Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’

The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Butterfly Lane, Elstree, Hertfordshire WD6 3AF
London – Outer (within M25)
020 8266 1700
1400, Upper sixth 160
The Registrar

Founded in 1690 by the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers; the original buildings were opened at Hoxton in 1692. The school moved to Elstree in 1961 and, thirteen years later, the Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls moved to the adjoining site. The two now occupy fine grounds and playing fields in green-belt country covering about 104 acres. With the exception of the original building (Aldenham House) all were purpose-built. The result is a modern school with splendid facilities set in fine parkland. Academic standards are very high and examination results are excellent. A high proportion of sixth-form leavers go on to Oxbridge. It is very strong in music, drama and art. There is also much strength in sports and games. The 45 clubs and societies cater for most interests. Some extra-curricular activities are shared with the girls’ school.

Headmaster: Peter Hamilton, appointed in 2002. Educated at King Edward’s (Southampton) and Oxford University (modern languages). Previously Head Master at King Edward’s (Southampton), Housemaster and Head of Modern Languages at Westminster. Teaching staff: 102 full time, 13 part time.
GCSE/IGCSE: 175 pupils in Year 11 gaining at least grade C in an average of 10 subjects (all include English, maths, a science, a humanity and a foreign language). A-levels: 159 pupils in upper sixth, passing 3 subjects (4 if taking further maths), with an average final points score of 400.
Almost all sixth-form leavers go on to a degree course (12% after a gap year), 22% to Oxbridge. They take an extremely diverse range of courses (single and combined), of which medicine, engineering, maths, science, management, economics, law, English and humanities are most popular. Others join conservatoires or go on to study art, design or drama.
Rugby, cricket compulsory to third form; some 10 further options including cross-country, basketball, golf, shooting. RLSS, RYA exams may be taken. Water polo and badminton teams often in national finals. Also bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award; CCF; community service; annual old folks’ Christmas party; Mencap fun day; wide range of charitable activities, typically raising Σ20,000 pa. Some 45 clubs, eg Amnesty, archery, badminton, bridge, canoe, chess, debating, film, jazz, literary, photography, sailing, stamp, science.
Martin Sorrell (WPP); Peter Oppenheimer (economist); Simon Schama (historian); Michael Green (Carlton Communications Group etc); Nicholas Serota (Director Tate Gallery); Dennis Marks (Director ENO); Damon Hill (racing driver); David Baddiel (writer/comedian); Sacha Baron-Cohen (aka Ali G).