Vision, Values & 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 students, and ask much of them.

The ethos and values of the school are summed up in its Ethos Statement and its 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 student are developed, and an approach to life is encouraged which includes free independent thought and accords with the best of human values.

The school seeks to help each student to achieve the greatest all-round development and success that the student is capable of, and to promote the academic, personal, social, moral and spiritual development of each individual.

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 students, 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 students.

The school stands for and will actively promote such qualities as: commitment, compassion, courtesy and consideration for others, generosity, good humour, industry, integrity, loyalty, pride in achievement, pride in appearance, self-confidence, resilience, scholarliness, self-discipline, self-respect, support and respect for others, and service to the community. Diversity is valued and celebrated, and equality and inclusion central to our values

The principal priority of this selective grammar school, indeed its raison d'étre, is the academic achievement of its students. The academic progress and development of the individual is a fundamental priority; the school strives to raise the aspirations of all students, and so to encourage, extend and inspire them, that they obtain examination results that are the utmost they can achieve. Academic 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 students.

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, students, parents and governors are expected to share this statement of mission and to accept their personal responsibility for upholding and improving standards.


For CRGS to be the best secondary school in the UK and ultimately to provide an education of such high quality that it rivals the very best schools in the world. Through this high quality education and an ethos of excellence within a caring, respectful and supportive environment, the school aims to provide the next generation of leaders and contributors for our society.