Bishop Challoner School

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Bishop Challoner School is an independent coeducational Catholic day school in Shortlands, south east London, for children aged two and a half to eighteen years.

thumbThe school was previously called Shortlands House School. Shortlands House is claimed to have been built in 1702. The school's current acting head teacher is Mr Bruce Wates. The KS3 Head is Mr James Raveney, and the KS4 head is Mr Clifford Coultart The school welcomes all and respects all faiths but the Catholic faith is central to its life.

The school has a strong reputation as a place where every child is noticed and cared for. Strengths lie in small class sizes and strong academic performance across all ability ranges. The school has repeatedly been praised for outstanding pastoral care.

The senior school is the only catholic school in the borough of Bromley.

Access: train (Shortlands Station) and/or by the 358 and 227 bus or 354 (Foxgrove Road)


Fr. Patrick Byrne parish priest of St Edmunds Catholic church in Beckenham founded the school on 4 May 1950. It is accommodated in the historic building known as Shortlands House – the oldest building in Shortlands. The school takes its name from Bishop Richard Challoner (1691–1781), Vicar Apostolic of the London District, who was the leading figure in the Roman Catholic Church in England during the 18th century. thumb The school started as a junior school but quickly grew. In 1956 a senior wing was added. More classrooms and an assembly hall/gymnasium followed in 1963. The Art block was opened in 1968 and another block – now the Junior Block – was opened in 1980. Challoner became co-educational in the Junior School in 1992, later extending into the Senior School. At the same time a Nursery was opened.In recent years the list of site improvements and development has quickened.

The School became an independent charity limited by guarantee in December 2013.



Senior School
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  • Girls - Blue blouse and navy blue skirt.
Junior School
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  • Girls - grey pinafore dress

Notable former pupils

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  • Stacy Long, Footballer
  • Bradley Pritchard, Footballer
  • Olly Groome, Musician/Journalist (Member of Indie Pop/Rock band Van Susans)
  • Alex Clare Musician


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