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Welcome to the York House Centenary Page

York House School was founded in September 1910 by Rev. Cambridge Victor Hawkins at 98 Broadhurst Gardens in Hampstead. There were a number of ‘moves’ within the Hampstead area until 1938 when the threat of war meant that it was considered ‘unsafe’ to remain in the London area. After giving up the idea of evacuating to the Wiltshire area because the costs would be too great, the school was transferred to ‘Cremore’ at 10 Cedars Avenue, Rickmansworth, just 17 miles from ‘dangerous London’! Interestingly enough, a bomb “thrown overboard by a bomber fleeing London” fell on a house at the end of this road, fortunately with no injuries! 

In 1942 Meadow Way School was acquired and York House had a dual site for a short time until September 1943 when the school moved into Money Hill House where it remained until 1966 when the Redheath site was purchased for £45,000 from Lord Poole. And here we are today, in this beautiful site which has been thoughtfully developed over the years yet still retaining the magnificent tree-lined driveway up to the gracious building which we all know so affectionately as York House School.

(This historical information is taken from “A History of Redheath and York House School” by Patrick Moore, a former Headmaster of York House School)

A centenary is a milestone in the life of any institution and in choosing to celebrate the 100  years of York House School we are paying tribute to all those, past and present, who have worked so tirelessly, and who continue to work, to preserve the values set down by Reverend Hawkins all those years ago.


We marked the start of the Centenary year with Old Yorkists’ Reunion Day, which proved to be a popular and enjoyable event. We welcomed in excess of 200 Old Yorkists and their families back to school with a Reception and Buffet Lunch, as well as the chance for an informal wander around the school. The display of archive items in the Dining Hall proved to be extremely popular, and enabled our old boys to stroll down memory lane whilst catching up with old friends.

Photographs of the day's events now appear on the gallery page.


Please follow the link on the right to the article about our beautiful service at the Merchant Taylors School Great Hall.

CENTENARY SUMMER BALL ~  Saturday 18th June 2011

Our glamorous Centenary Ball was held this summer in a marquee in the school grounds and raised in excess of £11000 for our chosen charities. Mnay thanks to all who organised and contributed to this glittering evening.