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Hertfordshire’s Best Schools 2015

PUBLISHED: 10:04 28 September 2015 | UPDATED: 16:32 21 March 2016

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Need inspiration on what school to send your children to? We asked the county’s 
top education establishments to tell us why you should choose them

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Abbot’s Hill School

Bunkers Lane, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 8RP

abbotshill.herts.sch.uk

 

THE FACTS

Established: 1912 Pupils: 450 Age: 4-16

Boarding/Day: Day Girls/Boys: Girls 4-16, 
co-ed nursery and pre-school

Open days: October 3, November 14

 

Recent academic achievements?

Our GCSE results in 2014 were once again excellent with more top grades achieved than ever before. Abbot’s Hill girls achieved a 100 per cent pass rate, with 96.1 per cent of grades at A*-C. 59.3 per cent of all grades were at A*-A and 26.4 per cent were A*.

Other achievements?

In October 2015, we are opening a new all-year day nursery and pre-school for boys and girls aged six months to four years. The nursery will provide an excellent pre-school education which will feed seamlessly into the prep school and reflect the ethos of the school.

Why should parents 
place a child with you?

Abbot’s Hill is a happy and united community in which every pupil is truly known as an individual and given the opportunity to challenge themselves, discover and develop their own unique talents. We have a strong record of academic success. Excellent teaching and personalised support ensure that everyone is inspired to exceed their potential.

 

Bedford Modern School

Manton Lane, Bedford, MK41 7NT

bedmod.co.uk

 

THE FACTS

Established: 1764 Pupils: 1,194 Age: 7-18

Boarding/Day: Day Girls/Boys: Co-ed

Open days: November 14

 

Recent academic achievements?

Students triumphed at the annual Chemistry Olympiad held by the Royal Society of Chemistry this year. They received two gold, nine silver, six bronze and one participation certificate, making this Olympiad entry the most successful in recent years. Ten students have been offered places to study medicine when they leave the school this year. In addition, two have offers to study veterinary medicine and another for dentistry.

Other achievements?

Our Junior School Quiz Club team became National Quiz Club Champions for the second year running in June this year, winning the final in nail-biting style on the last question. More than 400,000 students took part in this competition. Head Girl Charlie Rex rose to victory in the annual Combat Cadet competition, taking home the coveted Section Commander Award, made even more impressive by the fact she was the only female against 17 male contenders.

Why should parents 
place a child with you?

We have an unpretentious environment for boys and girls aged seven to 18. We are a very open community where focus on the individual pervades the ethos. Our priority is the happiness of the pupils – happy because there is a common sense of being involved, supported and successful. Pastoral care of the individual is at the heart of what we are as a school. Our common rooms give a unique feel to our school and provide a warm environment to make friends.

 

 

Berkhamsted School

High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 2DJ

berkhamstedschool.org

 

THE FACTS

Established: 1541 Pupils: 1,680 Age: 3-18

Boarding/Day: Both 
Girl/Boys: Co-ed and single sex (Diamond School) 
Open days: October 1-3


Recent academic achievements?

Academic results are consistently strong. In 2014, A-level students achieved a record 18.4 per cent at A* grade and 81.4 per cent were A*-B. GCSE students achieved 69.7 per cent of grades at A*-A and 91.4 per cent at A*-B. Of 2014 leavers, 90 per cent were placed at their first or second choice university, 67 per cent went to a Russell Group university and seven won places at Oxford or Cambridge.

Other achievements?

Recent sporting highlights include the U13 girls scooping three national titles, two in netball, one in lacrosse, while the girls’ U11 rounders team secured the IAPS national title and the 1st XV rugby team went unbeaten all season. Off the sports pitch, the school’s student magazine INK was named Best Online Magazine at the Shine National School Media Awards.

Why should parents 
place a child with you?

Berkhamsted is the only school in Hertfordshire to offer the diamond structure of education – co-educational apart from the 11-16 age group, where boys and girls are taught separately. We are a school where opportunities abound for all our children and Berkhamsted also supports working parents through the provision of wrap-around care (7.30am–6.30pm), holiday camps every holiday and flexible boarding.

