A Catholic School

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We are first and foremost a Catholic school, inspired by the example of St Joan of Arc who, although only young, remained true to her faith despite the many challenges presented to her.

Our Catholic ethos is more than the religious activity that takes place. Our students grow in an atmosphere permeated by the Gospel values of love, forgiveness and compassion. All are valued for who they are - pupils and staff. We aim to develop an awareness of the needs of others and the importance of service throughout the community.


Our mission is simple; 'Love Christ: Inspire Others'.

We want all members of our community, whether Catholic or not, to come to understand that they are first loved by Christ. This in turn calls us to respond in love both in worship of God and service of others in accordance with the Great Commandment:

"'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbour as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."

Matthew 22:37-40

At St Joan's pupils will have their faith formed by a wide range of prayer, liturgy and retreat experiences supported by high quality RE lessons and a range of service opportunities.


Our school is proud of its chapel and long history of full-time chaplains appointed for the pastoral and spiritual care of pupils, staff and their families. With the support of other key staff and pupils, we aim to provide the highest possible level of support for each member of our community.


As a Catholic School we believe in providing both curriculum and enrichment opportunities that encourage pupils to develop their God-given talents whether academic, technical, artistic or sporting. We believe in developing the whole person, equipping and empowering them to achieve their potential and contribute to their communities.

Follow this link to read our latest Diocesan Inspection Report


St Joan of Arc Catholic School was established in Rickmansworth in 1904 by the Daughters of Jesus, a religious order founded in Brittany in 1834. In 1904 the school opened with five pupils from which St Joan's gradually grew and became a Girls Grammar School. In 1978 the school came under the Trusteeship of the Diocese of Westminster (RCDOW) and admitted boys for the first time. In 2012 the School converted to become a Catholic Academy under the Trusteeship of the RCDOW.


All members of our community (pupils, parents, staff and their families) are considered under the care of our Chaplaincy and are encouraged to contact us if we might be of any assistance. chaplaincy@joa.herts.sch.uk.

Supporting Udayan

Since March 2004, St Joan of Arc have held many fund raising events with the aim of supporting Udayan, and of spreading awareness in the local community about the work it carries out for the children of leprosy sufferers in Calcutta, India.

In February 2005 a group of Sixth Formers from St Joan’s, along with two members of staff, travelled to Calcutta to visit Udayan and to offer their services to the home. Following the success of the first trip visit, another was made two years later. On both occasions the itineraries incorporated religious places of significance to the major Faiths in India, and the journeys which took on something of the nature of a pilgrimage were recorded on a daily basis.

Visit Udayan Website 

Please take time to read about Udayan and the fantastic work it does and all that is going on at St Joan’s for the children of Udayan.

Further information about Udayan and fundraising activities involving Friends of Udayan in the UK can be found on the Friends of Udayan website. Feel free to let others know the site is here so that they too can find out about Udayan and hopefully begin to support it.

Visit Friends of Udayan Website