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Pupils describe the atmosphere as ‘encouraging’; in this friendly school ‘everyone seems to get along’, said another. ‘I love the way they applaud each other’, said the head, recounting how the maths challenge winner gets as warm applause as rugby team. Pupils say this is a school for children who are ‘open to trying new things and excited about doing things’, and the vast array of extracurricular attracted many of the pupils we spoke to. There’s no compulsion to join in...

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Churcher’s College is an Independent day school for boys and girls from 3 – 18 years of age offering Nursery, Junior, Senior and Sixth Form education. With around 865 pupils in the Senior School and 225 pupils in the Junior School (excluding the Nursery) of approximately equal numbers of boys and girls, Churcher’s College enjoys recognition as one of the most accomplished independent, co-educational day schools in the country.
The school is hosted on two campus sites in Hampshire enabling the Junior School and Nursery pupils to flourish in their own beautiful grounds in Liphook, whilst maintaining close links to the Senior School and Sixth Form located in nearby Petersfield. Both sites offer on-site playing fields and unrivalled facilities, providing the comfort and opportunities of an open, healthy environment.
Churcher’s College offers the widest range of experiences and the opportunity to be the best. The school has received independent acknowledgement for its academic success, creative arts, performing arts, adventurous activities and sporting achievements. Churcher’s is an inclusive school where parents, children, staff and friends all contribute to the rich and broad education provided. We aim to nurture children into educated informed, socially responsibility and respectful citizens ready to succeed in life.
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Headmaster

Since 2004, Simon Williams BSc (biology, Durham), married to Alison, with three children. Started teaching career at King’s College Wimbledon, where he taught biology and rugby, progressing to head of science at Newcastle under Lyme school, then deputy head at Warwick school.

Parents say he’s ‘lovely; very approachable’; ‘great at listening’; ‘children wouldn’t want to go and see him about a disciplinary matter - they're slightly in awe of him, but he’s approachable too’.

Lives on site - almost lives the school: he has black tie dinner parties every Friday for sixth formers to practice making small talk, and is there at every match and event. Described by pupils as ‘very fair; very motivating; very involved in school life’; ‘knows all the names…’ ; ‘takes a great...

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We offer a broad and challenging curriculum that enables pupils to achieve their potential in all areas, and caters for their individual abilities, needs and interests. Our Learning Enrichment Department in the Junior School recognises individuality and supports pupils, parents and staff by offering children differentiated support and specialist learning provision as required; all children are given opportunities to become independent learners through reinforcement and stretched to maximise achievement and reach their personal best. Similarly, at the Senior School, alongside an emphasis on differentiation in the classroom, there is a range of additional provision for those at either end of the academic spectrum. For those who have specific learning difficulties, along with individualised educational plans for support in the classroom, there are individual lessons available from the Curriculum Support Department to improve, for example, literacy and study skills. In addition there are a number of programmes providing group support outside the classroom; for example, Springboard for pupils who need a boost to academic self-confidence; lunch-time activities such as spelling club and handwriting club; and workshops on anxiety and keeping positive in exams. For those at the other end of the academic spectrum there is provision for the gifted and talented within our Elite Performer Programme.

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