St Joan of Arc Catholic School, Rickmansworth

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Saint Joan of Arc Roman Catholic School is a Roman Catholic secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, England. The catchment area for the school spreads over South West Hertfordshire, parts of Buckinghamshire and parts of North West London. The school grounds back on to the River Chess and Chess Valley and a 17th-century barn is located at the boundary of the grounds.


The main house was previously The Elms, once home to the novelist George Eliot.[1]

The school was founded as an all-girl convent school in 1904 by the Filles de Jesus. It was a grammar school from 1951 until 1975, when it became a comprehensive mixed-sex school, in line with the labour government policy of converting grammar schools.[2]

The school was awarded Specialist Status for Mathematics & Computing in 2003. It also gained a Specialist Status for Science. The school converted to academy status on 1 March 2012.


In total there are eight forms in each year, with about 30 pupils in each. The forms are named after Catholic saints: Alban, Bede, Campion, Clare, Frances, More, Theresa and Ward.

Notable former pupils[edit]

  • Alex Campana, non-professional footballer
  • David Connolly, professional footballer
  • Chris Martin , professional radio presenter, voice over and DJ.
  • Mikee Goodman, heavy metal vocalist
  • Danny May, non-professional footballer
  • Mary Portas, television presenter and retail consultant
  • Andrew Maddock, playwright
  • Mike Duce (Lead Singer and Rhythm Guitarist in the band Lower Than Atlantis)


  1. ^ St Joan of Arc's Convent High School, Images of England, English Heritage National Monuments Record.
  2. ^ History of the School, Saint Joan of Arc Catholic School.