Cavendish School, Hemel Hempstead

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The Cavendish School
Type Community school
Headteacher Sarah P. Lansley
Location Warners End Road
Hemel Hempstead
Coordinates: 51°45′27″N 0°29′00″W / 51.75761°N 0.48328°W / 51.75761; -0.48328
Local authority Hertfordshire
DfE URN 117528 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1198
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18

Cavendish School is a secondary school in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. The Head Teacher is Sarah P. Lansley.


The school was officially opened in 1962[1] as one of the first of the new breed of post-war technical grammar schools. Initially it was run along very traditional lines by the founding Headmaster, Arthur Hayward.

In 1968 the school pioneered a system of learning away from traditional subject structure: the new intake that year studied 'Inter-disciplinary Enquiry' (IDE) for the first two years in place of English, Geography, History and Science. Maths and languages were taught separately. IDE was very quickly seen as a 'conspicuous failure'.[2]

The 1969 intake was the last grammar year, and from 1970 the school became a comprehensive. Arthur Hayward moved to Bodmin School the following year.

Arthur Hayward died in June 2010 and tributes were published in the local paper.[3]


Year 7-10 pupils are divided into 4 houses, each named after famous scientists from The Cavendish Laboratories at the University of Cambridge, UK as follows:

  • Maxwell
  • Rutherford
  • Thompson
  • Bragg

The forms are used for administrative purposes, for competitions such as sports day and to work out which form has best attendance. As of 2010, the form system was changed to a house system. Year 7-13 are divided into four houses, still named after scientists. These include:

  • Bragg (Green)
  • Maxwell (Red)
  • Rutherford (Blue)
  • Thompson (Yellow)

Each house has a colour, the students have two striped lines on there tie one before the little logo and one after.


Girls: black trousers or skirt; white blouse; blazer (originally purple); and a purple, black and gold tie with the Cavendish crest on it.

Boys: black trousers; white shirt; blazer (originally purple); and a purple, black and gold tie with the Cavendish crest on it.

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ Hemel Hempstead Gazette Abstract
  2. ^ Bull, G.B.G. (1968) 'Inter-Disciplinary Enquiry: A Geography Teacher's Assessment'
  3. ^ Newspaper tributes to Arthur Hayward
  4. ^

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