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Why choose St. Margaret’s?

St. Margaret’s Prep School is set in the North Essex village of Gosfield, near the market town of Halstead, and is a co-educational independent primary and nursery school for children from age two to 11.

The school is nestled in an idyllic rural location surrounded by woods and listed parkland, yet we are conveniently close to the A120 with major roads links to Colchester, Chelmsford and Suffolk.

Established since 1946, we are a modern school with traditional values. We provide a firm foundation for learning, preparing your child for entrance to leading independent senior schools, selective grammar schools and good state schools.

But what makes St. Margaret’s so different, so special, is the nurturing heart at our core. We are a family, with the kind of warm and caring approach your child has at home. Happy children love to learn and they love coming to our school!

Academic Results and Senior Schools

We are…CONFIDENT! Senior schools in the area welcome our polite, well-prepared children, many of whom achieve scholarships.

The best Early Years Provision

We are…FUN! Our dedicated, motivated nursery teachers ensure your child learns through sharing, caring and playing.

Exceptional Music Provision

We are…MUSICAL! We value music at our school, so your child will be encouraged to play and sing – many pupils go on to gain a music scholarship.