Hertfordshire is a county in south-east England whose southern border is just 12 miles from the centre of London. From some towns in south Hertfordshire, central London is less than 20 minutes away by train. Hertfordshire is well served by London Luton Airport and London Stansted Airport, both of which are situated a few miles outside the county, while London Heathrow Airport is less than 1 hour away. The largest town in Hertfordshire is Watford, situated within the M25 motorway and has a thriving shopping centre and business parks. Other large, historic towns include St Albans, Hitchin and Hertford. Hertfordshire is a green county, with half of the county designated by the government as Green Belt. Picturesque woodland, river valleys, and open farmland make up a beautiful and varied landscape. The county has a very strong education infrastructure, through private schools, colleges and universities.
St Edmund’s College, England’s oldest Catholic school is situated in 400 acres of private parkland near the Hertfordshire town of Ware, approximately halfway between the centre of London and the historic university city of Cambridge. St Edmund’s has a long and successful tradition of welcoming students from all over the world. The College is the perfect blend of a safe rural setting within easy reach of major towns and cities. Ware is a small, attractive town just north of Hertford and was once a major centre for malting. It has many historic buildings including 18th century gazebos, The Priory founded in 1338 and St Mary's Church re-built in 1380. It was in Ware that Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed Queen in 1553. Aldenham School was founded in 1597 by Richard Platt, proprietor of the Old Swan Brewery in the Parish of Garlickhithe in the City of London and boasts a mixture of tradition coupled with a sense of history. The School is a 10 minute taxi ride from Watford in a small town of Elstree. Elstree is well known to the British film industry. Some of the world's best known films and programs were made at Elstree Studios including Star Wars and Saving Private Ryan.
Berkhamsted School is one of Britain’s leading independent schools, with over 450 years of history and tradition. The school offers single sex teaching from age 11 to 16, and co-educational teaching for boys and girls aged 3 to18. It is situated in the centre of the historic town of Berkhamsted, a prosperous community surrounded by Chiltern countryside, and within easy reach of London. Berkhamsted is an elegant town, some of it protected as a conservation area. The town is situated on the Grand Union Canal and also on the River Bulbourne which runs alongside the canal.
St Margaret’s Bushey, an independent school for 450 girls, is ideally situated for international students, being close to the M25 and M1, and only 30 minutes from Heathrow airport. Founded in 1749, the school boasts a combination of historic buildings and modern facilities on a 74 acre site easily accessible from north-west London and adjacent counties, yet situated in a peaceful rural setting on the edge of Bushley. Bushey is a residential town situated on the edge of Watford and about 2 miles from town centre. The Royal Masonic School is a distinctive and exciting school for girls located in a stunning, rural site, in the town of Rickmansworth of the south-west corner of the county. Rickmansworth is a small, charming town only 30 minutes from London. One of the oldest girls’ schools in the country, RMS was founded in 1788 by Chevalier Ruspini to educate the daughters of Freemasons. In 1978 RMS became an open, fee-paying school accepting girls from all backgrounds and all faiths, the vast majority of whom have no links with Freemasonry. Within a 10 minute walk to railway station and within a 50 minute drive of all London airports, the school offers overseas boarders all the advantages of a rural site within striking distance of the cultural wealth of the capital.
St George's VA School was founded in 1907 by the Reverend Cecil Grant as one of the country's first co-educational boarding schools and now is a voluntary aided, all-ability, Christian Foundation but non-denominational school with over 1000 pupils including 100 boarders and an academic Sixth Form of 300. St George's occupies a pleasant open site in the small town of Harpenden. Harpenden is an attractive town, surrounded by countryside but with easy access into nearby towns and also into London. Harpenden's origin is as an agricultural and farming community. Over the past 100 years the town has become an affluent, attractive and desirable place to live with many listed buildings.