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  • Chew Valley School
    Chew Lane
    Chew Magna
    Bristol
    BS40 8QB
  • Head: Gareth Beynon
  • T 01275 332272
  • F 01275 333625
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.chewvalleyschool.co.uk
  • 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

Head

Since 2016, Gareth Beynon (40s). Originally from Wimbledon, Gareth studied geography at Manchester and a masters in education management at the Institute of Education. Previously head of school at Clevedon School.

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 from the Oxford half marathon when we met).

Lives in Bristol with his wife and daughter. Parents told us, ‘Headteacher is great, on the ball, approachable, experienced, really trying to make a difference and thinking of the future.’ Another...

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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
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
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
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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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.

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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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