Life at Chew Valley School Life at Chew Valley School Life at Chew Valley School

Chew Valley School

Chew Valley School - A Performing Arts College
Parent Portal

About the school

EagleThe school is situated 8 miles south of Bristol between the villages of Chew Magna and Chew Stoke. It stands on a 30-acre site in open countryside overlooking Chew Valley Lake. The school buildings are surrounded by very pleasant grounds and landscaped gardens. There are extensive playing fields and tennis courts.  We celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2008 (see pictures of our early days).

The school buildings were largely completed in four stages and the school is now well equipped with specialist rooms for all subjects. ICT facilities are well developed and three new science labs are equipped with state of the art technology.

Our success in achieving Arts College status has brought much needed improvements to our facilities for drama and music.A lottery grant has enabled us to build a new gymnasium and an all-weather pitch for school and community use. 2009 saw the addition of new Sixth Form and Art buildings.

The school serves the 120 square miles of the Chew Valley but regularly attracts pupils from Bristol.  The Local Authority's Admission Number of 196 usually includes up to 50 students who join the school from beyond the catchment area.

The school was judged to be Outstanding by Ofsted in September 2011.

Click here for contact details and location map


Our Vision

To help all students fulfil their potential to become happy, confident and responsible adults


The Aims of the school

 1. To develop the intellectual potential of each child to the full

 To help students develop lively, inquiring and creative minds; the ability to use language and number effectively; the ability to think logically, to question and argue rationally; to stimulate in them a desire and value for lifelong learning

 2. To provide a range of opportunities for the widest development of skills and talents

 To help students acquire knowledge and skills relevant and adaptable to their present and future needs, and allow natural talent and potential to be realised 

3.       To encourage the personal development of individual pupils in terms of physical health, emotional maturity, aesthetic awareness, moral and spiritual development

To help students understand their own physical and emotional development and encourage the development of aesthetic awareness and a discriminative respect for moral and religious values

4.       To give our pupils a sense of responsibility to others, to the community, to society and to their wider environment

To help students understand the world in which we live and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations; to strive for equality of opportunity regardless of race, gender, social class or any other form of discrimination; and to encourage a respect for their environment.

5.       To develop a mutually beneficial partnership between our school and the community

To provide many opportunities for our students to work within the community and for our wider community to participate in the life of the school; to facilitate community use of our premises and resources.

6.      To provide a stimulating and supportive environment for all members of our school

 To create opportunities for staff to develop their professional skills and to share good practice for the benefit of all our students.

 We seek to achieve these aims with the continued support and cooperation of parents and the wider community.