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School History

Queens’ School was formed in 1969 as a result of the amalgamation of Alexandra School, founded in 1901 and Bushey Grammar School, founded in 1950.  Bushey Grammar school, originally called Watford Central School, was established in 1912.  Both schools vacated sites in Watford, Judge Street and Derby Road respectively.  In 1985, Grange Park School became part of Queens’.

The original Bushey Grammar School occupied the northwest side of the Aldenham Road and Alexandra School occupied thesoutheast side.  A pedestrian underpass connected the two schools.

Queens’ derives its name from three queens. Bushey Grammar School had a strong connection with The Queen’s College, Oxford.  Alexandra School was named after Queen Alexandra, the consort of King Edward VII.  Our Queen Elizabeth II was on the throne at the time of the amalgamation.

The house based pastoral system is inherited from Bushey Grammar School with Auden and Sutherland located on the South Side and Newton and Drake, on the North Side.

Our school was successfully awarded grant-maintained status in 1993 and became a foundation school in 1999.   In 2003, Queens’ became a Specialist Sports College and in 2007 recognised as a High Performing School.  In 2008, Queens’ achieved ScienceCollege status.  Desiring greater freedom and autonomy, Queens’ converted to an academy in 2011.