Hampshire GU31 4AS
Tel: 01730 263033 Fax: 01730 231437
• CO-ED, 4–18, Day
• Pupils 802, Upper sixth 78
• Termly fees £1720–£2795 (Day)
• HMC, SHMIS
• Enquiries/application to the Headmaster
What it’s like
Founded in 1722 by Richard Churcher, an East India Company merchant, it opened
in Petersfield and in 1881 moved to new buildings on the present site on the
edge of the very pleasant market town. To the agreeable Victorian buildings have
been added a number of modern extensions, including a new science block, lecture
theatre and library. The school overlooks spacious grounds and gardens. It
embraces a Christian ethos and religious studies is a compulsory part of the
curriculum. A boys’ school originally, it first accepted girls in 1980. A
traditional, sound academic education is provided and examination results are
very good. Music and drama are very strongly supported. A wide variety of sports
and games is available and facilities for these are excellent. High standards
are achieved and there have been many representatives at county level.
Extra-curricular activities are well catered for and there is much emphasis on
outdoor pursuits, including adventure training, canoeing, sailing and shooting.
The school has a large CCF unit and a number of pupils take part in the Duke of
Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 4–18; 802 day pupils (473 boys, 329
girls). Senior department 11–18, 617 pupils (374 boys, 243 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 11, 12, 13 and 16. Own exam, reference and
interview used; for sixth-form entry, interview and 6 GCSEs at least grade C
(grade B in sixth-form subjects). No special skills or religious requirements.
50% of senior pupils from state schools (plus some to sixth form); many from own
junior (enquiries to Chucher's College Junior School, Midhurst Road, Liphook,
Hants GU30 7HT).
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Approx 15 pa scholarships, value
£900–£3000: academic and music. Bursaries, principally for existing pupils,
based upon clearly identified need. Parents not expected to buy textbooks; other
Head & staff
Headmaster: J M L Williams, in post from 2004.
Teaching staff: 58 full time, 15 part time. Annual turnover 6%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 107 pupils in upper fifth: 93% gained at least grade C in
8+ subjects; 3% in 5–7 subjects. Average GCSE score 58 (56 over 5 years).
A-levels: 55 in upper sixth: 87% passed in 3+ subjects; 13% in 2
subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 360.
University & college entrance 84% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (16% after a gap year). 17% took courses in science &
engineering, 41% in law, business and economics, 20% in humanities & social
sciences, 6% in languages, 9% in art & design, 7% in vocational subjects eg
nursing, international hospitality management.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 22 AS/A-level subjects.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
in addition, all take AS-level general studies (A-level optional). 25% take
science A-levels; 40% arts/humanities; 45% both.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered to GCSE, AS and A-level.
French compulsory from age 11; Spanish or German offered from Year 2. Regular
visits to France, Germany and Spain. Language assistants in each language.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons/week) and across the
curriculum. 150 computers for pupil use (7 hours per day), all networked and
with email and internet access.
Music: About 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental and
singing exams can be taken. Musical groups include orchestra, string orchestra,
wind and jazz bands, clarinet groups, recorder consort, choirs etc. Some pupils
are in Hampshire County Youth Orchestra and Bands, and attend Junior Schools of
London conservatoires. GCSE (average 8 students) and A-level (4) offered.
Concerts, including outside the college. Twinning arrangement with Music School
of Barentin and Pavilly (France).
Drama: GCSE drama, A-level theatre studies offered. Some pupils are
involved in school productions and majority in house/other productions.
Art & design: On average, 20 take GCSE, 20 AS-level and A-level. Design,
pottery, photography also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Rugby, hockey, cricket, rounders, netball compulsory. Optional:
football, badminton, table tennis, tennis, swimming, basketball, cross-country.
County representatives at netball, rugby, cricket, hockey and swimming. GCSE, AS
and A-level physical education offered
Activities: Pupils take either Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (bronze, silver,
gold) or CCF for 2 years at age 14+. Up to 15 clubs, eg desk-top publishing,
computers, karate, aerobics, debating, drama, model railway, war games, art,
chess, adventure clubs (expeditions, canoeing, climbing, walking and cycling).
Uniform: School uniform worn, dress code in sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects, head boy/girl and
deputies appointed by the Headmaster, head of house and house prefects by
Religion: Religious worship encouraged.
Social: Exchanges and visits to France, Germany and Spain, plus ski trips
and cultural tours. Sixth-form pupils allowed to bring own car or bike to
school. Meals self-service. School shop. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework might expect a
detention; those involved with drugs could expect immediate expulsion.