St Joseph’s in the Park


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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day
  • Roll: 77 (Boys) 71 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 3 - 11 years
  • Founded: 1898

General Information

St Joseph’s In The Park moved to its unique and beautiful setting in Hertingfordbury Park on the edge of the market town of Hertford in 1949.

As a co-educational prep school, we offer a broad curriculum as well as exciting opportunities to develop a life-long joy of learning for children between the ages of 3 and 11.

We provide a strong academic foundation and the children benefit from specialist teachers in Science, French, Art, Music, Speech and Drama and Ballet. However, we also understand that children need to acquire other qualities and values to truly flourish and actively encourage those skills that will support children through a lifetime of learning.

We think of St Joseph’s In The Park as a family school and it matters to us that our parents and children feel this too.


Our Nursery offers sessional day care for children from the start of the term in which they become 3 years old, wrap around care facilities (Breakfast and After School) from 7.30am until 6.00pm, an exciting range of extra-curricular activities including speech and drama, chess, skiing, tennis ballet and photography. We have a large private car park; extensive grounds and heated outdoor pool open in the Spring/Summer term. Recent building development has meant that we now have excellent music facilities and designated Science, Art/Design and Computing Rooms.

Open Days

2018. Working Open Days are held regularly throughout the year. These are usually on the first Wednesday of each month but please see our website for full details. You are welcome to visit at any time and to book a tour by contacting our Registrar, Mrs Sally Warren on 01992 513810 or email:


2017/2018. Per term.

Kindergarten: minimum 5 Sessions, £1,850. Nursery: minimum 7 Sessions, £2,455. Pre School (Full time): 10 sessions, £2,964. Fees are pro-rata for more or fewer sessions.

Infants (Reception to Year 2): £3,903. Lower Juniors (Years 3 to 4): £4,057. Upper Juniors (Years 5 to 6): £4,081. Woodlands Department of Learning (Years 3 to 6): £5,511.

All fees are inclusive of books, stationery & lunches. There is a 5% discount on fees for siblings.


ISI Inspection 2014

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Douglas Brown

Contact for enquiries: Mrs Sally Warren, Registrar

St Joseph’s in the Park
St Mary's Lane
SG14 2LX

[t]: 01992 513810

Location Description

10 acres of beautiful parkland only 1.5 miles from Hertford.

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School News

St Joseph's in the Park independent prep school Hertfordshire

Our boys made a stunning debut in the Independent Schools Football Association tournament to become the U11 seven-a-side regional champions and progress to the national

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finals. Ten schools took to the pitches at Chigwell School for the Essex regional and were split into two groups of five. We won our final match 3-0, having overcome St Edmund’s on penalties in the semi-final to progress to the national event at St George’s Park, Staffordshire in May.

“We are extremely proud of our boys for this wonderful achievement. It is the first time we have entered the competition and to come back with the cup is an outstanding success for a school of our size.” Mr Brown

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It’s a roaring success …

Our Year 5 team, the Cheeky Cheetahs, enjoyed roaring success, under Mrs Elson’s guidance, to become Regional Winners of the F1

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Jaguar Primary Challenge. The challenge involved designing and manufacturing the fastest car possible, emulating the design and engineering processes employed by real engineering companies, such as Jaguar Cars.

Congratulations to the Cheeky Cheetahs for taking part in the National Finals.

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Well done to Year 5 who entertained and informed us with a fabulous assembly on Shakespeare and A Midsummer Night’s Dream .

Pupils in Year 6 at St Joseph’s In the Park School recently achieved an all-time record by gaining a magnificent 12 scholarships (Academic, All Rounder,

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Music and Sport) as well as free music lessons for one pupil.

Mrs Wendy Heath-Clarke, Acting Head, said 47% of the pupils who had applied to independent schools had gained scholarships and the whole staff was delighted by the results from the small one form entry school. ‘The children have given their utmost effort and we commend them on their academic endeavour and tremendous success.’ The pupils have achieved places at many of the esteemed independent schools in the local area.

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