Churcher's College

Churcher's College

Churcher's College
Motto Credita Caelo
Established 1722
Type Public School
Independent day school
Headmaster Mr Simon H. L. Williams
Chairman of the Governors Michael Gallagher
Founder Richard Churcher
Location Ramshill
Petersfield & Liphook
GU31 4AS
Local authority Hampshire
DfE URN 116579 Tables
Students 1015
Gender Co-educational
Ages 4–18
Houses      Collingwood

Red, White & Blue

Former pupils Old Churcherians
Website .com.churcherscollegewww

Churcher's College is an English co-educational independent, fee-paying school which is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC). The senior school (ages 11–18) is in the market town of Petersfield, Hampshire with the junior school (ages 5–11) in nearby Liphook.

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 headmaster is Simon Williams who replaced Geoffrey Buttle in September 2004. 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.


  • History 1
  • Sport and outdoor pursuits 2
  • Uniform 3
  • Fees 4
  • Notable Old Churcherians 5
  • References 6
  • Further reading 7


The school was founded under the will of Richard Churcher in 1722. Churcher was a wealthy local philanthropist who had made his fortune through interests in the British East India Company. His will, dated 1722, decreed that the College was to educate:

10 or 12 local boys from Petersfield, of any age from 9 to 14, in the arts of writing, arithmetic, mathematics and navigation so they could be apprenticed to masters of ships sailing in the East Indies.

Under the terms of the will, Churcher's College was created as a non-denominational foundation, a status it has kept to this day. The original school, built in 1729, is in College Street. The school became increasingly popular due to its successes, and in 1881 moved to its present location in Ramshill. The school's expanding population has meant there are many modern buildings alongside the original 1881 buildings.

Original College building, College Street

From 1946 to 1964 Broadlands, opposite the college grounds in Ramshill, was the preparatory school for Churcher's.[1] It was Grade II listed in 1949.[2]

For much of the 20th century, Churcher's College operated as a Rodney and Collingwood.

In 1993 the school purchased Morton House School in Petersfield, which became the Churcher's College Junior School. Like the senior school before it, the junior school is very successful, and soon outgrew its premises. Following an unsuccessful attempt to relocate in Petersfield, the school eventually purchased an existing school campus in Liphook (Littlefield's School), which from 2003 became the junior school's new site.

Sport and outdoor pursuits

Front elevation of Churcher's College, 2007

The boys compete in rugby union, field hockey and cricket, whilst the girls play netball, field hockey and rounders. The College was the first school to affiliate to the Hampshire RFU in 1924. OC Frank Guy was responsible for the founding of local rugby union club Petersfield R.F.C. in 1927. In 2015, Churcher's won the NatWest Schools Cup under-18 Vase with 13-5 victory over SEEVIC College, the first Hampshire school to do so.[4]

The school has equestrianism, golf, tennis, squash, swimming and athletics teams and events and competes in contests such as the Ten Tors.

There are Combined Cadet Force and Duke of Edinburgh Award programmes, as well as regular World Challenge and First Challenge expeditions.


  • Senior Boys – Black Blazer, Red & Blue Striped Tie, White Shirt, Black Trousers.
  • Senior Girls – Black Blazer, White Blouse, White & Black Tartan Kilt.
  • Junior Boys – Brown Blazer, Green & Red Striped Tie, White Shirt, Black Trousers.
  • Junior Girls – Brown Blazer, White Blouse, Green & Red Tartan Skirt.

Sixth formers are allowed more freedom in their dress code. Boys may wear a jacket, shirt and VI form or colours tie, whereas the girls wear either skirt or trouser suits.

The school's sports colours are red and dark blue.


Termly Fees and Extras for the academic year 2011/2012[5] Per term (3 terms in each academic year) Junior School Classes 3–6: £2,705 Classes R/1/2: £2,535

Senior School All Years: £3,985

The above fees are inclusive of normal charges for examination fees and text books.

Lunches Junior School £2.85 per day Senior School All Years £3.25 per day

Notable Old Churcherians


  1. ^ "Hampshire Gardens Trust: Broadland House". Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "British Listed Buildings". Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  3. ^ House of Commons: Schools reorganisation (col. 486W). Hansard. 2 July 1979. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
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  5. ^ "Churcher's College: Fees, bursaries and scholarships". 
  6. ^ "IMDb: Charles Beeson". Retrieved 25 November 2014. 

Further reading

  • Atcheson, Nathaniel & Robert, The history of Churcher's College, Petersfield, Hants: with a sketch of the life of Mr. Richard Churcher, the founder. 1823. Google -Book Internet Archive J Butterworth & Son. New York Public Library.