Pioneering, engaged and dynamic

Chelmsford County High School for Girls (CCHS) is a proud grammar school community. CCHS was opened in 1907 to provide girls with an academic education. We, as the twenty-first century guardians of this significant inheritance, have chosen to honour this legacy by defining and pursuing an ambition for CCHS to be a progressive grammar school, committed to excellence in girls’ education and empowerment.

Girls’ education – International Coalition of Girls’ Schools

In July 2022, CCHS became one of the founding UK schools of the International Coalition of Girls’ Schools (ICGS). ICGS is now the leading advocate for girls’ schools globally. In an important development, the 185 member schools of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia (AGSA) will officially join with ICGS. The merger will be complete in January 2024. This effort will unite more than 550 girls’ schools across 21 countries, representing more than 350,000 students. The work of ICGS is to advance the mission of girls’ schools. Girls’ schools play a vital role in educating and empowering girls, which is essential to overcoming our world’s greatest challenges, from climate change to human rights, from global health to sustainable human development. The purpose of ICGS is to nurture the girls who will become the indispensable women leaders of tomorrow. We, at CCHS, will continue our work and commitment to excellence in girls’ education and empowerment. When it comes to girls’ education, there is always more we can do, together.”


Personal developmentPSHE Association

“The PSHE Association is the national body for personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education. We are a charity and membership organisation that supports a network of over 50,000 practitioners with teaching resources, guidance, advice, and training. Our members benefit from high quality teaching materials, training, conferences and support from our team of dedicated Subject Specialists.”


Curriculum innovationThe Prince’s Teaching Institute 

We believe that passionate, motivated teachers are the key to making education excellent. We are committed to making high quality, rigorous and enjoyable education available to every child, regardless of their background or ability. Assessment should be designed in such a way as to encourage and enhance good teaching – exams should never curtail learning. Teachers are the key to enhancing opportunities for young people, and their role in society should be promoted.”


Teaching & LearningNational Association for Able Children in Education

An independent charity founded almost 40 years ago, the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE) works with member schools, education leaders and practitioners to improve provision for more able learners, driving whole-school improvement and raising achievement for all. NACE believes that all children and young people, regardless of background, should be recognised and have the opportunity to realise their potential.”


CreativityArtsmark Award

“The Artsmark Award is the only creative quality standard for schools and education settings, accredited by Arts Council England. We support settings to develop and celebrate their commitment to arts and cultural education for all children and young people. Our flexible framework helps embed arts, culture and creativity to support a broad and ambitious curriculum, strengthen pupil voice and support personal progression.”


CitizenshipNational Citizen Service

“NCS exists to engage, unite and empower young people, building their confidence so they can go out there and achieve their dreams, no matter where they’re from or what their background is. From the life skills they develop to the friends they make, our ambition is clear – we want to give teenagers an opportunity to unleash their potential, to build their self-belief and get them prepped for life after school.”


AdventureThe Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

“A life-changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers. The DofE is many things to many people, supporting generations to successfully navigate adult life. 14-24 year-olds can do a DofE programme, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.”