Established in 1962, Dr Challoner’s High School, also known as DCHS for short, is a girls’ grammar school for pupils aged between 11 and 18. Located in Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire, the school was formed when it split from Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, which became an all boys’ school.
Dr Challoner’s High has specialist school status as a Sports College and has a second specialism as a Language College. It also has academy status. An affiliate member of the Girls’ Schools Association, DCHS achieved the Exceptional Schools Award in 2014. In previous years, the school has also been rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. DCHS operates a house system where students compete throughout the year in a range of activities. The five houses are: Bronte, Curie, Nightingale, Pankhurst, and Teresa – all named after inspirational women in history.
For an insight into academic life at Dr Challoner’s High School, take a look at this fundraising film that showcases the school’s achievements:
Address: Dr Challoner’s High School, Cokes Lane, Little Chalfont, HP7 9QB
Admissions Info: [email protected], 01494 763296
School Type: Girls’ Grammar
Number of pupils: 1,042 (approx.)
Number of Places in Year 7: 150 (approx.)
Open Day Date: September
Exam Date: September
Exam Board Type: 11 plus Secondary Transfer Test, GL Assessment
Dr Challoner’s High School is a fully selective grammar school for girls and Year 7 entry is determined by student performance in the 11 plus Secondary Transfer Test, which is created by GL Assessment. Admissions to the school are administered by Buckinghamshire County Council as part of its co-ordinated admissions scheme.
Because the Secondary Transfer Test is new at Dr Challoner’s High School, parents are encouraged to contact the Admissions Team at the local authority if they have any questions. The team can be contacted by emailing [email protected], or by telephone on 01296 388222.
Dr Challoner’s High School holds Open Mornings throughout the year for parents and prospective students. The mornings include a tour of the school campus and the opportunity to meet members of staff. Places are limited so parents should contact the school on 01494 763296 to reserve a place.
The school often receives more applications than there are available places. In such cases, the following oversubscription criteria are used, giving priority to:
Dr Challoner’s High also operates a waiting list. Pupils who are added to the waiting list are ranked in accordance with the school’s oversubscription criteria. If parents decline an offer of a place, they may subsequently re-join the waiting list upon request.
Children who attend a Buckinghamshire primary school are automatically registered and will sit the 11 plus Secondary Transfer Test in their current school. Those who attend partner schools, and schools outside the catchment area, need to be registered for testing through the Bucks online application portal. Exam results are sent to parents before the end of October.
Dr Challoner’s High School uses the 11 plus Secondary Transfer Test for Year 7 entry. The test aims to select the most academically suitable children. It consists of two test papers. The first paper tests students’ comprehension, technical English and verbal reasoning skills. The second test paper consists of non-verbal reasoning, spatial reasoning and maths questions.
Each test last approximately 45 minutes and is multiple-choice. The Secondary Transfer Test is weighted as follows:
Each test is age standardised to ensure fairness to all students. In order to be considered for a Year 7 place at Dr Challoner’s High School, students need to achieve a minimum qualifying score of 121 or above.
As with all Buckinghamshire Grammar schools, students will have the opportunity to take two practice tests two days before the actual exam to familiarise them with the format of the Secondary Transfer Test.
For more information on the 11+ Secondary Transfer Test, please see the Buckinghamshire County Council website.
In order to prepare successfully for the 11 plus Secondary Transfer Test, students need to be organised with a revision schedule. We advise that parents should help their child create a schedule that ensures they cover each topic before the test.
At Exam Papers Plus, we publish practice tests that help children prepare for entrance exams like the Secondary Transfer Test at Dr Challoner’s High School. We suggest that parents introduce practice tests into their child’s revision early, as a means of identifying any weak areas. The more practice tests students complete, the more confident they will feel on test day.
Our practice tests help improve students’ confidence by familiarising them with the format of the test and helping them identify the types of questions they may be asked on the day. As the Secondary Transfer Test approaches, we’d advise students to take our practice tests under exam conditions as a way of improving their time managements skills.
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The information provided about Dr Challoner’s High School was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.
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