Duncombe School is the only co-educational, non-selective independent school in Hertford, Hertfordshire, educating children aged 2 to 11 years, with a 48 week wrap around provision. Our high academic standards and results are achieved through a diverse curriculum and specialist teaching, resulting in all-round academic excellence.
Our teachers nurture young minds through an inspiring and enriched educational journey. A vast number of opportunities enable our children to think for themselves whilst exploring their ideas and creativity.
In 2014 we were extremely delighted to be awarded a School Inspection Service report of “Outstanding” for our excellent provision across each of the seven categories, together with a rating of “Outstanding” in all areas for our Early Years Foundation Stage.
Duncombe School offer the most competitive Sibling Discount Scheme in Hertford and the surrounding area. In addition, our families are eligible for the scheme for all siblings in the school from Early Kindergarten. Treetops Pre-School, our Early Years setting also participates in the 15 Free Hours Early Education Entitlement Scheme. The scheme is open to 3 and 4 year olds in Kindergarten and Nursery classes.
At Duncombe every child is treated as an individual, encouraging them to develop strength of character, whilst preparing them to step out into the world with an open inquisitive mind with confidence, not arrogance.
About the school
Pre-School: Early Kindergarten and Kindergarten – 2-3 years old
Children join Treetops Pre-School from the age of 2 years. Learning is child focused, exciting and brought to life through first-hand experiences. The children’s days are packed with engaging activities and interactive lessons. What better way for a child to learn than through a Spanish song with actions or a Gruffalo cookery lesson, followed by a trip to Forest School to look for the Gingerbread Man and sit under the trees listening to stories. A young child’s mind is like a sponge, effortlessly soaking up huge amounts of information, which is why we believe enriched learning opportunities are truly beneficial. We are also proud holders of 'Millie's Mark', an endorsement for 'Inspiring Excellence in Paediatric First Aid'.
Early Years: Nursery and Reception – 3-5 years old
From your child’s very first day they will learn, not only through traditional methods and creative play but also through experiencing Foreign Languages, Forest School, Physical Education and Music Lessons. Across a weekly themed curriculum, our specialist teachers bring learning to life through their unique teaching methods. Lessons provide a foundation of understanding, helping the children to build their knowledge and character ready for Lower School. With our small classes, teachers are able to build personal relationships with each child, identifying the best way to encourage and inspire them on their educational journey. Treetops remains home for our Treetops Pre-School children, giving them a little longer in familiar surroundings before they move to the Main School building.
Lower School – 5-7 years old
The firm foundations laid within our Early Years provision continues to be built upon in Lower School with inspiring and engaging lessons across a broader curriculum, focusing on English and Maths. Children are taught in small classes by their form teacher for some subjects and supported by specialist teachers who deliver Languages, Music, Forest School and Physical Education. Our enriched curriculum is taken to the next level with children using ICT facilities such as interactive whiteboards, laptops, green screens, iPads and 3D printers to enhance learning. The children also benefit from exciting extra-curricular activities outside the classroom such as musical tuition, Speech and Drama, seasonal performances and school traditions such as The Duncombe Bake Off and House Sports.
Upper School – 7-11 years old
From Upper School the day becomes slightly longer and children move between specialist classrooms for teaching in a range of subjects. They begin taking on school responsibilities from Reception Buddies to Head of School, encouraging independence. Our diverse enriched curriculum continues, building upon the importance of developing character to become the best they can be. Preparation for the Secondary School entrance exams begins in Year 5, with examinations commencing in the Autumn term of Year 6. During the Summer term of Year 6 the children benefit from an enhanced enrichment programme involving interactive lessons including Financial Capability, Cycling Proficiency and off site trips linked to the curriculum. Our outstanding pastoral care throughout Upper School provides support to every child, so they mature into remarkable young people, gaining confidence to flourish beyond Duncombe.
Scholarships, Bursaries & Fees
Duncombe School do not have a formal scholarship scheme. For more information and questions regarding scholarships and financial assistance, please contact our Admissions Manager, Lucy Evans.
We’ve broken down our fee structure, to make it as easy as possible for you to identify your requirements.
Early Years Fees Per Term 2019/20
Sessions (EKG, KG and Nursery)
Morning Session Only (8:30am - 12:30pm inc lunch) : £565
1 Full Day (8.30am - 3.30pm): £875
2 Full Days: £1,670
3 Full Days: £2,500
4 Full Days: £3,090
Full Time ( 5 full days): £3,590
Main School Fees Per Term 2019/20
Year 1: £4,110
Year 2: £4,500
Year 3: £4,795
Year 4 - 6: £5,085
Wrap Around Club
Our Wrap Around Care enables you to tailor you needs. Please visit www.duncombe-school.co.uk/admissions-fees/fee-structure/ for further details.
For further information on our Holiday club provision and fees, please visit our main website www.duncombe-school.co.uk
We understand that choosing the perfect school can be a big decision. That’s why at Duncombe School we’re committed to making our admissions process as seamless and pain-free as possible. Not only do we offer open days and private tours throughout the year, but we actively encourage parents to come and visit us and read our parent reviews before making a decision.
Once you’ve had the chance to visit and decided that Duncombe provides the perfect environment for your child to reach their full academic potential, our admissions process is simple. Our Admissions Manager, Lucy Evans, will guide you every step of the way.
Please review our 5 step admission process on our website: https://www.duncombe-school.co.uk/admissions-fees/admissions-process/