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What says..

A more positive, conscientious bunch of pupils you’ll be hard pushed to find. Best suited to independent learners, although have no fear if your offspring isn’t at that point quite yet – ‘they get them all self-reliant one way or another, they’re brilliant at it,’ said a parent. Those allergic to relentless testing will be pleased to hear the school has done some trimming back on this front, but you’ll want to be sure they can cope with the fast academic pace. ‘The music department is almost like a conservatoire,’ claimed a parent of a music scholar. ‘It has been transformative for my child – simply outstanding.’ The sheer…

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  • Chigwell School
    High Road
    Chigwell
    Essex
    IG7 6QF
  • Head: Mr Damian King
  • T 020 8501 5700
  • F 020 8500 6232
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.chigwell-school.org
  • Chigwell School is a mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 11 to 18 with a linked junior school that offers boarding. Chigwell School day fees are £22,635 and boarding fees are £39,285 pa. Is Chigwell School a good school? Read the unbiased review here.
  • Read about the best schools in Essex
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Essex
  • Pupils: 607; sixth formers: 179
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: Day £22,635; Boarding £39,285 pa
  • Open days: Main Open Days - 15 June and 28 September 2024
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report
  • Linked schools: Chigwell Junior School

What the school says...

Academic results at all levels are impressive, but Chigwell places an emphasis on providing a rich and full education with opportunities in a whole variety of areas. There is widespread success in sport but drama, music and outdoor pursuits are also very strong with a very high degree of participation, not to mention the variety of clubs and societies. Chigwell has excellent facilities on an extensive site of 100 acres, dating back to 1629. The school provides a welcoming, friendly and caring community but despite the demand for places it retains its medium-sized feel so that pupils and their families are known well. ...Read more

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

Since 2022, Damian King, previously deputy head academic at Dulwich College and before that, head of science at Brighton College and a physics teacher at Eton. He attended Colchester Royal Grammar School (same school as Chigwell’s founder). He has an MA in physics from Mansfield, Oxford. Married to Carrie, with three children.

More than half of the year 7 intake is made up of junior school pupils (the vast majority move up), with the other half from a wide variety of local preps and primaries. Around 400 apply for these 50-odd places (it used to be 40 but has slowly risen). Assessment by interview (separate ones for pupils and parents), along with Atom Learning 11+ tests. Small number of vacancies at 13 (English, maths, and modern foreign language tests). At 16, those moving up within the school are joined by around...

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Special Education Needs

Despite being a selective setting, at Chigwell, we aim to support pupils with various Special Educational Needs or Disabilities through an inclusive approach that is individualised to each pupil. We have a strong Learning Support Department whose aim is to assist pupils who need additional support and ensure they are able to reach their full potential. All pupils are assessed on entry to the school as a means of identifying any specific learning difficulties. This process continues throughout a pupils time at Chigwell with regular internal screening tests. We offer a range of supports to pupils both within the classroom and on a one to one basis that are regularly reviewed with staff, parents and the pupil.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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