Rated GOOD by OfSTED (July 2018) and by SIAMs (Nov 2016)

Great Tey Church of England (Controlled) Primary School is a small, friendly community school just outside Colchester.  At Great Tey, it is our strong belief that children learn best when they are happy, calm and engaged and we strive to give children experiences and opportunities which will engage their interest, creating an environment which allows every child to flourish and achieve to the best of their ability.  Children here are well supported by a fantastic team of teachers and teaching assistants. Our children often say that “school feels like a family” – a reflection of the values of cooperation, support, acceptance and friendship that we seek to promote.

I feel very privileged to be the Headteacher of Great Tey Primary School: to be responsible for each child’s welfare, education and happiness is something I do not take lightly. Every decision that we make is for the benefit of all our children and this enthusiasm and vision is reflected in everything we do.

At Great Tey we value high quality teaching for children and are, therefore, keen to embrace new initiatives to encourage our children to succeed in everything they do. We are proud of our new Cornerstones Curriculum that promotes inclusion and encourages creativity, recognising that children are individuals and respond differently to different tasks.   We have recently grown from 3 classes to 4 in order to continue to teach children in small class groups, supported by a teacher and, in most cases, two teaching assistants. 

We currently have 13 Reception children in Ducklings, taught by Mrs. Canning with the support of Mrs. Reeve all day and Mrs. Caves each afternoon.  There are 15 Year One and Two children in Sparrows Class taught by Mrs. Hogkins with the support of Mrs. Potter all day and Mrs. Webb in the mornings.  In the afternoons, Ducklings and Sparrows Class join together into a class of 28, supported by a teacher (either Mrs. Hodgkins or Mrs. Canning) plus three teaching assistants.   Y3/4 are taught in a class of 21 by Mrs. Tucker, who is supported by Mrs. Digby Mon - Thurs and Mrs. Atkins every day.   Y5/6 are taught in a class group of 24 by Mrs. Amey and Mrs. Farrer who have the support of Mrs. Baylie all day and Mrs. Webb in the afternoons.    Our staff, governors, and parents work in unison to ensure that our children receive the best possible education, enabling them to develop academically, spiritually, emotionally, socially and morally.

Please do come and visit our wonderful school, which one parent recently described as a ‘hidden gem’.  We would be delighted to meet you and your children. The children at Great Tey are exceptional and we feel lucky to be a part of their education and future. We hope you will allow us to be a part of your child’s future too.

Mrs Lucy Overton, Headteacher


Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of children and young people and to promoting equality of opportunity for all.  We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.