Christ Church Chorleywood C of E School

Trust, Love and Respect: Learning and Growing with God

Christ Church invests heavily in its children, for they are the future. That concern goes back a long way. The church founded the school next door in 1853, only a few years after the church itself was founded. There’s been a lot of change since but the links are still strong.

Christ Church Chorleywood C of E School is a one form entry primary academy with an attached nursery. It became an Academy in 2013 and in 2019 established the Chess Valley Primary Learning Trust, with Sarratt School as the first new Trust member.

Its vision is to be a community in which everyone is encouraged to be ambitious and to achieve their full potential within a caring, Christian environment.

In November 2017 an inspection by the Diocese of St Albans focussed particularly on its Christian character and concluded that “the distinctiveness and effectiveness of Christ Church Chorleywood as a Church of England School are outstanding”

The church and school have a close working relationship and share in delivering the Christian message to the local community. The church team regularly leads collective worship and school services are held in the church throughout the year. Many of the directors of the trust, school governors and parents are members of Christ Church and the school is often involved in church events.

  • Chair of Board of Directors of Chess Valley Primary Learning Trust – Gillian Pugh
  • Chair of School governing body – Stephen Jarmain
  • Executive Head Teacher – Duncan Gauld
  • Head of School – Sarah Selleck

The School on the Common is a history of Christ Church School from its beginnings in 1853, as seen through the eyes of teachers, pupils, parents and governors over the years.  The book also reflects on what it means to be a church school, on changes to what children learn and how they are taught, on the advantages of being located on the Common, and on the changing nature of Chorleywood over this period.

Dame Gillian Pugh is a former chair of governors of the school and a member of Christ Church.  Published by Rickmansworth Historical Society.

160 pages, 95 photographs.

Price £12.00.  Available from Chorleywood Bookshop, or email Gillian Pugh.   Staff, parents and governors at the school can purchase through the school.

All proceeds from the book sold by the school and by Gillian will go to the school once the costs are covered.

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