Hereford Cathedral School
赫里福德教会中学（赫里福德教会学校） Old Deanery, Cathedral Close,
Hereford HR1 2NG
Tel: 01432 363506 Fax: 01432 363525
• CO-ED, 3–18, Day
• Pupils 900, Upper sixth 80
• Termly fees £1360–£2650
• HMC, CSA, IAPS
• Enquiries/application to the Admissions Secretary
What it’s like
There is no record of a foundation date but by 1384 a school had been long
established and it is a fair presumption that some form of educational
establishment had always adjoined the cathedral (founded in the 7th century). It
is now fully co-educational, having first admitted girls in 1970. Hereford is
one of the most beautiful cathedral cities in England and the school is situated
right next to the cathedral and housed in a variety of fine buildings of
different periods in lovely gardens very near the Wye. New buildings house
indoor cricket nets, a main hall, drama studio, library, careers suite and
departments including art and technology. Large playing fields are nearby. It is
a C of E foundation and religious instruction and worship are an essential part
of its life. The school uses the cathedral daily for assembly, as well as at
other times for special services, and the cathedral choristers are members of
the school. Music plays an important part in the life of the school. Academic
standards are high and examination results good. Sports and games also flourish,
and there is a wide range of other curricular and extra-curricular activities.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 3–18; 900 day pupils, (500 boys, 400
girls). Senior department 11–18; 540 pupils (300 boys, 240 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 3, 5, 7, 11, 13 and 16. Common Entrance and own
entrance exam used. No special skills required. All pupils attend Christian
worship. 50% main senior intake from state schools (plus 10% to sixth form);
many from own junior (enquiries to the Registrar, Hereford Cathedral Junior
School, 28 Castle Street, Hereford HR1 2NW, tel 01432 363511).
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Scholarships and bursaries at 11, 13
and 16; further music scholarships and exhibitions. Parents not expected to buy
textbooks; maximum extras £100 per term, plus music tuition.
Head & staff
Headmaster: Dr Howard Tomlinson, in post from 1987. Educated at Ashville
College and at the universities of London, Reading and Wales (history).
Previously Head of History and Housemaster at Wellington College. Also A-level
Awarder in History. Publications: Guns and Government; Before the English Civil
War; Religion, Politics and Society in Revolutionary England.
Teaching staff: 65 full time, 25 part time. Annual turnover 5%.
GCSE: In 2003, 90 in upper fifth: 90% gained at least grade C in 8+
subjects; 10% in 5–7 subjects. Average GCSE score 57 (66 over 5 years).
A-levels: 80 in upper sixth: 95% passed in 3 subjects. Average final
point score achieved by upper sixth formers 332.
University & college entrance 90% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course, 10% to Oxbridge. 10% took courses in medicine, dentistry &
veterinary science, 20% in science & engineering, 40% in humanities & social
sciences, 15% in art & design, 15% in other subjects eg music, business. Others
typically go on to non-degree courses eg HND agriculture, business studies,
art/drama college or straight into careers.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 21–22 AS/A level subjects. GCSE
maths taken a year early by some.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level.
No general studies. 35% take science/maths A-levels; 45% take arts and
humanities; 20% both.
Languages: French and Spanish offered to GCSE, AS and A-level. Japanese
offered extra-curriculum. Regular exchanges.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons/week in Years 7–9) and
across the curriculum. 60 computers for pupil use (8 hours a day), all networked
and with e-mail and internet access.
Music: 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can
be taken. Over 20 musical groups including Gilbert Consort (medieval
instruments); chamber choir; 3 members of National Youth Orchestra; opera
performed at Three Choirs Festival fringe; 3 organ/choral scholarships to Oxford
University recently; others go on to music courses at universities and music
colleges each year.
Drama: Drama/theatre studies offered to GCSE and A-level. Some pupils are
involved in school productions and majority in house/other productions.
Art & design: On average, 25 take GCSE, 15 A-level. Design, pottery,
textiles, photography also offered and art history A-level. A number go on to
study art at university or art colleges each year.
Sport & activities
Sport: Athletics, cricket, rugby, rowing, hockey (boys); hockey, netball,
athletics, rowing, rounders, cricket (girls). Sixth form only: squash,
badminton, golf. Several county and national players (boys and girls) in various
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. CCF normally compulsory for 1 year at age 14, optional thereafter (CCF
orienteering national team champions 1998). Community service optional. Over 40
clubs, eg debating (winners of Observer Mace twice, Oxford and Cambridge Union
finalists 1999 & 2000), Young Enterprise, various musical groups.
Uniform: School uniform worn; concessions in the sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Monitors, head boy/girl, head of
house and house monitors, appointed by the Headmaster and heads of houses.
Religion: Church of England foundation. Daily services at the cathedral.
Social: School participates in many Hereford festivals (Three Choirs,
etc). Organised trips abroad. Pupils allowed to bring own car/bike to school.
Meals self-service. School shop. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Former pupils Kingsley Martin; Godfrey Winn; Sir Horace Cutler; Sir
David Roberts; Peter and Dick Richardson; Paul Thorburn; Air Marshal Sir
Geoffrey Dhenin; Michael Walling; Paul Hyett; Sir Michael Parker.