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  • Chelmsford County High School for Girls
    Broomfield Road
    CM1 1RW
  • Head: Stephen Lawlor
  • T 01245 352592
  • F 01245 345746
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Essex
  • Pupils: 967; sixth formers: 242
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: June for Year 7 and October for Sixth Form
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 20th September 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Not a school for girls who can’t keep up with a fast pace of learning – although students insist all personalities fit in, including the very shy. ‘I remember one particular girl who wouldn’t say boo to a goose when she started here – she went onto be a medic at Cambridge and is a great public speaker now. And that’s the thing here – it doesn’t matter if you arrive without confidence because that’s the bit we will transform,’ says head...

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What the school says...

A high achieving girls' selective school where students have a great deal of fun while they learn!

Became an academy January 2011.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


From September 2019, Stephen Lawlor, formerly deputy head.

Academic matters

A real star of the league tables, twinkling brightly among the UK's top 10 state girls’ schools - and outshining all but the most hefty-fee-ed of the public schools. ‘We benchmark our practice with the 19 girls’ grammars around the country with similar intake to ours – and this year we came fifth,’ says the head. Indeed, the academic achievement is famously sky high, with 11 A*/9-8s at GCSE common and regular achievers of four As at A level. In 2018, 87 per cent A*/A grades at GCSE. At A level, 75 per cent of grades were A*/B and 49 per cent A*/A. Results strong across the board, with no one subject area standing out.

Students praise the high quality teaching – all...

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