Hereford Cathedral School

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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 281 (Boys) 234 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 11 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1384

General Information

Hereford Cathedral School is one of the oldest schools in the country. A happy, inclusive school with a national reputation for music, sport, and academic achievement, pupils enjoy a personalised education which helps them set their sights high and feel valued for who they are. Aside from stretching and challenging all pupils, both in and out of the classroom, the school’s prime aim is to develop character; helping pupils to become fulfilled and valued citizens, who will make a positive impact on those around them.

Facilities

Located in the beautiful surroundings of a Cathedral Close, Hereford Cathedral School boasts facilities that support a wide-ranging curriculum and a variety of outstanding extra curricular opportunities.

Hereford Cathedral School’s music programme is recognised as one of the country’s finest. With many gifted musicians and specialised, dynamic teaching, the school choirs have gone on to win a variety of national and international competitions. Music plays an important role in school life and pupils are encouraged to join orchestras, chamber groups and bands, as well as choirs including the award-winning Cantabile Girls’ Choir. Individual lessons are offered in all orchestral instruments.

In addition to well-resourced science laboratories, the School has its own theatre and a superb Art and Technology Centre. The dedicated and well-equipped Learning Support Centre gives pupils throughout school the support they require to gain confidence in their abilities and develop strategies to enable them to become independent learners.

Sports provision includes a games hall, an all-weather pitch, gymnasium and squash courts on site, as well as excellent facilities for outdoor games, including extensive playing fields at Wyeside. The School is also fortunate to have the use of the city swimming pool, the leisure centre and the rowing club.

Pupils are strongly encouraged to get involved with a rich programme of activities, including sport, drama, music, Combined Cadet Force and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, as well as a whole host of clubs, from Young Enterprise and chess to dissection and debating.

Boarding

Pupils boarding at Hereford Cathedral School enjoy being part of a boarding house with a warm, family atmosphere where we ensure they feel safe and well looked after throughout their time with us. Wilmot House is situated near to Hereford city in a beautiful Georgian building, built around 1720. The newly refurbished property offers pupils the perfect combination of a historic English setting with modern amenities. The house is superbly equipped with a large common room, dining room, kitchen areas for making snacks and WiFi access throughout. The extensive grounds are ideal for group activities and for pupils to relax and explore. Our exceptional pastoral care ensures a home-from-home experience for our students. Boarding house pupils are cared for by our experienced and dedicated House Parents and a House Tutor. We also have a school matron on site.

Wilmot House is open to both national and international students. For more information please contact our Head of International Students, Mr Stuart Higgins, on 01432 363522 or email s.higgins@herefordcs.com

Sixth Form Centre

Our 22 A Level subjects are largely in the traditional fields sought by the countries leading universities and our students are encouraged to choose any combination of subjects.The majority of our students select four subjects at AS Level in Year 12 and continue with three of these in Year 13. Our results are excellent and consistently the best in Herefordshire. We aim to motivate and inspire our students on an individual basis, going beyond the standard A Level syllabus, and we are fortunate to also have small class sizes, as well as small tutor group Our Sixth Form Centre now offers BTEC Sport, balancing both theoretical and practical study. Students can either choose from a National Extended Certificate (equivalent to one A-Level) or a National Diploma (equivalent to two A-Levels).

Entrance Requirements

11+ and 13+: School’s own examination. 16+: at least six subjects at GCSE, grade 6 or above, with a grade 5 or above in English Language and Mathematics. Minimum grade 6 in GCSE is required in the subjects chosen for A-Level.

Scholarships

Academic, Music, Sport, Art, Drama and All-rounder scholarships are offered. A limited number of transformational bursaries and fee assisted places are available. To enquire further please contact our Admissions department via the details below.

Open Days

2019. We offer informal visits throughout the year and taster days for students to get a taste of what life is like at HCS. To enquire further please contact our Admissions department via the details below.

Fees

2019/2020. Years 7 to 13: £4,720 per term (£14,160 pa). Domestic boarding fees (including tuition fees): £8,867 per term (£26,601 pa). Please contact Mr Stuart Higgins for details of International Boarding fees.

