Welcome to Richard Challoner School
Richard Challoner School is a highly successful Catholic comprehensive school for boys aged 11-18 which has been serving the local Catholic community since 1959.
The school is a DfE designated Academy with Specialisms in Technology and Sports, it is heavily oversubscribed, with 4 applicants for each place available.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of retired teacher Ron Humphrey who sadly lost his battle with cancer on Monday 20th May 2013. Ron (right) is pictured above with Frank Gosling (R.I.P) who was the first deputy Headmaster of Richard Challoner School.
Ron joined the school in 1966 to pioneer vocational training courses in motor-engineering, boat-building and home maintenance. Together with Mr D’Agostino, Mr Humphrey was one of the founders of the school ski trip. He was Head of Craft, Design and Technology in the school until his retirement in 1988.
The respect and admiration felt by many former students for Ron is summed up well by Charlie Edgeler, who writes:
I was at Richard Challoner 1964 -70 during Mr Humphrey’s tenure and remember him well as being a very kind and caring teacher and a man of faith.
We had the old A, B and C streams – and somewhere in there was "Motor Mechanics" or "Newson" that did things a bit more interesting like take an engine to bits, tend a vegetable garden at the side of the main block and even do a bit of driving instruction in the playground after school.
I sat in the middle "B" stream looking out the window at the other lads – who didn’t necessarily have great academic thirst – but boy I often wished I could do what they were doing.
Mr H had great patience and I think it was his forte and great gift to give those lads immense encouragement and hugely useful practical skills.
A really good man.
May he rest in the love and peace of Jesus Christ.
Section 48 Report on Religious Education
I am delighted to bring you the school’s Section 48 report on Religious Education at Richard Challoner School.
The report was released today (30th April 2013).
I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to students, staff , parents and governors who have all helped the school to achieve this excellent report in which all key areas are graded 1 or outstanding.
A school being graded 1 in all areas in any inspection report is rare and in particular a boys’ school and I believe it reflects the unique nature of our highly successful school community.
Please click here to access the report, and I encourage you to take time to read the report over the next few days.
Due to the large number of activities taking place every weekend, a one-way system for cars is being introduced.
Please use the staff gate on Manor Drive North to enter the site and use the student gate to exit the site.
Please park in the school playground or use any vacant car parking space in the car park.
This applies to anyone visiting the school on a weekend for Music School, the Dance Academy, Sports Hall users and students involved in fixtures.
PTA Minibus Fundraising 2013
This year the PTA are putting all their efforts into raising money for a new school minibus.
The target is £20,000, so far they have raised £5,000.
Please support them in whatever way you can to help them reach their goal!
To get involved, or for more information please click here to contact the PTA.
Sixth Form Late Applications
If you missed the initial date for application to our Sixth Form but would now like to apply, please email the school using the Sixth Form Contact webform and one of the Sixth Form team will respond to your query.
The Giving Machine
Please consider using "The Giving Machine" when making online purchases to generate free donations for the school.
Facilities For Hire
We have an impressive range of venue facilities for hire, ranging from a contemporary Lecture Theatre and Drama Studio to a stylish Main Hall with Mezzanine Lounge.
Our facilities vary greatly in size so we can provide for the whole community, everything from families, churches and charities, to businesses and clubs.
To view our facilities, please contact Jayne Boulden
Click here to download our leaflet with full details.
Come and join our Air Conditioned Fitness Centre!
- 22 Station Fitness Centre
- Free weights
- Qualified instructor
- Full induction on joining
- £25 per month or £250 for the whole year (one off £25 joining fee applies)