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Nascot Wood
Junior School

The History of our School

The school was opened in April 1971 on a site which was once woodland, forming part of the Cassiobury House Estate. The monogram of the Earls of Essex (formerly owners of Cassiobury House) was found in a 19th century book, John Britton’s History and Description of Cassiobury Park and with the approval of the ninth Earl of Essex it was adopted as the school badge.  The school shares the site with Nascot Wood Infant and Nursery School with whom we have very close links. Nascot Wood Junior School is a non-denominational, all-ability, County controlled day school, taking children from the age of seven to eleven. In Hertfordshire primary schools are provided for neighbourhood areas as far as possible and in general parents are able to seek admission for their children at schools near where they live. The school normally accepts children from the area it was designed to serve, and then from further afield if places are available.

Every classroom opens out onto a tree-lined playground with vegetable planters and grassy areas as well as tarmac areas large enough for football, cricket and netball. The smaller sections are ideal for individuals, pairs and small groups to chat, read, or play little games with play equipment provided.

The school has a large playing field, and a very substantial area of mature woodlands used for outdoor learning and leisure. There is also a large outdoor heated swimming pool with separate changing rooms.

In 2011 we acquired from Hertfordshire County Council the Recital Hall of the former Watford School of Music. The main Recital Hall has been refurbished and is used during the school day by both the Nascot Wood schools for music, PE and drama as well as providing additional spaces for meetings, staff training and special events such as ‘International Day’ and concerts and performances. At other times it is available for hire by parents, community groups, private individuals and approved commercial enterprises.