St Joseph's In The Park

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St. Joseph's In The Park
File:Drive photo.jpg
The Drive leading to St. Joseph's In The Park
Motto Ora et Labora
Established 1898
Type Independent Prep School
Headmaster Mr. Neil Jones
Chair Mr. Andy Wodhams
Location St. Mary's Lane
SG14 2LX
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DfE URN 117629 Tables
Staff 28 (2011)
Students 172
Gender Co-Educational
Ages 3–11
Colours Chocolate & Gold
Website St. Joseph's In The Park

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 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.

School Uniform

The uniform for the school was based on a brown base with gold trimmings, for both boys and girls.[1] 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),
  • Cap,
  • 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).

Moving on

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:

Haileybury College · Princess Helena College · Presdales School · Queenswood School · St Albans School · St Christopher School · St Edmund's College · Richard Hale School


  1. [1] St joseph's uniform website

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