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It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to The Thomas Lord Audley School website.  I hope it gives you a flavour of our school, the things we believe in and our hopes for the young people in our care.

I am incredibly excited to be taking over as the new Headteacher of The Thomas Lord Audley School from January 2021.  I have worked as the Senior Deputy Headteacher at the school since 2013.  We have highly committed staff and amazing students; whilst I take over the school at a difficult time, due to the Coronavirus, I know that I am supported by a very capable Senior Leadership Team as well as highly experienced and effective colleagues in all areas of the school. 

The Thomas Lord Audley School is a high performing, over-subscribed 11-16 comprehensive school, situated to the south of Colchester.  It serves a wide and diverse catchment area, including Old Heath, Monkwick, Shrub End, the villages to the south of Colchester and the community of Mersea Island.


We are very proud of our school and our students.  We think that The Thomas Lord Audley School has a very definite feel to it, one of positivity and challenge but also enjoyment.  Our school is characterised by a positive learning environment and excellent relationships.  We believe that children are more likely to be successful if they work within a secure environment that supports them and allows them to grow and develop.


We aim to ensure our young people leave school not only with the best examination results possible but also with the skills and attributes they need to go on to success in their adult lives.  Our students have excellent attitudes and a real enthusiasm for their studies, we encourage them to adopt a growth mindset and to learn from the challenges they face.  All students are expected to reach their potential.  As a school we take a real pride in their achievements and celebrate their successes.


The website should also provide you with information about the school. If you cannot find what you need, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Yours sincerely,

Simon Essex




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The Thomas Lord Audley School
Monkwick Ave,


01206 547911

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Key staff:

Mr Essex, Headteacher

Mrs Hughes, PA to Headteacher

Mrs Bryant, Deputy Headteacher – Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Rees, SENCO

Mrs Bird, Head of Nelson House

Mr Perry, Head of Austen House

Mrs Finbow-Jeffrey, Head of Darwin House

Mrs Green, Careers Leader

Mr Davies, Site Manager

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