Hillside School

School in/near Borehamwood, existed between 1939 and the 2000s

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Hillside School existed between 1939 and 2000.

Hillside School
Credit: Eve Glover
Hillside School was officially opened for just one day in October 1939, due to the outbreak of World War 2. The intake of pupils was postponed until November of that year.

It was the first secondary school to open in Boreham Wood and during the Second World War was the only school in the village. The school continued education throughout the war, pupils having regular air raid drill.

Dennis Gernat was headmaster until the late 1950s and then Mr O’Keefe until the school was sold (to become Yavneh College, opened in 2006).

Main source: Eve Glover
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Hillside School
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Borehamwood is a town of approximately 30 000 residents in southern Hertfordshire, just outside London, and part of the London commuter belt.

Borehamwood, more commonly called Boreham Wood before the LCC estate was built, is part of the borough of Hertsmere. The town is often associated with the nearby village Elstree (being part of the ancient parish of Elstree), the two still share a local council, now called the Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council.

The A1 passes just to the east of the town, and the M25 passes about two miles north of it.

Since the 1920s, the town has been the location of several film studios. The former British National Studios on Clarendon Road are now the BBC’s Elstree Television Studios. One of BBC’s popular soaps, EastEnders, is produced at the BBC studios, as well as popular medical drama Holby City. ’Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’, ’Big Brother’ and major feature films are filmed at the Elstree Studios in Shenley Road.
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