• Songs for an Autumn Evening

    date posted: Thursday 20 Nov 2014
    In the latest of the School’s series of professional concerts, a programme of song with the theme ‘Love, Hope and Desperation’ was performed in the School Library. Baritone David Stout, fresh from his success with the English National Opera singing the title role in The Marriage of Figaro, was accompanied by répétiteur Susannah Wapshott on piano...
  • Last Gasp Win

    date posted: Wednesday 19 Nov 2014
    A dramatic, determined run by captain Robbie Lightowler ensured what had seemed an unlikely victory in the St Albans School Relay this week. All the schools with established cross country teams came to Woollams for this event in order to challenge St Albans on its own ground. This they did on a 3km course over both farmland and the playing fields, with Judd School taking an early lead...
  • Tempest with a Twist

    date posted: Tuesday 18 Nov 2014
    A modern Tempest was performed by drama pupils at the Abbey Theatre's Shakespeare Festival this week. Shakespeare's play was given a twist, with the adaptation opening with a place crash rather than a shipwreck...
  • Adventurer Inspires

    date posted: Monday 17 Nov 2014
    Writer, film maker, adventurer – Matt Dickinson gave an insight into all his roles when he visited School to talk to pupils studying GCSE and A Level Geography as well as the whole of the Second Form. Matt has written award-winning novels based on his adventurous exploits and is well known as a documentary film maker for the BBC, the Discovery Channel and National Geographic...
  • Giants of the Sky

    date posted: Sunday 16 Nov 2014
    The role of large transport aircraft was explained to a party of RAF cadets on a visit to RAF Brize Norton. They were shown around the site by Wing Commander Martin Lowe, an Old Albanian. As the o/c of the Engineering and Logistics wing, Wg Cdr Lowe took the group on a tour of the Hercules and C-17 hangars. The cadets were given an insight into the workings and use of this impressive aircraft...
  • International Coaches Lacrosse

    date posted: Friday 14 Nov 2014
    An international player is set to contribute to the rapid development of lacrosse as a School sport. Although the girls started from scratch last season, they achieved a lot of momentum and pulled off some impressive victories against schools whose teams have been playing together for years, such as Bedford Girls, Haberdashers Girls and St George’s. Head of Girls’ Games Vicky Sandell is delighted with the progress and is expecting to build on the successes of last season during the current one...
  • Haskell Bagged Again

    date posted: Thursday 13 Nov 2014
    The Haskell Cup stays at St Albans School for the fourth year in succession. This cross country race, hosted by RGS Guildford, involves four runners over a very challenging 2 mile course. Favourites from the start, our School’s A team led throughout. The team ran a controlled, tight race, with captain Robbie Lightowler running the fastest lap of the day, ensuring a comfortable win. The B team also did well. Tim Richards, Ben Hemsi, Tom Halling and Tom Alexander ran strongly to take the B team prize and finished 5th overall from 25 teams.
  • Football and Writing Mix

    date posted: Wednesday 12 Nov 2014
    Football, rugby and writing were all mixed for First and Second form pupils when author Tom Palmer visited the School. He told the boys that his mother encouraged him to read by tapping into his passion for sport – reading the sports pages of newspapers. It was a natural step to follow that route in his own writing and Tom’s football-based books have been a great success...
  • From Wasps to Whales

    date posted: Tuesday 11 Nov 2014
    Animals from the tiniest to the largest were objects of study for a group of fifteen U6 biologists, who were stretched and challenged by a trip to the Natural History Museum. Highlights of the day included: a talk by one of the museum’s researchers about the life cycle and various behavioural characteristics of wasps...
  • Finals Day Beckons for Runners

    date posted: Monday 10 Nov 2014
    By finishing in second place in the regional final of the English Schools Cup, our Intermediate team have qualified for the national finals for the seventh year in succession. Our region includes Essex and Middlesex as well as Hertfordshire and is recognised as the most challenging group from which to qualify. Running against 14 other teams, our younger runners put on a strong show, with Tom Fulton finishing 2nd,..
  • A Tribute to the Lads

