Colfe’s School寇弗中学, 寇弗学校
Horn Park Lane,
London SE12 8AW
Tel: 020 8852 2283/4
• CO-ED, 3–18, Day
• Pupils 1078, Upper sixth 74
• Termly fees £2193–£3174
• HMC, IAPS
• Enquiries/application to the Registrar
What it’s like
Founded in 1652 on a site below Blackheath. In 1964 it moved to Lee, in
south-east London, to new purpose-built premises on a single urban site with 18
acres of pleasant grounds and playing fields. It retains strong links with the
Leathersellers’ Company. It is a C of E foundation and worship and religious
instruction are encouraged. Now fully co-educational; girls were admitted
throughout the school from 1999, after many years of a co-educational sixth
form. A very good general and academic education is provided and examination
results are very good. There is a very strong music department involving a great
many people, also much strength in drama and art. An excellent range of sports
and games is available and high standards are attained. There is a good range of
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 3–18; 1078 day pupils (741 boys; 337
girls). Senior department 11–18, 703 pupils (506 boys, 197 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 3–7, 11, 13 and 16. Own entrance exam used.
Candidates who are strong academically and in sports and music looked for; no
religious requirements. 55% of intake at 11 from state schools (plus few to
Scholarships, bursaries & extras A number of scholarships and
bursaries, £750–50% fees. Parents not expected to buy textbooks.
Head & staff
Headmaster: Andrew Chicken, in post from 2001. Educated at Dame Allen’s
School, and at universities of London and Oxford. Previously Acting Headmaster
and Head of History at Cheadle Hulme.
Teaching staff: 84 full time, 12 part time. Annual turnover minimal.
Average age 34.
GCSE: In 2003, 91 pupils in upper fifth: 88% gained at least grade C in
8+ subjects; 8% in 5–7 subjects. Average GCSE score 65 (over 5 years).
A-levels: 95 in upper sixth. Average final point score achieved by upper
sixth formers 373.
University & college entrance 94% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (21% after a gap year), 2% to Oxbridge. 3% took courses in
medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 23% in science & engineering, 8% in
law, 64% in humanities & social sciences, 3% in art & design. Others typically
go on to non-degree courses or straight into careers.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 21–22 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; 25% arts/humanities; 50% both.
Special provision: for mild dyslexia.
Languages: French (compulsory for 3 years), German and Spanish offered to
GCSE and AS and A-level. Regular exchanges to Germany. Regular trips to France,
(including a stay with a French family); study trips to Spain.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject and across the curriculum, using
specialist facilities in science, modern languages, media studies, art, music,
design and technology. 240 computers, in 12 departmental clusters, for pupil use
(6 hours a day), all networked and with email and internet access. Approved
centre for ECDL. AS-level in ICT offered.
Music: Approx 30% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental
exams can be taken. Musical groups including orchestra, choir, flute choir,
guitar group, band, wind ensemble, chamber choir and percussion group. Pupils in
local youth orchestras. Some accepted to music colleges.
Drama: GCSE and A-level drama may be taken. Many pupils involved in
Art & design: On average, 35 take GCSE, 15 A-level. Regular entrants to
Sport & activities
Sport: Rugby, football, cricket, tennis, golf, swimming, squash,
athletics, sailing, hockey, netball, basketball, badminton, table tennis,
windsurfing, cross-country, climbing, abseiling, canoeing, orienteering, skiing,
fell-walking, riding and water polo available. County representatives in many
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. CCF and community service optional. Regular fund-raising for charity.
Clubs include computer, technology, chess, crafts, debating, geography, film,
history, photography, art, Christian Union, modelling, modern languages, maths,
word games, science, forensic science, electronics, astronomy.
Uniform: School uniform worn throughout.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects and head boy/girl,
appointed by the Head & staff.
Religion: Attendance at worship encouraged.
Social: Occasional large-scale choral productions with other schools.
Organised trips to France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, USA, Russia, Egypt,
Switzerland, South Africa. Some meals formal, some self-service. School shop. No
tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once might expect
rebuke; those caught smoking cannabis on the premises might expect expulsion.
Former pupils Eric Ambler; Henry Williamson; sundry ambassadors.
School founded: 1957