Westbrook Hay School

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Westbrook Hay Prep School
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Westbrook Hay School seen from the golf course
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Coordinates51°44′20″N 0°30′57″W / 51.7388°N 0.5158°W / 51.7388; -0.5158Coordinates: 51°44′20″N 0°30′57″W / 51.7388°N 0.5158°W / 51.7388; -0.5158
TypeIndependent school
MottoLatin: Ora et Labora
(Prayer and work)
Religious affiliation(s)Anglican Church of England
Established1892; 129 years ago (1892)
PrincipalMr Mark Brain
Staff50 (approx)
Age3 to boys 13-14max girls 3-11
Campus size26 acres (11 ha)
HousesWellington (green), Nelson (blue), Marlborough (yellow), Drake (red)

Westbrook Hay Prep School is a co-educational independent school which educates children from rising 3 –13 years.

The school[edit]

The school was established by Augustus Orlebar, a former housemaster at Radley College, as a boarding school for boys in Bedford in 1892; it moved to Hinwick House near Wellingborough shortly thereafter and then to Gadebridge House in nearby Hemel Hempstead in 1914.[1] It remained there until it was forced out of its old premises by the Commission for New Towns as part of its development of the new town in 1963.[2] It took on its present name at its present site that year. It is now an independent Prep school which educates boys and girls from rising 3 –13 years. The school is in a rural location on 26 acres of parkland overlooking the Bourne valley, off the A 41 between Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire.[3]

The house[edit]

The house was built in the 17th century and remained in the ownership of the Ryder family (Richard Ryder, then Granville Ryder and then Dudley Ryder)[4] until the Second World War after which it became the headquarters of the Hemel Hempstead New Town Development Corporation.[5] During the 1950s the 650 yard drive became the Westbrook Hay Hill Climb.[6]



  1. ^ "Our history". Westbrook Hay School. Retrieved 11 August 2013. Archived 29 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Gadebridge House/School". Hemel Today, The Gazette. 2 January 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Welcome". Westbrook Hay School. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Granville Ryder". UK Parliament. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  5. ^ "The Orange Walk - Woods & Meadows of Westbrook Hay". The Boxmoor Trust. Retrieved 11 August 2013.Archived 12 November 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Motor Sport, September 1953, Page 462.

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