Richard Hale School

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Richard Hale School
6 Form Entry (165 per year)
Motto Doctrina cvm virtvte
(Learnedness with virtue)
Established 16 April 1617
Type Academy
Religion All
Headteacher Mr Stephen Neate
Chair of Governors Mr S Goodair
Founder Richard Hale
Location Hale Road
SG13 8EN
England Coordinates: 51°47′33″N 0°04′40″W / 51.79246°N 0.07769°W / 51.79246; -0.07769
DfE number 919/4006
DfE URN 139873 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 995
Gender Male (and Coeducational 6th form)
Ages 11–18
Houses Cowper, Croft, Hale, Kinman, Page, Wallace
Publication Hale News

Richard Hale School is a boys' secondary school with academy status, located in Hertford, Hertfordshire, in the south east of England. In the 2014 – 2015 academic year the school had over 1,000 pupils, including students attending the optional sixth form, which is also open to girls.


The school was founded on April 16, 1617 by the affluent merchant Richard Hale, eldest son of Thomas Hales of Codicote (a likely descendant of the Kentish Hales) who wished to "erect a grammar school for the instruction of children in the Latin tongue and other literature in the town of Hertford". The original school building was in use for 313 years from 1617 to 1930, and still stands near to All Saints Church. It was known as the "Hertford Grammar School" until 1967, when it became comprehensive.


It began the transition to a comprehensive school in 1975, a process completed when the last grammar intake left in 1981. New buildings, including the gym, were built in 1982 and the Sixth form centre from 2009-11. It became a science college in 2003.


The school converted to academy status on 1 July 2013.


Hale gave his name to one of the five original houses of the school. The remaining four were named after the school benefactors Francis Thomas de Grey Cowper, 7th Earl Cowper KG and Richard Benyon Croft; and former pupils Lieutenant-Colonel Frank Page, DSO and bar, and the evolutionary biologist Alfred Russel Wallace. These five houses remained for several decades until a sixth house called "Kinman" was added to the growing school, named after the headteacher Major George Kinman who organised the school's move in 1930. This house was for the boys who were previously in an overflow form, and not grouped together with their other housemates. House competition is an integral part of school life at Richard Hale, with competitions taking place not only on the sports fields, but on the stage in both music and drama.


The school has a long tradition of rugby for boys and more recently girls. The school has also been successful in other sports including cricket, basketball, athletics and tennis.[citation needed] In recent years, football has become a part of the extra curricular programme and the 1st XI won the Under 18 County Cup for the first time, beating Dame Alice Owen's School from Potters Bar, in March 2011.[citation needed] In light of this, planning permission for a new sports hall was given. However, the Sports Hall became unaffordable so its funds were used to erect a Sixth Form Centre, which was finished in the summer of 2011.[citation needed] The school still wishes to build a sports hall but needs £2.2M.


The school's current headteacher is Stephen M. Neate, who had previously been temporary headteacher since 2005 following the retirement of the previous incumbent, Michael James.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Hertford Grammar School[edit]

Alfred Wallace is Hertford Grammar School's most famous former pupil, but the school has produced other notable alumni including:

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