About the Hockerill Foundation
The aims of the foundation
The Charity's main emphasis is to make grants in the field of education in three
- Individual grants to support the education and training of teachers
- Grants to organisations to support teachers and research and development in religious
- Grants to develop the church's educational work in the dioceses of Chelmsford
and St Albans.
Hockerill Educational Foundation was established as a charity in 1977, following
the closure of Hockerill College of Education.
The Charity's main emphasis is to make grants in the field of education, particularly
to support the education and training of teachers, research and development in religious
education, and the church's educational work in the dioceses of Chelmsford and
St Albans, with which the college was historically linked.
Hockerill College in Bishop's Stortford, was founded in 1852 to train women
teachers who “would go to schools in the service of humanity”.
Much of the funding for the College was raised by subscription in what are now the
Dioceses of Chelmsford and St Albans.
its first Principal, the Revd John Menet, the college developed a proper and rigorous
system of teacher training to replace the old monitorial system, and together with
other Church Colleges founded at that time, provided well qualified teachers for
church schools. Over the following 125 years the college adapted to many changes
in education, including the admission of men students and particularly the assumption
by the state of increasing responsibility for a national system of education.
In 1976 the Department for Education and Science decided that fewer teachers would
be required for training, and that 'the long and honourable' history of
Hockerill and a number of other similar smaller colleges should be brought to a
The Foundation was established to perpetuate the name and intentions of the founders
of the college. The Hockerill College Association exists to keep former staff and
members of the college in touch with each other, and organises a reunion every other
The Secretary of the Association can be contacted at 020 8504 3230.
The buildings of the former college are now the premises of the Hockerill Anglo-European
School, a very successful 11-18 school with boarding provision.