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Dr Challoner's Grammar School
Mottoes Ad Astra Per Aspera (to the stars through difficulties)
Excellence with Integrity
Established 1624
Type Foundation Grammar
Headteacher Dr Mark Fenton
Chairman of Governors Mrs Jane Penton-Hauchard
Founder Dr Robert Chaloner
Specialisms Science and Language College
Location Chesham Road
Amersham
Buckinghamshire
HP6 5HA
England
LEA Buckinghamshire
Ofsted number 110514
Staff 150
Students 1300
Gender Boys
Ages 11 to 18
Houses Foxell, Holman, Newman, Pearson, Rayner, Thorne
Colours Blue, White, Yellow
Website www.challoners.com
Coordinates: 51°40′34″N 0°36′35″W / 51.67622°N 0.60982°W / 51.67622; -0.60982

Dr Challoner's Grammar School, abbreviated to DCGS, is a Foundation Grammar School of approximately 1,300 boys located in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England.

It was founded in 1624 in accordance with the last will and testament of Dr Robert Chaloner (spelt with only one ‘l’). Chaloner 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.

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History

In his will, Robert Chaloner 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 very close links, collaborating especially in music and drama productions

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.

In 2002, Challoner's became one of the first Science Colleges in the United Kingdom. The school started a second specialism as a Language College in April 2007.

In 2005, the school celebrated the 100th anniversary of the move to the current (Chesham Road) site, also building the Centenary Sports Pitch. The current headmaster is Dr. Mark Fenton, who attended Peterhouse, Cambridge University as an undergraduate and Anglia Ruskin University (formerly known as Anglia Polytechnic) as a graduate student.

In that same year, a house system was founded, with each of the six houses named after a previous headmaster: Foxell, Holman, Newman, Pearson, Rayner and Thorne. At the end of each year, a sports day has been run; winning in 2005 was Rayner, in 2006 Pearson and in 2007 and 2008 Holman. An earlier house system with four houses named for those listed in the now forgotten school song as "Buckinghamshire's four mighty men"- Challoner, Hampden, Milton and Penn - was abandoned in 1976.

The school was inspected by Ofsted on 12 November 2007. The report graded the school as "Outstanding" in every category.

The school also has a high number of students securing Oxbridge places, with 27 (14%) in 2010.[citation needed]

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".[1]

Alumni

Notable former students include:

Further reading

  • 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. The Leagrave Press Ltd, Luton. ISBN 0-85236-051-7. 

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