Monk's Walk School

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Monk's Walk School
Type Academy
Headteacher Kate Smith
Location Knightsfield
Welwyn Garden City
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DfE URN 117536 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 100
Students 1324
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses 4 (Bell, Durrell, Carson, Kroto)
Colours Blue and White

Monk's Walk School is a secondary school with academy status located on the outskirts of Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England. The school's motto is: Vel Optima Cuique Praebere, "Excellence for All". The school is also home to a performing arts school: Top Hat Stage School, which has been running classes at Monk's Walk since 1994.

Relatively new, it was built in the 1960s and, contrary to popular belief, is not on the site of an old abbey.

Other secondary schools in the area include Sir Frederic Osborn and Stanborough as well as a private school named Sherrardswood School The school's annual student intake is approximately 220 eleven- and twelve-year-olds of both sexes, with 1,324 students throughout the school. It also has approximately 102 teachers and staff.


Monk's Walk consists of five blocks: A, B, C, D and E. When the school became a Science College the names were altered to Archimedes, Babbage, Curie, Darwin and Einstein.

Archimedes houses the departments of ICT, Mathematics, Music, History, and Physical Education.

Babbage, the largest block, consists of Science, Languages (French, German and Spanish), English, Drama, ICT the Library, and the canteen which of late has acquired fingerprint recognition systems.

Curie has Art, Religious Education, Business Studies, Geography, ICT and a large Sixth form Common Room for A Level students' relaxation and study time.

Darwin, the smallest, has but two: ICT and Design and Technology.

Einstein, the newest (now 10 years old) has science and other forms of Design Technology in a two-storey modernised complex, with newly installed solar panels lining much of the roof.


There are four houses, which are made up of two form classes from each year group. The houses are Bell, named after astronomer Jocelyn Bell, Carson, named after environmentalist Rachel Carson, Durrell, named after environmentalist Gerald Durrell, and Kroto, named after chemist Harold Kroto.

Notable alumni