 

 

Bishop’s Stortford College

Maze Green Road,

Bishop’s Stortford CM23 2PJ

bishopsstortfordcollege.org

 

THE FACTS

Established: 1868 Pupils: 1,140

Age: 4-18 Boarding/Day: Full, 
weekly and flexi Girl/Boys: Co-ed

Open days: September 19 


Recent academic achievements?

Small classes and a focus on the individual mean every pupil receives the time and attention to develop the confidence and desire to learn. Pupils are encouraged, stretched and challenged to achieve their best across a broad curriculum. Recent achievements at A-level have ranked Bishop’s Stortford College as a top 10 co-educational boarding school and a top 100 independent school in the UK.

Other achievements?

Our pupils can, and do, pursue high academic standards while enjoying and succeeding in many other interests. Academic study is a priority, yet the college believes passionately in the value of an all-round education; college life is packed with opportunities outside the classroom. Activities range from chess to beekeeping to yoga, with something for everyone to enjoy. The college takes great pride in a successful 
sporting heritage and reputation, founded on the principles of excellence and enjoyment and coached by a dedicated team, including several ex-international players who provide high level tuition and inspiration. The college aims to provide the best possible sporting provision for all pupils together with every opportunity for them to enjoy sport and experience success.

Why should parents place a child with you? 

Bishop’s Stortford College is one of the UK’s top-performing independent co-educational schools. It is large enough to provide an exceptional range of opportunities, yet small enough for individuals to feel known and valued. The college is blessed with a beautifully peaceful, spacious and safe setting close to the countryside yet within walking distance of the market-town centre. At the heart of the value we offer is the community of people. We do more than just educate; we build confidence for life.

 

 

Edge Grove School

Aldenham, WD25 8NL

edgegrove.com

 

THE FACTS

Established: 1945 Pupils: 402

Age: 3-13 Boarding/Day: Both (including flexi, weekly and full) Girls/Boys: Co-ed

Open days: October 3, November 27

 

Recent academic achievements?

All Year 6 pupils passed their 11+ exams and Year 8 pupils passed their Common Entrance exams. All leavers secured places at their first choice schools. 13 scholarships were awarded in academic, outstanding talent, maths, art (five), music and sport to schools including Harrow, Mill Hill, Merchant Taylors’, St Albans, Haileybury, Aldenham, Berkhamsted, Rugby, Millfield and King’s College Taunton.

Other achievements? 

Our pupils exhibit enthusiasm for learning, inspired by the introduction of the Independent Curriculum which adds academic rigour to our teaching and learning. Art is a major strength with one pupil winning the Haileybury Art Competition. Pupils involved in squash and table tennis achieve to an excellent level and archery is also played to a high standard with county and regional success. From initiatives delivered in the pre-prep to Expedition Week and the Edge Grove Award, pupils are encouraged to face challenges, take risks and push themselves beyond their comfort zone. Team building is at the heart of many of these activities.

Why should parents place 
a child with you?

We are set in 28 acres of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside yet close to the motorway and accessible from most surrounding areas. An Edge Grove education is one based on intellectual curiosity and we deliver an imaginative curriculum designed to encourage and inspire collaborative working and critical thinking. Our pupils feel secure and safe in their surroundings and have the time and freedom to think, explore and release their curiosity, creativity and imagination. We have an outdoor swimming pool, lake, adventure playground and two Dartmoor ponies.

 

 

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School

Butterfly Lane, Elstree WD6 3AF

habsboys.org.uk

 

THE FACTS

Established: 690 Pupils: 1400 Age: 5-18

Boarding/Day: Day Boys/Girls: Boys

Open days: October 3

 

Recent academic achievements?

2014’s A Level results were the best achieved so far, with 45.4 per cent A* and 91.5 per cent A*-A. All 37 boys offered Oxbridge places were accepted and nearly all boys won entry at their first choice university. The year’s GCSE results were also exceptional, with 70 per cent A*, 94.5 per cent graded A*/A.

Other achievements?