    date posted: Friday 7 Nov 2014
    With the School's Remembrance Day service approaching, a fitting and thought provoking concert took place in the library. Dr Saunders and Mr Young combined their musical talents to perform the George Butterworth song cycle A Shropshire Lad...
  • Memorial Restored

    date posted: Thursday 6 Nov 2014
    In time for the Remembrance Service and as part of the commemoration of World War 1, the School’s War Memorial in the Upper Yard has undergone careful restoration. The expert team first used a low pressure high steam wash to remove the algae and lichens from the stone surface, as high pressure can damage old stone edgings. One of the capstones below the cross had to be removed in order to eradicate vegetation which had rooted itself in the joints. The stone was cleaned and replaced, while other damaged stonework was repaired and pointing replaced with a special mix suitable for Portland stone...
  • Honours for Sporting Trio

    date posted: Wednesday 5 Nov 2014
    A trio of the School’s sporting stars have achieved recognition by selection for higher representation. U6 former Sarena Clarke, an athlete as successful on the track as on the pitch, has been selected for the A team in the U19 County Lacrosse squad.

    From the  Third form, Sam Frost, part of the School’s ski team, has been selected to attend an ESSKIA training camp in Norway next February, while Ayo Olukotun has been selected for the Lambs U14 Rugby team, which is an Independent Schools’ England team.

    We wish all three every success.
  • Remembering the Sacrifice

    date posted: Sunday 2 Nov 2014
    A party of over sixty left St Albans for France over half term,  following in the footsteps of many young men who left for France in 1914. Arriving initially at Listenhooek cemetery, the students were able to take in the enormity and global scale of the war represented by the gravestones, before exploring the preserved trench network at Sanctuary Wood. They concluded the day at Nieuport in Belgium, where the race to the sea was ended with the flooding of the low lying lands on the coast...
  • Wild Weather Expedition

    date posted: Friday 31 Oct 2014
    October can be a challenging time to be out on the hills, but 18 Sixth formers found the Lake District fells particularly hostile as they had to cope with the tail of Hurricane Gonzalo. As the remains of this weather system swept over the British Isles, these students were undertaking their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition...
  • Victory in America

    date posted: Tuesday 21 Oct 2014
    The Cross Country teams have again impressed against international competitors, running in the annual Varsity races in Washington DC. Robbie Lightowler, no stranger to national honours, won the main Varsity race and led the team to victory against some strong competition. This year, St Albans runners also performed well in the Junior Varsity run, with Tom Fulton of the Fifth Form coming in first. Not only that, he was followed by his fellow team members in positions 2, 3 and 4, ensuring a very comfortable win for the team.
  • Classical History Revisited

    date posted: Thursday 16 Oct 2014
    The Persian Empire and the work of Classical historian Herodotus were the subjects of a fascinating talk by Dr Angus Bowie, of Queen’s College Oxford. Addressing the Hylocomian Society on Herodotus’ portrayal of the Greeks and Persians, he started by giving a very clear and concise summary of the Persian Empire and then moved on to show how Herodotus actually does not demonstrate a bias towards the Greeks...
  • Semi Final for Netball Team

    date posted: Wednesday 15 Oct 2014
    The girls scrapped hard in the District Netball Tournament, initially winning their pool before falling in the semi final. They won all their matches in the first stage of the competition, beating St George’s B team 8-6 and then St Albans High School B team 6-2. The final pool match saw the girls run riot over Loreto, finishing 17-0 victors...
  • Students Mount Art Show at City Centre Gallery

    date posted: Tuesday 14 Oct 2014
    A well attended private view opened an exhibition of students' artwork at a high street gallery this evening. The walls of the ground floor at Gallery Rouge on Chequer Street were lined with paintings, prints and multi-media works created by pupils of the school for their GCSE and A Level examinations in art, making a very impressive display...
  • Steinway Evening Shows Class

