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  • St Clement Danes School
    Chenies Road
    WD3 6EW
  • Head: Toby Sutherland
  • T 01923 284169
  • F 01923 284828
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Hertfordshire
  • Pupils: 1,416; sixth formers: 327
  • Religion: None
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 14th October 2011
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 25th January 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Not a single piece of litter in sight during our visit, with everywhere spotless. ‘You have to love your learning environment.' We found the atmosphere calm and structured, with a reassuring amount of liveliness at break times. Pupils articulate, confident, curious and happy. Most families from within a five-mile radius - mainly Chorleywood and Rickmansworth. Its reputation has since gone from strength to strength and it’s largely responsible for soaring house prices in…

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What the school says...

Academy convertor 2011

What the parents say...

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Design & Technology Food Technology at an English Comprehensive School (GCE A level)

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since January 2018, Toby Sutherland, previously deputy head. He worked before Queen's School, first as a business and economics teacher, later becoming assistant and then deputy head.

Previous head Josephine Valentine is now executive head of both St Clement Danes and Croxley Danes.

Academic matters

Consistently impressive results at all levels and Ofsted outstanding. In 2017, 90 per cent got 4-0 in both English and maths; 40 per cent A*/A grades. At A level, 36 per cent A*/A and 64 per cent A*-B, which the school is quick to point out are similar grades to the famously good nearby Bucks grammar schools. Rigorous attention to detail in the tracking of all students means personalisation at student level is strong. This kicks off in year 7 with cognitive ability tests, among others, which...

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Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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