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Welcome to ChigwellI am delighted to take this opportunity to introduce you toChigwell School, an independent foundation offering facilitiesfor both boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 18.We offer children a balanced education in a stable, traditionalenvironment, but one nonetheless focused on the future.Renowned for our high academic standards, we set equalstore by our wide range of extra-curricular activities, our welldeveloped sense of pastoral care, and the spiritual dimensionto our life. Chigwell School is, above all, a community inwhich children can grow, for we seek to develop the wholeperson, so that ultimately he or she can enter into the fullnessof life.Working closely with parents, we aim to ensure that when ourpupils leave us at the age of 18, they are ready to enter theworld outside and to play their part in it. We wantChigwellians to be:• Academically well-equipped to obtain good grades in publicexaminations and to succeed at university• Employable - able to work in teams, get things done,show resourcefulness, communicate verbally, on paperand by modern means of technology - and adaptable, withthe capacity to learn new skills• Capable of developing into good citizens, involved in thecommunity• Possessed of a soul, secure and confident in their ownspiritual beliefs and philosophy of life.The School is located in the village of Chigwell, only 10 milesfrom central London and close to the Epping and HainaultForests. Set in its own beautiful grounds of over 70 acres, ourJunior and Senior Schools are able to share a single campus,enabling us to offer an exceptionally stable educationalenvironment. The Junior School caters for children up to theage of 13, the Senior School from 13 onwards. Weoffer boarding facilities for Senior School and in particularSixth Form pupils.The following pages explain how we go about developingthe potential of your sons and daughters. If you would liketo know more and to see for yourselves how our communityworks in practice, we invite you to come and visit us. Mystaff and I would be delighted to meet you and show youour School.David Gibbs HeadmasterArt, Design& TechnologyResourcesfor LearningSport Extra-Curricular ChigwellPast & PresentHow to find us


A School with a soul…Chigwell fosters an environmentwhere children can discover andnurture spiritual values. While theinspiration and ideals of the School'sfoundation are Anglican, nowadaysall the principal world faiths arerepresented on the School's roll, andwe value and respect this importantdimension to our life. We believeworship is important and everyonein the School attends services in theChapel or the Church twice a week.Although these services are groundedin the Christian faith, we drawconsciously on the insights andexperiences of the world's greatreligious traditions and are inclusiveof all pupils. We delight in what wehave in common, but also respectand affirm distinctiveness.Our Chaplain is Anglican, but he ispastor and priest to the wholecommunity. We mark key momentsin the year with special services inwhich the whole School celebratesits inclusive nature in a Christiancontext. We celebrate the Eucharisteach week and prepare pupils forConfirmation if they wish. Our RomanCatholic community celebrates theMass once a term and the Inter-FaithForum is responsible for theorganisation of such events as theannual Diwali celebration.We encourage pupils to takereligion seriously and to developtheir own spiritual life. We havesocieties for members of many faithtraditions, which pupils attend ona voluntary basis.Welcome toChigwellPastoral &AcademicJunior School Senior School Sixth Form& BoardingDrama & Music


...where minds can growThe classroom is at the very heart ofa Chigwell education. The School hasa strong academic tradition and along-standing record of successin public examinations and inOxbridge entrance.We encourage our pupils to develop:• A love of learning• The ability to think logicallyand laterally• The capacity to expressthemselves coherently bothverbally and on paper• Good study habits and thewillingness to take responsibilityfor their own learning andacademic performance.We have high academic expectationsof all our pupils and the pace of workis sustained and challenging. Ourpupils work hard and take theirstudies seriously. Our staff, too, arehighly committed and always willingto give individual help and support topupils of exceptional ability, who mayneed stretching, and to those who findsome areas of the work more difficult.Art, Design& TechnologyResourcesfor LearningSport Extra-Curricular ChigwellPast & PresentHow to find us


