Churcher’s College is one of the most accomplished independent, co-educational day schools in the country. Set in the heart of the impressive South Downs National Park, around 800 pupils in the Senior School at Petersfield and 225 in the Junior School in nearby Liphook enjoy spacious, semi-rural vistas with their own on-site playing fields and facilities, providing the comfort and opportunities of such an open, healthy environment.
About the school
Churcher's College is an independent, fee-paying day school for girls and boys, founded in 1722 and set in the heart of the South Downs.
The College was founded in Petersfield in the 1720s by the will of Richard Churcher to educate local boys in the skills needed for service in the merchant navy.
The college has several notable alumni, known as Old Churcherians or OCs. Male OCs are eligible to become members of the East India Club, whilst women may join the University Women’s Club.
There are a range of awards available to pupils of Churcher’s College, awarded on the bases of both scholarly excellence and means-testing.
Scholarships are competitive awards based on overall academic performance.
They are generally awarded at age levels 11+, 13+ and 16+. At 11+ they are awarded on the basis of the entrance examination; there is no separate Scholarship paper. At 13+, awards are based on 13+ entrance assessment for external candidates, or achievement over the preceding two years for internal candidates. At 16+, for both internal and external candidates, it is based on predicted GCSE results, normally requiring at least seven A star grades, a written assessment and an interview.
Exhibitions are awarded at 16+ to individuals who have strong academic performance, but in addition have achieved an exceptional level in an activity outside the classroom such as national level representation.
German Partner School Features Churcher's in Open Event Video
Churcher's College runs an exchange programme with our German partner school, the Mariengymnasium Warendorf, offering the opportunity for pupils of both schools to visit each other each year.
25th January 2021 — Churcher's College runs an exchange programme with our German partner school, the Mariengymnasium Warendorf, offering the opportunity for pupils of both schools to visit each other each year.
The Mariengymnasium Warendorf have been responding to the global pandemic in much the same way that we have, by creating a series of videos for their virtual Open Day this year. Churcher's College and its pupils feature in one of the videos, aimed at showing prospective pupils and parents their credentials as a European School and the many languages which can be learned there, including of course English.
The video includes a clip of some of our Third Year pupils, who had recorded and sent a short greeting to their fellow pupils in Germany last term.
French and German teacher Mr. Crossman said:
“Despite the disappointment of having been kept apart by the pandemic this last year, our ties with our friends and colleagues at the Mariengymnasium Warendorf remain as strong as ever. We are delighted and honoured to have been able to play a small part in their virtual Open Day this year, and we remain fully committed to getting the pupil exchange with our partner school in Petersfield's German twin town up and running again as soon as conditions allow.”
We wish all the pupils and staff at the Mariengymnasium Warendorf well and we look forward to being able to visit each other again soon.
Hockey National Champions Awarded ‘School Team of the Year’
Churcher’s College U15 boys hockey team has won the ‘School Team of the Year’ Award in the East Hampshire Sports Awards 2020. The award is in recognition of winning the U15 National Hockey Champions title at the Independent Schools Hockey Cup National Finals in Birmingham in March 2019.
25th January 2021 — Churcher’s College U15 boys hockey team has won the ‘School Team of the Year’ Award in the East Hampshire Sports Awards 2020. The award is in recognition of winning the U15 National Hockey Champions title at the Independent Schools Hockey Cup National Finals in Birmingham in March 2019.
The 20 students in the winning team now form part of Churcher’s College senior hockey squad who are looking forward to reuniting once restrictions are lifted to follow on their successful cup run at U18 age group. One member of the team, Will Porter, is currently in the final 50 of the England Hockey selection for the U18 squad.
“We are delighted to have this national achievement recognised closer to home as well, it was an exceptional year and the team achieved a first for Churcher's hockey,” explains Louisa Taylor, Director of Sport at Churcher’s College. “The boys’ attitude, application and team spirit through every round were exemplary, highlighted by their performance in two penalty shootouts and victory against the favourites in the final.
“I would like to thank the team coaches; Churcher’s College teacher, Jeremy Harris, and Dr Andy Cairns, a former parent whose two sons represented England Hockey in the U18 and U16 teams and were Churcher’s 1XI hockey captains during their time at school with us.
“The pupils and staff cannot wait to get back out on the pitch, playing team sport together once again.”
The East Hampshire Sports Awards, held in late December 2020, were a little different this year as the event had to be held virtually, but still successfully celebrating Hampshire’s amazing sportsmen and women. The host of the event, British athletics legend Roger Black, and EHDC Deputy Leader Cllr Julie Butler, both made virtual appearances by introducing the event and addressing the nominees through videos.
Cllr Julie Butler said: "Congratulations to all of our winners and nominees. We would have loved to have celebrated you in person, but in these circumstances, we had to get creative!
"It was still an intense and exciting evening, and I really enjoyed seeing people getting involved and sending congratulations to each other. Thank you to everyone who was a part of it."
Churcher’s College Sixth Form Students Assist Covid-19 Vaccination Programme
Churcher's College Sixth Form students and aspiring medics, Ben Botham and Ellie Houghton, have successfully participated in the Winchester Rural North & East Primary Care Network’s Covid-19 Vaccination Programme. This valuable volunteering opportunity was seized upon by the students who both have ambitions to become doctors and wished to gain vital hands-on work experience for their chosen medical career paths.
