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.
Can You Feel the Love Tonight? A fond farewell from Churcher’s Remote Choir
Listen, watch and enjoy this moving performance from the Churcher’s College Remote Choir singing 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight' from the Disney movie, The Lion King. Featuring almost 70 Junior and Senior pupils aged between 10 and 18 years, plus teachers and support staff; this recording conveys a fond farewell to the summer, to remote learning, and for some goodbye to school days forever.
6th September 2020 — Listen, watch and enjoy this moving performance from the Churcher’s College Remote Choir singing 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight' from the Disney movie, The Lion King. Featuring almost 70 Junior and Senior pupils aged between 10 and 18 years, plus teachers and support staff; this recording conveys a fond farewell to the summer, to remote learning, and for some goodbye to school days forever.
Link to Video: https://youtu.be/NijmwqndUDk
Sixth Form pupils Kirsty Foreman and Rachel Newberry deliver beautiful and polished solo performances, a highlight of this musical treat. Members of the choir were inspired to wear colourful clothing or dress as characters from The Lion King to connect and inject some fun to the singing.
Helen Purchase, Director of Music, conducted the performance and explains the song choice: “Our musicians were due to perform at Cadogan Hall in London this summer and were disappointed it was cancelled. This song enabled us to share the stage together remotely, it was the last piece we rehearsed together before lockdown and seemed a fitting message to complete this unique school year. We sang as one again, enabling us to end on a high!”
All the singers recorded themselves at home and sent in the performances which were stitched together by the Music Department.
Local Choir on Britain's Got Talent Semi-Final, Saturday 5 September
On Saturday 5 September, local children’s eco-choir, SOS From the Kids, will appear in the semi-final of ITV’s hit show ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ (BGT) singing their own song about climate change.
4th September 2020 — Vote for 'SOS From The Kids' to get to the final!
On Saturday 5 September, local children’s eco-choir, SOS From the Kids, will appear in the semi-final of ITV’s hit show ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ (BGT) singing their own song about climate change. The public vote will decide whether the group get through to the final - we are asking as many people as possible to please download the BGT app and vote to support them! There are five free votes available to all on the app.
"Our choir had to record the song remotely as there were too many of us to be in the studio with the Covid restrictions, we are really happy with the results. If we make it to the final we will succeed in sharing our environmental message as far and wide as possible which is our number one goal," 12 year old Ari Wilks, choir member and Churcher's student, explains. "Greta Thunberg liked our first song and the choir has begun to work with the WWF and the UN sharing this important message, which just shows the power of music to reach people and that anything is possible."
The choir features children aged between 4 and 16 years and follows their first BGT performance in May this year which was loved by the judges and got a standing ovation.
The song the group are singing on Saturday is “Stand As One” and was written by the group's lead singer, 12 year old Sim Macaulay and his mum Dorry. All proceeds from the song go to environmental causes and to help wildlife.
No one in their right-mind would have predicted the events of 2020 with the world going into quarantine because of COVID-19; the turmoil and heartache has been immeasurable. It is no surprise therefore, but nevertheless regrettable, that the publication of the GCSE and A Level examination results, which were never sat, has been chaotic.
20th August 2020 — No one in their right-mind would have predicted the events of 2020 with the world going into quarantine because of COVID-19; the turmoil and heartache has been immeasurable. It is no surprise therefore, but nevertheless regrettable, that the publication of the GCSE and A Level examination results, which were never sat, has been chaotic.
On Results Day I normally compare this year with preceding ones but that makes no sense at all; it is a shame that the powers that be didn’t recognise that and instead insisted that the grade profile for exams this year had to emulate those of previous years.
There will be a great deal of debate about what went wrong and the validity of what was awarded but the bottom line is that, almost without exception, the children here, who had the opportunity of proving themselves in the exams taken away at the last moment, have worked like absolute Trojans over the last two years and deserved reward and recognition for all their efforts and ability. I, for one, wish to applaud them resoundingly and without caveat, for their achievements and the remarkable stoicism they have shown.
We spent an inordinate amount of time calculating evidenced-based A Level and GCSE grades to submit to the Exam Boards. We had assumed we would be subject to intense scrutiny by Ofqual and, as such, made sure we could justify the awards with empirical data of past achievements: tests, exams, timed essays, coursework, Non-Examined Assessments etc. The Centre Assessment Grades we submitted were fully deserved. Inevitably, overall, they are in excess of previous years because there was no way to factor in those exam wobbles: those who fail to show their best in the exam hall for whatever reason. The Government should have recognised that, in insisting, and subsequently celebrating, that the results were ‘nationally within 2% of those of previous years’ that they would cause such unfairness and devastation.
The last five months have been very tough indeed on everyone. Hopefully we can leave behind the rancour of the public exam results and rightly celebrate the remarkable efforts, abilities and stoicism of school children everywhere.
The overall stats table below suggests it is a very positive year indeed for Churcher’s College, silver medal territory, with five of the Upper Sixth enjoying a clean sweep of four A* grades, another five with clean sweeps of three A* grades, and another ten with A* grades except one A grade; that is twenty with quite exceptional results. It is difficult to be anything but delighted...but the overall results disguise what appears to be a fair amount of injustice where students have really not got their just desserts.
