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Chigwell School – About

Chigwell School is a co-education school located in Chigwell, encouraging and helping students to fulfil their potential and forge their own paths to success. The school is a nurturing community, ensuring each and every student is well supported and the best they can be, and has strived to empower students since they were opened in 1629.

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Chigwell School – Essential Information

Address: High Road, Chigwell IG7 6QF

Senior School Phone Number: 020 8501 5700

Admissions email:

Students admitted at 11+: Check updated information with the school

Fees: £6,945 per term, £20,835 per year (Senior School)

Link to website:


Old Chigwell school
Chigwell School in 1904

The School was formally founded in 1629 by Samuel Harsnett, the Archbishop of York, opening with 16 ‘poor scholars’. The school grew steadily, and in 1873, a bursary programme for girls to attend other schools was introduced. The sixth-form section then became co-educational and girls were first admitted in 1974. This led to the rest of the school becoming co-ed in 1997.


GCSEs in 2019

Percentage of grades
Grades 9 Around 25%
Grades 7-9 79%
Grades 4-9 99%

A Levels in 2019

Percentage of Grades
Grades A*-A 47%
Grades A*-C 88%

Zoomed out view of Chigwell School

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The school has an 11+ entrance examination, using their own internal examination type. However, the exams are usually in a similar style to private school entrance examinations, which you can see in more detail below.

Private schools
Format Mostly Standard
Layout Whole paper
Separate Answer Sheet Mostly No
Creative writing Yes
Timing Usually 60 mins per paper

Chigwell School – Entrance exam

The exam consists of an English paper and a Mathematics paper, with scholarship interviews and assessments following afterwards. Papers for practice can be found below.

Papers for practice:


2020 Maths Sample Paper – Paper only (FREE)

2020 Maths Sample Paper – Paper with Mark Scheme (FREE)


2019 English Sample Paper – Paper only (FREE)

2019 English Sample Paper – Paper with Mark Scheme