Bishop Challoner School is a Catholic independent school for boys and girls ages 3–18 located in Bromley, South East London. The school strives to develop and nurture each child’s unique talents through faith and a broad education. The motto ‘Quantum Potes Tantum Aude’ challenges each member of the Bishop Challoner School community to dare to do their very best.
Pupils at Bishop Challoner School learn effectively through small class sizes and study a range of subjects including Latin, performing arts and two modern languages. ‘Learning how to learn’ is a key facet of the school’s philosophy, with pupils taught to develop the skills and aptitude needed for the twenty-first century. The school caters for Gifted and Talented pupils by providing extensive co-curricular activities and enrichment programmes.
Beyond the classroom, pupils have the opportunity to engage in a range of clubs and societies. Healthy competition is encouraged in sport, with the sporting programme spanning rugby, football, cross-country, basketball, hockey, netball, athletics, swimming, table tennis and fencing (which has a long tradition at the school). The after-school drama club is particularly popular with annual drama productions taking place.
Bishop Challoner School has a proud tradition of charitable giving, with special fundraising activities every year to raise money for a range of charities including CAFOD (Catholic Fund for Overseas Development) and the RSPCA.
Head Teacher: Mr Mark Wallace
Address: Bishop Challoner School, 228 Bromley Road, Shortlands, Bromley, London BR2 0BS
London Borough: Bromley
Admissions contact: Mrs Sara Pittman – [email protected], 020 8460 3546
Age range and gender: 3–18, co-educational
Number of pupils: 282
Number of places in Year 7: Undisclosed
Ratio of applicants to places: Undisclosed
Open day date: Saturday 24th September and Wednesday 12th October 2022. Register your interest online.
Overview of selection procedure: Entrance exam, interview and school report
Registration opens: Currently open – apply online
Registration closes: TBC
Assessment date: January 2023
The school fees at Bishop Challoner School are £4,960 per term. This covers tuition, books, stationery, apparatus and pupil personal accident insurance. School lunches, educational visits, public exams (including GCSEs and A levels) and extra-curricular activities are not included in the termly fees.
From September 2022, Bishop Challoner School will apply a sibling discount at a rate of 5% for the first sibling (second child) and 10% for each subsequent sibling. The school also awards scholarships at 11 plus entry in the areas of academia, art, music, sport, and the performing arts.
The term dates at Bishop Challoner School for 2022–23 are:
Autumn term: 5th September – 14th December 2022
Half term: 17th–28th October 2022
Spring term: 4th January – 31st March 2023
Half term: 13th–17th February 2023
Summer term: 24th April – 5th July 2023
Half term: 29th May – 2nd June 2023
If you would like to register your child for Year 7 entry to Bishop Challoner School, you will need to complete the online application form and pay a non-refundable registration fee of £75. After submitting the form, you will need to email a copy of your child’s passport, school report and birth certificate to [email protected].
The admissions team at Bishop Challoner School will be in touch with registered candidates and their families to outline the next steps of the process. This will include an interview and an entrance exam (which will likely be held at the school in January 2023).
Children who have applied for a scholarship will be invited to a practical assessment in art, music, sport or the performing arts (depending on the scholarship discipline) in the early spring term in 2023 (January/February). Academic Scholarships are automatically awarded based on the candidate’s performance in the 11 plus entrance exam.
The school will offer places dependent on the results of the entrance exam and interview, combined with the child’s most recent school report. Families can expect to receive the outcome of their child’s application in the spring term of 2023.
All applicants to Bishop Challoner School for Year 7 entry will take two 11 plus papers:
English (approximately one hour): children will need to answer all the questions in Section A (reading comprehension) and one question from Section B (creative writing). Candidates will be assessed on the imagination and engagement of their responses, as well as the accuracy of their spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Maths (approximately one hour): questions will cover the key topics learnt in the Key Stage 2 maths curriculum. Candidates will be marked on the accuracy of their answers and the depth of their working out. Calculators are not allowed.
Sample papers are available on the Bishop Challoner website. You may also find the following resources helpful:
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