The name Hertford is derived from the Anglo-Saxon heort ford, meaning deer crossing (of a watercourse). The name Hertfordshire first appears in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 1011. Deer feature prominently in many county emblems.
Hertfordshire is located immediately to the north of London and is part of the East of England Region. Much of the county is part of the London commuter belt. To the east of Hertfordshire is Essex, to the west Buckinghamshire and to the north are Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.
- 81 state secondary schools
- 407 primary schools
- 26 special schools
- 58 independent schools.
The state secondary schools are entirely comprehensive, although 7 schools in the south and southwest of the county are partially selective.
All state schools have sixth forms, and there are no sixth form colleges.
The University of Hertfordshire is a modern university based largely in Hatfield with more than 23,000 students. 4myschools and HASSH work with the University of Hertfordshire in the sponsorship of students intending to continue their studies at University.
Key towns in Hertfordshire:
These towns are distributed across 10 districts