An area with an outstanding reputation for education
Great Amwell has its own primary school and is well served by excellent local secondary schools and colleges of further education in the area.
It is also close to Haileybury, one of the UKs leading independent co-educational boarding and day schools.
Riverside Nursery School
(within Great Amwell Scout Hut)
142 London Road, Ware, Herts, SG12 9NH
Little Blue Van Nursery & ASC
Parish Hall, Great Amwell, Ware SG12 9SG
Mobile: 07770 963701
St. John the Baptist School is a Church-aided Primary School for children between the ages of 5 and 11. It was founded in 1858 to provide education, ‘according to the principles and practices of the Church of England,’ for children living in the village of Great Amwell. The School has existed on its current site since 1967.
The School first stood in the southern part of the present churchyard. It was a low building made of wood and thatch. On February 11th 1874, the school buildings were destroyed by fire. Mainly by local subscription, a new school was built on the same site within the year. It was a more substantial building of brick and was used as a school for the next 93 years.
The present school was opened and consecrated by the Bishop of Hertford on September 29th 1967 although small extensions were added in both 1992 and 1998. A new hall, classroom and alterations to the administration areas were completed in September 2007. Further additions were made in 2009 and 2010 these included a new Library, improved cloakroom facilities and a 7th classroom, making the school 1 form entry. In December 2012, a new entrance was added to the school providing extended office facilities and a waiting area for parents and visitors. The accommodation now comprises 7 classrooms, a hall, a dining hall, kitchen, library, resources room, staff room, secretary’s office and Head teacher’s office. There is also a large playground, netball court and playing field for sporting activities. Despite changes in the structure of the building, St. John’s remains a village school, as it was over a hundred years ago. King Alfred and the Danes were active in the River Lea area and so a Danish ship appears on the school badge. The School motto ‘Deo navigamus nos’ – ‘We sail with God’ is very appropriate as the ship bears a cross on its main mast.
For more information, please visit the SCHOOL WEBSITE
Simon Balle School
Richard Hale School
The John Warner School
For those wanting to pursue further education, several colleges are within an easy travelling distance.
Hertford Regional College
North Herts College
Founded in 1862, Haileybury is an independent co-educational boarding school which offers a fully-rounded education for boys and girls aged 11 to 18.
Haileybury offers a dedicated Lower School for Years 7 and 8, a wide range of GCSE and (I)GCSEs, and the choice of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or A Levels in Sixth Form.
In the 2016 Sunday Times independent school league table, Haileybury was the highest co-ed boarding school for IB Diploma results and 31st for A Levels and GCSEs. The aim is to get every pupil into their first-choice university.
For more information, please visit the HAILEYBURY WEBSITE