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Dr Challoner’s Grammar School

Here you can read about the school's admission process, exam formats, follow a link to school website and view suggested 11+ Practice Books.

About the School

Dr Challoner's reputation extends back to the early 17th century when the school began educating the boys of Amersham and the surrounding area. Now the school is widely recognised as one of the leading state grammar schools in the country, and is home to 1300 students aged 11-18, including girls in the co-educational Sixth Form.

Dr Challoner's aim is to help all students develop into young adults with the right habits, attitudes and qualifications to take on the challenges of the rapidly changing modern world. Their motto, Excellence with Integrity, is supported by a focus on core values of Aspiration, Kindness and Resilience which help all students develop their academic strengths and a positive place in society.

Those academic strengths regularly yield outstanding results, consistently placing Challoner's among the top 50 state schools in Britain. Staff are proud of the fact that leavers move on to a huge range of university courses at home and abroad. Around 20 students each year win places at Oxford or Cambridge, with a similar number going on to medical school.

Staff are equally proud of those students who identify their particular passion and pursue it at the best locations for that course. Returning alumni often report how well they feel the school has prepared them for the next phase in their lives. The school regard this a true measure of success. In November 2019 Ofsted judged Dr Challoner's outstanding under the framework introduced in September 2019. This report reflects a track record of excellence and innovation.

DCGS converted to academy status in 2011 and is a National Teaching School. In 2016 they became a SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) Centre and in 2021 were designated as the new Teaching School Hub for Buckinghamshire, one of only 87 designated schools in the country.

These functions enable Dr Challoner's to recruit and train the very best teachers to DCGS and other local schools, improving the quality of teaching and leadership. Staff want the people who leave to be kind, caring, comfortable in themselves and open minded to new challenges.

They want them to be happy and optimistic because they are proud of what they have achieved and know how to go about fulfilling their own ambitions for the future. In order to achieve that the school offers a friendly and creative learning environment, with superb opportunities for students to explore new interests, whatever they may be.

Challoner's is a place of energy, life and vigour.

Year 7 11+ Exam Content

Bucks 11 + Exam provided by GL. There are two Secondary Transfer Test papers. They are multiple-choice.  One paper tests  verbal skills including comprehension, technical English and 11+verbal reasoning. The other tests mathematics and 11+ non-verbal skills including spatial reasoning.

How to prepare for the 11+ in 

Dr Challoner’s Grammar School

Parents will often search for 11+ books relevant to Dr Challoner’s Grammar School so that they can help their child prepare  for the 11 plus test.

Practice in all aspects of 11+ Verbal Reasoning and 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning is essential. Developing 11+ English and 11+ maths skills will give your child an advantage when sitting the actual 11+ exam.

Our 11+ Exam Book Shop will offer lots of suitable practice material.



School Type:-

Boys Grammar

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Year 7 Places:-

Year 7 Admission details:-

Approx. 30% of applicants will reach the qualifying score. Places then awarded by distance from school gate.

Exam Format

Bucks 11 + GL Version


Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, Chesham Road, Amersham, HP6 5HA

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