The College of Richard Collyer

The College of Richard Collyer
The College of Richard Collyer
Motto Honor Deo
Established 1532
Type Sixth Form College
Principal J Johnston BA, MA, DPhil
Founder Richard Collyer
Location Hurst Road
West Sussex
RH12 2EJ
United Kingdom
Local authority West Sussex County Council
DfE number ???/8602
DfE URN 130847
Ofsted Reports
Students 1600
Gender Mixed
Ages 16–18
Former pupils Old Collyerians
Website Collyer's

Coordinates: 51°04′16″N 0°19′26″W / 51.0710°N 0.3238°W / 51.0710; -0.3238

The College of Richard Collyer, or Collyer's, is a coeducational sixth form college in Horsham, West Sussex, England.



Collyer's serves about 1600 students between 16 and 19 years of age. It offers AS and A-level courses in 45 different subjects, including a selection not taught at other local colleges. 20 further subjects are offered towards AVCE, BTEC, GNVQ and vocational certifications and GCSE examinations.

A wide variety of adult education classes are offered at Collyer's in the evenings. It is situated on the B2180 opposite Horsham Community Hospital, and not far from the fire and police stations.


The College was founded in 1532 under the terms of the will of Richard Collyer, a member of The Mercers' Company of the City of London. The Mercers' Company are still the school's trustees, and have a close relationship with the school.

The current building was erected in 1892 by Arthur Vernon and is grade II listed by English Heritage. Above the entrance is a stone engraved with 'Grammar School, Founded by Richard Collier AD 1532' This is the only instance where Collyer is spelled as Collier. The new building replaced the school that was on the site of the current St Mary's Church of England Primary School. Part of the original building remains in structure of Arun House in Denne Road.

Grammar school

Collyer's evolved slowly from an exclusive, all-male boarding school to the institution it is today. In 1944 it became a voluntary-aided grammar school. In the 1960s it had around 600 boys.

Sixth form college

It was effectively disbanded in its previous form when in 1976 it became a voluntary-aided sixth form college, instead of the expected comprehensive school. Later in 1993 it became a designated sixth form college.

In the early 2000s, annual reports from the Office for Standards in Education have deemed the school outstanding. On the strength of a recent Ofsted Grade One for Science provision, the college was awarded Beacon Status for Science in 2005 by the Department for Education and Skills. In the same year, it achieved the status of Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) for sport and recreation. A new £2 million Learning Resources Centre was unveiled during this period. In 2006, work began to extend the Sports Hall, or Cowley Building to provide more teaching and social space.


  • Rev Canon Wilfrid Peacock 1922-6

Academic performance

It is considered one of the best sixth form colleges in England. Academically it is a very strong school; the students regularly achieve good results and a significant number progress to the most prestigious universities.

It gets about the best A-level results in West Sussex for state-run institutions, with The Weald School, Billingshurst.

Notable alumni

See Category:Old Collyerians.

Collyer's School

External links

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