Chigwell: schools guide

Primary schools in Chigwell are judged “good” by Ofsted, but the state secondary schools fare better.
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Most primary schools in and around Chigwell are judged to be “good” by the Ofsted education watchdog although none are “outstanding” and the village school, Chigwell Primary in the High Road, is only judged “satisfactory”. The state secondary schools fare better.  The best performing local comprehensives are: West Hatch High (co-ed, ages 11 to 18) in the High Road; Davenant Foundation (co-ed, ages 11 to 18), a Christian school which also accepts Jewish pupils, in Loughton; Debden Park (co-ed, ages 11 to 16) also in Loughton; Trinity Catholic High (co-ed, ages 11 to 18) in Woodford; and Beal High (co-ed, ages 11 to 18) also in Woodford.

There are two grammar schools, both of which are judged to be “outstanding”: Woodford County High (girls, ages 11 to 18) in Woodford Green and Ilford County High (boys, ages 11 to 18).

There are three private schools that parents find difficult to choose between - Chigwell School (co-ed, ages four to 18) in the High Road; Forest School (co-ed, ages four to 18, with boys and girls taught separately from seven to 16), and Bancroft’s School (co-ed, ages seven to 18) in Woodford Green.

Private prep schools include St Aubyn’s School (co-ed, ages three to 13) in Woodford Green; Avon House (co-ed, ages three to 11) in Woodford Green; Loyola RC (boys, three to 11) in Buckhurst Hill, and Woodford Green Prep (co-ed, ages three to 11). Braeside is a girls’ private secondary school (ages three to 16) in Buckhurst Hill.


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