Dr Challoner’s Grammar School is celebrating the publication of Ofsted’s report following an inspection in early November. In September 2019 Ofsted published a new framework covering Quality of Education, Behaviour & Attitudes, Personal Development, Sixth Form provision and Leadership & Management. A team of five inspectors spent two days looking at all elements of the school’s work and judged that the Chesham Road school is Outstanding in all of those categories. Their report begins “Pupils flourish at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School” and goes on to commend the curriculum, the expertise of the teaching staff and the exceptional range of enrichment experiences.

The full report can be read here.

Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector has said that the new framework has raised the bar for Outstanding schools, and Challoner’s is one of the very first secondary schools in the country to secure this judgement under the challenging new framework.

Inspectors included very detailed analysis of subjects, including English, Maths and Science, in their review, but also focussed on students’ personal development, staff wellbeing and professional development

Headmaster David Atkinson said: “Our whole school community is rightly proud of this report. It is a testament to many years of commitment from staff and students alike, and it is very rewarding to have that recognised by the inspectors. The school’s ethos of delivering an academically excellent education while also developing young people who have the aspiration, kindness and resilience to do good with that education shines through in this report. The quality of learning and teaching, and the personalised care and attention our students receive is reflected in this report.”

Shaun Kennedy, Chair of Governors said: “This is a fantastic endorsement of the journey that we are on. Outcomes of this quality don’t come about by accident but as a result of the right people doing the right things in the right way. Very well done to all the staff at DCGS”