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Grammar School (also known as DCGS, Challoner's Boys or
simply Challoner's) is a selective grammar school for boys, with a
co-educational Sixth Form, in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England. It
was given academy status in January 2011.
It was founded in 1624 in accordance with the last will and testament
Robert Chaloner (spelt with only one "l"). Chaloner, a Doctor of
Divinity, was Rector of
Amersham from 1576 to 1584, when he took up
office as a Canon of Windsor, Berkshire, a post he held until his
death in 1621.
2.1 Model United Nations
5 School buildings
6 Notable former pupils
8 See also
10 Further reading
11 External links
In his will, Robert Challoner left money to establish a grammar school
in Amersham. The school was situated in Old
Amersham for almost three
centuries before moving, with the support of
Council, to its present buildings in Amersham-on-the Hill in 1905. At
this time, the school embraced the principle of co-education for the
first time which, according to the school’s first prospectus in
1906, was "practically universal in America". Each year the boys at
Challoner's celebrate Founder's Day where they attend St Mary's Church
Robert Chaloner was rector.
By 1937, Challoner's was incorporated into the state system of
education and by the early 1950s the school had about 350 boys and
girls on roll. However, plans for expansion to 550 pupils were
overtaken by rapid population growth in the area and the decision was
made to establish a separate school for girls in Little Chalfont: Dr
Challoner's High School, which opened in 1962. The two schools
continue to maintain relatively close links, collaborating especially
in music and drama productions, whilst the Dr Challoner's Debating
Society has staged numerous collaborative events.
The continued expansion of the grammar school to its present size of
over 1,200 boys saw major building projects in the 1950s, 1980s and
1990s, followed by the construction of a large astroturf pitch and
improvements to the sports fields. Another floor has been added on top
of the old library and the new library was reopened in early 2013.
In 2002, Challoner's became one of the first Science Colleges in the
United Kingdom. The school started a second special focus as a
Language College in April 2007. In 2005, the school celebrated the
100th anniversary of the move to the current site on Chesham Road,
also building the Centenary Sports Pitch. The school was commended by
Ofsted inspection team and rated outstanding in all 51
On 1 September 2008, the school officially changed its status from a
Voluntary Controlled school to a Foundation school, on the basis that
"the additional autonomy which foundation status offers will enabled
the school to provide an even better standard of education in the
future". In January 2011 the school became an Academy.
Model United Nations
The school has had large amounts of success with its Model United
Nations society. Almost entirely student-led, teams have traveled to
attend multiple international conferences including HABSMUN and LIMUN.
The teams have been very successful: at
LIMUN 2017 over half of the 16
Year 12 students attending won awards and the Challoner's team won the
conference overall. In 2017, the society won the 'We Made a
Difference Award' in the 2017 Speaker's Schools Council Awards.
In January 2018, the school hosted its first conference, Challoner's
MUN. With over 130 students from 11 schools,the conference was one
of the largest student-led activities to have ever been undertaken,
having been organized by an executive team of 13 students.
The house system was re-established in 2004. An earlier house system
with four houses named for those listed in the original school song as
"Buckinghamshire's four mighty men"—Challoner, Hampden, Milton and
Penn—was abandoned in 1976. The chorus of that song appears
England of shires has a good two score
Each of them brags of her mighty men
Bucks she can boast of her famous four
Challoner, Hampden, Milton and Penn
There are currently six houses, each named after a previous
headmaster. The second table shows which house has won the re-instated
Dr Challoner's has a strong reputation as one of the country's top
performing schools. It was one of two schools named by the
Department of Education (the other being Royal Grammar School, High
Wycombe) as the best performing schools nationwide in the 2003
GCSEs and named the country's best grammar school in 2011. In
the 2011 GCSEs, boys achieved a 100% pass rate with 50 of the 183
candidates earning all A*-A grades.
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The school accommodation comprises a number of major buildings. The
West Court area (Music, History and Religious Studies). 'A' Block
(Business Studies and Economics, Graphics and Art). Admin Block
(School offices and Information Technology), Loarridge Centre and
Language Block. 'Q' Block (English and Library). New Court (English
The Tower Block (Mathematics and Modern Languages) and Science Block
(Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Electronics). The School Hall and
Drama Studio is directly above the canteen. Finally, there is a sports
hall with PE classrooms. Work on a new sixth form centre and library
in 'Q' Block began in January 2012 and was finished in February 2013.
The three storey building houses a new sixth form centre, study room
Notable former pupils
See also: Category:People educated at Dr Challoner's Grammar School
Notable former students include:
Peter Atkins – physical chemist and textbook author
Steve Chandra Savale
Steve Chandra Savale – guitarist with Asian Dub Foundation
Chris Cleave – author
Sandra Dawson – Master of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
Graham Fitch – concert pianist
Roger Hammond – professional racing cyclist
Greg Hands – Conservative MP for Chelsea & Fulham and Minister
of State for International Trade
Elizabeth Laverick (1925-2010) - engineer
Dave Legeno – actor (
Fenrir Greyback in Harry Potter and the
Margaret Mee – botanical artist
Roger Moore – actor
John Mousinho – footballer
Kenneth Page Oakley – anthropologist
Alexis Petridis – music critic
Dominic Raab – Conservative MP for Esher & Walton
Arthur Reynolds – missionary and author
Justin Robertson – DJ and remixer
John Shepherd – scientist
David Wands – academic and educator
Rick Warden – actor
Matt Watson – cricketer
Mr Edward Rayner 1624–1640
Dr Angell 1640–1650
Mr Humphrey Gardiner 1650–1676
Mr John Hughes 1676–1697
Mr Crowfoot 1697–1702 (Dudley Penard officiated – 1698)
Rev Benjamin Robertshaw, MA 1702–1706
Not Known 1706–1790
Rev Richard Thorne, BA 1790–1822
Rev Henry Foyster 1822–1826
Rev Matthew Stalker, BA 1826–1849
Rev W.S. Newman, BA 1849–1850
Rev Edmund J Luce, BA 1850–1862
Rev W. H. Williams, BA 1862–1880
Rev Frederick Weller, MA 1881–1883
Rev W.J. Foxell 1883–1886
Rev Colin J. Creed 1886–1888
Rev Lewis H. Pearson, BA 1888–1889
Rev E.P. Cooper, BA 1889–1897
Mr E.H. Wainwright, BA 1897–1908
Mr R.E. Yates, BA 1908–1935
Mr J.E. Simpson, BSc 1935–1937
Mr T.P. Oakley, BSc (Acting) 1937–1938
Mr Neville Harrow, MA 1938–1956
Mr R. Simm, BA (Acting) 1941–1945
Mr W.C. Porter, BSc 1956–1964
Mr D Holman, MA 1965–1972
Mr J.A. Loarridge, RD, BA, OBE 1972–1992
Mr G.C. Hill, MA 1993–2001
Dr Mark A. Fenton, MA, MSc, 2001–16
Mr David Atkinson 2016–
List of English and Welsh endowed schools (19th century)
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