Junior School Classes
All pupils have a class teacher who is responsible for their academic and pastoral welfare and who teaches the class for most subjects. He or she will get to know the children well, will help monitor their progress, their extra-curricular involvement, and work to ensure that they are happy and fully involved in school life.
The class teacher is the first point of contact for pupils and their parents, and is therefore the linchpin in the crucial three-way relationship between pupil, parent and school. There are a number of parent evenings but if there are any concerns, parents are encouraged to get in touch straight away.
The Focal Point
The focal point of pupils’ lives in the Senior School is their house. There are four day houses: Caswalls’, Lambourne, Penn’s and Swallow’s. These are the centre of pastoral support and the basis for a wide range of house competitions and activities. Senior School pupils remain in the same house for five years and most are intensely loyal to their house. Older and younger pupils in the same house get to know each other well and support each other. Many competitions bring pupils of different ages together and there are various positions of responsibility within the house system. Each house has a common room where pupils gather to meet and socialise. There is a house assembly or ‘callover’ every day, led by the Housemaster/mistress.
Caswalls’ is named after five distinguished brothers who attended Chigwell School in the 1820s, the most eminent being Edward, poet and famous hymn-writer
Lambourne is named after Colonel Mark Lockwood, who later became Lord Lambourne. He was Chairman of Governors from 1893 to 1922 and was a local landowner and reformer.
Penn’s is named after William Penn (1644-1718) who was a pupil at Chigwell from 1653 to 1656. Well connected, he became a Quaker and renounced a promising career at Court in order to dedicate his life to propagating his vision of a tolerant and humane society in which war and conflict would play no part.
Swallow’s is named after Canon Richard Dawson Swallow who was Headmaster of Chigwell School from 1876 to 1911. The reputation of the School was much enhanced by Swallow, who is often described as the first headmaster of the “new régime”.
The most recent ISI Inspection described the quality of pastoral care as ‘excellent and allows the pupils to develop into responsible young people in an environment which is secure and caring. The strong house system enables pupils of all ages to mix freely and lies at the heart of the successful care. House staff know their pupils well and have effective contact with parents, enabling concerns to be readily addressed.’
Senior School pupils meet with their tutor twice a day and the tutor is the point of contact for parents and other teachers if there are any concerns. He or she monitors progress, wellbeing and extra-curricular involvement, and gets to know the pupils in his or her care.