The Collett School

1964 - 2014

50th Anniversary Celebrations

The Collett School is a purpose-built special school which opened in 1964, and we are looking forward to celebrating our 50th Anniversary on 14th October 2014.

We are unique in Hertfordshire, being the only special school to have both primary and secondary pupils. We currently have 120 pupils between the ages of 4 and 16, each having complex needs.

Alumni Association

Did you or a member of your family attend The Collett School? We would love to hear from you!

We still have our original registers, and over the next few months, we are aiming to contact past pupils, staff and others connected with the school. We would like to collect memories of the school, and to create an oral and written social history of our pupils’ experiences. 

Most importantly, we need to invite you to the party! 

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  • I went to collett school from 1988 to 1996
    I remember mr Patterson,Mrs hall,Mrs Doyle,Mr Golding he and Mr caffery he was a brilliant headmaster.

    By Miss Vanessa Potter (18/05/2018)
  • i loved going to school .  best time ever . teachers were down to earth .  mr golding loved him mr paterson he was cool . mr mc caffrey . he was a cool head master. he was,nt like other head masters . i remember going into hes office and he would have a class of wisky on hes table and he would walk around the school with a fag . who els remembers that lol .   mrs flock hart she was a nice teacher .lol she was about 60 somethink . but was always smartly drest . high heals short skirts nice fitted tops . and her hair was died a rusty red . spoke very softly lol .   then you have mr reverly  dep hed  he was cool . he helped us with computers and he always let me in the big grean house . potting plants ectra . yes i could go on but im not going to ide be here all day lol . collett was a grait school .

    By sarah deacon /was johnson (10/09/2014)
  • Thank you for sharing these lovely memories. As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations we will be collecting all these stories and more. We would love to hear all of the details of your memories of the school. We will also be having a number of events where you will be able to share your story. To hear more about the project please contact the school on

    By Lucy Rose (02/06/2014)
  • I attended the school. Left in 1989. Had some great times lovely teachers. Mr patterson went away to wales.was in mrs pattersons class. Rember having classes in lockers. Michelle patterson 27/3/2014

    By michelle patterson (27/03/2014)
  • I went to the collett school from 1982/3 till 1992 if it wasn’t for the school I would not be here today so many good times. Amanda dormer

    By amanda dormer (25/03/2014)
  • I attended The Collett School from Easter 1986 – Summer 1997. My teachers were as follows: Class 1 Mrs. Beerman Class 2 Mrs. Spink Class 3 Mrs. Flockhart Class 4 Mr. Philips, who was replaced by Mrs. Spink Class 5 Miss Hall Class 6 Mrs. Morgan Class 8 Mr. Patterson Class 9 Mrs. Hobbs Mrs. Milne was the cookery teacher, Mr. Coverdale was CDT teacher, Mr Reverley was IT teacher/deputy head and Mr. Golding was the PE teacher. The headmaster was Mr. McCaffery who was so adorable, caring, fair, friendly, nice and polite. He was a wonderful gentleman.

    By Peter Skuce (06/03/2014)
  • I was at The Collett School from 1974/75 to Dec 1978. Got as far as Class 5 before moved to another school. I remember Mrs Hassey in Class 1, Mrs Golding in Class 2 along with Mr Golding who was PE Teacher, Mrs Doyle in Class 4 and Mr Adams I think in Class 5. Others include Mr Reverley, Mr Maire(cookery).

    By Peter Churchill (08/12/2013)