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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 mainstream state school for pupils aged from 11 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Bath and North East Somerset
  • Pupils: 1,135
  • 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..

Dance department (which caters for boys too) puts on own festival which attracts the twinkle-toed from primaries, secondaries and even universities on occasion. Regular prizes from annual Mid-Somerset Festival. Visual arts appear as rather a poor relation ...

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What the school says...

Chew Valley School is a Foundation School 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 September 2016, Gareth Beynon, previously head of Clevedon School. Geography degree from Manchester and masters in educational management from Institute of Education. Taught in Surrey before moving to leadership position in Clevedon. Keen rugby player (previously) and supporter (currently). Married with one daughter.

Academic matters

Success across the board, particularly impressive for a non-selective school. Everyone does either French or Spanish in year 7, star performers are identified, fast-tracked and encouraged to take up German in year 8. Maths setted from the start, science in broad ability bands, everything else mixed ability groups. GCSE results have risen steadily over the past few years - in 2016, 70 per cent got five plus A*-C including English and maths, 20 per cent A*/A grades. The study camp, run in the Easter holidays, must help. Not flattered by...

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Special Education Needs

Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
Not Applicable
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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