Chigwell School

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Chigwell School
Chigwell School.svg
Motto aut viam inveniam aut faciam
(Find a way, or make a way)
Established 1629
Type Independent day and boarding
Religion Church of England
Headmaster Michael Punt
Founder Samuel Harsnett
Location Chigwell
Coordinates: 51°37′30″N 0°04′52″E / 51.6250°N 0.0810°E / 51.6250; 0.0810
DfE URN 115392 Tables
Students 730~
Ages 4–18
Houses (Senior School)
(Junior School)
Stuarts, Tudors, Hanovers.
Chigwell School

Chigwell School is a co-educational day and boarding independent school in Chigwell, in the Epping Forest district of Essex, England. It consists of a junior school (ages 7–11), senior school (ages 11–16) and sixth form. A pre-preparatory department for children aged 4–7 was constructed starting for the 2013-14 academic year.[1]

The school is situated in 70 acres of land between Epping Forest and Hainault Forest, ten miles from London. It is a member of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) and the junior school is a member of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS).

The school motto is aut viam inveniam aut faciam, a Latin phrase which translates literally as Either I shall find a way or I will make one".

There are four day houses, named Caswalls', Lambourne, Penn's, and Swallow's. The boarding houses are Church House, Harsnett's, Sandon Lodge, and Hainault House, although all boarders are members of one of the day houses. In the junior school there are another four houses, named Windsors, Hanovers, Stuarts, and Tudors.


Chigwell School dates back to 1619 when a schoolhouse was erected on the site. The first headmaster Peter Mease was appointed in 1623. It was formally founded in 1629 by Samuel Harsnett, Archbishop of York and Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, and began with 16 "poor, clever" scholars.

In 1868, the school was split into two sections. The English section for local children studying arithmetic, reading and writing was housed in a building behind the King's Head public house, which was mentioned in Charles Dickens' novel Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of 'Eighty. The Latin section (for Latin scholars only) remained in the original building. Rather unusual for a boys' school at that time, in 1873, it started a bursary programme for girls to attend other schools.

Following a trend set by many HMC schools (which were mainly all-boys), the sixth form section became coeducational and its first girls were admitted in 1975. In 1997 coeducation was extended to the rest of the school. [2]

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  1. ^ A prep school for Chigwell
  2. ^ School History
  3. ^ "Teams Steriker Hare played for". CricketArchive. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 

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