Richard Hale School

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Richard Hale School
6 Form Entry (165 per year)
Motto Doctrina cvm virtvte
(Learnedness with virtue)
Established 16 April 1617
Type Academy
Religion All
Headteacher Mr Stephen Neate
Chair of Governors Mr S Goodair
Founder Richard Hale
Location Hale Road
SG13 8EN
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DfE number 919/4006
DfE URN 139873 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 995
Gender Male (and Coeducational 6th form)
Ages 11–18
Houses Cowper, Croft, Hale, Kinman, Page, Wallace
Publication Hale News

Richard Hale School is a boys' secondary school with academy status, located in Hertford in the south east of England. In the 2014 – 2015 academic year the school had over 1,000 pupils, including students attending the optional sixth form, which is also open to girls.


The school was founded on April 16, 1617 by the affluent merchant Richard Hale, who wished to "erect a grammar school for the instruction of children in the Latin tongue and other literature in the town of Hertford". The original school building was in use for 313 years from 1617 to 1930, and still stands near to All Saints' Church. It was known as the "Hertford Grammar School" until 1967, when it was renamed to coincide with the 350th anniversary.


It began the transition to a comprehensive school in 1975, a process completed when the last grammar intake left in 1981. New buildings, including the gym, were built in 1982 and the Sixth form centre from 2009-11. It became a science college in 2003.


The school converted to academy status on 1 July 2013.


Hale gave his name to one of the five original houses of the school. The remaining four were named after the school benefactors Francis Earl Cowper KG and Richard Benyon Croft; and former pupils Lieutenant-Colonel Frank Page, DSO and bar, and the evolutionary biologist Alfred Russel Wallace. These five houses remained for several decades until a sixth house called "Kinman" was added to the growing school, named after the headteacher Major George Kinman who organised the school's move in 1930. This house was for the boys who were previously in an overflow form, and not grouped together with their other house mates. House competition is an integral part of school life at Richard Hale, with competitions taking place not only on the sports fields, but on the stage in both music and drama.


The school is a science academy and has an interest in the scientific development of its pupils. On 26 April, the school successfully sent a balloon up to the edge of space.[1]


The school has a tradition of rugby for boys and more recently girls. In recent years, football has become a part of the extra curricular programme. Planning permission for a new sports hall was given, however it became unaffordable so the funds were used to erect a Sixth Form Centre, which was finished in the summer of 2011. The school still wishes to build a sports hall but needs finance.


The school's current headteacher is Stephen M. Neate, who had previously been temporary headteacher since 2005 following the retirement of the previous incumbent, Michael James.

Notable former pupils

Hertford Grammar School

Alfred Wallace is Hertford Grammar School's most famous former pupil, but the school has produced other notable alumni including:


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