Habs was crowned winner in the 2015 Schools Challenge Competition, defeating Eton and King Edward’s, Birmingham. This year also saw Habs’ first victory at the English Schools National Chess Championships. The athletics season ended with many individual county champions, and the squad become district champions, county champions and were placed second in the National Championships out of 900 schools. Additionally, one pupil was selected to trial for the U19 England Talent Squad for Water Polo and one of our prep pupils was signed to Arsenal’s Youth Academy.

Why should parents place a child with you?

Habs boys are the most exciting, the most gregarious, the most verbal, the most numerate. They display a genuine academic curiosity, and a lifelong love of learning. They want to excel and to do the best for themselves every time and at every level.

 

 

Hertford Regional College

Broxbourne Campus: Turnford EN10 6AE

Ware Campus: Scotts Road, Ware SG12 9JF

hrc.ac.uk

 

THE FACTS

Established: 1991 after amalgamation of Ware College (1964-91) and East Herts College

Age: Predominantly post-16 
Boarding/Day: Day, plus part-time Saturday and evening courses. Boys/Girls: Co-ed 
Open days: August 20-22, September 12

 

Recent academic achievements?

Hertford Regional College has been approved to teach University of the Arts London awarding body qualifications starting in September 2015. UAL is the only specialist art, design and creative industries awarding organisation in England.

Other achievements?

On September 1 our new £10.5m building will open at Ware - establishing the site as the Creative and Enterprise Campus. It includes: purpose-built studios, laser cutters, photography studio, Mac and PC suites, 3D printer, model-making workshop, industry-standard printers, gallery and pop-up enterprise suite.

Why should parents place a child with you?

HRC has state-of-the-art-facilities that reflect industry standards; from engineering to software design, catering, healthcare, business and accounting, and a new football academy with Tottenham Hotspur. Students are taught by industry professionals and work on real-life briefs to prepare them for employment before or after university. Last year, more than 300 HRC students went on to study at university. Many courses offer work placements and we have strong links with more than 400 companies, including Johnson Matthey, Tesco and GlaxoSmithKline.

 

 

Kingshott School

St Ippolyts SG4 7JX

kingshottschool.com

 

THE FACTS

Established: 1931 Pupils: 382 Age: 3-13

Boarding/Day: Day Boys/Girls: Co-ed

Open days: November 21

 

Recent academic achievements?

We want our children to be happy, achieve their potential and be a success. We believe in children being ‘The best me I can be’. Our children have this year been awarded scholarships to Haileybury, Millfield, Stephen Perse, The Leys, Sherborne School for Girls and Bedford Boys’ School. One was also awarded the Repton School CB Fry Award.

Other achievements?

Our children qualified for the IAPS National Athletics, achieving bronze in 100m and silver in long jump. Two gold medals were won at Herts County Athletics championships and one very talented child participated in a European adult chess tournament. Three of our thespians starred in the Railway Children in London.

Kingshott School is embarking on the next phase of its exciting redevelopment plan. These developments reaffirm the school’s focus on providing a broad educational experience that allows individuals the freedom to ‘give everything a go’.

Why should parents place a child with you?

We hope visitors will see why we are proud of our school when they meet our children. You are welcome to visit the school. To arrange a visit, please contact the registrar on telephone number

01462 432009 or email registrar@kingshottschool.com

 

 

Lockers Park Preparatory School

Lockers Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead HP1 1TL

lockerspark.herts.sch.uk

 

THE FACTS

Established: 1874 
Pupils: 150-plus

Age: 4-13 Boarding/Day: Day, full and flexi

Girls/Boys: Pre-prep: Co-ed, Prep: boys

Open days: October 10

 

Recent academic achievements?

All 30 leavers at Lockers Park passed Common Entrance, seven with scholarships – a tremendous achievement - and went on to their first choice of senior school which included Radley, Rugby, Shrewsbury and Stowe.

Other achievements?

An exciting new chapter has opened in Lockers Park’s 140-year history with the launch of a purpose-designed pre-preparatory school for boys and girls aged 4-6. A team of specialist, dedicated staff ensure every school day is structured around developing each child’s creativity, physical skills, social interactions and confidence.

Why should parents place a child with you?

