St Clement Danes School

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St Clement Danes School
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Chenies Road

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Coordinates51°39′49″N 0°30′50″W / 51.6637°N 0.514°W / 51.6637; -0.514Coordinates: 51°39′49″N 0°30′50″W / 51.6637°N 0.514°W / 51.6637; -0.514
MottoLoyauté M'Oblige (Loyalty has its Obligations)
Department for Education URN136901 Tables
Head teacherToby Sutherland MA, MEd (Camb)
Age11 to 18
Enrolment1,285 pupils
Houses8 houses

St Clement Danes School is a mixed academy school in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire.


It 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 west of junction 18 of the M25.


The school was founded in 1862 by the church wardens of St Clement Danes Parish in Aldwych, 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[edit]

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 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 Clement's House, a block of flats and Wood Lane 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.


The school converted to academy status in July 2011.


The house system was started in 1908 with four houses: Clare, Temple, Clement and Dane. By 1938 the school had grown and two new houses were added: Burleigh and Lincoln. Essex and Exeter were subsequently introduced in 1952. On the move to Hertfordshire, the school reverted to six houses, with Clare and Essex not being reintroduced until 2005.


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. Half of the school visit the church in London, whilst the other half undergo a service held at the school in Chorleywood. The school's song 'The Anchor Is Our Emblem' is sung at the church.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Boys' grammar school in London:

Mixed comprehensive in Hertfordshire:

Notable former staff[edit]


  1. ^ Charity Commission. Holborn Estate Charity (known as St Clement Danes Holborn Estate Charity), registered charity no. 206754.
  2. ^ a b School History Archived 29 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine, St Clement Danes School.
  3. ^ Charity Commission. St Clement Danes School Charitable Foundation, registered charity no. 312757.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 209. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3.
  6. ^ "Hot 100 burning issues" (PDF). Resource: 24. January – February 2008.

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