistants. Our children often say that “school feels like a family” – a reflection of the values of cooperation, support, acceptance and friendship that we seek to promote.

I feel very privileged to be the new Headteacher of Great Tey Primary School; to be responsible for each child’s welfare, education and happiness is something I do not take lightly. Every decision that we make is for the benefit of all our children and this enthusiasm and vision is reflected in everything we do.

At Great Tey we value high quality teaching for children and are, therefore, keen to embrace new initiatives to encourage our children to succeed in everything they do. We are proud of our curriculum that promotes inclusion and encourages creativity, recognising that children are individuals and respond differently to different tasks. For this reason, we have recently decided to split our KS2 class into two halves each morning for our Core subject sessions.  This means that Y5 and Y6 currently learn Maths, Literacy, Science, ICT, RE and Grammar in a group of 13 children, taught by the Head teacher with TA support.  Y3 and Y4 are in a group of just 9 children with a teacher and TA support.  This will allow the children to make the best progress possible and, as they go back into a big group in the afternoons for Topic work, Art, PE and Music, they are also able to maintain their friendships with children from other year groups. Our staff, governors, and parents work in unison to ensure that our children receive the best possible education, enabling them to develop academically, spiritually, emotionally, socially and morally.

Please do come and visit our wonderful school, which one parent recently described as a ‘hidden gem’.  We would be delighted to meet you and your children. The children at Great Tey are exceptional and we feel lucky to be a part of their education and future. We hope you will allow us to be a part of your child’s future too.

Mrs Lucy Overton, Headteacher


Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of children and young people and to promoting equality of opportunity for all.  We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
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