Reports

ISI Inspection 2017

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr P Smith

Contact for enquiries: Mrs Louise Bytheway, Admissions Officer or Mrs Rachel Borland Admissions Assistant. Email:admissions@herefordcs.com

Hereford Cathedral School
Old Deanery
The Cathedral Close
Hereford
Herefordshire
HR1 2NG

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Location Description

At the heart of the historic city of Hereford and surrounded by the beautiful Herefordshire countryside.

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Hereford Cathedral School students are celebrating another year of excellent GCSE results, with almost half of all exams awarded the highest grades of 9-7, and

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nearly a third of all grades at 9-8 (A* equivalent).

Fourteen exceptional pupils achieved all 9-7 (A*/A) grades, with thirteen pupils boasting five or more top grade 9s.

In eleven of the school’s subject departments, over 50% of exams were awarded grade 7 and above (equivalent of grades A*/A). Results for the Maths Department were outstanding with over 85% of grades in Further Maths at the very top grades A^/A*/A.

Music also continues to thrive at the school with 83% of exams awarded top grades 9-7 (A*/A equivalent), including Polly T who has recently achieved her ATCL Violin Diploma, an exam usually taken in the first year of music college. The Art Department also enjoyed similar success with 22 pupils achieving grades 9-7. Many of the GCSE art students will continue to study Fine Art and Textile Art in the school’s sixth form and are hoping to go on to match the success of this year’s leavers, who last week achieved 100% A*/A at A-Level.

The school’s top-performing GCSE pupils, Will P and Alfie O (pictured above), have achieved a staggering 23 grade 9s between them. A brilliant mathematician, Will recently scored in the top 1.5% of the UK Intermediate Mathematical Challenge and was handpicked to take part in the UKMT Maths Summer School at the University of Leeds. Will, who also came second with classmate Lara M-G out of 1000 teams in the nationwide Alan Turing Cryptography Challenge, was delighted to have achieved an A* in Maths and the top grade A^ in Further Maths: “I put in a lot of work, but it’s worth it in the end. I’ve been here since Year 7 and I’ve enjoyed every second. The teachers have been really helpful in every subject.”

Alfie was most surprised by his Economics result: “I’m totally shocked by my Economics results because grade boundaries are always incredibly high, so I’m really happy to have got a 9 in that.”

He added: “It was a lot of hard work and I know lots of people say this, but there genuinely is that support there to really help you when the going gets tough.”

Despite spending up to 12 hours a week in training as a two-time Brazilian ju-jitsu world champion, Liberty M has stormed through her GCSEs. Liberty, who competes every two to three months, still managed to find the time to study, gaining 10 grade 9s and two grade 7s. An elated Liberty said: “It has been quite crazy, but the school have given me so much support that made it so much more bearable than I thought it would be.” Liberty joined the school in Year 9 from Bishops and settled in immediately: “HCS has been really welcoming so I couldn’t have asked for anything else!”

Polly S (pictured above), who achieved an A* in her French A-Level last year aged just 15, has gone on to achieve some outstanding GCSE results. She has been awarded seven grade 9s, three grade 8s, one grade 7 and the top mark of a three in Classical Greek. Polly credits her teachers with helping her gain such excellent results: “Some of the teachers have really been amazing; Mrs Clinton offered slots before each of the exams to come and talk to her and just relax for a bit, so that was really brilliant. You felt supported.”

She continued “Mr Taylor’s dynamic teaching was brilliant as well. I started off in Set 3 for Maths in Year 7, and I’ve just got an A* in Further Maths, and that was mostly down to him.

“For A-Levels, I’m going to be doing Spanish, Maths, Latin and English Literature. I’d like to go to Cambridge to study Latin.”

Along with Polly, Laszlo B (pictured below) has his sights set on Cambridge after achieving a remarkable set of results. Laszlo has been awarded five grade 9s and is looking forward to studying Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry in Hereford Cathedral School Sixth Form: “I would hopefully like to go to Cambridge to do Theoretical Physics and then physics research as a career.”
Four Year 12 pupils sat a GCSE in Russian as part of a two-year fast-track programme. All of them achieved a grade 5, this is on the foundation paper where 5 is the ceiling. Three of the four (Sophie L, Flora G and Helena T) now have GCSEs in three modern foreign languages (Spanish, French and Russian).

