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Nursery and Reception Class Admissions for 2019-2020

All the information regarding admissions for a Reception class place or Nursery place can be found on our Admissions page.

Please click here for a Nursery application form. Paper copies are also available from the school office.


Mental Health First Aid

How Wood Primary School is extremely proud to be the very first primary school in Hertfordshire to have completed training in Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). Nine members of the How Wood staff team were trained in MHFA during an intensive two day course led by Lucy Hine. 

The course involved learning how to spot the early signs of a mental health issue and how to follow this up with support and guidance. Promoting mental health well-being and de-stigmatising mental health was a key theme that ran throughout the two days.


Ultimately, by looking after their own mental health and well-being they will increase awareness for the children.  Lucy Hine explained, "We fit our own oxygen mask before we can help anyone else."  


Mrs Rowe, remarked, “This training will have a positive impact in school both for adults and for the children.  Raising the profile of mental health wellbeing at How Wood School can only be beneficial.”




School Gateway Online Payments

The School Gateway service enables you to make online payments to school via instant bank transfer, credit or debit card. Payments can be made via the School Gateway smartphone app or website. You will also be able to view school meal balances.


What you need to do now - Download the app: If you have a smartphone, please download School Gateway from your app store (Android and iPhone). The app shows the same information as the website, or click on the School Gateway login logo above and click on ‘New User’. You’ll receive a text message with a PIN number. Use this PIN to login to School Gateway.


Can’t activate your account? If you’re having trouble logging in, it may be because the school doesn’t have your current email and mobile phone number on record. Please call the school and we’ll update the details on our system.

We hope that you will find School Gateway to be a fast and easy way to pay for school items.



School Uniform

Our school uniform is available to purchase from Mapac schoolwear suppliers via their website.

They also provide a click and collect service from their shop in Watford. Please click on the link for details. Mapac click and collect service (319KB)


We still have some stock available in school to purchase, so please contact the school office for details of what items we have.



***How Wood School 50th Anniversary Celebrations***


What a wonderful few weeks we have had celebrating our school's 50th Anniversary.

Our celebrations began in May when we held an Anniversary ball at the Noke Hotel attended by over 130 guests including staff (past and present), governors, parents and friends of our school including some past pupils. This was a fabulous evening of fun and laughter. There was an auction of promises, a quiz, a raffle and a live band that provided great music that had everyone dancing on the dance floor.

The celebrations continued at the end of May with a “Children’s Day”. The day began with a special assembly in school where Mrs Rowe and the staff put an item into a time capsule to be opened in a decade at the school’s 60th anniversary! All the children made their own time capsules with letters from their parents/carers and other special memento’s and photographs. The children created individual items in class to put in their time capsules along with a letter from their class teacher. Mrs Rowe also wrote a special Haiku poem for each child to add to their capsule. Throughout the day, the children enjoyed a junk music workshop; face painting; a barbecue lunch; bouncy castles and a visit from the ice cream man.

Our celebrations ended with a special tea party for past and present staff and governors. We were delighted that three of our previous Head Teachers were able to attend including the very first Head Teacher, Mr Franklin, who served twenty-one years at How Wood school.

Our year two children also recently performed a Maypole dance for their parents and the whole school at a special Village afternoon which ended with the crowning of the May King and Queen. This is a wonderful annual tradition held by How Wood School that started 36 years ago. Our Year 3 teacher, Miss Nixon, performed in the very first Maypole dance at How Wood School!

Our Deputy Head, Mrs Osborne has also set the children a special “50 for 50” reading challenge. Each child has been given a game card and have to tick a box each time they have read/ listened to a piece of text including newspaper articles, comic books, fact books, poems and story books. Once all 50 boxes have been ticked the children will be presented with a special 50th Anniversary prize.


Below are a few photographs of our celebrations.



How Wood Head Teachers Mrs Rowe, Mrs Qureshi, Mrs Macpherson, Mr Franklin

How Wood Head Teachers



Children's Day

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Children's Day 8 Children's Day 4
Children's Day 5 Children's Day 6
Children's Day 7 Children's Day 7



Village Afternoon Maypole Dancing and our May King and Queen

May King and Queen Village Day




Hall picture



How Wood 50th Anniversary Ball

Thank you to everyone who came to help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary at the Noke Hotel last Friday.

It was a wonderful evening with lots of laughter, fun, dancing and catching up with some old friends, past pupils and staff. The auction and raffle made over £1,000 which will support the school with our 50th Anniversary celebrations.


As promised here are the answers to the questions from our quiz:

Trivia Questions (177KB)

Film Questions (146KB)

Guess Who (328KB)

History & Geography Questions (181KB)

Science & Literacy Questions (180KB)

Sport & Music Questions (184KB)



Recommended Reading Lists

We are often asked to recommend books that are popular with children and have a good literary content. Here are some suggestions, but we would welcome your views and any others that you think should be added to the list.

We hope you enjoy exploring these books and sharing them with us when your child has read them.

Reading List Year 3 (125KB)

Reading list Year 4 (122KB)

Reading List Year 5 (124KB)

Reading List Year 6 (132KB)