York House School, Redheath

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York House School
Motto "Aut Viam Inveniam Aut Faciam"
("Either I shall find a way or I shall make one")
Established 1910[1]
Type Independent Day school
Religion Church of England[1]
Headteacher Jon Gray
The Chairman of Governors: Mrs G Noach
Location Sarratt Road
Croxley Green
England England
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Local authority Hertfordshire County Council
Staff 35 staff in total[1]
Students 274 children[1]
Gender Co-educational
Ages 3–13
Houses Drake, Marlborough, Nelson, Wellington
Colours Purple and green
Website york-house.com

York House School is an independent preparatory school for girls and boys aged from 3 to 13 years of age. The school is located in Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, in an eighteenth-century mansion. The school motto is "Aut Viam Inveniam Aut Faciam", which is Latin for "Either I shall find a way or I shall make one". The current headmaster is Jon Gray.

The school was founded in Hampstead and relocated to the Money Hill area of Rickmansworth in the late 1940s by the then headmaster Arnold White. The school again relocated to its current location in 1966.[2]

In 2011 it celebrated 100 years. It is a co-educational preparatory day school.


The school's alumni are referred to as Old Yorkists.

The House

Redheath was built and rebuilt in stages by the Baldwin, Finch, and Baldwin Finch families. The current features date variously from 1712, 1743 and 1866.[3]

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  2. Gym lessons from army instructor
  3. William Page, ed. (1908). "Watford: Manors". A History of the County of Hertford. Victoria County History. 2. pp. 451–464. Retrieved 26 February 2009. REDHEATH is an estate about four miles north-west of Watford, on the borders of the parish of Rickmansworth, consisting partly of freehold and partly of copyhold land held of the manors of Croxley Hall and Cassio. It was occupied by the Baldwins in the early part of the sixteenth century, and remained with owners of that name till 1709, when Thomas son of Henry Baldwin died without issue, and was succeeded by his nephew Charles, son of Charles Finch and Mary sister of Thomas Baldwin. Charles Finch died without issue in 1718, and was succeeded by his brother John, from whom the estate descended in a direct line to Henry Baldwin Finch, the present owner. The Baldwin family appear to have built a house here, but all of that building has disappeared. In 1712 Charles Finch added a new front to the house, and that date appears on it. Further additions were made in 1866 by Henry Charles Finch. The front part is the only old portion remaining. The house is a three-storied building of brick, the roof being surmounted by a large square wooden clock turret, with an open octagonal cupola on the top. The clock in the tower bears the inscription GEORGE CLARKE, WHITE-CHAPPLE, 1743. There are moulded brick cornices over the first-floor windows, and the entrance door, which is in the centre of the front, has a fine semicircular projecting wooden hood, supported on richly-carved brackets. There is a very fine avenue of beech trees, stretching from the back of the house to Chandler's Cross.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>