The Stanway School is a non-selective 11-16 academy in the west side of Stanway. The school was founded in 1956 and has grown over time to now house 1400 students across 5 year groups. The school is set in grounds to the South West of Colchester and serves a wide catchment area, predominantly to the West of the city, with many small villages making up a lot of its intake. In recent years, a large number of houses have been built within the priority catchment area all around the school. The recent expansion of the school PAN to 1400 students accounts for these developments. Having converted to academy status in May 2013, the school has a Humanities, Maths & Computing specialism and is also part of the Sigma Trust, a family of 12 local schools (8 Secondary Schools and 4 Primary Schools) in North-East Essex.