Croxley Danes School

Coordinates: 51°39′09″N 0°25′55″W / 51.652572°N 0.432066°W / 51.652572; -0.432066

Croxley Danes School
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Baldwins Lane, Croxley Green

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Coordinates51°39′09″N 0°25′55″W / 51.652572°N 0.432066°W / 51.652572; -0.432066
TypeFree School
Mottolearning forever learning 4 life (Loyalty has its Obligations)
Established1 September 2017
Local authorityHertfordshire
Department for Education URN144402 Tables
Head teacherStephen Thompson, MA (Cantab) PGCE
Age11 to 18
Enrolment477 pupils
Houses6 houses
Colour(s)  Purple,   Green

Croxley Danes School is a co-educational secondary school and sixth form currently located in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.


Croxley Danes is an all-ability academy school, with the majority of students admitted based on the proximity of their home to the school. Priority is given to children of staff and siblings of current students, however, up to 10% of students are admitted based upon their performance in a musical aptitude test.[1]


The permanent school site is located on Baldwins Lane, Croxley Green, with an area of 33 acres. It is approximately half a mile (0.8 km) from Croxley tube station.


The school was given approval for opening in February 2017 by the Department for Education,[2] and opened in September 2017 in temporary accommodation on the site of St Clement Danes School. The old maths block of the school was refurbished to provide separate facilities for the Croxley Danes students,[3][4] with 120 new year 7 pupils admitted in the first year.[5][6]

In September 2018, a further 180 students were admitted and the school moved to temporary accommodation in Tolpits Lane, occupying the former site of the Reach Free School, whilst the permanent site was being completed. This move was carried out instead of building temporary buildings on the permanent site to accommodate the students.[7]

The transfer of the school to the permanent site on Baldwins Lane was planned to take place at the end of the Easter term in 2020,[8] but delays meant that the transfer will instead occur over the school summer holidays, with pupils first attending the new site in September 2020.[7]


The names of each of the school houses are related to the history of the school site or to the local Croxley Green area.[9] Cassiobridge and Snells are named after former houses located on the site,[10] whilst Jaggerts and Mallets are former names of fields. The land was previously owned by Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, giving the name for Gonville house,[11] whilst Dickinson house is named after John Dickinson, who built a paper mill in Croxley between 1828 and 1830.[12][13]

Current Houses and Colours[edit]

House House Colour
Cassiobridge   Blue
Dickinson   Red
Gonville   Yellow
Jaggerts   White
Mallets   Green
Snells   Orange


  1. ^ "Admissions - Croxley Danes School". Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  2. ^ Brown, Steven (15 February 2017). "New school to open after Government go-ahead". Watford Observer. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Work starts on transforming old maths block into Croxley Danes - Croxley Danes School". 10 May 2017. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Plans for new school site open to parents". Watford Observer. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  5. ^ "New secondary school welcomes first cohort of students". Watford Observer. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  6. ^ Russell, Rachel (5 September 2017). "Eagerly-awaited new secondary school finally opens its doors". Watford Observer. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Baldwins Lane - Information About the Permanent Site - Croxley Danes School". Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Croxley Danes School confirms plans to transfer students to new site". Watford Observer. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  9. ^ "House Names Announced". 3 July 2017. Archived from the original on 24 July 2020. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  10. ^ "A Village Grows". Croxley Green History Project. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  11. ^ "John Caius". Archived from the original on 15 May 2021. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  12. ^ "Croxley Green History - John Dickinson". Croxley Green History Project. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  13. ^ "John Dickinson & Co Ltd". Sir John Evans Centenary Project. Ashmolean Museum. 2009. Archived from the original on 2 October 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2015.

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