Why Choose Duncombe School?

Why Choose Duncombe School?

Outstanding Private School in Hertford


The early years in your child’s school journey create firm foundations and are critical to their future educational success. At Duncombe, we strive to provide a vibrant and happy environment where pupils feel safe and secure, offering them the very best start in life. We offer a varied curriculum, which challenges and stretches our pupils, allowing them to become happy, confident and independent individuals and preparing them for their journey to secondary school.


There are a number of compelling reasons for you to choose Duncombe School for your child. Here are just a few:

The only co-educational private prep school for children aged 2-11 in Hertford

We are the only co-educational private school in Hertford offering education for children aged 2 to 11 years. Children begin their Duncombe journey in Treetops, our purpose-built Pre-School before progressing to the Main School building from Years 1 to 6.

100% Outstanding education

Duncombe was rated as Outstanding and fully compliant across all areas in our most recent ISI and SIS School Inspection Reports and we regularly exceed Early Years national scores. Duncombe has an excellent heritage of preparing children for the rigorous entrance tests of selective secondary schools.

Investing in their future

Our record for preparing children for secondary school entrance exams is second-to-none, with 13 scholarships awarded in 2018, and some 30+ scholarships in the last three years.

Flexible wraparound care 47 weeks of the year

We understand that family life is very busy, which is why we have excellent and flexible wrap around care available and holiday clubs available between 8.00am and 6.30pm, 47 weeks of the year for all year groups.

We offer the most competitive sibling discount in Hertford

We know that many families with more than one child who are keen to give their children a private education. That’s why we now offer the most competitive sibling discount in Hertford and surrounding areas. Find out more about how it works.



We are conveniently located around five minutes’ drive from Hertford north and Hertford East train stations making it easy for commuting parents to do the school run, but far enough away for our school to feel like it is set back from the hustle and bustle of busy Hertford town centre.

Broad and challenging curriculum

Duncombe is a non-selective school and we are proud of our established reputation for high academic standards. We have a varied curriculum, which includes English, Maths and science, two modern foreign languages, music, sports, history, art, religious education, geography and Forest School. Duncombe children also work towards the Duncombe Diploma, which focuses on five core values of Determination, Excellence, Respect, Inspiration and Courage.

Sporting achievement

We believe that sport is an invaluable part of a child’s holistic education, and P.E. plays an important part in the life of a Duncombe pupil. Last year, our U11 football and netball teams placed 5th and 10th respectively in the national final competitions for independent schools, and two of our pupils were National Winners in the 2018 National Championships for clay pigeon shooting and fencing.



Our pupils have the use of exceptional facilities to enhance their learning opportunities, such as our specialist Forest School set in a large sunken woodland area, a floodlit Astroturf pitch with tensile all-weather roof, 75m athletics track, science lab, library, art loft and bespoke music and dance studio, which all of our pupils have access to. For our younger children, the Treetops Pre-School is housed in a purpose-built facility designed with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum in mind.

Our awards and accreditations

We are very proud to have been awarded a number of accreditations for our work in a variety of fields, each of which is in recognition of our efforts to make the education that we provide to our pupils the best it can be.

Parent, Duncombe School

“Forest School has been a firm favourite of both of my children. They love that it’s dedicated time to be allowed to get dirty, and also a chance to explore in the woods and trees, and eat marshmallows! They would both come home with various objects they had made such as hedgehog houses, ladybird stones and stick dogs, and all were proudly displayed in our own garden.

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