Saint Nicholas School, Essex

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Saint Nicholas School
Saint Nicholas School Crest.png
Established 1939
Type Independent
Headmaster Mr. Keith Knight
Deputy Head Miss Helen Hopkins
Chair of Governors Mr. Rob Ellice
Location Hillingdon House
Hobbs Cross Road

Old Harlow
CM17 0NJ
Coordinates: 51°46′46″N 0°09′03″E / 51.779371°N 0.150895°E / 51.779371; 0.150895
Local authority Essex
DfE number 881/6023
DfE URN 115417 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 81
Students 370
Gender Mixed
Ages rising 3–16
Colours Royal Blue, Sky Blue and Grey
Website School homepage

Saint Nicholas School is a co-educational independent day school in Old Harlow, Essex for children aged rising-3 to 16. The current headmaster is Mr. Keith Knight.

Nursery - Little Saints Pre-School - opened September 2014[edit]

Saint Nicholas School, Old Harlow

There is an exciting new development at Saint Nicholas School. As part of the school’s commitment to providing affordable, quality care to children in the community, the school opened a pre-school for rising-3 and 4 year olds in September 2014. As well as our wonderful new setting children access the school's wonderful grounds and facilities. Physical education is taught by our specialist teachers.

The Pre-School opening hours are from 07.30 am to 6.00 pm, Monday to Friday, spread over three terms Autumn, Spring and Summer. We are closed over half terms, Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays, and for all Bank holidays.

Click to link to Pre-school information


Saint Nicholas School, Old Harlow

Saint Nicholas School was established in 1939 in a group of buildings set in the heart of the hamlet of Churchgate Street, near Old Harlow. A move to nearby Hillingdon House in 1977 and a substantial building programme in recent years allowed for gradual expansion of the school to its present size of over 400 boys and girls aged 3 to 16.

The school is situated in gardens and grounds which extend to more than 14 acres (57,000 m2). Lower, middle and upper schools are each housed in their own area, within close proximity of each other, enabling access to shared facilities. The school is equipped with specialist classrooms, science laboratories, technology areas, ICT rooms, two libraries and a theatre. Sports facilities include extensive playing fields, tennis courts, a heated swimming pool and a sports hall.[1]

Saint Nicholas School is a registered charity, managed by the Board of Governors and the Headmaster. The Headmaster is in membership of the Independent Schools Association and the Independent Schools Council Information Service.


“The high levels of respect shown amongst the pupils in their interactions with each other and with the staff clearly demonstrate their high self-esteem and a palpable and strong community ethos.” - Saint Nicholas School ISI Report

Encouraging confidence & enthusiasm[edit]

Saint Nicholas School, Old Harlow

At Saint Nicholas we aim to enable pupils to acquire the knowledge, wisdom and self-discipline appropriate for lifelong learning, employment and adult life. To achieve this aim we ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to develop their intellectual, physical and creative gifts, across a broad and balanced curriculum.

We promote the personal development of pupils, encouraging lively and enquiring minds, respect for themselves and others and a high regard for truth. We encourage self-confidence, integrity, social responsibility and awareness in pupils.

Pupils learn to show respect and active concern for their school surroundings and for the wider environment.

High Standards[edit]

Our aim is to provide an environment in which every pupil can achieve the highest standards in all aspects of school life in preparation for the challenges of the future. The stability and security of continuous education on one site, spanning the age ranges from 3 – 16 years is a major factor in helping us achieve this.

Developing the Individual[edit]

Saint Nicholas School, Old Harlow

We place a major emphasis on the individual, recognising that all children are different, and we value each and every one in their own right.

Each child has his or her own talents and abilities, and we aim to encourage each one to develop their own special strengths and to grow in confidence and self-esteem to find their role in the community. Happiness is the first essential in this.

Whilst every effort is made to draw out the academic potential of each individual, we consider it equally important that the children should grow up to be confident, caring, honest and responsible young people, capable of making a positive contribution to the society in which they live and work.


  1. ^ "Saint Nicholas School History". School website. 

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