Edge Grove School

Coordinates: 51°40′38″N 0°20′46″W / 51.6771°N 0.3461°W / 51.6771; -0.3461

Edge Grove School
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Front of school, June 2004
High Cross, Aldenham

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WD25 8NL

Coordinates51°40′38″N 0°20′46″W / 51.6771°N 0.3461°W / 51.6771; -0.3461
Other nameEdge Grove
TypePrivate, day and boarding preparatory school
Established1935 (1935)
Local authorityHertfordshire County Council
Department for Education URN117601 Tables
HeadmasterBen Evans[1]
Age range3–13
Campus size28 acres (11 ha)
  • Hedgerows
  • Sarnesfield
  • Churchill
  • Stratton
  • Gills

Edge Grove School, simply Edge Grove, is a 3–13 mixed, private, day and boarding preparatory school in Aldenham, Watford, Hertfordshire, England. It was established in 1935 and set on 48 acres.[3]

The boys and girls are organised into five houses: Hedgerows, Sarnesfield, Churchill, Stratton and Gills.[citation needed]


Mr John Skey bought the land on which the current property in 1733 and built the main block of what now stands as the main house. This house was then sold by his sons to Mr Thomas Hake some time in the late 1780s. The American financier and banker John Pierpont Morgan bought the property in 1912 and rented it to Mr Richard Bennett. Bennett converted the house with around £90,000 leading to the house as it stands currently. When it came to settling his estate, Morgan arranged for the council to take the freehold, specifying it should be used as an independent school.[4][5]

The current head master as of 2020 is Ben Evans and he will be replaced by Lisa McDonald in September 2020 who works at the British International School in New York City.[6][7]


The school has a large sports hall, all-weather tennis/netball courts, an AstroTurf pitch, 9 acres of playing fields, indoor & outdoor cricket nets and a heated[citation needed] outdoor swimming pool.

In November 2019, it recently opened £3.6m lower school building for Years 3 and 4.[8]


  • John Baugh: 1997–2002[9]
  • Jolyon Waterfield: 1985–1997[10]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Welcome from the Head". Edge Grove School. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Edge Grove School". Get information about schools. GOV.UK. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Edge Grove". Edge Grove. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Around Radlett, Winter 2015,109" (PDF).
  5. ^ "History | Co-educational School, Watford". Edge Grove. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Welcome from the Head | Day & Boarding School | Edge Grove". 26 March 2020. Archived from the original on 26 March 2020. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  7. ^ "New head teacher is swapping the US for the UK". Watford Observer. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Review of Edge Grove independent co-ed day and boarding prep school in Aldenham Village Hertfordshire". Herts & Beds. 13 February 2020. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  9. ^ Submission, Internal (10 September 2018). "Reclaiming Education: A new school to inspire children towards a brighter and more successful future". The Japan Times. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Edge Grove Alumni". edgegrove.alumni-online.com. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  11. ^ Del Jones (3 March 2005). "Business bows to an unlikely oracle: British boy wonder". USA Today. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  12. ^ Chris Blackhurst (5 December 2007). "Playing to his strengths, the Beverly Hills Brit who's a self-help god". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  13. ^ "EastEnders producer goes back to school".
  14. ^ a b "Edge Grove Alumni". edgegrove.alumni-online.com. Retrieved 3 April 2020.

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