|Colchester County High School for Girls|
|Motto||Wisdom Giveth Life|
|Headmistress||Mrs Elizabeth Ward|
|Chair of Governors||Allan Blundell|
|Specialism||Science and Languages|
|LEA||Essex County Council|
|Ages||11 to 18|
Colchester County High School for Girls is a selective secondary school in Colchester for girls. The school consistently scores high in the league tables for the UK. Entrance to Year 7 is by an academic selection test. Entrance to the Sixth Form is by GCSE grades.
The school was originally located in the Albert Hall in the High Street (now the Co-operative Bank), until its intended premises at the top of North Hill (now the Sixth Form College) were completed. Later, the lower school moved to Greyfriars on East Hill and nearly 50 years ago the whole school moved to Norman Way.
It was founded in 1909 as a girls' school for Colchester, and subsequently became a grammar school admitting girls from North East Essex and beyond on the basis of an 11+ or 13+ selection test. It moved to its present site in 1957. Situated a mile to the west of central Colchester, the school is housed in a old-ish three-storey building. The school is celebrating its centenary in 2009-2010.
The school was one of the first Science Specialist Schools in the country. It later became a specialist Modern Language school as well, teaching French, German, Spanish and Latin.
Wisdom Giveth Life has been the school's motto since the school opened in 1909. This reading is still included in the traditional school assembly at the start of each academic year:
Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.
For Wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.
Consider the work of God:for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?
In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the days of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.—Ecclesiastes, chapter 7, verses 11-14
The uniform for CCHS is a navy blue jumper with the CCHS logo on the left side, light blue blouse (Years 7-9) or a light blue polo shirt for Years 10-11, navy blue skirt, ending At the knee or trousers. Tights must be black or dark blue (although skin coloured tights are also worn), and socks must be dark blue or black. School shoes must be black, navy or brown. Hair bands must be blue black or hair coloured. Sixth formers can wear any clothes that are presentable.