← Back to search results
Chigwell School

Chigwell School

High Road, Chigwell, IG7 6QF, Essex

020 8501 5700



Chigwell School
School type Co-educational Day & Boarding Preparatory, Senior & Sixth Form
Founded 1629
Head Teacher Mr Damian King
Co-ed Age Range 4-18 years
Number of pupils 1,074
Number of boys 577
Number of girls 497
Number of boarders 27
Reception to Year 4 £5,325 - £5,695 per term
Year 5 to Year 13 £6,295 - £7,545 per term
Full Boarding £13,095 per term
Associations BSA, HMC, IAPS, ISC


Nestled in the outskirts of London in leafy Essex, Chigwell is a co-educational school for 4 to 18-year-olds with boarding available at Sixth Form. The school was founded in 1629 and for nearly four centuries we have been preparing pupils to go out into the world. Clearly that world has evolved a great deal since then and, whilst we are conscious of our long heritage, we are always looking to innovate so that Chigwellians are well prepared to contribute positively, to inspire change for the better and to continue learning throughout their lives.


We benefit from a unique blend of listed historic buildings, modern facilities and extensive 100-acre grounds. We have a newly opened state-of-the-art Sport & Wellness Centre, dedicated Drama Centre for those aspiring thespians, and Music School that houses many ensembles and our prestigious Choir. We have dedicated buildings for Art, Science, Modern Foreign Languages, English, Maths and even a self-contained Prep School building with its own Library for our Year 3 to Year 6 pupils. The Swallow library, situated in the oldest part of the school, has some wonderful architectural features and is of historical significance.

Our self-contained Pre Prep school was built ten years ago to house Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils. It benefits from its own library, multipurpose hall and dining room, an ICT suite, science, music rooms, spacious playgrounds, a woodland classroom, a fairy garden and an adventure play area.

The school's more recent addition is the Sixth Form Centre which is home to our A Level pupils. It has six classrooms, study and social spaces, and a centre for careers and university advice, as well as a coffee shop and a large seating area.

Our sporting facilities are second to none and we have recently opened our new Sport & Wellness Centre. It is home to a six-lane 25-meter swimming pool, five-court multipurpose sports hall, gym, individual studios, climbing wall, and a café.


Our boarding provision and care have been classified as excellent by ISI. Our four boarding houses are homes from home for approximately 30 Sixth Form international pupils, who come from a range of countries both within Europe and overseas. Our boarders benefit from a homely close-knit and caring support network of houseparents.

Entry Requirements

At 4+ the assessment consists of pupil participation in a range of activities based around numeracy, literacy, listening and responding to stories/songs and joining in with a range of activities centred on the EYFS curriculum. At 7+ and 11+ one can expect an interview followed by an English and a Maths examination. At 13+ candidates will sit an English and Maths paper as well as a Modern Foreign Language of their choice, followed by an interview for successful candidates. Entrance to Sixth Form typically requires 8s and 9s in the subjects being studied at A Level along with an interview and a school report.

Path to Success

Chigwell School is a happy, mutually supportive, family-orientated community in which parents and staff work in partnership to help pupils reach their full potential and where friendships formed often last a lifetime. You will find that we are a busy school where pupils of all ages work closely with each other and their teachers. In Chigwell pupils we look for academic ambition and a genuine eagerness to be involved in all that the school has to offer. Through the curriculum and the wide range of opportunities available to them beyond the classroom, each becomes the very best they can be: independent in spirit, adventurous in approach and empathetic in how they treat others. Ultimately, we aim that each and every pupil will forge their own path to success, true to our motto: Find a way or make a way.

There is a special warmth about the nurturing Chigwell community, with excellent facilities set in a beautiful open site of 100-acres, within view of the City of London.