Heath Mount School

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Heath Mount School
Heath Mount School.jpg
Motto "Loyal Devoir"
Established 1817
Type Independent
Headmaster Chris Gillam BEd (Hons)
Location Watton-at-Stone
SG14 3NG
England England
Gender Co-educational
Ages 3–13
Houses Galahad, Tristram and Percival
Colours Green and Blue
Website www.heathmount.org/Pages/Home.aspx

Heath Mount School is a co-educational prep school near Watton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire. It was founded as Heath Mount Academy in Hampstead and in 1934 it moved to the Woodhall Estate in rural Hertfordshire.

The school[edit]

The school was founded as a boys' boarding school in Heath Street, Hampstead in about 1796.[1] It moved to New End in Hampstead in the early 1860s and to the Woodhall Estate in 1934.[1] It is now a leading independent day and boarding school for boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 13.[2] The school won the "Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year" competition in 2012.[3]

The house[edit]

The house, built in the neo-classical style, was completed in 1775 and acquired, together with the surrounding Woodhall Estate, by Samuel Smith, a banker from Nottingham, in 1801.[4] Fallow deer were introduced to the park in 1838.[4] Following the death of Colonel Abel Henry Smith in 1930 the house became a school in 1934.[4] It is a Grade I listed building.[5]

Notable former pupils[edit]

Famous old pupils from the school include Cecil Beaton, Gerald du Maurier, Sir Peter Tapsell, Evelyn Waugh, Arnold Bax, John Lewis and Jodie Williams.


  1. ^ a b "History". Heath Mount School. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Home". Heath Mount School. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "BBC One - Songs of Praise, School Choir of the Year Final, Heath Mount". BBC. 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "History". Woodhall Este. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Historic England. "Heath Mount School (1031363)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 

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Coordinates: 51°51′11″N 0°05′24″W / 51.85306°N 0.09000°W / 51.85306; -0.09000