Dr Challoner’s Grammar School

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About Dr Challoner’s Grammar School

Name Dr Challoner’s Grammar School
Website http://www.challoners.com
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr David Atkinson
Address Chesham Road, Amersham, HP6 5HA
Phone Number 01494787500
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Boys
Number of Pupils 1368
Local Authority Buckinghamshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils flourish at Dr Challoner's Grammar School.

They enjoy a first-class, bespoke curriculum and an exceptional range of enrichment experiences. The values of aspiration, kindness and resilience underpin school life. As a result, pupils become intellectually curious, compassionate and responsible in equal measure.

Pupils are proud of their school. They eagerly take part in the wealth of extra-curricular opportunities available.

There is a broad range of academic subjects on offer.

Pupils and sixth-formers value the expertise and subject knowledge of their teachers. Demanding lessons stimulate, motivate and engage pupils. They delight in this challe...nge and achieve exceptionally well.

Pupils' leadership potential is developed particularly well during their time at the school. Rich learning opportunities cultivate work-related skills and a deep understanding of responsible citizenship.

Behaviour and the level of respect shown throughout the school are exemplary.

Any bullying or teasing is extremely rare. Pupils approach all aspects of school life with high levels of maturity. They take a pride in supporting the wider community and charitable causes.

There are secure and trusting relationships between staff and pupils. These ensure that pupils feel safe and very well supported.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The headteacher, governing body and senior leadership team are inspirational.

Together, they have created a united vision and shared ethos across the school. They foster a culture of teamwork, loyalty and aspiration. Their genuine promotion of staff and pupil well-being is their key priority.

There is a shared pride in the continual refinement and improvement of the school. Leaders offer comprehensive training and encourage staff to engage in research projects. Staff feel exceptionally well supported and hold the headteacher and senior leaders in very high regard.

As one teacher stated, 'We love our jobs here.'

Subject leaders and teachers have expert subject knowledge. They judiciously use this and research to hone their planning and ensure that pupils excel.

Teachers design sequences of lessons to build on prior learning and stimulate discussion and debate. As a result, pupils not only aspire to examination success, they develop deep insights into their subjects. For example, in science and mathematics pupils refine and improve their own answers, then are routinely challenged to evaluate these against different models and explanations.

Across the curriculum, teachers use assessment well to interpret pupils' needs. Teachers ensure that pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) make very strong progress.

Pupils study a broad range of subjects in key stage 3.

In key stage 4 all pupils study the three sciences, a modern foreign language, history and/or geography. They also opt to study other subjects. The school has particular strengths in electronics and physical education and has recently invested in improved art and music provision.

Nationally published results show that pupils' progress is well above average, and compares very favourably with that found in similar schools by the end of Year 11.

The school offers a dazzling array of extra-curricular opportunities. These inspire a diverse range of interests and skills.

Pupils enthuse about the range of sporting clubs, dramatic and musical productions, trips, visiting speakers and foreign exchanges that are available. They know that they are lucky to have such dedicated staff. Some pupils and students proudly run extra-curricular clubs themselves.

Older pupils improve their own leadership skills by offering clubs that others would enjoy. These excellent attitudes are sustained in lessons.

Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is expertly planned.

The curriculum develops pupils' understanding of social and cultural issues very well. PSHE topics are integrated with other subjects, enabling pupils to connect their learning. Pupils develop an erudite understanding of British values such as tolerance and the rule of law.

As one new member of staff recalled, 'I am blown away by the support offered for the pupils here. However, within the school there is no elitism, equality is so important.'

The recent expansion of the sixth form to admit girls has been hugely successful.

The quality of education in the sixth form is exceptional, enabling all students to thrive. Sixth-formers play a full role in school life, with many having significant leadership responsibilities. In addition, many students actively support the local community.

Students are supported well to manage their own time and work independently. Careers education is an important part of the curriculum. Students are well informed about different career pathways and future study options.

Over four fifths of sixth-formers gain access to their first choice of the top universities either in the UK or abroad.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Safeguarding leaders ensure that they have up-to-date expertise in all aspects of safeguarding.

They have recently updated recording systems and ensure that a comprehensive package of training is available for all staff. Leaders use their knowledge appropriately to assess levels of risk and decide on appropriate next steps. They work well with external agencies and act determinedly when any pupils require extra help.

The safeguarding team are knowledgeable about the issues that pupils face in the community. Staff modify the curriculum to ensure that what they know about local and national risks becomes included. Pupils understand how to keep themselves safe outside of school and online.

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