    date posted: Saturday 11 Oct 2014
    St Albans School's status as an All-Steinway School was celebrated with the annual Steinway concert, featuring the schools finest young pianists as well as some of the music department staff, playing the concert grand piano in the School hall. Ranging from Zappa to Rachmaninoff, this year’s concert was of the highest standard, demonstrating the musical leaps made by the School's pianists over the last year...
  • Top Level Hockey Skills

    date posted: Tuesday 7 Oct 2014
    Developing new skills was on the agenda when three 1st XI players attended a hockey masterclass in Nottingham. Oliver Edmond, Ben Hemsi and Tim Richards travelled to Beeston Hockey Club in Nottingham to be put through their paces by five German international players...
  • Meeting the Gold Challenges

    date posted: Monday 6 Oct 2014
    Seventeen new Lower Sixth formers faced their first challenges in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme when they travelled to the Brecon Beacons for the New Entrants’ Training Expedition. They started with detailed micronavigation in mist and drizzle, where they had to rely on their map and compass work, before practising the culinary skills of cooking on a trangia...
  • High Rankings For Hannah

    date posted: Friday 3 Oct 2014
    Ex pupil Hannah Johnson who now coaches Tae Kwon Do at the School on Wednesday afternoons has just won the National Tae Kwon Do championships, ranking her as Number 14 in the world and Number 1 in Britain. Hannah will now compete at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh this November as part of team England.
  • Cross Country Success

    date posted: Thursday 2 Oct 2014
    The cross country team opened the season by defending the King's Trophy race at King's College Wimbledon. The event is a challenging 9km course over Wimbledon Common, and always attracts a big field, this year over 150 runners finished...
  • Fifth Form Fieldwork in Wales

    date posted: Tuesday 30 Sep 2014
    53 Fifth Form Geography students successfully completed their fieldwork on the River Usk last week, and have all returned home safely from an enjoyable trip to Pen Arthur. The U16A rugby players in the group even managed to make it back to Woollams in time to defeat Hampton on Saturday afternoon! The boys were on good form throughout and Mr Payne would like to thank Messrs. Johnston, Bateman, Smithson and Wilson for their help in making the trip run so smoothly.
  • Senior Netball Debut

    date posted: Tuesday 30 Sep 2014
    The newly formed senior netball team debuted their skills in the county tournament last Saturday. The girls played some excellent netball, competing against the top netball teams in the county...
  • Stratford Inspiration

    date posted: Monday 29 Sep 2014

    A Level students from the English and Drama departments spent an exciting weekend in Stratford, expanding their understanding of Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre. On Friday afternoon they attended a very productive workshop with the assistant director and one of the actors from The While Devil, exploring  aspects of Webster's complex play and discussing the production's approach to it. This was followed in the evening with the production itself, skilfully updated to reveal the bloodthirsty corruption which drives the characters of the play...

  • Flowers and Music

    date posted: Tuesday 23 Sep 2014

    When the Abbey Flower Festival begins on Wednesday, the visual delights of the floral displays will be accompanied by the beauty of music. Many of the winners of this year’s St Albans Young Musician competition – in which St Albans School won five out of six categories – will be performing during the week. Pupils from the School who will be performing include Theo Gill of the Third Form, the Barbershop Group and the Jazz Band. Other soloists will include Sean Bracebridge and Louis Clayden, both Lower Sixth Formers.

  • Cultural Exchange

    date posted: Thursday 18 Sep 2014
    Young people from different parts of the world learned more about each other's lives when students in the Upper Sixth hosted a group of twenty-one Israeli students. They were visiting the UK as part of a five day programme organised by Israel’s Young Ambassadors School. The purpose of the visit to St Albans was to allow the Israeli students to interact with British students their own age, and so promote a sense of shared humanity between different cultures and religions...
  • 'Give Back' Says Sir Martin

    date posted: Wednesday 17 Sep 2014

    Sir Martin Smith had key messages for the students he addressed at the Prize Giving Ceremony in St Albans Abbey: Get on with what you are good at; Treat every setback as an opportunity and Give back. Sir Martin was returning to his old school to distribute prizes to the School's successful pupils, who achieved record-breaking examination results this summer. He addressed pupils and parents in a self-deprecating but inspiring speech, reflecting on time and history and the School's and pupils' place within them...

