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 main areas:

  • Individual grants to support the education and training of teachers
  • Grants to organisations to support teachers and research and development in religious education
  • Grants to develop the church's educational work in the dioceses of Chelmsford and St Albans.

History

SchoolThe 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.

SchoolUnder 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 close.

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 year.

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.