A very warm welcome

PHC was founded in 1820 by Princess Augusta and Mrs Sophia Williams, and has had the privilege of Royal Patronage since 1838 when Queen Victoria became our Patron. The school, set in 100 acres of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, combines academic excellence with a wide range of Co-curricular opportunities and outstanding individual attention. 

We will celebrate our 200th year in 2020, and to mark this bicentenary we will be opening our doors to boys from September 2019, so that both boys and girs can enjoy and benefit from being educated here.

At PHC we all believe, genuinely and unequivocally, in the capacity and potential of every child. We have a deeply rooted belief that all students can make exceptional progress when inspired by passionate teaching. We pride ourselves on kindness and respect and being an environment where everybody contributes positively to our community, making PHC a safe and happy place in which to work, learn, and grow.

We have a healthy tradition of nurturing academic excellence and ambition, reflected in our public examination results. Our pupils are inquisitive and aspirational but not selfish about success. They are as keen to acknowledge individual excellence which has grown out of collective team effort as well as that which shines from individual talent and skill.

Our ethos is one that encourages all our pupils to make the most of all the wonderful opportunities here, both in and out of the classroom, so that they can grow and thrive within our supportive and caring pastoral framework. We aim to foster talent in all its forms and to open doors to enquiry and discovery. Independent mindedness, creativity and academic excellence sit alongside a school community that seeks to respect and value all its members.

The wide range of sporting, musical, cultural and other fun activities will inspire and motivate. For those who choose to board, a sense of belonging and lifelong friendships awaits.

All our students are encouraged and inspired to be the best that they can be and all are nurtured along the pathway to leading happy, fulfilled and successful lives at school and beyond.

There is so much more that I could tell you about our school – its ethos, traditions and values as well as the wonderfully engaging people who make it the very special place that it is today – but it is far better, of course, for you to see and feel this for yourselves at first hand. Whilst I hope that you will enjoy browsing the pages of our website and gaining insights into life at PHC, we would be delighted to show your round in person; so that you can see for yourself why generations of families have chosen our school.

Mrs Lynda Corry
Interim Head