Bishop Challoner School

Primary & Secondary
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This school has 6 parent reviews

228 Bromley Road
020 84603546
3 - 18
Other independent school
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
GCSE Grade 5 (strong pass) or above in both English and maths

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A level average point score
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School Description

We endeavour to provide the best education for your child at our thriving Catholic School from Nursery through to Sixth Form. Our holistic approach provides an educational foundation for life, ensuring that each child has the opportunity to grow in self-confidence, knowledge and faith and achieve excellent success academically. Our small class sizes enable the teachers to know their pupils well and to encourage each pupil to reach their full potential and achieve their aspirations.

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Bishop Challoner School Reviews

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“Excellent, Wonderful Progressive School”
Bishop Challoner is a fantastic school! Both our children (son and daughter) have thoroughly and genuinely enjoyed their time at Bishop Challoner, with my daughter now at University and my son just leaving this academic year. We now find ourselves at the end of an extremely positive and progressive secondary school experience and journey of having had both our children attend Bishop Challoner to complete their GCSE's. This is quite an emotional time for all our family. I cannot find the words to express our gratitude and appreciation of the commitment, professionalism, hard work , dedication and support that the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher, Head of Year, teaching, support and administrative staff at Bishop Challoner have shown and continue to provide in support (academic, pastoral and otherwise) of our children whilst at Bishop Challoner. We sincerely thank all the staff at Bishop Challoner for their positive contribution to our children's education and lives. Thank you BCS!
“We love it at BCS”
I have 3 children in the junior school who are all flourishing and genuinely LOVE school. The values and pastoral care are second to none and with the small class sizes, my children receive the attention they require. Having been with the school for 6 years I have seen many changes - good and bad - and am very pleased with the positive direction the school has taken under the leadership of the new Head. The grounds look wonderful and fill the children with pride in their school, there are more after school activities available and anywhere I go I receive compliments on how well behaved and intelligent my children are; testimony to the well rounded nurturing they receive at BCS.
“Excellent school”
Excellent all round school with a family, nurturing feel. Smaller school means all staff know your child and understand them. Excellent transitions at all phases of this through school - nursery to juniors, junior to senior. Very happy with a flourishing, happy child.
“Extremely Impressed”
My son and I were extremely impressed with the visit to this school in October. Not only was the school outstanding, it was as described on your website word for word. We found it very comfortable, caring and full of all aspects of an environment to enrich a child in their educational path. The young gentlemen from the sixth form who gave us the tour was of a very very high standard, very knowledgeable, wonderful manners and conducted the whole tour in a clear and professional way. The children we came across during the tour gave a shining example of what is truly inspired for children and young adults to be. I was so very much taken back when I entered a room and the class stood up. I felt humbled at this display of manners and respect.
“Very Good Nurturing School”
Excellent school with assessment type of entry. Every child is respected. When we were selecting a school for our oldest child we were looking for a school that offered academic excellence, in a pastorally supportive environment. The school might not look modern but what goes on inside is excellent! No child is left alone; they make sure children are friendly and obedient. Its a good school with Catholic values. Academic depends on both sides. We were happy with the results (2011-2012).
Excellent nurturing school. Good for pupils overwhelmed by a large school. Class sizes are around 20-24. A lot of older somewhat stuck in the mud teachers have been cleared out and it is now much more vibrant. My daughter is very happy there.There is a new head recruited from nearby Bromley High and she has made a big impact.
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News & events from Bishop Challoner School

Last update: 22 September 2020

Whole School Open Morning

Open Events give you the opportunity to visit the school, have a tour and meet with our staff and pupils.  The Headteacher usually speaks at these events and is available for any questions.

Our next Open Morning will be on Saturday 3rd October.  We have taken the decision to change this event to a Virtual Open Morning.  

Our pupils, staff and school community are some of Bishop Challoner’s greatest assets and we are saddened not to be able to invite you in person to see them, however, we have taken this step to ensure the safety of our school community and prospective families.

We are planning to run three sessions across the morning, with each one focussing on a different area of the school.  You are more than welcome to join any of these sessions to find out more about the school, however, the relevant teaching staff will be attending sessions as below.

9.15am – 10.15am        Senior Leadership Team and nursery staff

10.30am – 11.30am      Senior Leadership Team and junior school staff

11.45am – 12.45pm      Senior Leadership Team and senior school/sixth form staff

For more information about our Open Events, Taster Mornings/Afternoons or Nursery Stay and Plays please click on the link below.

More information

Click on these links for information about our four points of entry:
Nursery >>
Junior >>
Senior >>
Sixth Form >>

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In recent years there has been much discussion in Early Years about the importance of “school readiness” and preparation for school. Bishop Challoner School is an all through Catholic Independent school from 3-18 years, welcoming all faiths. We pride ourselves on our smooth transitions throughout the school.

So how can transition best be supported? At Bishop Challoner we use a “multi-pronged” approach, consisting of 3 main aspects – Supporting knowledge and understanding; promoting life-skills by encouraging school readiness; and, Pastoral support for the individual child. 

For children who stay on at Bishop Challoner, their preparation starts from the moment they enter the nursery.

The children are aware from the start that they are part of a much bigger environment and share all the same resources as the main school – trim trail, gymnasium and stage, dining hall and sports field.

Using these facilities and joining in whole school events such as, assemblies and enrichment opportunities with our sixth formers allows the children to acknowledge they are part of a whole school. 

Preparation for transition is not a “one size fits all” affair.

The EYFS embraces the ‘Unique’ child and never is this more important than when the child/family move on. It is essential each child receives the care, support and preparation they require to facilitate secure, happy and lasting relationships. 




