Edge Grove

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Edge Grove, founded in 1935, is an independent day and boarding prep school, in Aldenham in Hertfordshire, England for boys and girls aged between 3 and 13 years.

The school is set in 28 acres of Hertfordshire countryside, just 15 miles from London.

The Headmaster, Ben Evans, started in September 2012. Edge Grove is a prep school, in Aldenham in Hertfordshire, England. The school takes boys and girls aged between three and 13 years. Mostly boarding, boys and girls are organised into five houses: Hedgerows, Sarnesfield, Churchill, Stratton and Gills. The school has an excellent reputation for education and pastoral care. In the past, the school staff was dynastic, with two generations of Pratt as headmaster [The Founder ex Royal Flying Corps and his son ex Army] two generations of Waterfield as headmaster [both ex-Navy]), a clutch of Brooksmiths and a smattering of Harts teaching History, Science and Geography. In the 1990s John Baugh became Headmaster of Edge Grove for a number of years before going on to become the Head of Dragon School in Oxfordshire - where he resides still. His successor Michael Wilson arrived in the 2000s with his wife, Carolyn and three sons, and took the school on and up, updating and expanding many of the school facilities and increasing the boarding. He left at the end of Summer 2008 to go to Cranleigh Prep. His successor Michael Davies joined the school with his wife Isabelle and three children. He came from Perrott Hill School in Somerset where he was Headmaster for 10 years.

The most up-to-date information (Summer 2008) on the school reads as follows:

'Edge Grove is a family school, founded in 1935, set in 28 acres (110,000 m2) of grounds and surrounded by 130 acres (0.53 km2) of farmland. It is situated 15 miles (24 km) north-west of London and less than five minutes from the M25 and M1 motorways and within easy reach of Heathrow, Stansted, Luton and Gatwick airports. The 18th-century buildings are complemented by purpose-built teaching classrooms, science laboratories, a new early years centre, large sports hall and music school. The grounds support extensive gardens, a heated swimming pool, astroturf pitch, tennis courts, croquet lawns, woodland and a lake. Edge Grove has a happy caring environment and one in which girls and boys can enjoy the process of growing up in beautiful safe surroundings. The headmaster, his family and many of the staff live on the campus, giving rise to a close-knit community where manners and respect for others are of paramount importance.

Pupils are prepared for the 11+ (girls) and 13+ (boys/girls) Common Entrance examinations. Edge Grove pupils have been awarded 47 scholarships to senior schools over the last three years including Eton, Harrow, Haileybury, Sevenoaks and Cheltenham Ladies College. The average class size is 15 pupils. The academic staff of 50 are well qualified and make full use of the excellent facilities. They are also backed up by a highly qualified learning support department.

The School runs a full and varied programme of extracurricular activities. Over 85% of pupils play a musical instrument. Eighteen music scholarships have been gained to major public schools over the past 4 years (2003/07). There are three choirs and five orchestras/bands.

All the major sports are available and excellence is encouraged. In 2007 the Under 13 hockey team finished 3rd in IAPS National Tournament. Up to eleven boys’ teams and six girls’ teams are run in the major sports and the School also offers archery, squash, golf, tennis, athletics, cross-country running and swimming. There is also an extensive activities programme. The School participates in a French exchange programme and runs an expedition week for all year groups in the summer term, as well as an annual skiing trip in the Christmas holidays.'


The school has a large sports hall, all-weather tennis/netball courts, an AstroTurf pitch, 9 acres of playing fields, indoor & outdoor cricket nets and a heated outdoor swimming pool.

Notable former pupils[edit]


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  2. ^ Chris Blackhurst (5 December 2007). "Playing to his strengths, the Beverly Hills Brit who's a self-help god". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "EastEnders producer goes back to school". 

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Coordinates: 51°40′38″N 0°20′46″W / 51.6771°N 0.3461°W / 51.6771; -0.3461