St. Clement Danes School

St. Clement Danes School
St. Clement Danes School
Motto Loyauté M’Oblige
Established 1862
Type Academy
Headteacher Josephine Valentine BSc, PhD
Specialisms Languages & Science
Location Chenies Road
Local authority Hertfordshire
DfE number ???/5421
DfE URN 117593
Ofsted Reports
Students 1285
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses 8 houses
Website St Clement Danes

Coordinates: 51°39′49″N 0°30′50″W / 51.6637°N 0.514°W / 51.6637; -0.514

St. Clement Danes School is a mixed, voluntary-aided, comprehensive school in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire.



It has specialist status for languages and science and takes students aged 11 (Year 7) through to 18 (Year 13).

The School occupies a large site to the northwest of Rickmansworth in Chorleywood. It is about a mile (1.6 km) from Chorleywood station but there are buses from the station and Watford. It is situated on Chenies Road (A404), which at that point occupies the boundary of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire for a half mile, adjacent to the north side of the school. The school is less than a mile east of junction 18 of the M25.


The school was founded in 1862 by the church wardens of St Clement Danes Parish in Holborn, London and opened in Houghton Street. It was funded from income from the St Clement Danes Holborn Estate,[1] a charity founded in 1551 which owned a piece of land on the north side of Holborn.[2]

Grammar school

The St. Clement Danes Holborn Estate Grammar School for Boys remained in Houghton Street until 1928, when it transferred to a new site on Du Cane Road in the Metropolitan Borough of Hammersmith, where it flourished as a grammar school until 1975. The school had a well-known choir which featured in a 1975 EMI recording (ASD 3117) of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, conducted by André Previn with the LSO (and chorus). The site was next to Hammersmith Hospital, and is now occupied by St Clements House, a block of flats and Woodlane High School.

On 29 June 1973, 13 year old Nicholas St Clair from Fulham was killed on the school playing fields at Shepherd's Bush, when he was struck in the chest by a javelin.


In 1975, under an agreement between the Governing Board of the School and Hertfordshire County Council, it was re-established in its new premises in Chorleywood, as a Voluntary-Aided Mixed Comprehensive School. In April 1994 the School was incorporated as a grant-maintained school. The Du Cane Road buildings were taken over by Burlington Danes Church of England School, sold to Hammersmith Hospital in 2002 and demolished in 2004.[2]

The school receives additional financial support from the St Clement Danes School Charitable Foundation,[3] one of the beneficiaries of the historic St Clement Danes Holborn Estate.

In a storm in January 2007, a classroom roof caved in during schooltime.


Navy blue blazer with school crest, white shirt, green tie with house colour woven in, black trousers, or tartan kilt.

  • Trainers are only to be worn in PE and games and at no other time
  • No jewellery may be worn, apart from one stud earring in each ear-lobe (not in top of ear)
  • Long hair must be tied back
  • Make-up and nail varnish are not to be worn
  • Plain white T-shirts or vests can be worn under the uniform shirt in winter months but no printing or visible sign of T-shirt is allowed


The school is subdivided into eight houses which also function as forms:

  • Burleigh Burgundy ‘B’
  • Clement Red 'C'
  • Dane Yellow 'D'
  • Exeter Light blue ‘E’
  • Lincoln Green 'L'
  • Temple Dark Blue 'T'

(and added in 2005)

  • Clare Orange 'A'
  • Essex Purple 'S'


Every year a commemoration service is held in St Clement Danes Church in London to commemorate the beginning of the school. It is a large celebration, in which the orchestra and choir play a big part.

Academic performance

Being a partially-selective school, it gets very good GCSE results. Results at A level are also impressive, being above the England average.

Notable alumni

Boys' grammar school in London:

Mixed comprehensive in Hertfordshire:

Notable teachers


External links

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