Here are just a selection of the #400factsfor400years which continue to be posted on social media to celebrate our 400 Year Anniversary.
We don't know when the school started having a second 'l' in 'Challoner'. The oldest documents we have which date from the start of the 20th Century have the spelling as we know it today. The school was also known as "Amersham Grammar School" well into the 1950s as this blazer badge shows.
1576-84 Robert Chaloner served as Rector of Amersham before becoming Canon of the Twelfth Stall at St George's Chapel Windsor
The School began life in St Mary's Church until a School House was made available under the terms of Dr Chaloner's Will
In 1765 the accounts declared that "all the Trustees were dead" and "the master hacingin left in haste there was no school" Fortunately, Rev Richard Thorne, whom one of our houses is named after today stepped in to turn things around
Edward Rayner served as the first Headmaster 1624-1640. His name now lives on as one of the six school houses. The House Competition is keenly fought each year
Students in 1624 would start at the age of 8 and then matriculate at 14-15. Students were at school 6 days a week for around 12 hours a day with a two hour break for lunch
The first Cricket and football matches were played on Barn Meadow in 1895, in 2021 Hannah Davis became the first girl to play senior cricket at DCGS
Mr Wainwright was the first non-clergy Headmaster and was appointed in 1897 and stayed in post until his death in 1908. His drive and enthusiasm transformed the curriculum. He secured funding from Government for the school's first Science lab which opened in 1898 at a cost of £18. Our two brand new science labs, were completed in spring 2022
The first specialist teacher to be appointed at DCGS was a visiting Art Teacher in 1901. Art continues to thrive at the school today
In 1966 Sixth Form Prefects were dispensed with, the responsibilties to be shared amongst the Sixth Form as a whole.
The Trustees overhauled the school in 1840 and boys were expected to appear at school with "clean hands, faces and shoes"
In 1911 at a cost of £1786 the first extension to the school was made with the addition of what is now the Loarridge Centre, the Humanities rooms and the Music Department
A job advert for a new Headmaster was posted in The Guardian newspaper in January 1886. Applicants were required to be a Clergy of the Church of England and must be able to teach Greek and Latin.
In 2002 in a major sponsorship initiative to raise funds for an expedition to Mongolia, 30 students pulled a Boeing 737 along the runway at Luton Airport.
In May 1947 the Headmaster informed the governors about his idea for a swimming pool, stating that ‘the work of excavation should be started as soon as possible by the boys of the school.’ Unsurprisingly, this idea did not get very far!
15th June 1920 saw the first radio set in use in the school using a crystal set which had been impounded by the government during the war and only just released
1902 saw the school referred to by the Board of Education as "School 201"; by the Country Council as "Amersham Grammar School", by the Governors as "The Free School" or "The Grammar School". But the Headmaster referred to it as "Dr Challoner's Grammar School", the name which has stuck.
Science Colleges were introduced in 2002 and in July 2002 DCGS was one of the first schools in the country to be awarded Science College status.
1902 saw the school referred to by the Board of Education as "School 201"; by the Country Council as "Amersham Grammar School", by the Governors as "The Free School" or "The Grammar School". However, the Headmaster referred to it as "Dr Challoner's Grammar School", the name which has stuck. #400factsfor400years
In September 1892 (130 yrs ago) Amersham Station was built. This had a huge impact on the local area allowing people to commute to London and allowed students to commute out to Challoner's.
In September 1962 Dr Challoner's High School opened for girls to attend with the Grammar School reverting to a boys school once more
Back in 1975, the school bought its first ever computer for £3,000. In 2022, now Year 7s are requested to provide their own iPads, if possible
Storms in January 1989 took the Hall roof off, and again on 3 January 2012 January
Beijing is the only country to host both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games! Former DCGS PE teacher, Paul Dickenson, represented the UK and England as a hammer thrower at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He became a commentator for the BBC and has commentated on every Olympic Games (Winter and Summer) since 1992.
On 19 March 2010 the Bucks Free Press reported that 134 students at DCGS had broken a world record for the the highest number of people to simultaneously complete a Rubik's Cube. They had clicked the cubes into shape in just 12 minutes 38 seconds
Mr Graham (Head of Year 7) was awarded the Exceptional Achievement Award for his work with UKSA over 10 years, on 25 March 2011. He had the honour of being presented the Award by HRH The Princess Royal. Our Year 7s continue to benefit from their UKSA September visits each year, dutifully managed by Mr Graham and Mrs Halpin
After the successful Perfect Pitch fundraising campaign we saw the opening of the new music block and the newly refurbished astroturf in April 2019.
Did you know that students once produced an alternative school magazine called D.O.G.S? For only 20p!
On 20 May 1998, students visited the iconic Concorde and got to go on board the plane.
On 24 May 1974, a Service of Thanksgiving was held at St Paul's Cathedral in London to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the school. Three trains were hired to transport 1500 students up to London. "I was at the school when we celebrated 350 years. The school arranged for the Founders Day service to be held at St Paul’s Cathedral instead of St Mary’s church. They hired three tube trains to transport us and the girls school to Barbican station. The girls were in the front four cars of the train and the boys were in the back four cars. We were not allowed to mix! As I was in the choir we were in the first train in to London and the third train back. It was an amazing day." Steve Boardman
In 2013 the students were excited to meet HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, who came to the school to open the new Sixth Form Centre and Milton Library
Have you heard of Heneritta Busk? She had an overriding interest in education which meant she was elected to Chair of Governors in 1928. She was a pioneer in both education and local politics. You can find out more about her in the 400 Years Anniversary book.
18 October 2011 saw the official opening of a new Performing Arts Studio at DCGS. Former Challoner’s student Rick Warden took time out of his busy acting schedule to conduct the official opening ceremony
In late October 2008 the school was covered in snow - an unusually early time of the year!
The school buildings escaped the ravages of WW2 unscathed, although there was a near miss in 1941 when a plane crashed on the school field!