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 curriculum that promotes inclusion and encourages creativity, recognising that children are individuals and respond differently to different tasks.   We have recently grown from 2 classes to 3 - Y5/6 are taught in a class group of 19 by myself and Mrs Farrer, a very experienced teacher who has recently returned to the school. We have the support of Mrs Baylie, our teaching assistant, every day.  Y3/4 are taught in a class of 21 by Mrs Tucker, who is supported by Mrs Digby Mon - Thurs and Mrs Webb every day.  Our younger children are taught together, which means that reception children fit easily into an already established class, with older ones around to help and support them.  We currently have 6 Reception children in Ducklings, with 18 Year One and Two children in Sparrows Class.  The teachers, Ms Lambert and Mrs Canning, are supported by a team of full-time TAs - Mrs Potter, Mrs Reeve and Mrs Atkins.  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.