Hereford CS Opens New International House

Hereford Cathedral has just completed the purchase of How Caple Grange, a magnificent Georgian house, which will open in the Autumn Term as a new international boarding house for overseas students wanting to enjoy the benefits of an outstanding education and the friendly culture of an excellent British school.

This stunning residence, set in five acres of beautiful Hereford countryside, will make a comfortable, happy home to 31 pupils from all over the world. The school already has enjoyed having a number of Chinese students in recent years who have gone on to win university places in cities such as Edinburgh, New York and London. The school is now organising ‘taster weeks’ lasting from two weeks to a whole term for students from counties like Italy, Germany and Switzerland, Thailand and the Middle East.

Explaining the decision by the Governing Body and Senior Leadership Team to offer boarding, Headmaster Paul Smith said: “This new and exciting initiative is the culmination of several years of work in developing an international dimension to Hereford Cathedral School. We take great pride in looking after all our pupils, but pay particular regard to ensuring that pupils from outside the UK are happy, integrated and successful with us.

“We know that we have much to offer international students, and conversely that they have much to offer our pupils, not least in helping to prepare them for the increasing globalised world that they will enter on leaving school. I am delighted that our current international programme is set to expand and we will give a very warm welcome to Hereford to students from a broad range of countries.”

Two exceptional members of staff have already been appointed to run the new boarding house. Housemistress Pippa Fowler, who teaches Maths and is Head of Rowing at HCS brings a wealth of boarding experience to her new role and, as a Cambridge graduate of engineering, will play a key role in preparing overseas pupils for university.

Tutor in Residence will be Ralph Carr who teaches Business Studies and Economics. Before that he managed a 300-room top London hotel which makes him ideally placed to understand the expectations and cultural diversity of a new community of overseas pupils residing in Hereford.