Hockerill enjoys a rich and varied heritage. Originally established in the early 1850s, it was a teacher training college until 1978. It re-opened in 1980 as a co-educational boarding school until 1994 when it became grant maintained Hockerill Anglo-European School.
1998 proved to be a defining year, as the school underwent a dramatic transformation into Hockerill Anglo-European College. In the process it:
became one of the country’s first specialist language colleges;
offered a sixth form provision for the first time;
chose the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme as the only course of sixth form study