Karen Gracie-Langrick

Karen Gracie-Langrick

Headteacher. Colchester High School


Karen is an experienced educator with over 25 years within the teaching profession. As Headteacher of Colchester Prep & High School, a multi-award and accredited all through school (for children aged 2-16), she passionately believes that a good quality education has the power to change the lives of all individuals. Karen enjoys enabling pupils to reach their full potential and to become confident, active and conscious citizens of tomorrow’s world.

Karen is also an enthusiastic historian, with a Master's Degree in Heritage Management (BA in Archaeology and Classics) and is co-Director of Design Nature CIC, a social enterprise company that specialises in Sustainability Education.

Colchester High School

Colchester High School is a small co-educational  independent school, for ages 2½ to 16, where inspiring teachers build in the children the confidence, self-belief and strength of character to achieve their full potential whilst nurturing in them a global perspective and a mindfulness for social responsibility which lasts throughout their lives.

Our welcoming environment and combination of small classes and high-quality teaching allows us to give each child the individual attention they need to flourish.  Combined with an enriching and forward-thinking STEAM based curriculum that develops creative and inquisitive minds for tomorrow’s world, our pupils aspire higher to achieve their best.

The school has achieved a double excellent in its recent ISI Inspection; retained its status as a leader in Ed Tech and Innovation as a Microsoft Showcase School (for 3 consecutive years); attained the prestigious Eco Schools Green Flag Award with Distinction (2023); and most recently it gained the ISA Award for Excellence and Innovation in Mental Health and Wellbeing.

It is an education focussed on “Building a Bright Future for All”.