  • Young Engineer Gets A Boost

    date posted: Monday 15 Sep 2014

    Owen Pearce’s own engineering projects and handling of a rigorous interview process ensured he beat off stiff competition to land an Arkwright Scholarship, which will support him for the next two years.  Arkwright Scholarships identify, inspire and nurture future leaders in Engineering and Technical Design, selecting high calibre students in Year 11 and supporting them through A levels. Owen has been involved in the Rampaging Chariots event at School, creating an innovative ‘barrel’ design for last year’s competition...

  • On the Crest of a Wave

    date posted: Thursday 11 Sep 2014

    Three pupils have been successful in the School’s first entry into the Crest Silver Awards with engineering and science investigations. To gain the Award, students have to commit around 30 hours to a project of their own choosing in the fields of science, design and technology or ICT. The quality of their final work is assessed by an industrial or educational evaluator appointed by Crest...

  • New Sixth Join the Team

    date posted: Wednesday 10 Sep 2014
    Nearly 150 pupils joined the Lower Sixth at the beginning of term. For all of them, this was a new experience as they moved to a new phase of their educational career. For a large number it was entirely new, as they were spending their first days at a new school. That challenge was met this year with a Lower Sixth Team Building afternoon...
  • Rugby and Venice

    date posted: Tuesday 9 Sep 2014
    While pre-season rugby training has given our teams an extra competitive edge at the beginning of the season, the U16 squad is in particularly fine fettle, having returned from a successful short tour of north east Italy...
  • Cadets Help Out in Africa

    date posted: Tuesday 9 Sep 2014

    The CCF has had a busy and varied summer. A large group of cadets enjoyed adventure training while based at Pen Arthur, with activities such as climbing, canoeing and water sports. Over 40 cadets went to an even more exotic location - Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The primary purpose of the group was to engage in repair and construction work at orphanages near Mwanza which are supported by the School. Over three visits, £55,000 has been raised and spent at the orphanages, repairing buildings, constructing extra classrooms and providing much needed equipment...

  • Peak Form

    date posted: Monday 8 Sep 2014

    Duke of Edinburgh expeditioners were out in force over the summer break. No fewer than 35 Fifth formers descended on South Wales at the beginning of the holiday to undertake their Silver expedition in the Brecon Beacons. They successfully negotiated a route from the northern edge of the National Park in Trecastle to the southern border at Pontneddfechan, earning praise not only from their assessor, but also from a member of the pubic who was so impressed with one group met on the hills that she sent a congratulatory email to the School...

  • Extending Learning

    date posted: Friday 5 Sep 2014
    Two of our A Level students are returning to the Upper Sixth with the benefit of an extended learning experience this summer. Sam Machell and Jamie Wilkins were selected to take part in gifted and talented programmes of study at Villiers Park in Cambridge. The residential centre offers highly prestigious courses to expand on ideas learned at A Level and include research, seminars and presentations with other students from around the country...
  • GCSE A* Record

    date posted: Thursday 21 Aug 2014
    The School is celebrating a record number of A* grades today with 55.6% of entries being awarded the top grade (compared to a national figure of 6.7%)...
  • Outstanding A level Results

    date posted: Thursday 14 Aug 2014
    Students were celebrating excellent A level results this Thursday.

    A* grades at the Abbey Gateway continued to account for around a quarter of all grades and two thirds were at A* or A.  For the fourth year in succession and the sixth in total, more than 90% of all results were graded from A*- B grade, the most widely recognised measure of A level success.

