Aldenham School, Elstree, Hertfordshire WD6 3AJ
London – Outer (within M25)
700, Upper sixth 71
£2533-£6083 (Day), £6367-£8860 (Boarding)
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The school was founded in 1597 by Richard Platt, a brewer. It occupies its original site, which has since been extended to more than 110 acres of grounds and farm land, in the Hertfordshire green belt 13 miles from London. The school has firm ties with the Worshipful Company of Brewers. The Elizabethan school was demolished in 1825. The buildings that replaced it have been upgraded and added to constantly, most recently a new classroom block, a prep school, a music school and floodlit artificial turf pitch, so as to maintain up-to-date, fully-equipped facilities in an historic framework. It is a Christian foundation and Christian ideals are evident in its structure and life but all denominations are welcome. A small school with a strong house structure for both boarders and day pupils, it enjoys a family atmosphere and has a reputation as a close-knit and supportive community. Girls have been accepted in the sixth form for over 30 years, and in the senior school from 2004; the co-educational prep school also opened in 2004. It seeks the all-round development of its pupils and sets high standards of achievement and mutual responsibility. Participation in an extensive games and activities programme is encouraged.
Headmaster: James Fowler, in post since 2006. Educated at Merchant Taylors’ (Northwood) and Oxford University (English). Previously Deputy Head at Highgate School and Head of Sixth form at Brentwood. Head of Prep School: Jason Whiskerd, in post since 2007. Educated at Llandovery and at Wales University (history). Previously Deputy Head at King’s Junior School, Chester.
GCSE: On average, 72 pupils in fifth. 51% gain at least grade C in 8+ subjects, 39% in 5-7 subjects. A-levels: 82 in upper sixth.
93% of sixth form leavers go on to a degree course (21% after a gap year). 6% take courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, 19% in science and engineering, 4% in law, 70% in humanities and social sciences, 4% in art and design. Others typically go on to art, drama or music colleges.
Music: Over 40% of pupils learn a musical instrument. Some 6 musical groups including orchestra, choir, 2 brass groups, jazz, concert band and string groups. Drama: Drama is part of curriculum. AS and A-level theatre studies may be taken. All pupils are involved in school and house/other productions. Art and design: On average, 40 take GCSE, 15 A-level. Design, pottery, graphic design, sculpture also offered. Regular successes to foundation courses and art school.
Sport: Soccer, hockey, cricket, netball, athletics, tennis compulsory. Optional: fives, squash, cross-country, badminton, basketball, swimming, judo, sailing, climbing, dance, rounders, trampolining. England representatives at cricket, football, hockey and judo; county and regional representatives in all main sports. Activities: CCF Corps (army and RAF units). Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (1-2 golds on average each year). Community service optional at age 16. Up to 15 clubs, eg art, photography, computing, motor, chess, bridge, history, law, philosophy, debating.
Pupils in fifth and sixth forms have studies, some have study bedrooms. Resident qualified nurse. Central dining room. Pupils can provide and cook some food. Very flexible boarding/weekly boarding arrangements and pupils can return home every weekend or board for part of the week.
Jack de Manio (radio broadcaster), Dale Winton (television presenter), Karren Brady (MD of Birmingham City FC).