Headmaster Paul Smith is thrilled with the students’ results: “I am delighted to see so many pupils achieve or exceed their target grades. Congratulations to those academic high-flyers, each of whom have achieved a large number of the very top grade 9. However, I also applaud those pupils who might not have reached these dizzy heights of academic achievement, but who nonetheless have excelled in their GCSE exams.

“As ever, I am extremely grateful to the teaching staff who have been so supportive of the pupils. We now look forward to welcoming pupils back into the Sixth Form for the next academic year.”

Hereford Cathedral School Independent Herefordshire HCS mathematicians triumph in cryptography challenge

A huge well done to Hereford Cathedral School pupils Will P, Lara M, Dan P and Beren G, who competed against 50 other teams to

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win the Live Cryptography Challenge at Manchester University last week.

Whilst there, they collected their prizes for coming 2nd and 3rd nationally in the Alan Turing Competition, from a pool of over 1,000 teams.

Head of Maths Mr Mike Taylor commented: “To do so well in a national competition is a superb achievement. The competition between our top teams was intense, no quarter given!”

Hereford Cathedral School Independent Herefordshire HCS Pupil Dimity accepted into Royal College of Music

Musically talented Hereford Cathedral School pupil Dimity S has just been accepted to study at the Royal College of Music in London.

The 14-year-old pupil, who plays

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the recorder, flute and piano, accepted the place last week. This means that, from September, Dimity will travel to London every Saturday to take part in a programme of study at the RCM from 9am until 4pm, involving tuition as well as academic, orchestral and chamber music studies. Dimity was also offered a place at London’s Royal Academy of Music, which she turned down.

“I feel amazing; I’m really happy about getting in,” explained Dimity, who is now working towards Grade 8 on the recorder and flute.

But with such a packed schedule of musical commitments, it is a wonder how Dimity will fit everything in. Inside school, she performs with Hereford Cathedral School’s Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra and Gilbert Consort, as well as singing with Cantabile Girls’ Choir, Chamber Choir and Chapel Choir. Outside school, she performs with Hereford Youth Concert Band, Herefordshire Youth Music and Holy Trinity Choir.

Dimity’s acceptance of her place at the esteemed conservatoire does pose a few logistical issues. Not wanting to miss her Friday-night choir practice, she plans to travel by train on Saturday mornings, leaving Hereford before 6am.

“It’s quite a big commitment,” Dimity added.

HCS Director of Music Mr David Evans commented: “We’re delighted that Dimity has been accepted at the Royal College of Music, it’s a true reflection of her hard work and capability.”

There appears to be no end to the Year 9 pupil’s talents: aside from her musical interests she also somehow manages to fit in rowing and horseriding, and last year achieved the top grade 9 in GCSE French, aged just 13.

Hereford Cathedral School Independent Herefordshire Another top year for HCS A-Level results

Hereford Cathedral School students celebrated in 2018 after 90% gained A* to C in their A-Levels.

With 70% of all grades achieved being awarded A*-B grades,

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this marks another year of excellent academic and personal achievements for students at the school.

More than half of all A-Level students at the school achieved nothing less than a B grade. Over a quarter achieved all A*/As, including three remarkable students who secured all A*s.

Seven subjects were awarded 100% grades A*-B with particularly strong results in the Arts and traditionally difficult subjects, including Economics, English Literature, Maths and Physics.

The very first A-level results for the school’s new Mandarin and Psychology courses performed extremely well with 80% of Mandarin students achieving an A grade and 83% of grades A*-B in Psychology.

Headmaster, Paul Smith explained how proud he was of all students. “I am absolutely delighted that the hard work of both students and staff has paid off with the vast majority of students, across the ability range, able to secure a place at the university of their choice.”

Caitlin L and Scott F-W  are celebrating after receiving all A* grades in their A-Level results. International student Michael L also achieved all A*s. Caitlin is heading to the University of Leeds to study medical science, while Scott will be reading maths at the University of Warwick. Michael will be going on to study maths at Imperial College London.

Many congratulations to Livi VW, Tom B and Grace M-F , who are off to Oxbridge. Livi gained two A*s and an A; Tom received two A*s and two As; while Grace gained two A*s and an A. Livi and Tom are off to the the University of Oxford to study music and material science, respectively; while Grace will study classics at Cambridge University.