  • Maths in Action

    date posted: Thursday 3 Jul 2014
    What’s the Point of Maths? was a question posed to Third Form students when they attended a Maths Inspiration day in London. The aim of the presentation was to justify, in a light-hearted yet though provoking way, some of the content of the GCSE syllabus by demonstrating how the techniques can be applied in real life...
  • Beautiful Numbers

    date posted: Monday 30 Jun 2014

    Fourth formers were given an insight into the breadth of mathematical applications through a carousel of activities ranging from practising a system of Chinese hand signals for communicating numbers to the concepts behind  the ubiquitous Quick Response codes. They used data from the construction of our Sports Centre to learn about the use of activity networks in the organisation of large projects and how a few simple rules can produce complex systems with seemingly organic behaviour. The methods by which information is encrypted on the internet and the mathematics of decision making were also covered...

  • Rocket Science

    date posted: Thursday 26 Jun 2014

    The STEM Club came to an explosive end with the final session of the year – the water rocket competition. During the term the boys have designed, built, tested and refined their creations. Early testing has taken place on the school orchard under low pressure although we did still manage to lose a couple of rockets in the gorse hedge. The final hurdle, to see which would travel the furthest, took place on the OAs' rugby pitch at Woollams...

  • Maths on the Beat

    date posted: Thursday 19 Jun 2014
    Mathematics was the battleground for forty teams of four students, each consisting of two from St Albans School and two from The Stephen Perse Foundation. They battled it out over maths problems for an hour in New Hall on Wednesday afternoon, armed only with pencils and paper...
  • MBE for Athletics Coach

    date posted: Tuesday 17 Jun 2014

    George Harrison, the long-serving and highly successful School cross-country and athletics coach, has been awarded the MBE in the latest Birthday Honours list. The award recognises George’s services to coaching, marking years of championing and training young athletes in Hertfordshire and London, which he will accept during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in the near future...

  • St Albans' Most Significant

    date posted: Friday 13 Jun 2014

    Head of Science Martin Guy was this week involved in the unveiling of a set of murals depicting St Albans’ most significant people, events and buildings from Roman Verulamium to present day...

  • Poetic Memoirs from South Africa

    date posted: Thursday 12 Jun 2014

    Sixth Form English students were inspired by a masterclass with South African poet Jonty Driver, who also gave a talk and reading to an evening audience in the library, sharing excerpts from three of his books...

  • First Formers Go Elizabethan

    date posted: Wednesday 11 Jun 2014
    First Formers had a taste of literary and maritime history on a visit to London. As part of the non-Pen Arthur activity week, the boys visited the Globe theatre, learning about Shakespeare, the Elizabethan playhouses and the reconstruction of the Globe. As well as touring the theatre, they were treated to a practical demonstration of Shakespearian costume...
  • Geography Winner

    date posted: Tuesday 10 Jun 2014
    Lower Sixth pupil Noah Lipschitz has been highly commended for his submission to the David W. Smith Memorial Prize 2014, a nationwide Geography essay competition run by The Royal Geographical Society. He was asked to “Examine the view that levels of inequality are increasing within cities in the Global South”...
  • Into the Middle Ages

    date posted: Friday 6 Jun 2014
    Castle fortifications of the Middle Ages were made real for First Form pupils on the annual trip to Warwick Castle. The boys leaned about the importance of Castles in defending and protecting people in medieval England and visited the Kingmaker Exhibition. This brought to life the eve of the Battle of Barnet in 1471, showing the Earl of Warwick and his knights in various stages of preparing for battle...
  • Warm Farewell

    date posted: Friday 23 May 2014
    As ever, this particular concert was marked by the relaxed good humour of all the performers and the obvious pleasure which they took in each other’s performances. The mix was eclectic, ranging from Beethoven to Michael Jackson and much that lay in between..
  • Science Awards

    date posted: Friday 16 May 2014
    Five students from St Albans School won medals at the British Biology Olympiad, with a further four commended. One of the Gold Medal winners, Eric Edmond, was further selected as one of the 16 winning finalists selected from over 5,000 participants in the competition, organised by UK Biology Competitions (UKBC) a Special Interest Group within the Society of Biology. Eric has an offer to study Medicine at Oxford University after his A Level studies...
  • International Literature Link

