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Chigwell Junior School
, IG7 6QF, UK Chigwell
+44 (0)2085-015721


Chigwell School is a diverse yet inclusive learning community, dedicated to the exploration of all that life has to offer. We value the unique talents of every one of our members, and seek to develop them in all their exciting variety: thus scholarship is celebrated alongside practical skills, the performing arts together with sporting achievement.

We encourage in all Chigwellians the qualities of honesty and integrity, a love of learning for its own sake, a lively curiosity about the mystery of the world in which they find themselves, and a feeling for the importance of all living things, themselves included. The School’s motto (aut viam inveniam aut faciam “Either I shall find a way or make one”) remains fundamental: it is important that our students develop a determinedly independent spirit, taking responsibility for their own academic progress, their personal health and fitness, their relationships with others and the world around them.

The School is Christian by foundation, but explicitly inclusive, committed to inter-faith dialogue and actively learning from all the different traditions brought to it by its members. We seek to balance an honest search for personal spiritual truth with active engagement in the discoveries of others.


The academic curriculum at Chigwell includes all those activities designed to promote the intellectual, personal, social, physical, spiritual and moral development of our pupils. It includes not only the formal programme of lessons, but the informal programme which includes extra-curricular activities and all the features contributing to the School’s ethos.
The Education Reform Act 1988 places upon state schools a statutory duty to ensure that students follow the National Curriculum. This does not represent the whole of the curriculum available to each student. At Chigwell we offer a wider choice of subjects than the statutory National Curriculum subjects and aim to teach those offered in greater depth, where appropriate, so easing the transition from GCSE to A Level.
Our curriculum aims to offer each pupil breadth, balance, coherence, relevance, differentiation and progression, with the ultimate goal of every pupil fulfilling his or her academic potential in public examinations.

We have high academic expectations of all of our pupils and the pace of work is sustained and challenging. We expect our pupils to work hard and to take their studies seriously.

We aim to give individual help and support to pupils of exceptional ability, who may need stretching, and to those who find some areas of the work more difficult.

At Chigwell our aim is to offer a core of subjects with an element of increased choice for pupils as they progress through the school. We aim to be as flexible as we can in order to provide a choice of subjects that is appropriate to each individual pupil. Core subjects
English, Mathematics, Science, a Modern Foreign Language, Games and PE are core subjects from Lower I (Year 3) up to, and including, the Upper Fifth (Year 11).
• Science is taught from Year 3 to Year 8 inclusive, and then separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) are taught up to the end of Year 11.
• French is currently taught from Year 3 to Year 9 inclusive, where after it becomes an optional subject. A second Modern Foreign Language is introduced in Year 8 and 9. However, all pupils must study at least one MFL to the end of Year 11 at Chigwell.
• History, Geography, Religious Studies, Art and Music are core subjects from Year 3 to Year 9 inclusive.
• PSHE is taught from Year 5 to Year 11 inclusive.
• Drama and ICT are taught from Year 5 to Year 9 inclusive.
• Classics is taught in Year 7 and 8 inclusive.
• DT is taught from Year 7 to Year 9 inclusive.

GCSE Options
All of our pupils study (unless there are exceptional circumstances):
English Literature and Language, Mathematics, Science (Dual or Triple Award as is appropriate) and one Modern Foreign Language (one from French, German, Spanish).
Our pupils then have a choice of 3 further subjects from:
Art (Art and Design or Graphic Design), Drama, Music, DT, Geography, History, RS, Latin, an additional MFL.
Pupils are entered for GCSE examination in all of their core and option subjects. In addition all pupils continue to do Games, PE and PSHE.

Pupils are advised to choose subjects that they enjoy and are hence likely to be good at. Pupils would usually choose at least one Humanities subject and one creative Arts subject; however, this is not a requirement at Chigwell and the choices should be appropriate to the individual pupil.

AS/A2 Options
We aim to offer as broad and as flexible a choice as is possible in the sixth form. All Lower Sixth students choose 4 AS subjects and will be examined in all 4 subjects, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Middle Sixth students normally continue 3 of these subjects to A2 level, but a number choose to complete all 4 courses. (If a student is capable of achieving 4 A grades then a 4 A-Level course is suitable – exceptional students can complete 5 A-Levels in certain circumstances).



A sure start.... a consistent approach on one campus

Pupils enter the Junior School as day pupils either from primary or from preparatory schools when they are 7+, 8+ or 11+.
Our main aim is to provide a consistent approach to education throughout your child’s school career. Consequently, both our academic and pastoral structures are designed to develop the 7year old right through to the end of the teenage years.
The Headmistress, the Deputy Head of the Junior School and the Senior Tutors are responsible for the pastoral care of Junior School Pupils and they are available for consultation by parents or pupils at almost any time. The Form Tutor carefully monitors each pupil's academic progress and general well being and is the principal point of contact if parents wish to discuss any aspect of their children’s progress.

Whilst in many respects the Junior School operates separately from the Senior School, both share the same educational philosophy, as well as many facilities and teaching staff. In addition, friendships and joint activities link both Juniors and Seniors, giving our pupils a sense of continuity as they progress through the School. Everyone has access to all the School's extensive facilities, particularly in the areas of art, music, drama, physical education, games and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). We teach French from the age of seven and introduce all pupils to other languages during their School career.


A confident future

The focal point of pupils' lives in the Senior School are the four houses - Caswalls', Lambourne, Penn's and Swallow's - and many pastoral, sporting and social activities are organised on a house basis.
Each house has a housemaster or housemistress at its head who has a team of supporting tutors.

Every pupil has a house tutor who oversees all aspects of their education, welfare and progress and is the immediate point of contact for parents. The shared stability and common standards promoted by both home and the School help smooth the passage from childhood through adolescence to adulthood. It is only by working together that parents and teachers can seek to give boys and girls the effective support and direction they need.



A stepping stone to university

The Chigwell Sixth Form is a vibrant part of the School where students gain a greater sense of responsibility and purpose. Most of our students study four AS subjects in the Lower Sixth and specialise in three of these in their second year of A level. Chigwell's A level results are impressive: in recent years 99% of Chigwellians have moved on to degree courses at university, or music and other specialist colleges, with 8% entering Oxford and Cambridge universities.

Students also have the opportunity to engage in other activities beyond their academic studies. Our General Studies course enables them to explore a wide range of issues central to forming a broad understanding of social and political affairs. A Skills and Activities scheme enables students to participate in activities such as voluntary service in the community, sailing, art courses and exploring the history of film.

We regard the Sixth Form as a privileged place in the School and so students have the opportunity to enjoy greater freedoms whilst at the same time taking on greater responsibilities. All senior pupils show a general willingness to contribute to the day-to-day working of the School and many will assume considerable responsibility for the running of different areas of the School's life, in Chapel, Music, Drama, Sport and the social life of the Sixth Form.

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