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  • Dr Challoner's Grammar School
    Chesham Road
    HP6 5HA
  • Head: David Atkinson
  • T 01494 787500
  • F 01494 721862
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  • A mainstream state school for boys aged from 11 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Buckinghamshire
  • Pupils: 1331
  • Religion: None
  • 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 12th November 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

‘Extraordinary’ pastoral care, according to parents. Boys get off to a great start with the thoroughly affable head of year 7 visiting each and every one at their primary school. A well-attended summer sports camp before they join gives those joining in ones and twos from village schools a chance to make friends before term starts.

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What the school says...

Entrance examination consists of: VR tests administered by Bucks County Council.

Converted to an academy January 2011.

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2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking English Language at an English Grammar School (Cambridge Int Certificate Level 1/Level 2)
  • Best performance by Boys taking English Literature at an English Grammar School (Cambridge Int Certificate Level 1/Level 2)

School associations

State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2016, David Atkinson, previously deputy head. Geography degree from Oxford; has taught here ever since, becoming head of geography and director of sixth form on his way up. A chartered geographer, appointed to the Royal Geographical Society in recognition of his work in geographical education, including texts on geomorphology. Has worked to promote wider access to higher education, especially in STEM subjects; leads the Astra Learning Alliance, which provides training and development for teachers in Bucks and Herts.

Academic matters

Unrivalled as Buckinghamshire’s top performing boys’ grammar school, the Challoner’s brand is synonymous far and wide with academic excellence, regularly appearing in the top 20 state schools nationally. Parents and boys unanimous, however, that undue pressure is not the norm, although it is taken as read that underperformance is not acceptable, with one boy...

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Special Education Needs

The school provides support for boys to access the normal curriculum co-ordinated by a SENCO, along with a small amount of one to one support provided by a dedicated SEN teacher.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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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