    date posted: Thursday 15 May 2014
    Work in English Literature took an international turn when a group of Fourth form students shared a seminar session with IGCSE pupils at Dhirubhai Ambani School in Mumbai. Both schools follow the Cambridge International Examinations’ IGCSE course, which includes the study of a collection of short stories from around the world. The two sets of students were particularly keen to discuss two of the stories, one set in India and the other in England...
  • Cadets Pass Muster

    date posted: Friday 2 May 2014

    In his reviewing speech, Brigadier GHFS Nickerson, Commander of the 49 (East) Brigade, praised the young cadets of the CCF for giving him such an enjoyable day. He commended not only their display of various skills but also their clear enjoyment of their activities, led by senior cadets. He reminded them of the importance of leadership qualities - the key, he said, was to make people enjoy doing what they don't want to do...

  • Spring Concert

    date posted: Friday 2 May 2014
    After so many performances last term in different locations, our seemingly indefatigable musicians and Director of Music, Mr Mick Stout, provided another rich and varied programme of music on this May 1st evening...
  • Student Wins BBC Eurownversion

    date posted: Tuesday 29 Apr 2014
    Third Former Will Drake featured on BBC’s The One Show on Monday evening, singing his own version of the United Kingdom’s Eurovision song entry, ‘Children of the Universe’. Producers picked just three entrants from the hundreds submitted online, with Will’s a cappella version appearing second. Filmed in four frames, the clip showed him singing the lyrics and accompanying himself with vocal beats and additions...
  • Thrill Seekers

    date posted: Friday 25 Apr 2014
    Teacups, Zodiac, Detonator, Colossus, Samurai, Saw and Stealth -  a few of the names of rides at Thorpe Park that had to be experienced and evaluated by students in the STEM Club who visited in oder to understanding the science and engineering of rollercoasters. The pupils started with an instructive and entertaining talk which included a number of different demonstrations which helped us to understand why forces are so important to study. They also looked at how the rides are monitored, so that information is constantly assessed about a train’s location, speed, heat and brake function. Meanwhile, other sensors make adjustments for wind speed and direction...
  • Mountain Exposure

    date posted: Monday 21 Apr 2014
    Sixteen Sixth Formers have just returned from very successful expedition training in Snowdonia. As part of their preparation for their Gold Award expedition, the students spent five days in north Wales, developing their skills in mountain navigation and trekking...
  • Sporting Preparation

    date posted: Wednesday 16 Apr 2014
    Pupils can look forward to a successful summer of sport following the annual Easter Tennis and Cricket camp at Millfield School. Over 40 students took advantage of the superb facilities at Millfield as they received intensive coaching in their chosen sport...


  • Singing in Spain

    date posted: Thursday 10 Apr 2014
    The School Choir enjoyed a highly successful tour of northern and central Spain over the Easter break. Arriving in Burgos, the group took in the sights of the beautiful town before singin in the first concert of the tour in Burgos Cathedral. This set the tone for the following performances, with standing room only for the audience of over 400. The choir sang with confidence in an ornate chapel and rightly deserved the standing ovation they received...
  • Students Show Business Acumen

    date posted: Friday 28 Mar 2014
    Economics students have demonstrated their sharp awareness of business by winning the regional heat of the BASE 2014 competition. The six Lower Sixth formers, Kirsty Mitchell, Adam Thorpe, Robbie Lightowler, Ed Marsh, Jacques McDermott and Dan Myers, had to play the role of financial consultants to the board of a small company. They were given a thick bundle of information about a fictional catering company and had just two hours to absorb the data, discuss it and come up with recommendations for the managing director. After much intensive work these were presented to the ‘management board’ of the company...
  • Young Musician Awards

    date posted: Monday 24 Mar 2014

    Musicians from the School enjoyed a highly successful day at the finals of the St Albans Young Musician of the Year 2014, winning five awards. This year the competition was judged by Robert Max, a finalist in the BBC competition in 1984 and now pursuing a varied career as solo cellist, conductor and chamber musician...

