Founders Day 2024

On 23rd April our annual Founders Day service was attended by the whole of Year 7 at St Mary the Virgin Church.

In 1640 Robert Dewhurst founded his free school for boys at Churchgate, Cheshunt. He handed over its management to trustees in 1642, three years before his death in 1645. The deed specified the school to “remain for ever for the benefit of poor children of the parish for the teaching of them there to read English, so that they may know God the better, and also to write and cast accounts so that they may be better able to be apprenticed to some honest trade or mystery.” St Mary’s CE High School is part of the Dewhurst Trust, and each year we attend a service of ‘thanks’ to our historical benefactor.

The service was led by Father Eugene with music performed by both Dewhurst St Mary and Holy Trinity CE Primary Schools and by our own choir the ‘Phoenix Singers’, led by Mr Crosby and Miss King.