A single campus...a sure startJunior SchoolWe aim to provide a consistentapproach to education throughout yourchild’s school career. Our academic andpastoral structures are designed todevelop the seven year-old rightthrough to the end of the teenageyears. We encourage a closerelationship to develop between staffand parents and we believe that it isessential to establish clearcommunications between home andSchool. We achieve this throughregular written reports on pupils' workand progress, consultation evenings,School functions and newsletters.We warmly encourage parents to keepin close contact with us at all times.The Master of the Junior School, isresponsible for pupils and is supportedby a team of form tutors who monitoreach child's academic progress andwell-being and are your principal pointof contact if you wish to discuss anyaspect of your child's progress.Whilst the Junior School operatesseparately from the Senior School,both share the same educationalphilosophy, as well as many facilitiesand teaching staff. Friendships andjoint activities also link Juniors andSeniors, giving pupils a sense ofcontinuity as they progress throughthe School, and everyone can use theSchool's extensive facilities. We teachFrench from the age of seven andintroduce all pupils to other languagesduring their school career.Virtually all pupils transferautomatically to the Senior School,however, if we feel that an individualwill not flourish there, we ensure thatalternatives are discussed well beforethe end of the Junior School.Welcome toChigwellPastoral &AcademicJunior School Senior School Sixth Form& BoardingDrama & Music


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Welcome toChigwellPastoral &AcademicJunior School Senior School Sixth Form& BoardingDrama & Music


Senior School...and a confident futureThe focal point of pupils’ lives in theSenior School is the four houses -Caswalls’, Lambourne, Penn's andSwallow’s - and many pastoral,sporting and social activities areorganised on a house basis. Eachhouse has a housemaster orhousemistress at its head whohas a team of supporting tutors.Every pupil has a house tutorwho oversees all aspects of theireducation, welfare and progress, andis the immediate point of contact forparents. The shared stability andcommon standards promoted by bothhome and the School help smooth thepassage from childhood throughadolescence to adulthood. It is onlyby working together that parents andteachers can seek to give boys andgirls the effective support anddirection they need.Art, Design& TechnologyResourcesfor LearningSport Extra-Curricular ChigwellPast & PresentHow to find us


Sixth Form ...a stepping stone to universityThe Chigwell Sixth Form is avibrant part of the School wherestudents gain a greater sense ofresponsibility and purpose. Most ofour students study four AS subjectsin the Lower Sixth and specialise inthree of these at A level. Our A levelresults are impressive: in recent years99% of Chigwellians have moved onto degree courses at university, ormusic and other specialist colleges,with 10% entering Oxford andCambridge universities.Students can also engage in activitiesbeyond their academic studies. OurGeneral Studies course explores a widerange of issues central to forming abroad understanding of social andpolitical affairs. The Skills andActivities scheme enables them toparticipate in activities such asvoluntary service in the community,sailing, art courses and exploring thehistory of film.The Sixth Form is a privileged place, sostudents enjoy greater freedoms whilstsimultaneously taking on greaterresponsibilities, contributing to theday-to-day working of the School.Many will assume considerableresponsibility for the running ofdifferent areas of the School's life,in chapel, music, drama, sport, and thesocial life of the Sixth Form.We place a great emphasis onpreparing our pupils for life afterSchool. We aim to ensure that studentsare well-informed and that careerdecisions reflect individual strengthsand interests. The Careers andUniversities programme helps to openpupils' minds to the importance andscope of university education, and thecareers available beyond study. Adviceon university entrance plays a centralpart in our work, as does the widercareers’ education programme.Welcome toChigwellPastoral &AcademicJunior School Senior School Sixth Form& BoardingDrama & Music


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Boarding ...learning to live and work togetherOur boarding community is based onsmall, extended family sized houses,where international students and localweekly boarders live together withstaff and their families. This creates afriendly, supportive environment whichis a home from home for our foreignstudents and a stepping stone towardswider horizons for our local students.Although we take boarders fromthe age of 14, most are sixth formers,preparing for university life. For manyit will be their first experience of livingaway from home and with a group ofother young people from manydifferent parts of the world.Academically, boarding can provea real advantage, providing astructured study routine during theweek, supported by help and advicefrom staff. All the house parents ofour boarding houses are Oxford orCambridge graduates and, betweenthem and other teaching staffresident in the houses, the subjectrange covered is broad.Students learn to manage their owntime and develop sound study habits,with academic staff always availableto help with work. They are also ableto use the school week moreefficiently, avoiding travel and havingconvenient access to School facilities.Taken together, these features canreduce some of the stress of schoollife and allow more time for relaxationat the weekend.Many of our sixth form boarders havemet with great academic success.Our Boarding HousesThe oldest and largest of the threeboarding houses is Grange Court, aneighteenth-century mansion offeringspacious and varied accommodationfor up to 40 boys.Sandon Lodge, offeringaccommodation for up to 10 girls,has been the Sixth Form girls' boardinghouse for over thirty years. It is anearly Victorian farmhouse standingin the middle of the School fields,next to an old orchard.Hainault House, the most recentlybuilt of our boarding houses, is agrand, late Victorian house offeringaccommodation for up to 10 girls.Welcome toChigwellPastoral &AcademicJunior School Senior School Sixth Form& BoardingDrama & Music


