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  • Chew Valley School
    Chew Lane
    Chew Magna
    BS40 8QB
  • Head: Gareth Beynon
  • T 01275 332272
  • F 01275 333625
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Bath and North East Somerset
  • Pupils: 1,112; sixth formers: 172
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: September for Y7 entry; November for sixth form. Tours by appointment any time.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 8th May 2015
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 30th September 2011
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Head’s enthusiasm is infectious; he is proud of the school he has inherited and impressed by the community spirit and support that makes it what it is today. What impressed us most was the leadership opportunities on offer. To date there are 14 project teams, led and managed by the pupils. The equalities team deserves a special mention as they have achieved national recognition for their campaigning work, addressing a Stonewall Conference in London and being made…

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What the school says...

Chew Valley School is an Academy School and member of the Lighthouse Schools Partnership whose mission is to serve the whole community. We are a non-selective, fully comprehensive school committed to providing excellence and opportunity for all. We believe this philosophy enables us to build community and provide an excellent education not just for learning, but for life. Our outstanding sixth form specialises in A Levels and the AQA Baccalaureate and the majority of 6th formers go on to Higher Education including Oxford and Cambridge. We believe in the value of educating the whole person and extra-curricular provision is a strength of the school. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Environmental Science at an English Comprehensive School (GCE AS level)

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2016, Gareth Beynon (40s). Originally from Wimbledon, Gareth studied geography at Manchester and a masters in education management at the Institute of Education. After 10 years teaching in various schools in Surrey he joined Clevedon School as head of sixth form. He moved on to become deputy head and then head of school. After 12 years he was settled and not looking to move, but the opportunity to be head at Chew Valley was too tempting. His enthusiasm is infectious; he is proud of the school he has inherited and impressed by the community spirit and support that makes it what it is today. Regularly teaches geography and passionate about sport, he is a regular supporter of the school teams. A rugby man, but no longer a player, he now runs (still aching...

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Special Education Needs

Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
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
VI - Visual Impairment

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