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Dr Challoner's Grammar School
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 of 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.


1 History 2 Extracurricular

2.1 Model United Nations

3 Houses 4 Academics 5 School buildings 6 Notable former pupils 7 Headmasters 8 See also 9 References 10 Further reading 11 External links

History[edit] 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 Buckinghamshire
County 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 in Old Amersham
where 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 the 2007 Ofsted
inspection team and rated outstanding in all 51 criteria.[2] 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".[3] In January 2011 the school became an Academy.[4] Extracurricular[edit] Model United Nations[edit] 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[5]. 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[6],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[7]. Houses[edit] 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 below.[citation needed]

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 house competitions.

House Colour







Year House

2004–2005 Rayner

2005–2006 Pearson

2006–2007 Holman

2007–2008 Holman

2008–2009 Holman

2009–2010 Thorne

2010–2011 Holman

2011–2012 Pearson

2012–2013 Foxell

2013–2014 Holman

2014–2015 Pearson

2015–2016 Pearson

2016–2017 Pearson

Academics[edit] Dr Challoner's has a strong reputation as one of the country's top performing schools.[8] 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[9] and named the country's best grammar school in 2011.[10] In the 2011 GCSEs, boys achieved a 100% pass rate with 50 of the 183 candidates earning all A*-A grades.[11] School buildings[edit]

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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 and Geography). 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 and library. Notable former pupils[edit] See also: Category:People educated at Dr Challoner's Grammar School Notable former students include:

Peter Atkins
Peter Atkins
– physical chemist and textbook author[citation needed] Steve Chandra Savale
Steve Chandra Savale
– guitarist with Asian Dub Foundation Chris Cleave
Chris Cleave
– author Dame Sandra Dawson – Master of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University[12] Graham Fitch – concert pianist Roger Hammond – professional racing cyclist[13] Greg Hands
Greg Hands
– Conservative MP for Chelsea & Fulham and Minister of State for International Trade[14] Elizabeth Laverick (1925-2010) - engineer[15] Dave Legeno
Dave Legeno
– actor ( Fenrir Greyback
Fenrir Greyback
in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) Margaret Mee
Margaret Mee
– botanical artist[16] Roger Moore
Roger Moore
– actor[17] John Mousinho
John Mousinho
– footballer[18] Kenneth Page Oakley – anthropologist[19][20] Alexis Petridis – music critic[21] Dominic Raab
Dominic Raab
– Conservative MP for Esher & Walton[22] 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[23] Mr David Atkinson 2016–[24]

See also[edit]

List of English and Welsh endowed schools (19th century)


^ "URN 136419 Dr Challoner's Grammar School". Edubase/DfE. Retrieved 25 August 2016.  ^ "Full marks for Dr Challoner's". Bucks Free Press. 5 December 2007.  ^ "The Challoner: July 2008" (PDF). Dr Challoner's Grammar School.  ^ "Open academies map and schools submitting applications". Department for Education. Archived from the original on 18 January 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2011.  ^ "International Glory at LIMUN!". Dr Challoner's Grammar School.  ^ "Inaugural Challoner's MUN Conference". Dr Challoner's Grammar School.  ^ "Challoner's MUN Executive Team". Challoner's MUN.  ^ "Challoner's pupils among country's top performers". Bucks Free Press. 19 September 2003.  ^ "RGS and Dr Challoner's named among the best schools in country". Bucks Free Press. 23 January 2003.  ^ "Dr Challoner's named England's best grammar school". Buckinghamshire
Examiner. 17 January 2011. Archived from the original on 21 July 2012.  ^ "Triumphant GCSE
results for Dr Challoner's Grammar School". Buckinghamshire
Examiner. 25 August 2011.  ^ "Famous ex-pupil returns to Amersham
school". Bucks Free Press. Retrieved 20 March 2018.  ^ Buckley, Will (21 April 2007). "Cycling: Hammond handles his personal hell". the Guardian. Retrieved 20 March 2018.  ^ department, Guardian research (31 May 2007). "Which Tory went where?". the Guardian. Retrieved 20 March 2018.  ^ "Oral-History: Elizabeth Laverick - Engineering and Technology History Wiki". ethw.org. Retrieved 20 March 2018.  ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. 2004.  ^ "Tributes pour in as James Bond actor, Sir Roger Moore, dies aged 89". Bucks Free Press. Retrieved 20 March 2018.  ^ "Dr Challoner's Grammar School". www.challoners.com. Retrieved 20 March 2018.  ^ "AIM25 collection description". www.aim25.com. Retrieved 20 March 2018.  ^ "Oakley, Kenneth Page (1911–1981), anthropologist - Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". oxforddnb.com. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/9780198614128.001.0001/odnb-9780198614128-e-31509. Retrieved 20 March 2018.  ^ Petridis, Alexis. "@EddieRobson I was at Challoners' in Amersham
- same fucking deal as Aylesbury Grammar, basically. Lived in LIttle Chalfont". twitter.com. Retrieved 20 March 2018.  ^ " Dominic Raab
Dominic Raab
MP - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 20 March 2018.  ^ "Bucks headteacher to step down after 15 years in the role - Get Bucks". archive.org. 5 July 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2018.  ^ "New head has been announced at a prestigious grammar school - Get Bucks". archive.org. 25 November 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2018. 

Further reading[edit]

F. R. Treadgold, B.A (1973). Dr Challoner and his school. Amersham.  F. R. Treadgold, B.A (1974). "Challoner's" 1624–1974: The story of Dr. Challoner's Grammar School, Amersham. Luton: The Leagrave Press Ltd. ISBN 0-85236-051-7. 

External links[edit]

Department for Education
Department for Education
Performance Tables 2011

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