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Creativity ...thepower of dramaThe School has its own state-of-theart150 seat theatre designed for theuse of the whole School community.In addition to the main auditorium,it includes a green room, rehearsaland teaching spaces, dressing roomsand a foyer.We believe drama is key to developingcreativity and the inter-personal skillswhich are so essential in modern life -the ability to speak in public, tocommunicate with other people, towork in teams and to resolve conflict.Throughout the Junior School, andin the first year of the Senior School,pupils have formal drama lessons.They use these to explore a varietyof issues, building self-confidenceand understanding through role-playand improvisation. They also developpersonal skills and are introduced tothe world of theatre. Many will goon to take Drama and Theatre Studiesat GCSE and A level.Numerous productions take placethroughout the year, giving pupilsopportunities to experience thedemands of developing a role,performing, or working backstagein order to discover the teamworkneeded to stage a show successfully.Sixth formers have the opportunityto cast, design and direct theirown productions.There are also drama clubs, dramaactivities, LAMDA Speech classes,taught by a specialist, and regulartheatre trips to the West End andfurther afield.Welcome toChigwellPastoral &AcademicJunior School Senior School Sixth Form& BoardingDrama & Music


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...music for allThe professionally equipped, purposebuiltWalde Music School providesChigwell's pupils with the opportunityto study a musical instrument. It hasthree teaching rooms, one equippedwith modern music technologyfacilities, eight practice rooms and apercussion room.The Music Department has a lively,buzzing atmosphere and providingmusical opportunities lies at theheart of all it tries to achieve. Givingover 300 lessons per week, it has thebenefit of 23 visiting music teachers.All pupils who learn an instrument areencouraged to participate in the manyensembles in the School.The School's tradition for musichas grown enormously in the last fewyears building a fine reputation in thelocal community. We give performanceexperience at the School to orchestras,choirs, bands and a number ofchamber groups over the year, andwe cater for a wide range of music,including jazz, rock and pop. TheSwing Band entertains at many socialfunctions.We also give regular concerts bothat School and in other venues,notably the huge annual choralconcert at the Walthamstow AssemblyHall. The Chapel Choir has performedrecently at Pembroke College,Cambridge, Chichester Cathedraland Southwark Cathedral in theannual Evensong cycle.Welcome toChigwellPastoral &AcademicJunior School Senior School Sixth Form& BoardingDrama & Music


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Art, design and technology for lifeCreativity is a difficult concept todefine, for it applies equally to thescientist and mathematician as it doesto the artist, designer or performer. Weencourage our pupils to explore theirunique abilities by developing creativesolutions to real tasks.ArtThe Practical Arts Centre has threelarge art and design studios, aworkshop for ceramics and sculpture,a photography darkroom and anexhibition area and is available to allpupils after school and at weekends.There are regular trips to art galleriesin London.Design and TechnologyDesign and Technology preparespupils to participate in today's rapidlychanging world. They learn to thinkand intervene creatively to improvethe quality of products, systems andenvironments, becoming innovatorsand informed, discriminating usersof products.Pupils learn to become creativeproblem solvers, both individually andas members of a team. They combinepractical skills with an understandingof aesthetic, ergonomic, social andenvironmental issues, technology andindustrial practices. They analyse andevaluate existing products as well asproducing their own designs andpractical work.Welcome toChigwellPastoral &AcademicJunior School Senior School Sixth Form& BoardingDrama & Music