22nd January 2021 — Churcher's College Sixth Form students and aspiring medics, Ben Botham and Ellie Houghton, have successfully participated in the Winchester Rural North & East Primary Care Network’s Covid-19 Vaccination Programme. This valuable volunteering opportunity was seized upon by the students who both have ambitions to become doctors and wished to gain vital hands-on work experience for their chosen medical career paths.
To date, Ben and Ellie have completed three full days volunteering for the vaccination programme and have found the work to be both hugely rewarding and exhausting, perhaps affording them a glimpse into the real world of medicine. Undeterred, they are heading back to the centre over the forthcoming weeks to continue volunteering in the vaccination programme.
Ben, who is studying Chemistry, Biology and Psychology at A Level, commented: 'It has been an incredible opportunity to be involved in the Covid-19 vaccination programme and I'm really glad to be of help. I think I will always look back on this experience as one I can be proud of in the fight against the virus.”
Ellie, who is studying Chemistry, Biology and Physics at A Level, added: “It feels really good to have such a positive impact on people's lives and to help them see their loved ones again.”
The opportunity to volunteer for the vaccination programme materialized after Ben spoke to a local GP and offered his time, should an opportunity arise. It became apparent that there was a shortage of staff able to administer the vaccine on Christmas Eve, during the first week of the programme. Special permission was granted for Ben and Ellie from the head of the network, pending training and passing the exams in the required 'E Learning for Health' modules for coronavirus and advanced information for vaccinators. They also undertook modules and exams on anaphylaxis training, all of which they accomplished successfully.
Ben and Ellie have proven themselves to be of invaluable help to the network and have even received a thank you from the head of the network for the part they played within the team who gave out the vaccines last week - over 1270 individuals received the vaccine in 2.5 days - 560 on the days that Ellie and Ben worked.
Old Churcherian and Covid Scientist on Desert Island Discs
Old Churcherian Sir Jeremy Farrar OBE hopes his story will help anxious students today.
9th December 2020 — Sir Jeremy Farrar OBE hopes his story will help anxious students today.
Old Churcherian and Director of the Wellcome Trust, Sir Jeremy Farrar OBE, revealed his views on the importance of giving people a second chance in education during an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs on Sunday 6 December 2020.
As the director of the Wellcome Trust and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) advising government ministers on Covid-19, Jeremy Farrar is used to operating under pressure. However, he revealed that his A Levels had to be retaken before going on to obtain two degrees from University College London medical school and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford.
With Desert Island Discs host Lauren Laverne, he shared his hope that as a world we can still let people have a second chance in education despite the enormous pressures of today, that he believed it is possible to have a bad day. Jeremy hopes that his story will help anxious students, providing inspiration to those who do not get the results they want to have the courage and resilience to move forward.
Sir Jeremy Farrar OBE is from the class of 1980 at Churcher’s College.
Saturday 17 October saw over 400 Churcher’s pupils aged between 11 and 18 taking part in the Churcher’s Champions festival featuring internal year group tournaments playing hockey and touch rugby.
4th November 2020 — Saturday 17 October saw over 400 Churcher’s pupils aged between 11 and 18 taking part in the Churcher’s Champions festival featuring internal year group tournaments playing hockey and touch rugby.
All students represented a team inspired by Old Churcherian (OC) sporting heroes: Calum Chambers, Fiona Pocock, Joe Atkinson, Georgina Tuffin, Margie Pedder and George and Will Cairns.
There were individual medals for outstanding performers and team awards for matches and overall year group achievement. Most importantly there were endless smiles and happy faces as the pupils enjoyed competitive sport in a Covid-safe style.
Louisa Taylor, Director of Sport, said: “It is fantastic to see so many pupils taking part in the Churcher’s Champions festival. We’ve been continuing with intra-school sport throughout the autumn term and the festival gave the students a great platform to experience a competitive sporting atmosphere of both performance and sporting spirit to play to win and show off their abilities. Most importantly, they were playing team sport and having a great time. It’s a pleasure to work with such passionate pupils, who despite all the restrictions we have faced this half term, are still enjoying competitive sport every week with great numbers attending Saturdays and after school training, seeing these pupils' responses to these sporting experiences really does highlight the positive impact it is having on their wellbeing - Go Team Churcher’s!"
On Sunday 27 September a team consisting of pupils Ella, Meg and Livi represented Churcher’s College in the NSEA competition at Coombelands.
4th November 2020 — On Sunday 27 September a team consisting of pupils Ella, Meg and Livi represented Churcher’s College in the NSEA competition at Coombelands.
They were placed 8th in the 70cm class (Livi as an individual was 5th) and 12th in the 80cm class.
Well done girls!
Once you’ve decided that Churcher’s is the best place for your child, we can start the admissions process and our Admissions Team will guide you through every step.
Children applying for entry to 11+ or above at the Senior School will be invited in to participate in a three-part selection process:
1. Interview involving an informal chat with the Headmaster 2. References from current school 3.Extrance Examinations in Mathematics, English and Verbal Reasoning, which take place on the second last Saturday in January.