We are proud of our deservedly high reputation for being a school with strong results, but the welfare and happiness of the children are at the heart of all we do. What sets the school apart is a focus not just on academic excellence, but on outstanding pastoral care and extra-curricular activities, all underpinned with a culture rooted in nurturing individuality. Small class sizes of just 16, which are a hallmark of Lockers Park, allow each child to develop and shine at a speed and level that suits them.

 

 

Merchant Taylors’ School

Sandy Lodge, Northwood, Middlesex HA6 2HT

mtsn.org.uk

 

THE FACTS

Established: 1561 Pupils: 890 Age: 11–18 Boarding/Day: Day Girls/Boys: Boys 
Open days: September 26, May 7

 

Recent academic achievements?

Merchant Taylors’ School maintained its usual double-digit figure of Oxbridge entrants. Across 2012-14, 74 per cent of all grades at A level were graded A or above. A sixth former achieved a Gold Award in the British Physics Olympiad. Another sixth former has been commended by Peterhouse, Cambridge, in the Thomas Campion English Essay Prize. In music, a recent leaver is organist in residence at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

Other achievements?

The school hosted the Australian cricket team for a pre-Ashes training camp. 1st XI bowlers took several wickets in the nets, a story covered nationally by Sky News. Merchant Taylors’ School also won a T20 cricket match against Haberdashers’ Aske’s at Lord’s.

Why should parents place a child with you?

Merchant Taylors’ offers a bespoke education for the individual boy - it is not an exam factory. Its unique tutorial system supports a happy and fulfilled group of boys. The Good Schools Guide says the school ‘Provides a truly rounded, high-octane education in a friendly environment’.

 

 

Queenswood School

Shepherd’s Way, Brookmans Park AL9 6NS

queenswood.org

 

THE FACTS

Established: 1894 Pupils: 440

Age: 11-18 Boarding/Day: Both Boys/Girls: Girls Open days: October 3, November 18, 9 March 19

 

Recent academic achievements?

On the back of record-breaking GCSE results (42 per cent of all grades in 2014 were A*), Queenswood students have truly embraced the concept of independent learning this year, and individuals have enjoyed exceptional academic successes. One pupil won a prestigious national Japanese speaking competition, another exhibited at the Big Bang science fair, while others have had essays published in academic journals.

Other achievements?

The school marked its 120th anniversary with an extravaganza of music and drama at London’s Barbican Hall. A record number of our sportswomen are currently ranked in the national top 10 and compete internationally. Several of our students have become published authors – one girl’s book of celebrity happiness secrets topped the bestseller lists.

Why should parents place a child with you?

Queenswood is an outstanding environment for learning. It is big enough to provide priceless opportunities, but small enough that every student is an individual. Our girls gain the courage and conviction which enables them to prove themselves against the highest standards in every field.

 

 

Royal Masonic School for Girls

Rickmansworth Park
Rickmansworth WD3 4HF

royalmasonic.herts.sch.uk

 

THE FACTS

Established: 1788 Pupils: 968 Age: Nursery 2-4, prep 4-11, senior 11-18 Boarding/Day: Both Girls/Boys: Co-ed nursery, girls 4-18 Open days: October 11

Recent academic achievements?

The school had a 100 per cent pass rate for GCSE and A Level in 2014 including 50 per cent A*/A grade at A Level and 59 per cent A*/A grade at GCSE. Of our leavers in 2014, 85 per cent gained places at their first choice university. National Science awards - two Year 9 girls won the Bill Bryson Prize for Science Communication and one Year 12 girl won first prize in the Newnham College Cambridge Engineering Essay Competition. A Year 12 girl won third prize in the Newnham College Cambridge Law Essay Competition. A Year 13 girl won an Outstanding International Student Award and takes up a scholarship to read Geography at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

Other achievements?


The school has led a two-year Comenius Project based on our Values Programme which spans academic and personal aspects of school life and includes such values as respect, participation and perseverance. The project linked us to schools in six European countries, which subsequently adopted their own values-based education programmes. The project was awarded the British Council E-twinning Quality Mark, and was named Winner of the e-twinning award for best Comenius Project in a UK Secondary School (we will now be submitted into the European Awards for 2016).

Why should parents place a child with you?