  • Schools' Magnificent Music

    date posted: Wednesday 19 Mar 2014
    Both soloists and massed forces were on impressive form in this year's Joint Schools' Concert. The new venue, St Saviour's Church, proved a more intimate evening than the Abbey, though there was some difficulty in fitting the combined choirs of St Albans School and St Albans High School on the stage. They produced a great sound, however, in the opening choral pieces by Brückner, Lotti and Purcell...
  • Tales Given a Twist

    date posted: Wednesday 19 Mar 2014
    Well-known tales were given a twist in the final shows by the Upper Sixth Drama students. The horror of Edgar Allen Poe and Peter Pan’s battle against evil were staged by the two groups, each taking inspiration from the source text to devise original and compelling dramas...
  • Big Bang Science

    date posted: Saturday 15 Mar 2014
    Third Formers were given an insight into the world of applied science at the Big Bang fair in Birmingham. The event is a gathering of hundreds of top STEM companies and initiatives nationwide. The School's sponsor, Selex, was also present at the event, giving information about the opportunities available within the company and the science involved. Large companies such as the NHS, Formula 1 and EDF all explained their use of science, with exciting experiments and hands-on activities for all to enjoy...
  • Rhythm and Funk

    date posted: Friday 14 Mar 2014
    The School Hall was driven by rhythm at the annual Jazz evening, as students combined with members of the band Harmless Funk in a very full and varied programme. The gauntlet was initially laid down by a slick, thumping 101 Eastbound on piano, guitar, drums and bass. This impressive quartet of Zacaroli, brothers Barnes and Levy was also at the heart of the full swinging jazz band, with its massed brass and saxophones. The full band played a trio of varied numbers, jaunty and more mellifluous, and returned later to support Jemma Attar and Caroline Maggs in two vocal numbers to finish the first half...
  • Never Static

    date posted: Wednesday 12 Mar 2014
    AS Drama students gave a thrillingly fast paced performance of Davey Anderson’s 2012 play The Static, exploring the mental world of a troubled teenager. In trouble at school and alienated from friends and family, he comes under the influence of a girl who seems to offer him the chance to harness the power of his mind. By turns funny and brutal, the performance by the L6 students was an ingenious mix of movement, physicality and dialogue, each member of the cast taking on the central role at different times...
  • Golfers Defeat Rugby in Regional Final

    date posted: Monday 10 Mar 2014
    The School’s golfers struck their way to success over exalted opposition when they beat Rugby School in the Independent Schools Gold Association Knockout tournament. It looked a tough fixture, with the Rugby players holding superior handicaps in this scratch competition. The two teams met at Buckingham Golf Club where all three of the School’s players, Louis Meadows, Will Maynard and Daniel Gott, took early leads...
  • Commonwealth Day Celebration

    date posted: Monday 10 Mar 2014
    Sixth Form pupils involved in the School's CCF took part in the City's celebration of Commonwealth Day. In a ceremony outside the town hall, pupils from schools from around St Albans gathered with the Hertfordshire ACF. The Mayor of St Albans spoke about the Commonwealth and all the children representing countries of the Commonwealth, including our 5 cadets, went forward to place a flag. Each flag in the  display  represented a different Commonwealth country.
  • Unbeaten Season for Seniors

    date posted: Sunday 9 Mar 2014
    Having been on top form all season, the Senior Cross Country team has been aiming for an unbeaten season, victorious in all competitions. The climax came at Harrow and the South East Championships. This final event of the season covers one of the most difficult courses, presenting a challenge to the squad's ambition...
  • The Science of Sports Drugs

    date posted: Friday 7 Mar 2014

    Drugs and sport are never far from the news and Dr Steve Maynard gave an insightful and engaging talk at the Stephen Hawking Lecture Society, examining the subject. His topic was “Detection of Drugs in Sport: the Science behind the Headlines”. He began by explaining that the media often exaggerate and sensationalise such stories, and encouraged his listeners to think about the facts and think for themselves, coming to their conclusions...

