Independent day school
|Headmaster||Mr Simon H. L. Williams|
|Chairman of the Governors||Michael Gallagher|
Petersfield & Liphook
|DfE URN||116579 Tables|
Red, White & Blue
|Former pupils||Old Churcherians|
Churcher's College is an English co-educational independent, fee-paying school which is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC). The senior school (ages 11–18) is located in the market town of Petersfield, Hampshire with the junior school (ages 5–11) in nearby Liphook. The current headmaster is Simon Williams, who replaced Geoffrey Buttle in September 2004.
The school was founded under the will of Richard Churcher in 1722. Churcher was a wealthy local philanthropist, who had made his fortune through interests in the British East India Company. His will, dated 1722, decreed that the College was to educate:
10 or 12 local boys from Petersfield, of any age from 9 to 14, in the arts of writing, arithmetic, mathematics and navigation so they could be apprenticed to masters of ships sailing in the East Indies.
Under the terms of the will, Churcher's College was created as a non-denominational foundation, a status it has kept to this day. The school was originally in a fine 1729 building, which still stands in College Street. The school became increasingly popular due to its successes, and in 1881 the school moved to a new location close to the original site in Ramshill, where the school is still based today. However, the school's expanding population has meant there are many modern buildings alongside the original 1881 buildings.
For much of the 20th century, Churcher's College operated as a voluntary aided grammar school. In 1979, Hampshire County Council decided to cease to maintain the college, which became an independent fee-paying school. Girls were first admitted to the Sixth Form in 1980, and the school became fully co-educational in 1988. In accordance with the naval history, the college's five houses are named after naval heroes; Drake, Grenville, Nelson, Rodney and Collingwood.
In 1993 the school purchased Morton House School in Petersfield, which became the Churcher's College Junior School. Like the senior school before it, the junior school is very successful, and soon outgrew its premises. Following an unsuccessful attempt to relocate in Petersfield, the school eventually purchased an existing school campus in Liphook (Littlefield's School), which from 2003 became the junior school's new site.
Sport and outdoor pursuits
Churcher's College provides teams that compete in many physical contests, such as the Ten Tors.
- Senior Boys – Black Blazer, Red & Blue Striped Tie, White Shirt, Black Trousers.
- Senior Girls – Black Blazer, White Blouse, White & Black Tartan Kilt.
- Junior Boys – Brown Blazer, Green & Red Striped Tie, White Shirt, Black Trousers.
- Junior Girls – Brown Blazer, White Blouse, Green & Red Tartan Skirt.
Sixth formers are allowed more freedom in their dress code. Boys may wear a jacket, shirt and VI form or colours tie, whereas the girls wear either skirt or trouser suits.
The school's sports colours are red and dark blue.
Termly Fees and Extras for the academic year 2011/2012 Per term (3 terms in each academic year) Junior School Classes 3–6: £2,705 Classes R/1/2: £2,535
Senior School All Years: £3,985
The above fees are inclusive of normal charges for examination fees and text books.
Lunches Junior School £2.85 per day Senior School All Years £3.25 per day
Notable Old Churcherians
- Brig Henry Baxter CBE GM, Commander from 1973–6 of the Ulster Defence Regiment, who won the George Medal in 1957 for removing an IRA bomb in Armagh
- Charles Beeson (born 1957), TV director
- Dr Geoffrey Boxshall, Deputy Chief Scientific Officer since 1997 of the Natural History Museum, and joint winner in 2004, with John Dransfield, of the Linnean Medal
- Rhidian Brook, writer, broadcaster
- Arthur Brough, actor (Are You Being Served?)
- Rt Rev Harry Carpenter, Bishop of Oxford from 1955–70
- Calum Chambers Footballer for Southampton and England U19
- Howard Drake OBE, High Commissioner to Jamaica since 2010, and Ambassador to Chile from 2005–9
- Tim Footman, writer and quiz show regular
- Reg Gammon, artist
- Jim Hetherington, former England rugby union player
- Simon Ings, writer
- Edward Kelsey, actor (The Archers – Joe Grundy, DangerMouse)
- Rear Adm Philip Mathias MBE, Director since 2010 of the Strategic Defence and Security Review (Nuclear), and President in 2004 of the Admiralty Interview Board
- John Peters (RAF officer), first pilot shot down in first Gulf War, with John Nichol on 17 January 1991
- Stuart Ernest Piggott (1910–1996), archaeologist
- Tim Rodber (born 1969), former England rugby union player
- Tiny Rowland (1917–1998), businessman and chairman of the Lonrho conglomerate
- Tim Spanton (born 1957), journalist
- Rear Adm Chris Snow, Flag Officer Sea Training since February 2009, and commanded HMS Ocean from 2005–6
- Robert Tronson, TV (and some films) director, notably of police dramas and The Darling Buds of May