St. Margaret’s Nursery & Prep School, Essex
St. Margaret’s is an exceptional private nursery and day school – set in acres of listed parkland in the North Essex village of Gosfield. We welcome girls and boys aged two to 11. Our private nursery and preparatory school is nestled in an idyllic rural location near the market town of Halstead, close to the A120 and with access into Colchester, Chelmsford and Suffolk.
We offer specialist teaching across the curriculum, combined with a home-from-home family feel, to give your child the very best start. Our specially designed nursery is at the heart of our school, providing space to learn through play, build friendships and explore the world on their doorstep. Nursery (ages 2 to 4 years) and Reception (4 & 5 years) children also enjoy their own play and discovery outdoor area.
Small class sizes continue into all areas across the curriculum for Pre-Prep (ages 5 to 7 years) and Prep (7 to 11 years), giving your child many opportunities to grow intellectually, physically and socially. Our team of dedicated and enthusiastic, highly qualified nursery practitioners, class teachers and teaching assistants help pupils to discover the joy in new things and find out what really drives them, across a broad range of subjects and activities. From languages, science and maths, to sport and all aspects of the arts, with a particular strength in music, we have something to suit every child.
We are a non-selective school where happy children make excellent progress. The truly preparatory ethos of St. Margaret’s opens up a life of choices for their next stage. At the end of their time with us, all pupils leave for the senior school of their choosing, with many being offered a scholarship, grammar school place or both.
We would love to meet your family and show you around. Please contact us to book a private tour or to reserve your place at a forthcoming open event or fun family experience.
Our School Vision
“To provide a secure and happy environment in which every child is helped to fulfil their potential, to emerge with maturity, confidence and a sense of independence”
We want… every child to love coming to school and to love learning.
We want… all children to feel secure and cared for.
We believe… in teaching the whole child and finding exciting ways to enhance their learning experience so that when they leave St. Margaret’s they say what a fantastic school it is in every way.
And this is what we aim to do
Provide a high quality education, where children can grow in knowledge and understanding.
Equip all children with appropriate skills, attitudes and values.
Create an environment where every child can fulfil their potential.
Encourage every child to benefit from our caring staff and fine facilities.
Enable every child to communicate with confidence in every situation.
Treat every child with the highest standards of courtesy, loyalty, honesty and fairness, and expect the same from them in return.
What makes a St Margaret’s Pupil?
Joyful, creative & determined
Proud of our learning journey
Kind, caring friends
Respectful global citizens
These are the five main values of a St Margaret’s pupil.
What our parents say…
“St. Margaret’s has given my children the best start in life. Giving them the opportunity to become their best, in a nurturing environment.”
“Supportive and loving environment, which enables the children to develop to their potential.”
“St. Margaret’s has such a family feel about it. The staff care for the children so much and really do want what is best for them all.”
“The school has just been amazing for my son’s development. The range of topics covered and the wider, all-round education he is receiving is just fantastic.”
“St. Margaret’s is a lovely, caring school with the right balance of focus between academic achievement and pastoral care.”
Voice of the Parent survey, 2020
Nursery at St. Margaret's
Two, three and four-year-olds thrive in our well-equipped, purpose-built new nursery. We go over and above the Early Years national curriculum with specialist teaching including in French and Music and weekly activities including cookery. It is the perfect springboard for school.
Children aged four and five join Reception from nurseries including our own. The timetable includes daily maths and literacy lessons, delivered through games and play, specialist teaching including French and visits to the school library and ICT suite.
Academic Results & Senior Schools
All pupils leave us for senior school at the end of Year 6. The superb, rounded education we provide as a preparatory school means our children are spoilt for choice when considering their next step, typically being offered a scholarship, grammar school place or both.
Exceptional Music Provision
St. Margaret’s is renowned for musical passion and prowess. Our incredible Director of Music is supported by 13 peripatetic musicians teaching piano, cello and French horn, to name but a few. We have pupil choirs, ensembles, bands and music clubs – not to mention an orchestra!