St Joseph's In The Park
The Drive leading to St. Joseph's In The Park
|Motto||Ora et Labora|
|Type||Independent Prep School|
|Headmaster||Mr. Douglas Brown|
|Chair||Mrs. Janet Goldsmith|
|Location||St. Mary's Lane
|DfE URN||117629 Tables|
|Colours||Brown & Gold|
St. Joseph's In The Park is a single form, independent, co-educational, preparatory school in Hertfordshire for girls and boys between the ages of 3 and 11. It is set within Hertingfordbury Park on the outskirts of Hertford. Here is a description of the Park and the location of the original 17th-century house from 1773, where the school now stands.
|“||The situation of the Park House is on a gentle rise. The whole ground is of an easy form enriched with plantations and beautified by the flowing Lea and Mimram rivers which partly bound this estate. The prospects are particularly pleasing and the town of Hertford, softened by its distance, is a fine enrichment.||”|
The Convent High School
As an educational establishment, St Joseph's In The Park is one of the area's oldest independent schools. It began life as St. Joseph's Catholic High School in St. John's Street, Hertford in 1898. The school was run by the Sisters of Mercy order of Nuns and provided a broad education for girls up to the age of 16. Boys were also educated up to the age of 11. The Convent moved to Park House in Hertingfordbury Park in 1947/48 and the school followed shortly thereafter. In the early 1950s a purpose-built school was established next to the Convent and by 1957 the upper age limit for boys and girls was 11.
In The Park
From 1957, St. Joseph's was run by the nuns as a primary school. In 1983 the nuns were recalled and the school taken over by a proprietor. Ownership of the school changed hands in 1996 and around this time the school changed its name to St. Joseph's In The Park for two purposes. Firstly it was to differentiate itself from the Catholic Primary school in Hertford which was established by the Sisters of Mercy at the same time as they formed the High School. Secondly it was to give the school a sense of place and of its history within Hertingfordbury Park. Finally, in 2006, the school became a charitable trust.
The uniform for the school was based on a brown base with gold trimmings, for both boys and girls. For the girls the outfit is:
- Blazer and tie,
- A gold blouse and a kilt,
- A felt hat,
- Brown shoes and socks,
- A dress may be worn in summer,
The outfit for the boys is as follows:
- Blazer and tie,
- Yellow/Gold shirts - both short and long sleeved,
- Brown shorts (for 3-8) and brown trousers (8-11),
- Brown shoes,
- High brown socks with a gold hoop for shorts; brown ankle socks with trousers,
Games kit is a standard sports outfit for both boys and girls, with coloured shirts for their houses:Green (Benet); Yellow (McAuley) and White (Loyola).
Pupils at St. Joseph's In The Park go onto to a wide range of senior schools, both independent and maintained. Among them are the following:
-  St joseph's uniform website