13th August 2020 — The overall stats suggest it is a very positive year indeed for Churcher’s College, silver medal territory, with five of the Upper Sixth enjoying a clean sweep of four A* grades, another five with clean sweeps of three A* grades, and another ten with A* grades except one A grade; that is twenty with quite exceptional results. It is difficult to be anything but delighted...but the overall results disguise what appears to be a fair amount of injustice where students have really not got their just desserts.
Despite the goodish news I am still left feeling very much like the Headteacher quoted in a recent post from the Association of College and School Leaders: I don’t think I have ever felt as powerless, angered, saddened and frustrated for a group of students in my entire career. We are staggered by how much our students have been downgraded. We are failing to understand the methodology. We feel responsible for our students but powerless to do anything for them.
It does feel the individual has been disregarded in an effort to make the overall stats work. The Exam Boards have largely disregarded all calculating of grades based upon all the empirical data we have on individual students and the professional opinion of teachers. They have been as bold as to indicate as such, and have chosen to almost purely use statistics; historic school grade profiles and a further adjustment to bring the national numbers into line. When no regard is taken of the individual it does create confusing anomalies and some students have dropped more than one grade from the centre assessment grade through no fault of their own, just because someone might have got a lower grade three years ago.
As two of this year’s cohort commented, it is very much lucky dip this year which is a terrible way to conclude seven hugely impressive and enjoyable years of secondary education at Churcher’s. For some it is rightly, but inevitably muted, celebration but for others COVID has added another thorn in the side. I don’t want to underplay the success of the majority here, and of the school as a whole; we really should celebrate this and the huge majority who are going off to their first choice universities all around the country, but there is a regret that every child doesn’t seem to count on this occasion.
I have no doubt there will be many public debates and probably a few political broadsides over the coming weeks. The results at Churcher’s are, once again, exceptionally strong but it should have been a real sunshine day after the gloomy clouds of COVID. Instead, there are bemused students, parents and teachers today.
Churcher’s College Student Alec Murray Releases Debut EP “Monday Morning”
Through the College’s own record label “Ramshill Records”, Sixth Form student Alec today releases his 5-track, debut EP entitled “Monday Morning”.
13th July 2020 — Monday 13 July 2020
Singer/songwriter and Sixth Form student Alec Murray has been busy during lockdown 2020. As an aspiring musician and actor music runs deep in his veins and, through the College’s own record label “Ramshill Records”, Alec today releases his 5-track, debut EP entitled “Monday Morning”.
“Discovering new sounds and new music has been a huge part of lockdown for me. I suddenly had the time to just lie in bed or sit at my desk listening to music and discovering new artists. The songs that I had written suddenly had so much more potential - and that potential has kept growing as I learn more and more.”
The tracks on the EP are:
Little Bit (of everything)
No One Like You
Alec explains that his musical influences are fairly eclectic, which are reflected in the differing style of each song on the EP:
“I listen to a lot of music - especially over lock down - so it is hard to pin my favourite artists down to only a few, but Mac Demarco, Nick Hackim , Neil Young, The 1975, Pink Floyd, and Prince were key influencers to these five songs.”
“I have played around with a few styles in the EP. Monday Morning is lofi while Those Kids and Little Bit (of everything) are more pop rock. No One Like You is different from these but could be called pop rock - maybe alternative? Find has folk roots but wouldn't call it strictly folk.”
When asked what led him to write and produce music, he said:
“I have always been fascinated with the arts as a form of expression. At school I've had many opportunities to explore painting and drawing in the art room, acting on the stage and directing and producing films; writing and making music is just another platform to explore.”
So, what are his plans and aspirations for the future?
“I am auditioning for drama school for either Acting, Musical Theatre or Actor Musician. However, I have written loads more songs that I want to record. It seems that now I've started making music, I think I will always be trying to improve that side of me.”
We wish Alec all the very best of luck with the EP release and we look forward to hearing more from him in the future.
Alec’s debut EP “Monday Morning” is released on Monday 13 July 2020 on Spotify, Apple Music and all good streaming services.
Ahoy me hearties! 70 pupils, aged between 11 and 18 years, have remotely joined together as an orchestra to perform the theme tune of ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean’ film whilst at home during lockdown. The resulting booty is worth a coffer full of doubloons and is sure to blow you down!
6th July 2020 — Ahoy me hearties! 70 pupils, aged between 11 and 18 years, have remotely joined together as an orchestra to perform the theme tune of ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean’ film whilst at home during lockdown. The resulting booty is worth a coffer full of doubloons and is sure to blow you down!
One student commented: "We all love music and playing our instruments, it was an adventure to extend our remote learning and loads of fun to do. Obviously we had to dress up as pirates to avoid being made to walk the plank and finishing up in Davy Jones’ locker!"
“This is the first performance of our newly formed Remote Orchestra,” explains Helen Purchase, Director of Music. “All the musicians recorded themselves at home, sent in their recordings and then a motley crew from the Music Department stitched it together. I think the composer of the music, Klaus Badelt, and arranger Michael Sweeney, would enjoy the musical treasure delivered!”
The salty sea dog pupils play a wide variety of instruments including the harp, bassoon, clarinet, trombone, violin, cello, flute and many more. All are keen musicians and members of the various school orchestras and windbands. (None are professional pirates.)
Watch out for the next Churcher’s College virtual video - the Remote Choir comes later this week.
About Churcher's College Music:
Read more about the Churcher's College Music Department here: https://www.churcherscollege.com/senior-11-16-/senior-performing-arts
Follow them on Twitter: @ChurchersMusic
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.