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Richard Hale School
Richard Hale logo.png
Motto Doctrina cvm virtvte
(Learnedness with virtue)
Established 16 April 1617
Type State, community, foundation
Religion non-denominational
Headteacher Mr Stephen Neate
Chair of Governors Mr A Hewett
Founder Richard Hale
Specialism Science
Location Hale Road
SG13 8EN
England Flag of England.svg
LEA Hertfordshire
Ofsted number 117501
Students 995
Gender Male (and Coeducational 6th form)
Ages 11 to 18
Houses Cowper, Croft, Hale, Kinman, Page, Wallace,
Publication Hale News
Coordinates: 51°47′33″N 0°04′40″W / 51.79246°N 0.07769°W / 51.79246; -0.07769

Richard Hale School is a boys' school located in Hertford, Hertfordshire, in the south east of England. In the 2007 – 2008 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 16 April 1617 by the affluent merchant Richard Hale, eldest son of Thomas Hales of Codicote (a likely descendant of the Kentish Hales) 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 the mid 1970s, when it became comprehensive.



It became comprehensive in 1975. New buildings, including the gym, were built in 1982. It became a science college in 2003.


Hale gave his name to one of the five original houses of the school. The remaining four were named after the school benefactors Francis Thomas de Grey Cowper, 7th 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 housemates. House competition is an integral part of school life at Richard Hale, with competitions taking part not only on the sports fields, but on the stage in both music and drama.


The school has a long tradition of rugby football and recently received planning permission for a new sports hall to further its sporting activities.


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 alumni

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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