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  • Dr Challoner's High School
    Cokes Lane
    Little Chalfont
    HP7 9QB
  • Head: Mr Roe
  • T 01494 763296
  • F 01494 766023
  • E [email protected]
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  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Read about the best schools in Buckinghamshire
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Buckinghamshire
  • Pupils: 1,283; sixth formers: 398
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: Restrictions permitting: Thursday 16th September, Open Evening, Tuesday 21st September, Open Morning, Thursday 11th November, Sixth Form Open Evening, Friday 22nd January, Open Morning, Friday 29th April, Open Morning, Wednesday 29th June, Open Morning
  • 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
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 21st November 2023
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 29th May 2012
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The school is widely praised for its depth of learning - girls here don’t just learn about the subject itself - they drill down deeper, making links with other subjects and doing their own investigations. Budding actors are in for a treat here, with two main school productions performed joint with the boys’ school every year. ‘Normally, one of these is student led,’ says the head. ‘Last year, year 10 wrote Lady of the Flies...'

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What the school says...

Dr Challoner's High School 11+ entrance examinations consist of 2 VR tests administered by the LA.

Converted to an academy 2011.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2015, Alan Roe, previously a member of the senior team at Chesham Grammar School, which he helped towards its outstanding Ofsted rating in 2014. A geographer, he initially taught at the Downs School in west Berkshire, and became head of humanities at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, where he worked for nine years before joining Chesham Grammar in 2011. Teaches geography to year 11s and mainly sees students by appointment and for informal chats around the school – as well as offering birthday teas to year 10 girls in his office (in small groups).

Fairly reserved and not a man to waste words, he is nonetheless engaging and utterly passionate about the school, particularly its mission going forward. In fact, he kicked off his tenure by working with some parents (management...

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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.

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*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.

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