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.


St Clement Danes is a partially selective school, providing education to students aged 11 (Year 7) through to 18 (Year 13). Most students are admitted based on proximity to the school, with priority given to students with siblings already at the school, or whose parents are staff at the school, but up to 10% of the Year 7 cohort are admitted based on performance in the eleven-plus exam, and a further 10% may be admitted based on performance in a musical aptitude test.[1] Entry to the sixth form in Year 12 is dependent on GCSE exam grades, and admissions are mainly from students already at the school, but there is also an additional intake of external students.[2]


The school occupies a large site to the northwest of Rickmansworth in Chorleywood. It is about a mile (1.6 km) from Chorleywood station, and is served by 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,[3] a charity founded in 1551 which owned a piece of land on the north side of Holborn.[4]

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 when he was struck in the chest by a javelin thrown by a fellow student.[5] A verdict of accidental death was recorded by the coroner following an inquest into the incident.[6]


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.[4]

The school receives additional financial support from the St Clement Danes School Charitable Foundation,[7] one of the beneficiaries of the historic St Clement Danes Holborn Estate.


The school converted to academy status in July 2011. In 2016, the school became part of the Danes Educational Trust, a multiple-academy trust, which also includes Croxley Danes School, Chancellor's School, Elstree Screen Arts academy and Onslow St Audrey's School.


The house system was introduced in 1907 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.[8]

Current Houses and Colours[edit]

House House Colour
Clare   Orange
Burleigh   Maroon
Clement   Red
Dane   Yellow
Exeter   Light Blue
Lincoln   Green
Essex   Purple
Temple   Navy Blue


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 attend 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. ^ "Admissions - St Clement Danes School". Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Sixth Form Admissions - St Clement Danes School". Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Holborn Estate Charity (known as St Clement Danes Holborn Estate Charity), registered charity no. 206754". Charity Commission for England and Wales.
  4. ^ a b School History Archived 29 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine, St Clement Danes School.
  5. ^ "My grief, by mother of javelin boy". Daily Mirror. 30 June 1973. p. 2. Retrieved 28 July 2020 – via The British Newspaper Archive.
  6. ^ "Javelin speared boy through the heart". The Birmingham Post. 21 July 1973. p. 34. Retrieved 28 July 2020 – via The British Newspaper Archive.
  7. ^ "St Clement Danes School Charitable Foundation, registered charity no. 312757". Charity Commission for England and Wales.
  8. ^ "The House System - St Clement Danes School". Archived from the original on 18 July 2020. Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Geoffrey Davies". 14 December 2008. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  10. ^ Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 209. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3.
  11. ^ "Lord Stoddart of Swindon obituary". The Guardian. 23 November 2020. Retrieved 23 November 2020.
  12. ^ "Hot 100 burning issues" (PDF). Resource: 24. January–February 2008.

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