It has pioneered a distinctive approach to education based on breadth of study, the importance of studying languages, a deeply embedded international dimension which includes an extensive visits and exchanges programme, Citizenship education and the mission of the International Baccalaureate (IB).

We call these our ‘pillars’ which are each unique to this school, but the way they all interact in a comprehensive school, in the heart of Essex, really does create a school with a difference.

Local children from Ingatestone, Mountnessing and Margaretting are joined by children from Essex, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and London. This diversity provides a rich education which prepares succeeding generations of students for the world they will live and work in. It really is an education fit for the 21st Century. Members of its community – students, staff, and parents alike – talk of ‘the Anglo Family’. A visit to the school will provide a sense of what this means. A culture of high academic standards rooted in traditional values and a modern internationalist outlook underpin the school’s success. This is a relaxed, friendly but purposeful school; a school which is confident in its ambition and passionate about its mission.

We want our young people to be knowledgeable,principled, open-minded, caring, balanced, reflective as well as great inquirers, thinkers, communicators and risk-takers. These characteristics are enshrined in our Learner Profile. It is a school which is determined to ensure that an education with an international dimension is compatible with high academic and personal standards for all of its students whatever their background or ability. Our staff are highly experienced and committed. All teaching staff are qualified in the subjects they teach. Over 90% of their teaching is good or outstanding and we continue to work collaboratively to ensure it continues. Examination performance is significantly above national averages at GCSE and at A level and IB. English Baccalaureate results are amongst the very best of all comprehensive schools.

This performance consistently puts us in the top 10% of all schools. Students enjoy school and talk proudly of it. Behaviour is outstanding.Pastoral care is key to our success – happy learners succeed. Our Year Leaders and Pastoral Managers make this happen and are the vital link in our partnership with parents. Our Special Educational Needs team,supported by a range of Learning Support Assistants, ensure that students of all abilities have access to what we offer. It is a good school because we are not complacent; there is always room for improvement. We set high expectations of ourselves, our students and our parents.