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Dr Challoner`s High School (Girls)
Cokes Lane, Little Chalfont, HP7 9QB, UK Amersham
+44 (0)1494 763296

Welcome to Dr Challoner's High School for Girls website.

You can find copies of the latest newsletter , current staff vacancies and contact details for the school.

Prospective parents: 2008

Our open evening this year will be held on Thursday 27 September 2007, 6pm-9pm. Click here for more info.

Dates for academic year 2007/2008

Please see the diary section for next year's dates. (Updated 20th July.)

Summer Term Diary Dates

In order to break the ice and prepare for the new school year, the Parent's Association has organised a number of informal get-togethers for parents and daughters of the five new Year 7 classes. Click here to find out more.

Courtyard Appeal

The school is now ready to move into the next exciting phase of its development. Click here to see our plans for the new performing arts suite "The Courtyard".

Parents' Association

All parents or guardians of DCHS pupils are now automatically members of the Parents' Association. See the PA Website for the program of events, and information about how you can help the PA raise money to support the school.

Top Awards presented to Spanish and Politics Departments

The school has recently been notified that two of our subjects have been awarded top prizes for academic performance. The Good Schools Guide has awarded both the Spanish and the Government & Politics departments with certificates for their A Level results between 2004-2006. The Spanish department achieved the distinction of achieving the best A Level results in any girls’ selective state school in England. The Politics department was presented with the top award of the best politics results of any school in England.

Both awards are testament to the hard work and high performance of the girls in these subjects. Congratulations to both staff and pupils.

Click here for further details

Into the Sixth Form

'Into the Sixth Form' is a booklet covering all aspects of life in the Sixth Form at DCHS. It covers available courses, entry requirements and other important information for entry in 2007. Click here to download the booklet.

Governors Report

The Governors Report to Parents for the school year 2005-6 has now been issued and can be downloaded here as a pdf documents. The financial section of the report can be downloaded seperately here.


The school was inspected by OFSTED on the 11th and 12th of October 2006. The full report can be downloaded here as a pdf file, or viewed via the OFSTED website.

Shopping Vouchers

The latest order forms and information about the school's voucher system are now available on the web

OFCOM Report

Following the survey in 2005 of the phone masts at school OFCOM have carried out a further


School Term and Holiday Dates 2007/08


Open on morning of:

Close at end of afternoon on:

Summer Term 2007

Monday 16 April
Monday 4 June

Thursday 24 May
Friday 20 July

Autumn Term 2007

Wednesday 5 September *
Monday 29 October

Friday 19 October
Friday 21 December

Spring Term 2008

Tuesday 8 January
Monday 25 February

Friday 15 February
Friday 4 April

Summer Term 2008

Monday 21 April
Monday 2 June

Friday 23 May
Wednesday 23 July

* Year 7s start Wednesday 5 Sept 2007. All other years start Thursday 6 Sept 2007.

May Bank Holiday: 5 May 2007
Inservice Training Days:
Friday 23 May, 3 & 4 September. Monday 7 January 2008 is an INSET day.

Please note Easter 2008 falls early in the year: Friday 21st March & Monday 24th March and does not fall within the school holiday break, which will be from Monday 7th April – Friday 18th April inclusive.

Details of the term dates for the academic year 2007/2008 are available from the Buckinghamshire County Council website


Podcasting Launch

The first recording from the DCHS Podcasting Service has been released. It covers the Ontological Argument - part of the A-Level syllabus for Religious Studies. Click on the 'podcast' icon to subscribe to the feed Podcast
Alternatively, you can download the mp3 file directly from this link: Download the audio file directly

The General Study Skills page reproduces a presentation given by Anne Barrett (Head of Year 10) to students in Years 10 and 11.

You may view the politics area of the curriuclum by selecting the Politics link or selecting the menu link to the side of this page

Debating Workshop

Two of Oxford University’s finest debaters visited the school on Wednesday July 4th to give a beginners’ workshop & advanced masterclass to over 50 of our year 8&9 girls. A number of boys from the grammar school also attended and enjoyed an afternoon of tips, advice and debating practice.

One large group participated in a beginners’ guide to the parliamentary style of debating, whilst a smaller group of experienced debaters had their skills honed to perfection in the masterclass. The event was excellent preparation for the lunchtime practice sessions and competitions that our sixth form coaches will be running in the autumn and spring terms.

We would like to thank Tom Shinner, Robin Moss and the sixth form girls who willingly gave up their time to help coach the lower school girls

International Debating Finalists

The debating team

Following their success at the regional round of the International Competition for Young Debaters our year 10 debating team competed in the international finals on April 28th at Cambridge University.

The girls had 3 debates against the top teams from each of the UK regional rounds. Each debate had 4 teams. The girls came 2nd, 4th and 1st, repectively, in their 3 debates, placing them 20th out of 60 overall with individual placings of 14th and 40th in the individual speaker points table out of 120 finalists. Both girls had only debated once before (see below) and will be names to watch out for in the future!

Spanish Department Award

We are delighted with the award for the Spanish department, which reflected both teamwork on the part of all the teachers throughout years 12 and 13 and the ability and dedication of an exceptional group of girls, who totally deserve to be recognised with this award. It also means that we can hold our heads up with the French department who received a similar award last year!

National Schools' Youth Debating

On Saturday January 20th four girls from Years 9 & 10 competed at the world famous Oxford Union as part of the National Schools' Youth Debating Competition. Over 80 schools from around London and the south east competed in teams of two over four rounds of debating. All the Challoner girls involved were first time debaters and did themselves, and the school, proud. At the final reckoning the year 10 team of Anna Stansbury and Jennifer Nice were placed 10th overall, giving them the opportunity to compete in the national finals in late April !

Public Speaking Success

On Thursday 25th February two teams competed in the Rotary Club regional public speaking competition held at Wycombe Abbey School. The girls pictured are the lower school team. They came 2nd in their first ever competition, beating a number of tough and experienced opponents.

History at DCHS

Welcome to the History Department website at Dr Challoner's High School.

History is taught to all students at Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9). Students can then opt to continue their History studies by taking Long Course or Short Course GCSE in Years 10 and 11. History is also studied at AS and A2 level in the Sixth Form.

In History students develop an understanding of some of the complex and fascinating characters and events that have shaped British and world History. We strive to instil an interest in the past, develop enquiring, questioning minds and encourage debate and discussion.

The following pages will give you some idea of the History curriculum through Key Stage 3, Key Stage Four and at A level as well as some other details about the department.

Peter Maynard
Head of History


Welcome to Renaissance, the society for all those whose intellectual and cultural interests push beyond the boundaries of the general curriculum.

This new Society is beginning in April 2007. There are two trips every term to a wide variety of events and performances: lectures, the opera, ballet, concerts, theatre - anything that catches our fancy.

Speakers on all kinds of subjects are invited to talk to us at our meetings, which are held in the School Library after school, fortnightly. Meetings will normally consist of one or two papers delivered by girls, or articles read and points of interest discussed. With the membership we have, discussions are lively and intellectually rigorous!

Membership costs £200 per year for full membership, or £100 for half membership. This can either be paid in a lump sum, or monthly by standing order or termly, by cheque (payable to DCHS). Monthly payments are £20 or £10 for ten months; and the termly cost is £70 (£35) for the Autumn and Summer Terms, and £60 (£30) for the Spring Term. These figures are subject to review, according to the actual costs yearly.

News, plans and discussions are all kept up to date on the Society’s google group, ‘On to R’. Find out more by following this link

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