Private Prep School near Halstead

Private Prep School near Halstead

Welcome to our fantastic School!

“Where children are happy. Where individuality is valued and nurtured. Where children can be children!”

St. Margaret’s is a happy, co-educational, independent school set in the beautiful, rural surroundings of Gosfield, Essex. Our central aim is to give all our pupils as many opportunities as possible for intellectual, physical and social growth within a structured, disciplined, yet enjoyable environment.

  • Ages 2 to 11 years
  • Small Class sizes
  • Flexible wraparound care from 8am to 5.20pm daily
  • Extracurricular activities ranging from fencing to cookery
  • After School care for younger siblings
  • Dedicated Special Educational Needs (SEN) Co-ordinator
  • Access to 25 metre swimming pool at Halstead Leisure Centre
  • Broad Language focus with French studied from Nursery upwards

and much more…

“The teaching staff are exceptional, kind, and nurturing. My daughter is being pushed without even realising that she is achieving more than other schools expect. She is comfortable and happy. The community feel, supported by parents and staff, is unique and unparalleled locally.”

Parent,  St Margaret’s Prep School


(2 to 5 years)

Situated in seven acres of delightful listed parkland on the Suffolk/Essex border, our setting offers superb, child-friendly care and learning in Gosfield, North Essex, near the market towns of Halstead, Braintree and Sudbury, Suffolk.


(4 to 5 years)

We put great emphasis on reading, teaching it through phonological awareness and letter recognition. Children read to an adult every day. In maths we focus on number formation, accurate counting and mental arithmetic.


(5 to 7 years)

When children move on from Reception into their purpose built Pre-Prep classrooms, great emphasis is given to mastering basic number, reading and writing skills, using a wide range of teaching styles and resources.


(7 to 11 years)

In the Prep School children continue their journey of learning in a rich and exciting way in line with the National Curriculum, the expectations of the independent curriculum and to prepare them for senior schools and life beyond the classroom.

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