More than a quarter of Hereford Cathedral School pupils achieved all A*/A grades in their A-Levels this year.

The HCS Maths Department had a bumper year for results, with 64% of candidates gaining A*/A grades.

Ben P, Josh H, May G and Katie J, who all got the A-Level grades they need to study medicine. Katie and Josh are off to the University of Exeter; Ben and May will be going to Cardiff University, along with Harriet W.

Huge congratulations to Teagan M, who gained AAB in her A-Levels, and has accepted a place at Laine Theatre Arts College in Epsom, which also comes with a scholarship.

Year 10 pupil Polly S took A-Level French three years early and achieved an A* grade.

Hereford Cathedral School Independent Herefordshire Former HCS Pupil Maxim wins choral scholarship to Queen's College, Oxford

Congratulations to former Hereford Cathedral School pupil Maxim Fielder, who has been awarded a place at Queen’s College Oxford to read music, along with a choral

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scholarship.

Maxim left HCS in 2018 after achieving A*s in A-Level Maths and Music and an A in Further Maths. At Queen’s, he will be joining organ scholar Laurence John, who is also a former pupil of the School.

On securing his place at Oxford, Maxim commented: “I’m really excited to be starting at Oxford next year. I’m delighted that my hard work has paid off, and grateful for the huge inspiration and amazing teaching that I received during my time at Hereford Cathedral School.”

Hereford Cathedral School Director of Music Mr David Evans said: “We’re very proud of Maxim, a homegrown musician who was inspirational, focused and a joy to teach. His choral scholarship and offer to read music at Oxford, both very natural conclusions to his outstanding years here in the Music School.”

Maxim is spending this academic year as a music gap assistant at Bilton Grange Preparatory School near Rugby.

We wish him every success for the future.

Hereford Cathedral school Independent Herefordshire HCS Oliver! production leaves audience asking for 'More!'

Hereford Cathedral School pupils had audiences in raptures at The Courtyard when they brought Victorian London to life in their production of Oliver!

The talented cast from

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Years 8 to 13 all shone in the three-night run of Lionel Bart’s celebrated musical, supported by the magnificent band led by HCS Director of Music Mr David Evans.

Thirteen-year-old Rafferty Y took centre stage in the title role, while Nancy, played by Year 12 pupil Ellie D, brought the house down with her powerful rendition of As Long As He Needs Me. Year 12 pupil Jasper L-A brought the Artful Dodger to life with aplomb, while 16-year-olds Jadon M and Polly T were a comical duo in the roles of Mr Bumble and Widow Corney. Judah M played a convincingly terrifying Bill Sykes, and a particular highlight was watching HCS Head of English Mr Ben Abbott in the role of Fagin.

The whole performance was brought together by the electric energy of Fagin’s Gang and the London Chorus; their delivery was both animated and slick.

With so many familiar tunes, including Food, Glorious FoodPick a Pocket or Two and Consider YourselfOliver! clearly struck a chord with many audience members. One commented on Facebook:  “There were moments when I felt I’d been transported to the West End.”

The School’s Chair of Governors, Rear Admiral Philip Wilcocks, Tweeted: “Just watched a truly marvellous performance of Oliver! by students, which showed all that is wonderful about HCS – teamwork, commitment, dedication, enthusiasm, musical and drama skills and just as important the ability to have fun together – HCS ethos writ large.”

Head of Drama Mrs Maria Price, who directed Oliver!, said: “The cast performed beyond my greatest expectations. Their professionalism was quite unbelievable and I feel extremely proud and privileged to have had the opportunity to work with such a talented bunch.”

Mr Abbott, who also produced the show, commented: “I am used to being behind the scenes, so to have the chance to appear alongside such talented students and feed off their enthusiasm and professionalism has been a huge privilege.”

HCS Director of Music Mr David Evans commented: “As with everything in life, the best things come to those who wait. A steady build-up of rehearsals since July culminated in a series of the most inclusive of performances. A super collaboration and privilege to be a part of.”

Headmaster Mr Paul Smith said: “Oliver! was the culmination of much hard work and dedication from both pupils and staff. The end result was a marvellous celebration of musical talent, choreography, collaboration and teamwork. The pupils will have learnt much from the experience and the audience were royally treated to an exceptionally high standard of musical theatre. A triumph for all concerned!”

