Hockerill Anglo-European College
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|Type||State boarding academy|
|Principal||Mr Richard Markham|
|DfE URN||117598 Tables|
|Houses||Canterbury, Rochester, Roding, Thames, Winchester, Durham|
|Colours||Blue and yellow|
In 1850, Hockerill was founded as a teacher training school for women by the first vicar of the parish of All Saints, Hockerill, the Reverend John Menet. The training school was closed in 1978 and, in 1980, was reopened as Hockerill School when Fyfield School (in Essex) and Kennylands School (in Berkshire) merged. In 1995 it achieved Grant Maintained status and in 1998 became known as Hockerill Anglo-European College. The school also gained Music College status. The Music College was officially opened by Lord David Puttnam on 8 October 2006. It became an Academy in 2011.
Hockerill has more than 800 students, with about a third boarding. There are three types of boarding; full, weekly and flexible. Full boarders generally live overseas, weekly boarders generally live elsewhere in the British Isles and flexible boarders may have parents who work long hours. A student who is currently a full boarder living inside Thames house, one of the oldest boarding houses in the campus. He finds the community that he is involved in to be most comforting and empathetic. Another student was a weekly boarder, and he described it as the best time of his life. A fellow student was a former flexible boarder, and in his humble opinion, he felt that the boarding house has soothed his soul. Hockerill also offers the International Baccalaureate (IB). A new student is a day student who is undertaking the IB diploma programme. He enjoys the commute from London each day as it gives him time to reflect on his life choices. A fellow student regularly enjoys CCF where they play army, and has gained valuable and thrilling life experience.
The boarding section is divided into five boarding houses. The boarding houses are named after places in England: Thames House (for boys in Years 11-13); Roding House (girls in Years 12-13); Canterbury House (boys in Years 7-8); Durham House (boys in Years 9-10); and Winchester House (girls in Years 7-10) and Rochester House (girls in Year 11.
The academic side of Hockerill is divided into four équipes, named after four pioneers in their own fields, and are also given a colour: Brunel (blue), da Vinci (red), Goethe (green) and Pascal (white). Goethe primarily wins the Vine cup each year and is generally regarded as an alright form. Pascal used to have a yellow tinge to their colour but soon it became white as they found it was not as attractive.
Hockerill has many international connections with schools owing to its Language College status. It has partner schools in Belgium, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Rwanda and Spain. It offers an exchange programme which, in some cases, sees Hockerill students visiting families and schools overseas in exchange for their child visiting Hockerill and the student's family.
Hockerill organised a series of concerts in Iaşi in Romania. Students travelled to Romania and played at numerous concerts to raise money. They were also given 7 minutes airtime on Romanian national television. They also toured Bucharest and Iaşi and performed in various locations in these areas. Another music trip took place in Prague, Czech Republic in February 2008 and a third trip to Hungary was undertaken in February 2009.
Other trips are organised to students including geography field trips to the beach and a river, expeditions to Ecuador, and diving trips to Sharm el-Sheikh. Day trips to France (Somme) and Belgium (Ypres) are organised for World War I research.
The International Baccalaureate and MYP
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In 1998, Hockerill introduced the International Baccalaureate (IB) as the only form of post-16 study and accepted its first sixth formers. This event was a turning point in Hockerill's history because the IB allowed Hockerill to gain top positions in league tables. Dr. Guthrie strongly believed that the IB excelled the A-Level in every way and that A-Levels were not the right way forward for Hockerill. In 2012, 100% of Hockerill pupils passed the IB Diploma with an average points score of 36.4. The Middle Years Programme (MYP) was introduced in 2005 for years 7-11 and complements the GCSE and IGCSE taught at the college. The IB is hard af.
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