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The Music department, with its Specialist Music College status, is based in a state of the art suite boasting excellent facilities, including:

·         professionally-equipped recording studio with digital mixing desk and sound booth;

·         eight practice rooms;

·         a technology suite with 17 Mac computers featuring Garageband, Logic Pro and Sibelius software;

·         two large teaching spaces;

·         an instrument store room;

·         a 19th century chapel for chamber concerts, containing a Yamaha grand piano and two-manual pipe organ.

·         a large auditorium with performance stage and fully integrated professional sound system.

The department is open for prep most evenings, allowing pupils to make use of the computer facilities and provide an opportunity for boarders to complete their weekly instrumental or vocal practice. Music is taught as a compulsory subject in Years 7-9, following the IBO Middle Years Programme. This includes the teaching of bilingual music lessons in French or German in Year 7.  Pupils may then opt to study GCSE Music in Years 10-11 (Edexcel board) followed by the Music IB Diploma course in the Sixth Form. Our diverse curriculum reflects the international dimension of the college, including practical units of work that focus on developing the pupils’ listening, performance and composition skills in music from all styles and cultures. Technology also features strongly throughout the curriculum, with pupils being taught how to use computer-based sequencing and notation software as part of their regular classwork.

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Extra-Curricular Music

Hockerill has a vibrant and stimulating musical culture that permeates all aspects of college life. We currently have around 450 pupils learning a variety of musical instruments, taught by our talented team of 29 peripatetic music staff, many of whom are conservatoire-trained and perform professionally throughout the UK and abroad and can cover any instrument or vocal style a student would like to learn.

The college is an examination centre for the following music boards, all of which are taught here by our staff:

-       Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music

-       Trinity Rock & Pop

-       London College of Music

Our extra-curricular music programme is extensive, with clubs and ensembles for all abilities and styles. These include:

-       College Orchestra

-       College Big Band

-       Lower College Concert Band

-       Woodwind Ensemble

-       Flute Ensemble

-       String Ensemble

-       Brass Ensemble

-       Saxophone Ensemble

-       Clarinet Ensemble

-       Percussion Ensemble

-       Lower College Choir

-       Upper College Choir

-       Chapel Choir

-       Female Vocal Group

-       Male Vocal Group

-       Theory Club

There are many opportunities for our pupils to perform throughout the year, with large scale events such as the annual Christmas Show and Carol Service (Michaelmas Term), Spring Concert, Dance Show or Musical Theatre production (Lent Term) and Speech Day followed by Hampers and Champers (Summer Term). There are also many smaller concerts, workshops and recitals that take place throughout the year in the college chapel, showcasing the talents of our many soloists, smaller ensembles and visiting musicians. 

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Music trips and tours also take place from year to year. Recent tours have included visits to the Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary, Germany and the Netherlands.

If you would like to contact the music department, please e-mail the Music College Co-ordinator, Amy Morrow, at or call +44 (0) 1279 713 989


Extra-Curricular activities form a major part of what Hockerill PE Department offers to the students. A wide variety of activities are run every evening after school. 

There are Rugby, Hockey, Football, Netball, Basketball,Cross Country, Swimming, Dance, Gymnastics, Cricket, Athletics and Rounders squads at all age groups who train regularly and development squads for those who wish to improve their skills.  We compete regularly against other schools in the area and enter County and Regional competitions at which we are very successful.  There are numerous lunchtime & after-school sports clubs that can be attended by students at Hockerill. Students are expected to fully commit by regular attendance, in correct kit and to remain focused for the duration of each club.

The P.E department also runs termly Equipe competitions in which all the students are encourgaed to take part and represent their Equipe.

Parents are asked to support the students’ commitment  to their chosen club by not arranging external appointments and encouraged to support the students by attending Home and Away fixtures where possible.

After school clubs are run from 4pm-5pm most evenings throughout the Michaelmas, Lent and Summer terms.

A list of all the clubs offered at Hockerill can be viewed in the Club Programme.



The Combined Cadet Force aims to promote personal qualities such as responsibility, resourcefulness and self-reliance via the teaching of leadership, military skills and adventurous training. 


We have two CCF sections:  Army and RAF. Our CCF participates in CCF training each Tuesday afternoon and many also join in with the wealth of extra courses and activities at weekends and during the holidays.  Each year, all of our cadets participate in a Field Weekend, a 48-hour long training period at a local military training site, and we also offer places at residential camps during some of the holidays. Most of our Tuesday afternoon training takes place within the College grounds and on some occasions we also arrange visits to the local Indoor climbing wall. Some weekends are allocated to gliding and air experience flying for the RAF.

Membership of the CCF opens up opportunities to participate in MOD-run cadet courses ranging from leadership to adventure training and have the opportunity to work with cadets from other Colleges.

The CCF is not a recruiting organisation, membership brings with it no liability for compulsory service or training within the Armed Services.

Duke of Edinburgh Award


Once again we have had increasing numbers of students wanting to take part in the three levels of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

We currently have over 60 Year 10 students working towards completing their Bronze Award. Students are individually completing their Physical, Skills and Volunteering sections outside of the curriculum and should have completed all three sections before they undertake the Expedition. During sessions all students have had the opportunity to develop knowledge within the following areas; map reading, compass bearing, food preparation, assembling tents and have recently worked within teams to complete their route cards for the Practice Expedition.

There are more than 30 Year 11 students who selected to continue taking part in the D of E Award Scheme during Certificated PE and are working towards completing their Silver Award. Students have been divided in to groups and have continued to develop knowledge of the requirements of the Silver Award and have completed routes for their Practice Expedition which will take place during the Easter holiday.


The Gold Award has once again proved to be popular with 25 students in Years 12 and 13 working toward it. Students have had the opportunity to learn about the award during CAS and expeditions will take place in June.

Across all three awards we have been impressed with the work carried out by all students. They are dedicated and committed to completing the level of the award they are working to which is exactly what the award is about.


Mrs Hillcoat-Hyde represented the College at the recent Duke of Edinburgh Presentation Evening held by Hertfordshire County Council. Schools and College’s were thanked for their contribution towards the award, she was also invited to attend a service of Thanksgiving at Westminster abbey in recognition of work carried out and having completed the awards many years ago. The Queen and Prince Philip were in attendance along with the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

This year’s expedition dates can be found in the table below;





Bronze Practice

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May

Thetford Forest

Bronze Qualifying

Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th June

Thetford Forest

Silver Practice

Wednesday 29th, Thursday 30th and Friday 31st March

Peak District

Silver Qualifying

Sunday 2nd , Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th July

Peak District

Gold Practice & Qualifying

Wednesday 14th – Sunday 18th June

Brecon Beacons





Model United Nations


The College aims to develop the whole person and one of the skills we value most highly is public speaking. To this end, the College continues to promote participation the Model United Nations, a student led club for students in the Sixth Form. The club is one of the main ways through which the College promotes International Mindedness.


Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an educational simulation and/or academic competition in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations.

Students participate in the following activities:

Weekly simulations of the General Assembly

Particpiation in Model United Nations Conferences

Organising a mini-MUN day for Year 7 students

Leading Assemblies


The following skills are acquired:


Critical Thinking

Public Speaking

Active Listening