Oliver! followed the success of the HCS production of Fiddler on the Roof at The Courtyard in 2016, which received critical acclaim.

Hereford Cathedral School Independent Herefordshire HCS event will highlight importance of language skills

Industry professionals will visit Hereford to tell the county’s students how languages could help their future careers.

Schools from across the county have been invited to

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Hereford Cathedral School to hear speakers from the European Space Agency, the Foreign Office, Frontier Travel and the University of Birmingham, among others. At the career-focused event, ‘Languages No Limits’, speakers will discuss and reflect on their own personal career paths, highlighting the importance of languages and how students can make themselves more competitive in a today’s global business world.

A recent BBC report has revealed that foreign language learning is at its lowest level in the UK since 2000. But Nathalie Teale, Head of Modern Foreign Languages at Hereford Cathedral School, is keen to support students to develop their love of other languages and promote their importance to a wide range of future careers: “Having a language on your CV opens doors and provides better career prospects. At Hereford Cathedral School we’re keen to keep language learning very much alive with opportunities for our pupils to learn French, Spanish, German, Russian, Latin and Mandarin. We also partner with schools to run successful exchanges.”

She continued: “Our Languages No Limits event is open to students across the county. Any pupils in Year 9 and above are welcome to come along and hear how our speakers have utilised their languages in a whole host of careers – we’ll even hear from Jules Grandsire who worked with Tim Peake on his space mission!”

Theo C, a Year 13 student at the school, explained to BBC Hereford & Worcester how his love of languages began: “I didn’t used to like languages until I came to my school, but I met my teacher and she got me interested in it so I decided to take two languages at GCSE – French and Spanish. I’m now studying Spanish at A-Level. The course is really focused on cultural awareness and different things that happen in Spain and Latin America.”

He added “The careers convention at my school is a great way to see where you can go with languages.”

Hereford Cathedral School Independent Herefordshire Blundell's defend Cup title at the Marches Sevens at HCS

In a renewed format, 24 teams from across the UK descended on Wyeside for the 2019 Marches Sevens in association with SOCS on Sunday 3

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March.

After a year-long hiatus due to last year’s snow, the tournament went ahead despite the best efforts of Storm Freya. Widely regarded as one of the most prestigious Sevens tournaments in the country, form at the Marches Sevens is a key marker for potential contenders for the Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens.

Once again we were proud to welcome a high calibre of school teams, including the likes of most recent previous winners Blundell’s, Tiverton and Harrow School. Although the stormy conditions did their best to test the boys’ resolve, the level of rugby throughout the day was outstanding.

We are pleased to announce that Blundell’s School became the sixth team in Marches Sevens history to successfully defend their Cup title, after an exciting 41-0 win over a very strong Cheltenham College side. Having only conceded one try in the group stages, they came through the tough ‘Super Sixes’ by seeing off the impressive Harrow and Ysgol Glantaf on their way to the final. Player of the Tournament was awarded to Greg Kitson from Blundell’s.

In the second place Plate competition, past Cup-winners Llandovery College beat a well-drilled Dean Close, 24-7. In the Bowl competition local rivals King’s and RGS Worcester battled hard in the elements, with the latter triumphing 7-0. Millfield B overcame Haberdashers’ Adams to become the second winners of the Shield. Sir Thomas Rich’s School were the first recipients of the ‘Spirit of Rugby’ award having shown great character throughout the day in the face of adversity, epitomising the core values of rugby.

A huge thank you to all at Hereford Cathedral School, including staff, the maintenance department and the catering staff for organising an extremely well-run tournament. Thanks also go to the PTA, Chris White and his team of referees, Worcester Warriors players Andrew Kitchen and Jack Cosgrove for awarding the trophies, the players and visiting school staff, for their outstanding contributions to the day.

Hereford Cathedral School Independent Herefordshire CCF Army dinner celebrates 40 years of female cadets

This year marks 40 years since girls entered the Army Cadet Force, and Hereford Cathedral School is this week celebrating the contribution of females to

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the organisation, whose motto is ‘To Inspire to Achieve’.

