The Chalfonts Independent Grammar School is a co-educational, independent secondary school in High Wycombe, South Buckinghamshire. With a maximum class size of fourteen students, arranged in our unique classroom environment combining the Harkness method with our 5 surfaces, we offer a truly modern approach to education.

The International Baccalaureate
The IB builds on the content and richness of the traditional British curriculum, adding depth and breadth to subject areas. It rewards inquisitiveness and self-organisation, shaping and enhancing the skills needed for tomorrow’s leaders.

As an official IB World School, The Chalfonts follows the cutting edge  approach to learning of the IB Middle Years Programme (ages 11-16) and Diploma Programme (ages 16-18, from September 2019).
The Chalfonts is committed to being co-educational.
Life is co-ed.
University is co-ed.
And so we feel strongly that school should be no different.
Small Class Sizes
Our classrooms are designed to accommodate no more than 14 students per class around our Harkness tables.  This ensures active engagement and participation from all learners and enables teachers to build a meaningful, encouraging relationship with every student
The Harkness Method
The Harkness Method is a teaching and learning method involving students seated at a large, boardroom style table to discuss ideas in an encouraging, open-minded environment, placing a strong emphasis on confident communication; a concept that runs deep in the International Baccalaureate.
Five Surfaces

ATLs are skills which apply across curriculum and provide a common language for teachers and students to use when reflecting and building on the process of learning. They can be grouped into five main areas: Thinking skills, Communication skills, Research skills, Self-management skills, and Social skills. They provide students with abilities and competencies that extend beyond subject-specific knowledge. ATLs provide metacognitive skills, which involve reflecting on and monitoring one’s own thinking processes. Students are empowered to become active, engaged learners, prepared for future academic and professional endeavours.


Our Vision & Mission

Our Vision is to inspire global leadership through transformational education

Our Mission is to cultivate enquiry, knowledge, aptitude and resilience to enrich a worldwide community.

We do this through our core values of:

  • Cohesion
  • Inclusivity
  • Pioneering spirit
  • Compassion
  • Innovation
  • Positive education
  • Collaboration
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Critical thinking
  • International mindedness

Beyond the Chalfonts

Competition for university places has never been higher.

Imperial College London says that International Baccalaureate students adapt more easily to a university style of learning and become independent learners from an earlier stage.

  • IB Diploma students are twice as likely to enrol in one of the UK’s top 20 universities.
  • Are twice as likely to succeed in applications for medicine and dentistry.
  • Are 30% more likely to gain first class honours degrees.