Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls

Overview of Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls and 11 Plus information

Address: Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls, Aldenham Road, Elstree, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 3BT

Website: www.habsgirls.org.uk


Boys – No

Girls – Yes

School Size – c. 1170 – 1200

Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls Scholarships and bursaries available – Yes

Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls 11 Plus Exam – English skills and mathematics


Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls – Overview

The original Haberdashers’ Aske’s School was for boys, founded in 1690 by Robert Aske in Hoxton. Two centuries later, the almshouses and school buildings were demolished and Aske’s Foundation set up new brother and sister schools in 1875.  As the Girls’ School grew, it moved to Acton, and in 1974, to a new site next to the Boys’ School in Elstree in Hertfordshire.  It ceased to be a direct grant school in 1976.  Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls is one of the eleven schools of the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, which provides funding, guidance and support for governance.  The trustees of the Aske Board act as proprietors, with day-to-day governance and oversight delegated to the girls School Committee (GSC), on which many trustees sit.

The school seeks to provide a challenging, positive, stimulating and secure community in which girls enjoy working hard to fulfil their potential. It aims to enhance each girl’s sense of worth by encouraging her participation with enjoyment, whether or not she excels, and by the praise she receives for her positive contribution.  Through co-operation and team work, the school aspires to ensure that each individual is valued and develops the qualities of tolerance, understanding and service to the community.  The school’s priority is to provide every girl with the intellectual, cultural, physical, moral, personal and spiritual resources she needs to give her confidence to go forward into a changing world.

Pupils are drawn from an ethnically diverse range of families in north London, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Although some come from families speaking other languages, all are fluent in English and none requires additional language support.  Standardised tests on entry to the Senior School and to the sixth form indicate that the ability profile is generally well above the national average in Years 7 to 11 and above the national average in the sixth form.  The ability profile in the Junior School is judged to be above average.

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