Royal Masonic School for Girls is not a hot-house; it is a school which values social and emotional intelligence as highly as academic intelligence. All girls are guaranteed right of transfer from prep to senior and from there to sixth form, and we go out of our way to accept siblings. That said, RMS is no soft option – it is a vibrant, go-ahead institution where outstanding teaching and learning enable girls to gain the same results they would have done elsewhere, but without undue pressure, in an atmosphere where collaboration rather than competitiveness prevails.

 

 

St Albans School

Abbey Gateway, St Albans AL3 4HB

st-albans.herts.sch.uk

 

THE FACTS

Established: 948 Pupils: 830 Age: 11-18

Boarding/Day: Day Girls/Boys: Boys to 16, girls and boys 16-plus Open days: September 19, October 10, October 15 (16-plus), November 14

 

Recent academic achievements?

The school has maintained an excellent academic record, with impressive results in public examinations. In addition, many pupils have won awards in national mathematics, science and modern language competitions. An A level student demonstrated her research work at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham and has been selected to represent Britain in the European Union Contest for Young Scientists in Milan.

Other achievements?

Students enjoy a wide range of opportunities in music, drama, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the Combined Cadet Force. Partnership schemes with local primary schools are highly successful and other pupils give their time to charitable activities through the Community Link scheme.

Why should parents place a child with you?

The recent Inspection Report concluded that ‘The achievement of pupils across all age ranges is exceptional’. This is testament to the blending of academic rigour with a stimulating range of wider opportunities. We foster intellectual curiosity, a commitment to all activities and a sense of social responsibility.

 

 

St Christopher School

Letchworth SG6 3JZ
stchris.co.uk

THE FACTS

Established: 1915 Pupils: 500 Age: 3-18

Boarding/Day: Both Boys/Girls: Co-ed 
Open days: September 26

 

Recent academic achievements?

100 per cent pass rate at GCSE; 90 per cent of grades were A*- C. There were excellent individual performances with a number of pupils gaining 11 straight A*/A grades.

The school also had outstanding A-Level results with a 100 per cent pass rate. Pupils gained places at Durham University to study engineering, Cambridge to study medicine and Imperial College London to read computer science, to name a few.

Other achievements?

The school celebrated its centenary. There was Cambridge debating success and we arranged a higher education fair with more than 20 Universities attending. We won a national award for girls’ attainment in design technology. Success was also had at the National Mathematics Olympiad.


Why should parents place a child with you?

At St Chris we help children to become self-disciplined, self-motivated and creative thinkers and develop them as independent learners who are able to make informed choices. We have been pioneering a distinctive and innovative approach to education for 100 years. We believe – and universities and employers tell us – that it produces well-rounded, highly capable individuals with the skills and confidence to thrive in the modern world. We can think of no better role for a school.

 

 

St Columba’s College

King Harry Lane, St Albans AL3 4AW

stcolumbascollege.org

 

THE FACTS

Established: 1955 Pupils: 865 Age: 4-18

Boarding/Day: Day Girls/Boys: Boys

Open days: October 3

 

Recent academic achievements?

Academic achievement is exceptionally strong across the college. A 4-18 age group school enables us to know students’ strength and abilities very well. Support is then be honed to the needs of individuals. Public examination results show that students with a range of abilities achieve high results and move on to some of the country’s most prestigious universities.

Other achievements?

St Columba’s looks to develop each boy in the round and encourages students to participate in a range of different activities. The college has a strong reputation in sport, notably rugby, basketball and cross country. College teams reached the final stages of national competitions in all of these sports this year. Music and drama are also strong. The college puts on a range of plays and concerts throughout the year at different age levels. Students this year have also won regional drama competitions with plays written by the students. The school also offers the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and has a thriving Combined Cadet Force.

Why should a parent place their child with you?

St Columba’s is a school in which your son will be known, valued and treasured. We challenge ourselves to live out the ethos of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart in all that we do. Staff are available to help students and close working partnerships with parents are important. The school is part of a wider international family of schools which provides students with opportunities for trips and visits. Students are taught to be both courageous and compassionate and service towards others is central to the school ethos.

