About Chesham Grammar School
The school achieved specialist status in Humanities in 2007. This gave the school the focus on teaching and learning across the school, using English and History as the catalyst, and enabled us to build a new 'state of the art' library and a specialist humanities suite. Chesham Grammar School became an academy in August 2011.
About the School
Chesham Grammar School is a co-educational grammar school in Buckinghamshire. There is a county-wide selection to secondary school at 11+ and there are 13 grammar schools within the county, five of which are co-educational.
Our intake is drawn from a very wide geographical area. The majority of students come from the Chiltern and South Bucks area of Buckinghamshire but we also have students who travel from Hertfordshire and from towns on the Metropolitan Line such as Harrow and Uxbridge.
About the town
Chesham sits in a valley in the Chilterns, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is close to the Bucks/Herts border and is at the end of the Metropolitan Line. Central London, Heathrow and Luton airports are within easy reach and the M25, M4, M1 and M40 are close by, so there are excellent transport links.
About our students
We are very proud of our students. They are highly motivated, hard-working and mature. They leave us as well-rounded, well educated adults. They are encouraged to take part in the very rich and varied extra-curricular life of the school and are given numerous opportunities to develop leadership qualities during their time here. The vast majority stay on into sixth form and then go on to higher education. Each year we send a number of students to Oxford and Cambridge as well as to the Russell Group universities, medical and veterinary schools and music and art colleges.
About our staff
Our teachers are subject specialists who are passionate about their subject. There is an increasing range of extra-curricular work and all staff are encouraged to take part in the programme. There have been a significant number of new, outstanding appointments in the last three years which creates a healthy balance within the staff profile.
Standards are very high. All students are encouraged to fulfil their potential as they move through the school. In 2012, 97.5% achieved A*-C , with overall A*/A grades 59.6%.
Our Sixth Form was rated 'outstanding' in 2009 - with over 69.7% of results being awarded at A*-B. Our CVA score is exceptionally high - and has been as high as the 4th highest of all 164 grammar schools in the county.
We are not complacent and we maintain our focus on further improving our examination results this year and beyond.
In key stages 3 and 4 our curriculum is broad and balanced.
All students sit at least ten full-course GCSE examinations. All students take three separate sciences and a modern foreign language at GCSE, along with mathematics, English language and literature. They must also take a humanities subject and an arts or technology subject in addition to short courses in religious studies and ICT.
At AS and A2, there is a very wide range of subjects on offer, as well as an enrichment programme and compulsory PE.
In terms of extra-curricular activities, we have strong traditions in art, drama, music and sport. There are numerous clubs and activities on offer and our international links are very strong. There are excellent opportunities to travel abroad, through exchanges in French and German, ski trips, world challenge expeditions etc. We have close links with a school in Ghana and our most recent visit took the form of a sports tour. Our work in this area is now used as a model of good practice by Sabre Trust, a charitable organisation with which we work closely. Our annual charity week raises over £11,000 for charities nominated by students in each year group. The School Council and Pupil Research Group both play an important part in the life of the school.