The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Hertfordshire Edition

Category: Schools

Muddy Best Schools Guide: Lockers Park

5 Apr 2017

What? Where?

Lockers Park is a day pre-prep school for girls and boys aged 4-7 and a day and boarding prep school for boys aged 7-13. In spite of its striking Victorian frontage, once you step inside, it feels more like a family home than a school. It is set in 23 acres of parkland and woodland, and once you are here you could be in the middle of the countryside, even though it is close to the M1 and the centre of Hemel Hempstead town centre and railway station.

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Muddy meets: Belinda Callow, Bishop’s Stortford College

29 Mar 2017

Belinda Callow is Head of Pre Prep at Bishop’s Stortford College. I caught up with her ahead of the school’s open day on Saturday 22 April.

Can you remember being the age of your Pre-Prep children? What are your memories of school when you were their age?

I have some memories of when I was about 5 and 6 years old. I went to a lovely school in Bromley, Kent.

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She Inspires Me, St Francis’ College

8 Mar 2017

To celebrate International Women’s Day, St Francis’ College Letchworth invited three inspiring women to talk to the students, parents and teachers at the school. The event was also open to the good people of Letchworth, and the house was full.

Speak. Do not remain silent.

First up was Dr Preti Taneja, who went to school at St Francis’. Preti is a writer, journalist, broadcaster and human rights advocate.

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20 Feb 2017

What? Where?

St Francis’ College is an independent day and boarding school for girls aged 3-18 in Letchworth Garden City. St Francis’ College is in a building that typifies Letchworth: attractive, thoughtfully designed and solidly built; in a safe and very green residential environment, but at the same time less than 10 minutes’ walk into town. It’s ten minutes from Junction 9 on the A1, and roughly an equal distance between London and Cambridge.

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Review: Aylesbury Grammar School Sixth Form

26 Jan 2017

In my day, back when mullets were the vogue and Simon Le Bon was plastered across the common room, it was rare to move schools for Sixth Form – it was never offered as an option to me. But parents these days are much more willing to chop and change schools to suit their children’s needs, and actually schools themselves are often eager to bring in some new blood for the Sixth Form.

So with this in mind this is the first in a series of Sixth Form reviews to help you make informed decisions about potential next steps.

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Muddy Herts Schools Guide #3: Bishop’s Stortford College

8 Nov 2016

Right over at the far east side of the county, teetering on the Essex border, you’ll find Bishop’s Stortford College. You can’t miss it — it’s a vast site with roads and footpaths running through it, more college campus than school site, and there’s loads going on that’s worth knowing about…

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Muddy Herts School Guide #2: Duncombe School, Hertford

30 Sep 2016

We’re lucky in Herts to have a wide range of independent schools to choose from — both prep schools and senior schools. Duncombe School, over in Hertford, is a little gem — but it’s a school you could drive past and not even know that it’s there. I went to have a look around recently, and I liked what I saw…

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