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Down the Woods


Duncombe is an Independent, Co-educational, Pre-prep and Preparatory School for children from 2 to 11 years old, situated in leafy Bengeo on the outskirts of Hertford. At Duncombe you will find a caring, family atmosphere which has been a feature of the school since its earliest days. We believe the best education is a well-rounded one and therefore offer a wide ranging curriculum, from academic work to practical activities and a variety of events and opportunities both in and out of school.

We help children to develop enquiring minds, interpersonal skills and social understanding, while having lots of fun. This approach encourages personal development and self confidence and provides a firm foundation for the years ahead. We are proud of our reputation for high academic standards and our pupils' achievements in all areas of life.

Following an inspection in March 2014, Duncombe is celebrating the award of ‘outstanding’ in every category for both the school and its nursery, Treetops. The glowing report states that: ‘Duncombe School is highly effective in achieving its aims. The quality of education that is provided to meet the pupils’ individual needs, including the children in the Early Years Foundation Stage, is outstanding.’ In particular it highlights the excellent curriculum, pupils’ exceptional progress, the high quality of the pastoral care and the school’s provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.                 Please click on the links at the foot of this page to read the full reports.

We hope you enjoy our website and are keen to find out more. Once you have seen Duncombe in action you will understand why it is such a happy and successful school. Do call our Registrar, Lucy Evans, on 01992 414109 to arrange a visit.

75th anniversary celebrations – 2014/15 will be Duncombe’s 75th anniversary year! Click on About Us/History for more information.

Duncombe is 100% Outstanding! Treetops is 100% Outstanding – official!
Click on the links below to read the full inspection reports.

Come along to our Open Morning on Friday 24th April from 9.45am - 11:30am. Please phone our Registrar, 01992 414109 to arrange your tour.