Rickmansworth School

Rickmansworth School
Scots Hill

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Coordinates51°38′42″N 0°27′22″W / 51.645°N 0.456°W / 51.645; -0.456Coordinates: 51°38′42″N 0°27′22″W / 51.645°N 0.456°W / 51.645; -0.456
MottoNisi Dominus Aedificaverit[1]
Department for Education URN136606 Tables
Chair of GovernorsTony Walker
HeadteacherMr Matthew Fletcher
Staff100 approx.
Age11 to 18



Former nameRickmansworth Grammar School

Rickmansworth School in Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, is a coeducational secondary school and a sixth form with academy status for 1,400 pupils.

Rickmansworth is a secondary school for boys and girls aged 11 to 18 of all academic abilities, although 25% of the 11+ intake are selected using tests in mathematics and verbal reasoning, with a further 10% selected for aptitude in music. Most children are admitted at 11 and there is an additional intake at 16 into the Sixth Form.[2] Rickmansworth is a self-governing academy school and the governing body are responsible for the employment of staff, the admission of pupils, and all aspects of the organisation and running of the School. Previously the school was a 'grant maintained school' in the 1990s, with much the same powers.


The school stands in twenty-six acres of Metropolitan Green Belt woodland situated in a residential area well served by road and rail, on the south side of the A412 road. The M25 motorway is five minutes distance by car, and Croxley and Rickmansworth Metropolitan line stations are ten- and fifteen-minute walks respectively. Watford Junction station (National Rail to London Euston) is fifteen to twenty minutes by car.


Grammar school (1953–1969)[edit]

Rickmansworth Grammar School was the fifth grammar school to be built after the war. The school was built on the site of a house called Briery Close, which had been the residence of the vicar of Rickmansworth but had fallen vacant before the war.[3] Because building at the site ran late, the first intake in September 1953 was housed in a school in Oxhey, until the Scots Hill premises opened in September 1954.[4] The school was formally opened on 20 June 1956 by Countess Mountbatten of Burma. In the mid-1960s it had around 940 boys and girls, and was situated in 18 acres (7.3 ha) of land.[5]

Comprehensive (1969–2011)[edit]

In September 1969 the school ceased to be academically selective and became fully comprehensive. The School was maintained as a county school by the Hertfordshire local education authority until September 1990, when it was among the first schools in the country to take advantage of the opportunity offered by grant-maintained status to become a self-governing school.[6]

In 2003 the school was designated as a specialist Arts College, with a major focus on performing arts, and in April 2008 was awarded a second specialism as in Science. The school continues with the specialisms today.

Academy (2011-)[edit]

On 1 April 2011, Rickmansworth School officially converted to an academy.

In May 2013, Dr Stephen Burton, who had been headmaster for 13 years, had decided to step down.[7] In July 2013, it was announced that Mr Keith Douglas was to become the school's new headmaster in January 2014.[8]

Flora advertising campaign[edit]

On 22 May 2007, the school's 7th, 8th and 9th years participated in a Flora advertising campaign whereby a photo of the three-year groups was taken to be displayed on approximately 600 billboards around the UK, with text beneath likely saying "Two-thirds of them will end up with raised cholesterol."[citation needed]

Mitchell and Webb[edit]

The school appeared in an episode of the BBC comedy That Mitchell and Webb Look in the sketch "The Surprising Adventures of Sir Digby Chicken-Caesar", in which the heroic duo break into the house of an elderly woman, tie her up and pretend that they are visiting "Dear Auntie Marigold". They steal her television and are pursued. Ginger is beaten up. They break into Rickmansworth School and steal scientific equipment in order to make crystal meth.

Academic results[edit]

Its standing in comparison with the national average is very favourable at GCSE level and A Level.[9] Its results at GCSE and A level are similar to a grammar school.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Psalm 127. Nisi Dominus aedificaverit domum in vanum laboraverunt qui aedificant eam. trans. (KJV): Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it.
  2. ^ Rickmansworth School Sixth Form
  3. ^ Greenman, Shirley (1996). A history of Croxley Green through its street names (PDF). Croxlex Green Parish Council. p. 28. ISBN 0-9528036-0-7.
  4. ^ "Where are they now?" (PDF). The Rosarian Recorder (1): 2. 2015.
  5. ^ Advertisement (30 April 1960) in New Scientist 32 (389): 324.
  6. ^ Rickmansworth School Prospectus
  7. ^ "Head and deputy head of Rickmansworth School quit positions".
  8. ^ "New headmaster announced for Rickmansworth School".
  9. ^ 2006 Exams Performance, BBC News.

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