Laureate Academy

Coordinates: 51°45′27″N 0°29′00″W / 51.75761°N 0.48328°W / 51.75761; -0.48328

Laureate Academy
Warners End Road

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Coordinates51°45′27″N 0°29′00″W / 51.75761°N 0.48328°W / 51.75761; -0.48328
MottoLibertas Per Cultum
Local authorityHertfordshire
TrustFuture Academies
Department for Education URN146440 Tables
PrincipalMatthew Singh
Age11 to 18
HousesZeus, Apollo, Hera, Athena
Colour(s)Blue, White, Black    

Laureate Academy is a secondary school in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. The academy was launched in September 2018 on the site of Cavendish School.[1] Laureate Academy is part of Future Academies, a multi-academy trust.[1]


Cavendish Grammar School was officially opened in 1962 and was one of the first of the new breed of post-war technical grammar schools. From 1970 the school became a comprehensive school, The Cavendish School.

In 2018, Cavendish School closed and reopened as Laureate Academy; the takeover was part of an expansion of Lord Nash's Future Academies multi-academy trust[2] which controversially extended to other schools in Hertfordshire in 2019 despite concerns about the trust's governance[3] and despite parents' opposition.[4] Concerns were raised about the introduction of compulsory Latin at Laureate Academy, with parents fearing the trust planned a grammar school-type emphasis on academic rather than vocational options.[4]

in July 2020, Laureate Academy was ranked the 7th worst school in Hertfordshire.[5]

In 2022, an outdated teaching block was demolished to be replaced by a new building and a new multi-use games area.[6]


All Year 7-11 students are divided into four Houses, each named after a Greek god/goddess: Zeus, Apollo, Hera, and Athena.


Girls: black trousers or skirt; white blouse; blue blazer with a crest; black socks or stockings and a striped tie.

Boys: black trousers; white shirt; blue blazer with a crest; black socks or stockings and a striped tie.


  1. ^ a b "Laureate Academy". Future Academies. Archived from the original on 22 August 2022. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  2. ^ Robertson, Alix (22 September 2018). "Lord Nash's Future Academies expands into Hertfordshire". Schools Week. Retrieved 23 August 2022.
  3. ^ Dickens, John (20 January 2019). "Ex-minister's academy trust ignores governance guidelines". Schools Week. Retrieved 23 August 2022.
  4. ^ a b Mansell, Warwick (25 January 2019). "'It's a dictatorship.' Angry parents fight back against school takeovers". Guardian. Retrieved 23 August 2022.
  5. ^ Miller, Claire; Gouk, Annie; Smith, Matthew (11 July 2020). "Real Schools Guide Hertfordshire 2020: The best and worst secondary schools in the county ranked". Herts Live. Retrieved 23 August 2022.
  6. ^ "McAvoy Group to deliver three new £40m educational facilities". PBC Today. 21 January 2022. Retrieved 23 August 2022.

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