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Resources for learningWe believe it is essential thatpupils have access to appropriateresources for learning and in this,as in all aspects of School life, weseek to combine the best traditionalmethods with a forward-lookingand modern approach.LibrariesThere are several libraries in theSchool including the main SwallowLibrary (which is well-stocked withreference works and periodicals), theJunior School Library, and specialistlibraries within the differentdepartments. A full-time, trainedLibrarian has overall responsibilityfor these resources.Information andCommunication TechnologyWe aim to use ICT to enhance teachingand learning in the classroom, and tobuild confidence and familiarity in theuse of technology amongst our pupilsso that they will be at ease in amodern world.We provide networked computingfacilities across the School, includingin the boarding houses, and havehigh-speed Internet access (which issecurely controlled). There are threededicated ICT classrooms which areused for general subject teaching,ICT specific courses and for individualpupil study.Welcome toChigwellPastoral &AcademicJunior School Senior School Sixth Form& BoardingDrama & Music


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A place in the teamSport plays an important part inthe life of the School. We haveoutstanding facilities, including 50acres of expertly maintained playingfields, a fully equipped gymnasium,a modern sports hall, including amulti-purpose area, separate roomsfor weight-training and cardiovascularexercises, a heated outdoorswimming pool, tennis courts andoutstanding cricket nets.We teach all pupils the basics of awide range of sporting activities intime-tabled lessons, introducingthem to concepts of teamwork andself-discipline, and encouragingthem to develop fitness andphysical competence.In the winter terms, the main sportsare soccer, hockey and netball, whilein the summer we concentrate oncricket, athletics, swimming, roundersand tennis. Chigwell enjoys a nationalreputation in soccer, cricket and girls’hockey, and there is a comprehensiveand challenging inter-school fixturelist at all levels for all major games.As well as full-time PE teachers,many members of staff help in runningteams and work alongside professionalcoaches in hockey, cricket, swimmingand tennis.We also teach individual and lesstraditional sports encouraging allpupils, regardless of physical ability,to develop skills that can lead toenjoyable and healthy life.Art, Design& TechnologyResourcesfor LearningSport Extra-Curricular ChigwellPast & PresentHow to find us


Personal development... broadening horizons... in the world beyondA particular feature of Chigwell isthe large number of clubs and societiesoperating outside the classroom. Weencourage all pupils to take fulladvantage of the activities available.All Junior School pupils are involvedin the Adventure Service Challengescheme. Our thriving Scout Troop,with an Explorer Scout Unit for olderboys and girls, meets regularlyand is involved in a variety of out-ofschoolevents.We participate in The Duke ofEdinburgh Award Scheme throughto the Gold Award level and a numberof sixth formers work voluntarilyduring the Summer holidays helpingunderprivileged children in London.An energetic and creative CharityCommittee, consisting of parents,pupils and staff, organises a widevariety of events – the well-establishedChristmas Fayre, sponsored walks andswims, fashion shows, the annualFlower Festival and balloon racesamong others. Many pupils comeinto their own helping to run suchactivities, developing new skills,building confidence and gaining anawareness of the needs of others.The School also has a closerelationship with the neighbouringWinged Fellowship, a residentialholiday home for physically disabledpeople, and many pupils undertakevoluntary work with them.We encourage pupils to learn totravel enquiringly, understandingand appreciating different customsand cultures.There are well-established and regularexchanges with the Waldoerfer Schulein Hamburg and the Collège SaintGabriel, Saint Laurent-sur-Sèvre in theVendée region of France. The mostrecent scout camps took place in theIsle of Man, County Kerry, the ScottishHighlands, the Derbyshire Peak Districtand Cornwall. The South Downs isfamiliar territory to all Chigwellianswho have undertaken the Duke ofEdinburgh Award Scheme.Geographers do field work on theNorth Norfolk Coast and on occasionin New York. Historians visit World WarI battlefields and Berlin as part of theirGCSE and A level courses.The Chaplain has led Chigwellianson extended visits to the Holy TrinityAshram in Tamil Nadu state in India.Our Hockey team has toured Hollandand we have enjoyed winter sports inBulgaria, Andorra, Switzerland, Franceand Norway.Activities Week in the summerterm enables all the Upper Twos(Year 6) to spend a week in Franceor Spain, and all the Fourth Form(Year 8) to experience challenge andopportunities at an outdoor activitiescentre in Wales.A community that caresChigwell School is a community in thewidest sense dedicated to the teachingand learning of its pupils. A committed andhardworking support staff works alongsidethe teachers and all help to create a caringand supportive atmosphere for the youngpeople in our charge.Welcome toChigwellPastoral &AcademicJunior School Senior School Sixth Form& BoardingDrama & Music


