Outstanding Reception & Pre-Prep in Hertford

About our Reception and Pre-Prep

We teach different topics every term, and plenty of opportunity for learning outside the classroom making use of our seven acres of beautiful grounds, including Forest School.  Our two Reception classrooms are bright and spacious with an attractive outside play area especially for our Early Years children; play and exploration are encouraged as much as creativity and learning skills.

  • Reception (4 to 5 years) & Pre-prep (5 to 8 years)
  • Small Class sizes
  • Flexible wrap around care from 7:30am to 6:30pm
  • 48 weeks provision, which includes Holiday Club
  • Accredited Forest School for all year groups – Outdoor education
  • Floodlit Astroturf pitch, with tensile all-weather roof
  • All-weather 75m athletics track
  • Exclusive access to Hartham Common Leisure centre for swimming from Year 2
  • Close links to the community, benefitting from excellent local amenities
  • 100% of pupils achieve above or well above expectation in their reading Year 2 SATs
  • The Duncombe Diploma, our unique cross curricular awards scheme for all year groups

and much more…

“As a working parent, care for my children outside school hours is a must. With Duncombe offering flexible wrap around care, in both term time and holiday time, with members of staff that my children are familiar with, is a weight off my mind. The extensive range of activities available for them to choose from is fantastic, which means they can do something different every term, should they wish.”

– Parent, Duncombe School

Academic Quality & Results

At Duncombe, we believe the best education is a well-rounded one and encourage every child to realise their full potential.  We are non-selective, and have ranked as ‘outstanding’ across seven areas in the 2014 School Inspection Report and consistently achieve excellent results in all Key Stages.


Latest SIS Inspection Report

Our latest inspection highlights:
“Resources are exceptionally good and are used highly effectively both inside and outside the classroom to create an interesting learning environment.” 

Next steps into Prep School

Our Prep School offers all of the National Curriculum subjects with a strong emphasis on English and Maths, plus specialist teachers delivering French, Spanish, Music and Physical Education. Our small classes ensure that teachers can monitor the learning needs of each child. 

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