Since 2018, Bishop Challoner has successfully implemented Read Write Inc., a programme that helps children learn synthetic phonics. Across Reception to Year 3, pupils are grouped according to phonic ability which ensures that all phonics lessons are pitched at the correct level and every child is challenged and able to make clear and rapid progress. Read Write Inc. has five underlying principles (the 5Ps) – Pace, Purpose, Passion, Participation and Praise.

Phonics is an important tool to develop reading fluency and confidence, and is essential to all other areas of the curriculum.  Teachers and pupils have noticed improvements in spelling, handwriting, grammar and comprehension. 

“My spellings have got much better!” – Year 1 pupil

“It has made the children more secure in their sounds which they can apply to their other work.” – Year 3 teacher

In Read Write Inc. lessons, pupils read lively and attractive books, which tailored to the sounds and words they are learning.  They re-read stories to develop fluency and expression, which makes them confident readers.

More about our Nursery & Junior School >>





  • Recognise each individual as a unique part of God's creation and respect the human dignity of all members of the community;

  • Encourage each pupil to achieve his or her full potential in all areas, including academic, creative, emotional and physical;

  • Celebrate and value personal success and achievement in all areas;

  • Provide a balanced curriculum which is responsive to and supportive of all needs and aspirations, fostering both intellectual curiosity and academic achievement;

  • Create a positive and supportive environment where high expectations are the norm;

  • Provide high quality teaching by well qualified staff in a disciplined working environment;

  • Develop a social conscience towards all members of society - locally, nationally and globally.



Our School Magazine

Download our School Magazine to learn more about Bishop Challoner School. The magazine is packed with the latest news and events at our school. 


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“Pupils’ personal commitment to the school and the local community is very strong, they are beacons for the school in the community”.

This is just one extract from our 2016 inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate which reported that Bishop Challoner School has met all of the Compliance standards with no action points.

We are extremely proud to have been graded as 'Good' for The Quality of Pupils’ Academic and other Achievements and 'Excellent' for the Quality of the Pupils’ Personal Development and pleased that the report reflects the hard work and dedication to education and pastoral care that is demonstrated by staff, pupils and parents alike throughout our school.

Download a full copy of our report here >>


In December 2019, Bishop Challoner School was inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. We are pleased to announce that we met all the Compliance standards with no action points.

Download a full copy of our report here >>



Meet the Head: Mrs Paula Anderson

Paula Anderson became Head in 2014, joining from Bromley High School for Girls where she was Senior Deputy Head for ten years. She has taught in a number of independent schools including The Royal High School, Bath where she was Head of a Faculty and Deputy Director of Studies. Mrs Anderson has a BSc (Hons) and an MBA in Educational Management from the University of Leicester. She is married with two teenage boys.

Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?

This is not down to one person but as a result of a holistic experience of my school days, having been taught by many excellent teachers who brought enthusiasm and creativity to the classroom. I knew that I wanted to work with children and inspire them to do their best and enable them to reach their full potential and enjoy learning.

What achievement are you most proud of as Head?

I ensure that I make time to listen to the pupils at Bishop Challoner and meet with them regularly. I am keen to learn all about their interests and their likes and dislikes and what makes them buzz. It is extremely important to me to meet the pupils in small groups over the course of each year whilst they enjoy cake and juice in my room. Since I interview all the 11+ entrants I am already a step ahead because when they join us I can remember their names and what they have told me. I also enjoy meeting them on a Monday morning for commendations to reward extremely good work and effort. The nursery children are adorable and they take time to feed me with their produce that they have been making!

What does a successful school look like to you?

A school where the pupils can be themselves and are happy. If they are happy they will thrive and be successful. A successful school is one that engages the pupils through excellent teaching enabling them to learn effectively and be challenged, to grow in knowledge and develop skills in preparation for the wider world. Development of the whole child is key and this is achieved through a range of extra-curricular activities and excellent pastoral care. Achieving excellent examination results is an expectation of an independent school but the personal development of every pupil is the key to their future.

What is the most important quality you want every child to have when they leave your school? And why?

We want our pupils to leave Bishop Challoner as confident and responsible individuals. During their time with us we give the pupils every opportunity to develop into well balanced and rounded individuals through our broad curriculum and extra-curricular provision as well as through leadership opportunities. These areas of development allow pupils to grow in confidence. We are ambitious for every pupil and we want them to have the confidence and desire to be ambitious for themselves, following our school motto of ‘Dare to do their best’.

Please give 5 words to describe the ethos of your school.

Our Catholic ethos allows us to support and guide pupils in their own faith journey through Mass and prayer. We celebrate Mass and hold regular services. Roman Catholic pupils in Year 3 are prepared for First Confession and Holy Communion in partnership with parishes where they worship.

Our enduring aim is to provide each pupil with a tailored education within a caring and nurturing environment whereby they can maximise their abilities and achieve their personal objectives. Our pastoral support ensures that the pupils remain happy and feel supported.

We respect all faiths and create a learning partnership for all. Our pupils are respectful of other views and listen to each other. The school responds with sensitivity and openness to the needs of those who belong to other churches or faiths and to value their beliefs. The pupils are polite and well mannered.

Our strong discipline and pastoral care provide a good moral grounding and the pupils can see the value in goodness and they learn to be tolerant of each other.

There is a strong sense of community among the pupils, staff, Trustees, and parents and our alumni. We are very proud of the strong sense of community that exists amongst the former pupils with one another and with the school.
Bishop Challoner recognises the important contribution pupils can make to their community and traditionally we have provided leadership opportunities through the School Council, House and Sports Captains, Senior Prefects, Chaplaincy, Charity representatives, Youth Travel Ambassadors and Head Pupil Team.

Bishop Challoner School Catchment Area Map

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.

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