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Chigwell – past, present and futureFounded in 1629 by Samuel Harsnett,Archbishop of York and Vice Chancellorof Cambridge University, ChigwellSchool has been at the centre oflearning for nearly four centuries.It has been a member of theHeadmasters and HeadmistressesConference (HMC) for over a century,joining in 1897 when there werefewer than 100 members. Eligibilityto join the HMC dependson a school’s degree of independenceand its academic standards, somembership is an importantendorsement of our reputation.While we are proud of our longhistory – indeed, the original schoolroom, now the library, has been incontinuous use for 375 years – weare equally focussed on the future.To enable us to offer the best possiblefacilities, we have undertaken anextensive building and modernisationprogramme over the past 25 years, yetat the same time have ensured thatmodern developments blend with thetraditional buildings that still formthe nucleus of the School. In this way,a sense of history is preserved, which,in a changing world, provides animportant background and sense ofstability to the day-to-day life andwork of our boys and girls.William Penn, the founder ofPennsylvania, is our most celebratedformer pupil, but generations ofChigwellians have made their markin all walks of life – in government,the City of London, law, medicine,teaching, industry and commerce,and as citizens.Welcome toChigwellPastoral &AcademicJunior School Senior School Sixth Form& BoardingDrama & Music


Our FounderSAMUEL HARSNETT was the son ofa Colchester baker. He was Vicar ofChigwell from 1597 to 1605 andsubsequently rose to high positionin the land. His requirements weredemanding, as illustrated by hisStatutes for the Headmaster, whowas to be 'of a sound religion, neitherPapist nor Puritan, of a sober andhonest conversation, no tippler norhaunter of ale houses, no puffer oftobacco'.Our HousesPENN’S - William Penn (1644-1718),was a pupil from 1653 to 1656.Well connected, he became a Quakerand renounced a promising career atCourt in order to dedicate his life topropagating his vision of a tolerantand humane society in which warand conflict would play no part.CASWALLS’ - five distinguishedCaswall brothers who attendedChigwell School in the 1820s, themost eminent being Edward, poetand famous hymn-writer.LAMBOURNE - Colonel MarkLockwood, MP, who later becameLord Lambourne, Chairman ofGovernors from 1893 to 1922, hewas a local landowner and reformer.SWALLOW’S - Canon Richard DawsonSwallow was Headmaster from 1876to 1911. The reputation of the Schoolwas much enhanced by Swallow, whois often described as the firstheadmaster of the “new regime”.Art, Design& TechnologyResourcesfor LearningSport Extra-Curricular ChigwellPast & PresentHow to find us


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9C8 D1A3745613E1416Key to mapA Main School EntranceB Hainault Entrance & Main Car ParkC King’s HeadD St Mary’s ChurchE Top FieldF Hard Play Area1 Main School Office2 Junior School Entrance & Office3 Swallow Library4 Dining Hall5 Swallow Room6 Chapel7 Church House8 Harsnett’s House9 Grange Court10 Swimming Pool11 Walde Music School12 Queen Mother’s Quad13 New Hall14 Browning Building15 Science Building16 Art & Technology Centre17 Junior School18 Gymnasium19 Sports Hall20 Stanmore House21 Hainault House22 Drama Centre23 Haylands24 Thompson Building25 School Shop


Chigwell at a glance• Independent Co-Educational. Established in 1629• 730 Pupils• 330 Boys and Girls in the Junior School (7-13 year olds)• 400 Boys and Girls in the Senior School (13 -18 year olds)• 90% day, 10% boarding• 160 Boys and Girls in the Sixth FormChigwell School is represented on the Headmasters’ andHeadmistresses’ Conference (HMC) and the IncorporatedAssociation of Preparatory Schools (IAPS)ArrivalThe main ages of entry are:• 7+, 8+ and 11+ when children enter the Junior Schoolas day pupils either from primary or preparatory schools• 16+ when they enter the Sixth Form from a wide rangeof schools both from this country and abroad, either asday or boarding pupils• We set our own entrance exams for children joiningbelow the age of 16, while potential sixth formers areoffered places based on interview and a report fromtheir present school.CHIGWELL SCHOOLChigwell, Essex IG7 6QFTel: 020 8501 5700Fax: 020 8500 6232E-mail: hm@chigwell-school.orgWebsite: www.chigwell-school.orgChigwell School is a Registered Charity No. 310866Designed by 48 Fitzroy. Photography by Daniel Shearing

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