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Dr Challoner`s Grammar School (Boys)
Chesham Road, HP6 5HA, UK Amersham
+44 (0)1494 787500
www:http://www.challoners.com/e-mail:admin@challoners.com

Welcome from the Headmaster

As the head of Dr Challoner's Grammar School, it gives me great pleasure to introduce our new website. We hope that over the months to come it will develop as a key element in our communication with both parents and the community.

Challoner's is a very special community which aspires to excellence in every field. Our academic results speak for themselves, while our reputation in sport, music, drama and other activities places us alongside the top state schools in Britain. We also aim to provide a disciplined, friendly and caring environment, which allows boys to develop their skills to the full and realise their ambitions.

Challoner's is not a school content to rest on its laurels. In order to provide a top quality education for the 21st Century, we are continually seeking ways to build on the fine traditions of nearly four centuries and adapt to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world. Within the last two years, the school facilities for ICT, Science and Sport have been greatly enhanced and our status as a specialist school in Mathematics and Science is enabling us to develop as a centre of innovation and excellence in the wider community.

Dr M A Fenton
Headmaster

History of the School

Dr Challoner's Grammar School was founded in 1624 in accordance with the last will and testament of Dr Robert Chaloner (spelt with one 'l'). Robert Chaloner was Rector of Amersham from 1576 to 1584, when he took up office as a Canon of Windsor, a post he held until his death in 1621.

In his will, Robert Chaloner left money to establish 'a free gramar scoole in Amersam', as well as £40 a year for a schoolmaster. 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'.

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.

The continued expansion of the Grammar School to its present size of over 1200 boys saw major building projects in the 1950s, 1980s and 1990s. The more recent of these developments have provided the school with some of the most attractive school buildings in the county, complementing the original style of the 1905 block which still forms the hub of the school.

In 2002, Challoner's became one of the first Science Colleges in the United Kingdom, committed to continued excellence in the fields of Mathematics and Science alongside its other all round strengths.


SIXTH FORM

Introduction

Sixth Form Options Evening - Thursday 31st January 2008 19:00

Further Details of this Evening can be found in the Option Evening Brochure, which can be downloaded from here.

External students should apply electronically, via this website. The online application procedure will also be available from the 2nd of February 2007.

The Pattern of A-level Courses

At DCGS, all Sixth Form students follow A-level courses. All A-level subjects consist of two parts: an AS, which will normally be completed in Year 12 and an A2, which is completed in Year 13.

All A-levels are modular. There are 3 modules in each AS and a further 3 modules in A2 subjects. At DCGS, the three AS modules will normally be completed by the end of Year 12. Modules can be retaken, and the better grade will count towards the final award. The A2 modules will be taken in January and June of Year 13. The intention of the bodies who devised the AS/A2 system was that AS should be at a level between GCSE and A-level.

The vast majority of students study 4 main AS courses and a course from the Enrichment Programme. This is a compulsory part of the curriculum and offers an additional qualification on only 1 period a week. We hope to offer General Studies AS, Further Mathematics AS, BTEC iMedia and Asset Languages (Chinese or Russian) in this programme and students will be able to express a preference once they have been offered a place. For some students this programme may be too demanding and they can choose General Studies as one of their 4 AS Options.

In Year 13 students normally continue to study 4 A2 subjects. as well as General Studies, assuming that they have successfully completed the AS course.

In some cases students choose to continue with three subjects from AS to A2 and start a new AS subject in Year 13, thereby ending up with 2 AS and three full A2 qualifications by the end of Year 13. If you are considering this option you should speak to Mr Clare or Mr Holloway.

Games, PSHE, tutorial work and a current affairs lecture are also part of the post 16 curriculum.

Combinations of Subjects

It is not possible for us to offer all combinations of subjects. Rather than publish a list of permitted combinations, we try to arrange the grouping of subjects at a later stage to accommodate as many student choices as possible. Once choice forms are submitted, we will let you know whether we can offer you a place for that combination as soon as possible.

Combinations which include one or more subjects for which we anticipate running only one set can be especially difficult to accommodate. These subjects are: Art, Human Biology, Electronics, German, Government and Politics, ICT, Applied ICT, Law, Further Mathematics, Music, Music Technology, Physical Education and Sport, Spanish. You are advised to nominate alternative combinations if your choice includes more than one of these.

Entry Requirements

Since studying four AS level courses is academically demanding, there is a minimum academic requirement for entry to the Sixth Form. This is:

  • A total GCSE points score of 356 points from the eight best subject results (A* = 58, A = 52, B = 46 etc).
  • The applicant should have achieved at least a Grade B in each of the four subjects he wishes to study at AS level.

Sixth Form Applications

Introduction

The majority of external applications to the Sixth Form are conducted electronically. We therefore invite all external candidates to use our electronic application form to submit their details for consideration. By applying electronically, you ensure that your details will be entered accurately and quickly into our application system, avoiding the delay of paper-based applications.

Electronic Applications

In order to apply, you must complete the following form in full. Any absent information will mean the form will not be submitted for consideration. We require information about yourself, your current school (including contact details), the subjects you are studying at GCSE and your A-Level choices. You will also be asked to supply some further information about your extra-curricular activities and future plans to help support your application.

When you have submitted your application, you will be given an Application Reference Number. Please write this number down as you will need it at any point when you contact the school about your admission. If the application form does not give you a reference number, your application has not been correctly submitted and you may need to re-submit it. If you do receive a reference number, your application has been submitted correctly. Please do not ring the school to confirm that your application has been received in this case.

Decisions

Being a popular and successful school, Dr Challoner's receives a large number of applications to join the Sixth Form each year. All applications will be considered in due course. Please do not follow up your application by contacting the school unless you have a specific and urgent question. Decisions about offers are taken at the end of the spring term. All offers given at that time are conditional, meaning they are reliant upon candidates achieving particular results in their GCSEs. Further details about these conditions would accompany any offer that is made.

Questions?

If you have any problems or questions about applications in general, then please email sixthform-admissions@challoners.com. If you have any specific technical queries about this website, or electronic applications, then please email help@challoners.com.

Applying

2006 Version - The application deadline for entry to the Sixthform in September 2006 has now passed.

2007 Version - Please Click Here to Access the Application Form.

Subjects

Details of the various subjects/courses offered in the Sixth Form are listed below:

Applied ICT download
Art download
Biology download
Business Studies download
Chemistry download
Economics download
Electronics download
English Literature download
French download
Further Mathematics download
General Studies download
Geography download
German download
Government and Politics download
History download
Human Biology download
Infomation and Communication Technology download
Law download
Mathematics download
Music download
Music Technology download
Physical Education and Sports download
Physics download
Religious Studies download
Spanish download
Theatre Studies download



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