Last night, the Army Section of Hereford Cathedral School’s Combined Cadet Force held their first dinner, celebrating 40 years of female cadets, on the eve of International Women’s Day. At the event, two female senior HCS cadets gave a talk to the guests about the hugely positive impact that being involved in the CCF has had on their education and personal development.

Among the guests at the dinner were a group of cadets from Whitecross School, who train as part of Hereford Cathedral School CCF.

In her speech to the dinner guests, Senior Cadet Harriet R said “Taking part in 24-hour exercises made me realise that if I can get through a section attack in the freezing cold after minimal sleep, then I can get through anything.”

The event was a timely reminder of positive and inclusive changes that are synonymous with Hereford Cathedral School’s drive for equality and diversity, and the long tradition of cadet leadership training at the school.

Maj (Retd) Donna Greaves became Hereford Cathedral School’s first female School Staff Instructor in 2017. She explained: “The contingent, which is made up of Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force cadets has a high proportion of committed and enthusiastic female Senior Cadets who act as excellent role models in all respects.”

Hereford Cathedral School headmaster Mr Smith commented: “The CCF at Hereford Cathedral School provides an excellent opportunity for girls to develop skills in teamwork and leadership. That our school is coeducational means that girls can see first-hand that such opportunities are not the preserve of boys. Many of our section leaders are girls and some have gone on to successful careers in the armed forces as a result (although the CCF is not designed to be a recruiting ground for such progression).

“In 2012, former pupil Sarah Hunter-Choat, was awarded the ‘Sword of Honour’ at Sandhurst, and it was marvellous that she came back to her old school as an honoured guest at the CCF Contingent’s biennial inspection. I cannot think of a better endorsement for the equality of opportunity that the CCF affords our girls.”

Joining the CCF provides pupils with a wonderful opportunity to take part in Army themed activities and events, all of which focus on building self-disciplined individuals with self-courage and a sense of worth. As a youth organisation, the CCF strives to give cadets a fun and safe experience.

Hereford Cathedral School Independent Herefordshire Will chosen as Lord Lieutenant for Herefordshire's Cadet

Hereford Cathedral School Year 12 pupil Will S has taken on the prestigious role of Lord Lieutenant for Herefordshire’s Cadet.

Will is one of the four

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outstanding young cadets selected from the Combined Cadet Force, Sea Cadets, Army Cadets and the Air Training Corps across Herefordshire. He will spend the next 12 months assisting the Dowager Countess of Darnley, the Queen’s representative for Herefordshire, with her duties across the county.

The Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets are recommended for the coveted role by their senior officers. They are often on parade for royal visits while acting as ambassadors for their organisations. Seventeen-year-old Will will be representing Hereford Cathedral School’s Combined Cadet Force during his tenure.

HCS SSI Maj (Rtd) Donna Greaves said: “As a Senior Cadet and student of Hereford Cathedral School, Will excels in all respects as a hugely talented, committed and bright young leader. The skills that he has acquired through his years with the CCF RAF Section and his natural aptitude for leadership and responsibility have demonstrated that he has the drive and motivation to do extremely well as a Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet.

“Will is an excellent role model, a respectful and calm leader with a diligence and maturity beyond his years. We wish him the best of luck for his rewarding year leading the RAF Section and conducting his LLT Cadet duties.”

Speaking after the event at the Shire Hall in Hereford, Will commented: “I was delighted to be given this opportunity and I’m really looking forward to the next year working alongside the Dowager Countess of Darnley.”

Hereford Cathedral School Headmaster Mr Smith added: “Will received an outstanding commendation from Hereford Cathedral School’s Contingent Commander, which highlighted his great contribution to school life, and the cadets in particular. I am delighted that Will has been chosen to take up this honoured position and have no doubt that he will cherish the opportunity to assist the Lord Lieutenant in her official duties. We are all proud of what Will has achieved and wish him all the best in his future role.”

In 2017, Hereford Cathedral School pupils Molly Reese and Will Hewitt were chosen as two of the four Lord Lieutenant for Herefordshire’s Cadets for that year. A highlight of the pair’s incumbency was assisting the Dowager Countess of Darnley during HRH The Duke of Cambridge’s visit to Hereford in October 2017.