 

 

St Edmund’s College and Prep

Old Hall Green, nr Ware SG11 1DS

stedmundscollege.org

 

THE FACTS

Established: 1568 Pupils: 820 Age: 3-18

Boarding/Day: Both Girls/Boys: Co-ed

Open days: September 26

 

Recent academic achievements?

Last summer saw our best crop of first choice places at university. Students took part in the British Physics Olympiad and three of our team achieved top awards, placing them among the top 100 young physicists in the country; our gold award winner is hopefully off to Cambridge to read engineering. Just a few highlights.

Other achievements?

An essential element of our mission is to encourage our students to make a difference and this year we proudly handed St Elizabeth’s School, Much Hadham, which supports people with severe epilepsy, a cheque for £14,000 raised during our annual charity week. Over the past three years we have raised over £60,000 for various charitable causes.

Why should parents place a child with you?

For parents and families, Catholic or not, looking for a fully rounded education rooted in timeless values, St Edmund’s is an option to be seriously considered.

As England’s oldest Catholic school, founded in 1568, we approach our 450th anniversary in the best shape ever. Academic standards are high, music and drama outstanding and extra-curricular and sporting programmes are wide and varied.

 

 

St Francis’ College

Broadway, Letchworth SG6 3PJ

st-francis.herts.sch.uk

 

THE FACTS

Established: 1933 Pupils: 425 Age: 3-18

Boarding/Day: Both Girls/Boys: Girls Open days: October 3, April 23

 

Recent academic achievements?

In 2014 44 per cent of A level results were A/A*. At GCSE 56 per cent wee A/A*. In 2015 we students attained very high scores in the French DELF Prim exams.

The school won nine gold awards in the International Maths Challenge, bronze and silver in the Biology Oympiad, gold, silver and bronze in the Biology Challenge and bronze in the Chemistry Olympiad.

Other achievements?

We were winners of the Frank Ellis Poster competition (run by GlaxoSmithKlein), the Comet newspaper Community Hero was won by a Year 11 pupil, ours was the first junior to score a century in Herts County cricket, the school was North Herts Netball District Champions, we won Silver Crest awards, were National Badminton Champions, and won numerous LAMBDA awards - gold and silver medals for public speaking and acting and distinctions at Grade 7 and above.

Why should parents place a 
child with you?

We are a successful academic school but not at the price of the girls’ wellbeing. We offer personalised teaching, in deliberately small classes, by staff who are trained in the latest research on how girls’ brains learn. We believe girls will grow up in a world where there are more and more opportunities in areas such as business and politics for them and their education is designed to prepare them to be ‘future-ready’. The college is an outward looking community, enriched by a multicultural boarding house. The college atmosphere is very warm and supportive. We offer a varied and extensive co-curricular programme.

 

 

St Joseph’s 
In The Park

St Mary’s Lane, Hertingfordbury SG14 2LX

stjosephsinthepark.com

 

THE FACTS

Established: 1898 Pupils: 156 Age: 3-11

Boarding/Day: Day Girls/Boys: Co-ed 
Open days: October 7, November 4, December 2

 

Recent academic achievements?

In 2015, a total of 24 children applied for state and independent schools. Out of 21 children who applied to the independent sector, seven scholarships were achieved by six our Year 6 pupils including academic, sport, all-rounder and music.

Other achievements?

We held the first Inspiring Girls in Science event for local primary schools. Guest speakers included high-achieving women working in the STEM sector of industry. We also held the first Youth Conference in Hertford in conjunction with the charity Beyond Ourselves. We achieved success in the annual IAPS Art Competition.

Why should a parent place 
their child with you?

St Joseph’s is a school with a big heart; teachers have an underlying passion to help children find their strengths and talents and experience success. We believe that happy children learn. We have a vibrant curriculum and exciting opportunities and our successful pupils are well prepared for their lives at senior school and beyond. Our recent ISI inspection report bears out this belief and judged us to be excellent in all areas.

 

 

St Margaret’s School

Merry Hill Road, Bushey WD23 1DT

stmargaretsbushey.co.uk

 

THE FACTS

Established: 1749 
Pupils: 437 Age: 4-18

Boarding/Day: Both Girls/Boys: Girls

Open days: 26 September 26, October 6 (sixth form), November 5, February 25, May 5

 

Recent academic achievement?

