Consistently delivering, but don’t just take our word for it …

Over the past 5 years, our Year 6 pupils have received more than 50 offers of scholarships and awards from leading Independent Secondary Schools, including Harrow, Haileybury, Queenswood, St Albans High, St Albans School, and St Edmund’s College.

These achievements are a triumph for the pupils and a testament to their hard work and determination, from daily school life to entrance exams and coursework submissions. Principle Jo Cameron from Queenswood said:

“I am always delighted with how well prepared Duncombe girls are for their Queenswood applications. They tackle our entrance assessments with enthusiasm and confidence.’

Bill Toleman, Head of Bishop Stortford College Prep, shares similar views with Mrs Cameron and has said:

Pupils from Duncombe approach our entry assessments with confidence and fit in seamlessly when they join us. They are happy, confident, and eager to embrace all the opportunities Year 7 has on offer.”

This year Duncombe pupils in Year 6 have once again been offered more 11+ places than any of our rival Prep schools and we continue, as a school, to be the largest feeder school to Haileybury, St Edmund’s College, and Bishop’s Stortford College. In recent correspondences, Matthew Mostyn, Headmaster of St Edmund’s College said:

“Duncombe continues to be our biggest external feeder school, in recent years Duncombe has had more pupils pass our entrance exam than any other school.”

We are delighted that once again 2020/21 saw every sitting pupil gain a place at Independent Senior Schools of choice. Places have been offered to children at Haileybury, Queenswood, St Edmunds College, St Albans High School for Girls, Bishop’s Stortford College, and Sherrardswoods School. In addition, this year places were also offered for the prestigious state boarding school, Hockerill Anglo European under the languages and music aptitude assessments.

Our high academic standards are achieved through a diverse curriculum, specialist teaching, and a vast number of opportunities throughout the school including a significant investment in Ed Tech which sees all pupils from Year 3 given a personal HP laptop tablet for use both in class and at home. With supported platforms of Century Tech and Learning by Question allied to Seesaw learning and Teams; digital collaborative learning has never been so effective.

When entering Years 4, 5, and 6 we operate a secondary school style timetable, whereby the children are placed in sets for Maths and English. They also move away from being classroom-based and travel around the school to their lessons, preparing them for this transition at secondary school. These teaching methods enable independent and creative thinking, resulting in all-round academic excellence.

All our children are treated as individuals, encouraged to develop strength of character, and this is demonstrated not only within academic results and outcomes, but shown in their ability to adapt to change. Principle of Queenswood, Jo Cameron says:

“What is particularly impressive about the Duncombe girls is the swift and successful way that they settle into life here at Queenswood; whether that be as a boarder, flexi-boarder or day girl.”


Here at Duncombe School, we ensure all our pupils are prepared for life beyond Duncombe with an open, confident, and inquisitive mind. We take pride in our excellent level of provision which a Duncombe Education offers, all our pupils’ achievements, and being part of every child’s current and future success story.

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