Our schools

The Ramsey Academy

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The Ramsey Academy is a successful comprehensive school situated in Halstead, Essex, serving the town and local villages, catering for students aged 11 – 16 years.

The Ramsey Academy gained academy status in August 2013 when it became part of the North Essex Multi Academy (NEMAT). NEMAT consists of two schools: Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form and The Ramsey Academy, Halstead. The overarching aims of the NEMAT are to pursue educational improvement for students across the North Essex area and to engage with other schools and education providers to achieve this.


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Saffron Walden County High School is committed to providing education of exceptional quality for its local community. That we have been successful in this goal is shown by our examination results, our University successes, by our drama and musical performances, by our sporting activity, by the many and varied activities our pupils are involved in.

We have a longstanding history of providing excellent Initial Teacher Training placements as well as working with colleagues from a range of schools in Educational Research and Development. We are committed to ensuring that all our staff has access to the highest quality Continual Professional Development (CPD). This emphasis on CPD means that we have expert facilitators, leaders and coaches within the school who are able to provide support for other schools.

St. Thomas More, Saffron Walden


St. Thomas More Catholic Primary School founded in 1970, is situated in the Diocese of Brentwood and is maintained by the Essex local Education Authority. The school is situated in the parish of Our Lady of Compassion Catholic Church in Saffron Walden. Our parish Priest is Father David Clemens. Our mission is to help children grow spiritually in the love of God. This is a Catholic school that seeks to live out the values of Jesus Christ. We promote these values by our words and deeds, and Catholic doctrine and practice therefore permeates every aspect of the school’s activity.

RA Butler Academy

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RA Butler Academy is situated in the beautiful market town of Saffron Walden in Essex. Built in 1965, the schools were named after RA Butler, a politician who was very influential in the 1944 Education Act. Lord Butler was part of the order of ceremony when the schools officially opened in November 1965.The Academy has attractive grounds with a large grass playing field, recently refurbished buildings and a recently laid all weather astro-turf pitch. The schools each have 2.5 forms of entry.

Notley high School and Braintree Sixth Form


Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form is a very successful and heavily over-subscribed comprehensive school situated in Braintree, Essex. Braintree Sixth Form opened in September 2009, housed in a brand new purpose building.

Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form gained Academy status in August 2011. September 2013 marked the establishment of the North Essex Multi-Academy Trust (NEMAT). NEMAT consists of two schools: Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form and The Ramsey Academy, Halstead. The overarching aims of NEMAT are to pursue educational improvement for students across the North Essex area and to engage with other schools and education providers to achieve this. At this time, The Ramsey Academy, Halstead joined our Braintree Sixth Form partnership.

Katherine Semar Junior School

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Katherine Semar Junior School staff are committed to provide an outstanding education for pupils in Saffron Walden. Not only is it a school where attainment continues to be high, year on year, in English and Mathematics, it is also a school with a passion for developing pupils to achieve highly in sport and music. The Senior Leadership team ensures that a full, engaging and broad foundation curriculum flourishes.

Katherine Semar Infant School

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Katherine Semar Infant school is committed to providing outstanding education to its pupils. We have a team of exceptional staff who are dedicated to providing children with the foundations needed for successful learning. This success is demonstrated by our examination results and confirmed by our outstanding Oftsed grade. It is also evidenced in our innovative INSPIRE curriculum which has been designed to provide the very best opportunities for children to learn in school.

Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport

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Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport is a 11 – 18 mixed comprehensive school with approximately 1,000 pupils on roll. The school is one of the oldest schools in Essex, founded in the year of the Armada, 1588. The school currently admits 171 pupils into each year group who are divided into 6 teaching groups. The school is oversubscribed and applications for the current Year 7 totalled 554 for 168 places. There are currently 140 students in the Sixth Form.

Great Chesterford

At Great Chesterford, you will find a caring Christian environment, with relationships built on mutual respect. Our pastoral system and breadth of opportunities help pupils to achieve beyond their expectations and develop a strong sense of responsibility for themselves, their peers and the wider world; our pupils develop skills for lifelong learning. At Great Chesterford Primary Academy, our children feel safe, happy and challenged. We are proud of our high standards and recognise that our achievements are supported and sustained through a strong partnership between home and school.

Helena Romanes

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We are a mixed 11 – 18 (Academy) Comprehensive School with over 1300 students on roll. The school is situated in beautiful countryside, occupying approximately 35 acres just to the north of Great Dunmow. A Sports and Leisure Centre, shared with the local community, is located on site. We count our links with the local community as one of our key strengths and from September 2004 based our school crest on the coat-of-arms of Great Dunmow, with the kind consent of the Town Council.
The Helena Romanes School provides students with a learning environment that is personalised and challenging. We continue to raise aspirations and make sure every child has the best possible opportunity to succeed.

Hedingham School and Sixth Form

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Hedingham School and Sixth Form is proud of its reputation in the local, and wider, community. We provide a high quality, comprehensive educational experience for all of our students and ensure that each individual’s academic potential is fulfilled. This is demonstrated by examination results and success at University. We value student individuality and the contribution they make to the community. Our students are an asset and are at the heart of everything that we do.

Birchwood High School

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Birchwood High School is a mixed, non-selective 11-18 school with 1400 students on roll. It became a converter academy in 2011.   Its students come from Bishops Stortford and the surrounding villages. The school is fortunate to have undergone a £multi-million expansion programme in recent years to help accommodate demand.  The school employs around 100 teachers and 70 support staff.