St Albans School

Overview of St Albans School and 11 Plus information

Address: St Albans School, Abbey Gateway, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4HB



Boys – Yes

Girls – Sixth Form only

School Size – c. 800 – 850

St Albans School Scholarships and bursaries available – Yes

St Albans School 11 Plus Exam – English, maths and verbal reasoning


St Albans School – Overview

St Albans is an academically selective day school for boys aged 11 to 18 and girls 16 – 18. Sited in the historic centre of St Albans, opposite the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban with which it has had a long association, the school traces its foundation to the year 948, being under monastic control until the dissolution of the Abbey in 1539.  In 1553 a royal charter established it as a grammar school, since when its governance has been independent of the established Church.  The school is a secular foundation, welcoming pupils of all faiths or none and is administered by a governing body.  The school also owns playing fields and a field centre in Wales.  It aims to provide an excellent education with a broad curriculum, whereby pupils achieve the highest standard of academic success according to ability and develop their character and personality to become caring and self-disciplined adults.  The school strives to know each pupil as an individual.

Pupils travel to school from St Albans and the surrounding area of north London and Hertfordshire and come from a broad range of socio-economic backgrounds and ethnicities. The school is organised into three sections consisting of the lower school for Years 7 and 8, the middle school for Years 9 to 11 and the sixth form.   The ability of all pupils is above the national average with around half of all pupils being of well above average ability.  There is a slight wider spread of abilities in the sixth form with a quarter of pupils having well above average ability.

In recent years a new swimming pool and sports hall have been opened and the existing gymnasium rebuilt as a refectory and a modern foreign language facility. An adjacent office build has been purchased and converted into a sixth form centre, which houses art, politics, economics and classics, along with the school shop.

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