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  • Chesham Grammar School
    White Hill
    Chesham
    Buckinghamshire
    HP5 1BA
  • Head: Ms Annmarie McNaney Ba Hons
  • T 01494 782854
  • F 01494 775414
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.cheshamgrammar.org
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Buckinghamshire
  • Pupils: 1,277; sixth formers: 371
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness 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 13th March 2014
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 12th February 2009
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

In the south Bucks microcosm of pushy parents, competitive children and a focus on academic excellence at any cost, here you will also find an overwhelmingly kind, nurturing and in many ways relaxed school, coupled with a clear focus on excellence and getting pupils to achieve their very best. Steadily climbing the local academic ladder without having to jeopardise its pupils’ happiness - in the words of one parent: ‘I decided I wanted my daughter to come out of school with her mental health intact...'

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What the school says...

Entrance examination consists of CEM 11+ test administered on behalf of all Bucks grammar schools by local authority.

Previously Chesham High School, converted to an academy 2011.

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Curricula

Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

School associations

State grammar school

Sports

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since 2015, Annmarie McNaney BA PGCE (50s). Educated in Coventry and Bristol (theology and sociology). Having sworn never to follow her mother’s footsteps into teaching, she nonetheless stayed in Bristol to do a PGCE ‘just to fall back on.’ Bitten hard by the bug the first time she stepped into a classroom and turned down graduate traineeships with the NHS and M&S to take up first teaching post at Backwell School – ‘a fantastic place to cut my teeth’ – where she was promoted to assistant head of sixth form.

Joined CGS 20 years ago to the day we visited, as head of sixth form – a job she planned to do ‘for five years’. Promotion to assistant head and then deputy head followed. Part of team that moved the school...

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Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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