Aims & Ethos

The individual is the focus of all the school's activities. The highest standards of conduct, courtesy and consideration for others, appearance, industry and academic achievement are striven for, with an ideal of mutually respectful relationships amongst all members of the school community. Initiative is both demonstrated and encouraged by a committed staff, who give much to the pupils, and ask much of them.
The ethos and values of the school are summed up in its Ethos Statement, Equality Statement and Mission Statement, which are given below:

Ethos Statement
CRGS aims to provide a humane and caring environment in which the character, personality, individuality and awareness of each pupil are developed, and an approach to life is encouraged which accords broadly with Christian values. 
The School seeks to help each pupil to achieve the greatest all-round development and success of which he or she is capable and to promote his or her academic, personal, social, moral and spiritual development.

Equality Statement

The school takes its equalities responsibilities seriously, in line with the 2010 Equality Act. Through the school curriculum, extra-curricular enrichment, policies relating to conduct and behaviour, and the programme of staff development, it aims to:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation;
  • advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic* and persons who do not share it;
  • foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.

Mission Statement
Colchester Royal Grammar School is committed to providing a quality education for its pupils, and aims at excellence in all that it does. High standards and expectations shall permeate every aspect of school life and be evident in the behaviour, attitude and appearance of its pupils.
The school stands for and will actively promote such qualities as: commitment, compassion, courtesy and consideration for others, good humour, industry, integrity, loyalty, pride in achievement, pride in appearance, scholarliness, self-discipline, self-respect and respect for others, service.
The principle priority of this selective grammar school, indeed its raison d'être, is the academic achievement of its pupils. The school strives to raise the aspirations of all pupils, and so to encourage, extend and inspire them, that they obtain examination results that are the utmost they can achieve. Examination success, the outcome of effective teaching and learning, is thus the school's key performance indicator.
Care for the individual as a whole and about his or her personal development and extracurricular involvement complements the emphasis on academic achievement, and demonstrates the richness of the school's provision for its pupils.
A high calibre staff, who are caring, dedicated and enthusiastic, work as a team in the pursuit of the school's aims. CRGS is unashamedly ambitious, striving continually to improve itself, and to enhance its local, national and international reputation.
All staff, pupils, parents and governors are expected to share this vision and to accept their personal responsibility for upholding and improving standards.