Ethos and Aims

The School’s motto aut viam inveniam aut faciam (find a way or make a way) is as fundamental today as it was at the time of our foundation in 1629. We want Chigwell students to develop a determined, independent spirit, taking responsibility for themselves, their relationships with others, and the world around us.

Our Mission – we aim to be a learning community that aspires to excellence in every facet of its life: spiritual, moral, intellectual, cultural, social, emotional and physical, and through its links with the wider community.
Our Aims
• To provide a high quality rounded education in the broadest sense in which pupils are provided with opportunities and encouragement to develop and discover interests and talents across and beyond the curriculum so that they can play a full part in the life of the School and make a positive contribution to the world of the 21st century thereafter
• To provide the appropriate support to allow all pupils to achieve and fulfil their individual and collective potential
• To establish a community in which learning is encouraged, where pupils develop a love of learning and are challenged to think for themselves with critical and creative curiosity
• To recruit, retain and nurture the best possible staff and provide a stimulating, rewarding and supportive environment for all who are employed at Chigwell
• To encourage an awareness of the spiritual side of life and an inclusive approach to others, within the Christian foundation of the School so that all learn from each other
• To encourage pupils to appreciate their good fortune and their responsibility for others, the community and the environment
• To produce pupils who are able to look back at their time in school with enjoyment, pride, gratitude and a sense of affection

Key Facts

Chigwell at a Glance

Chigwell School was founded in 1629 by Samuel Harsnett, the son of a Colchester baker. He became Vicar of St Mary’s Church, Chigwell, Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University and Archbishop of York. More details about the development of the School over the last four centuries are given  here

In 1629, Chigwell had just 16 ‘poor scholars’ who were all boys. Today there are some 930 pupils with approximately equal numbers of boys and girls with:

119 boys and girls in the Pre Prep (aged 4-7)

412 boys and girls in the Junior School (aged 7-13)

439 boys and girls in the Senior School (aged 13-18)

178 students in the Sixth Form (aged 16-18

30 Sixth Form boarders from 15 countries

The School has a beautiful site covering 100 acres

It has excellent facilities with a highly dedicated staff

Pupils are busy, challenged and pushed to do their very best, but we are also a supportive, caring and friendly school

Chigwell is represented at the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) and the Incorporated Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS)

Chigwell School is an incorporated charity, number 1115098. It exists to provide the best, well balanced education to its pupils