At the Shire Hall ceremony earlier this month, Will Hewitt was presented with the prestigious Master Cadet award – the most senior qualification a cadet can gain. This, coupled with Will’s previous LLT Cadet status, is a huge achievement for him.

Photo: Master Cadet Will Hewitt OH with Hereford Cathedral School Headmaster Mr Paul Smith

Hereford Cathedral School Independent Herefordshire HCS choirs enchant Dore Abbey audience

Hereford Cathedral School choirs performed to a packed Dore Abbey last Friday in their ‘Four Choirs’ concert for Music in Quiet Places.

The evening was a

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celebration the School’s choral music, and saw Cantabile Girls’ Choir, the Senior Chamber Choir, Colla Voce, the Gilbert Consort and Hereford Cathedral Junior School Chamber Choir perform a programme of beautiful music by Fauré, Vaughan Williams, Gilbert & Sullivan, plus more traditional pieces.

There was a retiring collection at the end of the evening for Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust.

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Hereford Cathedral School teacher Mr Kevin Scot is gearing up for a near-1,000 mile cycle journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats, in support of St

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Michael’s Hospice.

Head of Religious Studies Mr Scot will set off in late July and hopes to reach the northern tip of Scotland within 12 days, with his family acting as support crew.

“I’ve completed the St Michael’s Hospice Wheelie Big Cycle for a number of years,” he said. “But this year I decided to go the extra mile – 971 miles to be exact! I’ve always had an affinity with the hospice movement. Years ago, as a teenager in Blackpool, I was part of a choir that went to sing in a hospice on the Fylde Coast.  This was before the work of Hospices was widely known, and I found it a profoundly moving experience.”

Mr Scot hopes to raise £1250 for St Michael’s Hospice. If you would like to sponsor him then you can do so through his JustGiving page.

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Hereford Cathedral School choristers are back in school this week after a memorable trip to France to take part in the D-Day Commemoration events.

Last Wednesday,

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Hereford Cathedral Choir were invited to take part in Evensong at L’Abbey aux Dames in Caen, a touching service which also saw D-Day veterans in attendance. The following day, the choir sang at the Royal British Legion’s Service of Remembrance at Bayeux Cathedral, which was attended by TRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, along with UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

Following the service, the choir attended the act of commemoration at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Bayeux War Cemetery. In attendance were many Second World War veterans and their families, as well as military officials.

The unforgettable trip was rounded off with a visit to Arromanches, where the choristers sang on the seafront and enjoyed a flypast from the Battle of Britain squadron.

Senior chorister Ioan O commented: “It was a historic event, and for many of us, very special as quite a few of us had ancestors who had been there. It was a phenomenal opportunity; we saw a lot of very important people, such as the Prince of Wales and politicians.”

Ioan explained that the highlight was singing at the cemetery. “It was very moving to see laying wreaths and remembering.”

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Hereford Cathedral School heralded its return to boarding at the weekend by hosting an open house event at the School’s new boarding facility.

Last Saturday, HCS

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staff welcomed almost 200 people through the doors of Wilmot House in How Caple. Local residents, parents and pupils past and present enjoyed tours of the boarding house and refreshments in the beautiful oak-panelled dining room.

Resident boarders, who have lived at Wilmot House since April, were on hand to guide the visitors through the property, and discuss HCS boarding life with visitors.

Several previous owners of the property were among the guests, and were keen to see how the property had been transformed since the days of its use as the country hotel How Caple Grange and before.

HCS Headmaster Mr Smith commented: “It was marvellous to open our doors to show local residents, staff, parents, pupils (past and present) and other visitors the quality of boarding provision that Wilmot House has to offer. The pupil residents were proud to show off their new home, and everyone seemed to be as impressed as I am about the excellent facilities, family feel and tasteful decor. The day was a real triumph and my thanks to all the boarding staff and pupil residents for helping to make the event such a success.”

 

For further details on boarding at Hereford Cathedral School, please email s.higgins@herefordcs.com or call 01432 363595.

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Hereford Cathedral School Headmaster Mr Smith was in London recently to mark the centenary of the Choir Schools’ Association, of which he is Chairman. There

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was a celebratory evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral on May 9. Click on the link below to listen to Mr Smith talk to John Humphrys about the CSA’s 100 years on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4.

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