NEWS RELEASE – 23rd March 2015

Dr Challoner’s High School Appoints New Head


Dr Challoner’s High School (DCHS) has appointed Alan Roe as its new Head from September 2015. Mr Roe will replace the current Head, Ian Cooksey, who is leaving DCHS to take up the Headship at Watford Grammar School for Boys at the end of the academic year.


Mr Roe is currently a member of the Senior Team at Chesham Grammar School where he has made a significant contribution to the school's continued development, including its outstanding Ofsted rating last year.


He has been at Chesham Grammar for the last four years and was previously Head of Humanities at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School in Amersham where he worked for nine years.  Mr Roe graduated with a First in Geography, and initially taught at the Downs School in West Berkshire. He lives near Aylesbury with his wife and two daughters.


Mr Roe said: "I am delighted to have been appointed as Head of Dr Challoner's High School, which has a strong tradition and a national reputation for academic excellence.  My aim is to work with the whole school community to further develop DCHS as an exceptional school that builds good character and pursues quality without flinching. Challoner's girls have the potential to help shape the coming decades and it will be our mission to provide them with the best possible preparation."


Mrs Khorshed Dinshaw, Chairman of DCHS’s Governing Body said: ‘We’re delighted to welcome Alan Roe to the School. His skills, experience and educational ethos are ideally suited to DCHS and we look forward to working with him.”


 Dr Challoner’s High School is a thriving and vibrant community, with a      superb reputation for academic success. We provide a happy, caring and   purposeful environment in which every girl can seek personal fulfilment of their many and varied goals. We recognise that learning is inherently joyful and liberating, so we seek to foster an enduring love of learning. 

As our world changes at an exponential rate, there is a pressing need to learn throughout life. At Challoner’s, we believe that we have a responsibility to ensure that girls are empowered with the skills and attributes to thrive in the 21st century - to support their developing curiosity, courage, imagination and enthusiasm for innovation.  Positive and supportive relationships lie at the heart of this ambition and together we dare to imagine that there are no ceilings to success.  Please click here to view our video prospectus.

Message from the Head Girl

 It is such a privilege to be Dr Challoner’s fifty-first Head Girl and to have the opportunity to work with the prefects, teachers and parents to underpin and develop the work done  by the previous Head Girl Team and the school’s ethos of educating, enriching and enabling girls to realise their potential.
I appreciate what Challoner’s has done for me over the years, and appreciate equally what I have seen the school do for others. We are all incredibly fortunate to be part of a school community where we are challenged to realise our academic potential, but are also supported and encouraged to explore interests beyond the curriculum. I never fail to be impressed by the interests and abilities of Challoner’s girls.
The team and I will be working hard this year to develop everything Challoner’s does for charity to build a legacy of social responsibility through our school societies and guest speakers, whilst encouraging girls to use their education to benefit others. We will also be developing many other ideas and exciting events so look out for these in the upcoming year!
Anna Sanders



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