Results at St Margaret’s are consistently excellent and exceed national averages. Key statistics from 2014 are as follows: 95 per cent of GCSE results were grades A* to C, 92 per cent of A Level results were grades A* to C, 85 per cent of girls went on to attend their first choice of university.


Other achievements?

We recently took part in the UK Maths Olympiad, and did extremely well; one of our students performed outstandingly in the Intermediate Olympiad and was awarded a merit, placing her in the top 200 students nationally for her age. Maths and STEM subjects are very strong, and Years 9 and 10 have enjoyed an architecture day which introduced them to the challenges of design and engineering. Outdoor education is a big part of a St Margaret’s education and we are lucky to be able to have the grounds and facilities to have an entire year group camping on site recently.

Why should a parent place their child with you?

There is no typical St Margaret’s girl; all are valued individually by our qualified and committed staff. The sense of community and our size means that no child gets lost here. Our pupils and 

staff come from all over the world and we are proud of our diversity, which is an excellent preparation for life for the girls. We are among the oldest independent girls’ schools in the UK and the oldest in Hertfordshire. Situated in a beautiful 74-acre site, we possess a combination of superbly resourced historic and modern buildings and we are easily accessible from both London and the Home Counties. There really is no place like St Margaret’s.

 

 

Tring Park School for the Performing Arts

Tring HP23 5LX

tringpark.com

 

THE FACTS

Established: 1919 Pupils: 334

Age: 8-19 Boarding/Day: Both

Girls/Boys: Co-ed

Open day: October 9, 15, 16

 

Recent academic achievements?

Three 2nd form students achieved success in the recent Junior Maths Challenge. Two students achieved a silver and one achieved a bronze certificate in the event, which is organised by the UK Mathematics Trust and attracts over 600,000 participants from over 4,000 schools and colleges. Gold, silver and bronze certificates are only awarded to 40 per cent of participants nationally, so this is a fantastic achievement.

Other achievements?

Alumni success: Lily James stars in Disney’s Cinderella directed by Kenneth Branagh; Daisy Ridley to 

star as Han Solo’s daughter in Star Wars VII The Force Awakens; Gabriella Williams plays Sophie in Mamma Mia; Paris Fitzpatrick reached the ballet finals of BBC Young Dancer; Sabrina Bartlett stars in BBC’s Poldark; Craig Fletcher stars in ITV’s Mr Selfridge.

Why should parents place a child with you?

Tring Park is unique in balancing the best quality performing arts training available with a high standard of academic education to GCSE and A level.

 

 

Westbrook Hay Prep School

London Road, Hemel Hempstead HP1 2RF

westbrookhay.co.uk

 

THE FACTS

Established: 1892 Pupils: 300 Age: 3-13

Boarding/Day: Day with occasional boarding Girls/Boys: Co-ed to 11, boys 11-13.

Open days: October 3

 

Recent academic achievements?

Year 6 and Year 8 gained a wealth of scholarship offers from a range of senior schools this year, including Merchant Taylors’ School, St Albans School, Berkhamsted School, St Columba’s College, Aldenham School, Piper’s Corner and Norwich School. Once again, 100 per cent of our children were offered their first choice of senior school.

Other achievements?

Our U11s became Herts and Essex Independent Schools Football Association and English Schools Football Association South East champions. Our U13s won the Independent Association Of Prep Schools regional football 
tournament. The 1st cricket team had an 

outstanding season scoring seven centuries and the U11s won the County Cup. More children than ever excelled in their LAMDA dance and music exams. The opening of a fabulous Performing Arts Centre next term will be a fitting addition to our superb facilities.

Why should parents place a child with you?

Our maxim is Happiness, Confidence, Success. All our highly trained and talented staff work tirelessly to ensure that maxim is upheld for all the children nurtured here. We focus on academic rigour, offer outstanding facilities and teach a broad and exciting curriculum. Our unique location in 27 acres of beautiful parkland allows our pupils the freedom and space to properly develop and experience their childhood and so make Westbrook Hay a truly exceptional prep school.

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