  • Professional Cello Concert

    date posted: Friday 28 Feb 2014
    A real treat lay in store for the audience at this evening concert performed by professional cellists Joely Koos and Tim Gill following a workshop and lunchtime performance for pupils earlier in the day.
  • Telling History

    date posted: Thursday 27 Feb 2014
    BBC producer Cameron Balbirnie  visited the History and Politics Society o give an interesting and thought provoking lecture on ‘What makes a good history documentary.’ He is a a man with authority on the subject, having been involved in the production a number of documentaries; his credits include the BBC series Vikings, Bullets Boots and Bandages: How to Really Win the War (fronted by historian Saul David, who is lecturing next term), A History of Ancient Britain, A History of Celtic Britain and What the Victorians Did for Us...
  • Diving Deep in the Pool

    date posted: Wednesday 26 Feb 2014
    The School swimming pool became a dive site this week as pupils experienced a taster session of scuba diving. The sub aqua activity is the latest offering in the range of extra-curricular options and this one extends the use of the pool. Run by diving company Rec-n-Tec, based in London Colney, the taster session introduced pupils to the basics of scuba diving, including safety procedures and management of the equipment...
  • Creative Writing Day 2014

    date posted: Friday 14 Feb 2014
    Today saw another successful 1st Form Creative Writing Day, now an annual tradition. Students dressed up in a variety of costumes, inspired by their favourite characters ranging from Skulduggery Pleasant to Harry Potter to Asterix. Yet more interesting than the costumes were the workshops themselves, led by acclaimed writers John Mole, Fred Sedgwick and Lil Chase...
  • Music Recital

    date posted: Thursday 13 Feb 2014

    In a merciful pause between deluges, parents, pupils and musicians were able to venture forth for a most enjoyable recital by the School's music examination students. Performers came from the full range of pupils, including GCSE, AS and A2 students. The recital showed the wide range of skills which they have developed at School: violin, cello, piano, trumpet, percussion, guitar and voice...

  • Development of Humanity Explored

    date posted: Friday 7 Feb 2014
    Professor Steve Jones of UCL deliberately provoked the audience at the  Stephen Hawking Lecture Society with his title,‘Evolutionism is Right and Creationism is Wrong’. However, the talk focused on the evolution of the human species, while briefly examining creation stories; it was not, as some had feared, ‘Atheism: the Lecture’...
  • Runners Win Prestigious Relay

    date posted: Thursday 6 Feb 2014

    The Cross Country team has returned victorious from one of the most important races in the calendar. The King Edward VIII really in Coventry attracts over 50 schools from across the country and its challenging course was made even more difficult by recent weather. The woodland section featured knee-deep puddles and the course throughout was extremely muddy...

  • Musicians Delight St Peters

    date posted: Wednesday 5 Feb 2014
    A group of School musicians brought relief from rain and high winds by giving a lunchtime concert at St Peter's Church. The event was very well attended and the audience was delighted by the range of music performed, ranging from Stevie Wonder to Mozart, film music to a Handel Sonata...
  • Hawking Guest of Honour at Appeal Event

    date posted: Tuesday 4 Feb 2014
    Distinguished Alumni from St Albans School gathered last night at The Science Museum in support of a multi-million pound capital appeal by the school to further enhance its Science and Performing Arts facilities, and increase the number of Bursaries offered to future generations to develop their talent...
  • Record Oxbridge Offers

    date posted: Monday 27 Jan 2014

    St Albans School has enjoyed its greatest success at Oxbridge entry for over 20 years. Nineteen students from the School have received offers, fifteen from Oxford University and four from Cambridge, where the selection procedures are heavily reliant on statistical data as part of a drive to increase the proportion of applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds…

  • Steinway Status

    date posted: Friday 24 Jan 2014
    St Albans School officially became an All-Steinway School last night, an occasion marked by a concert by pupils and staff in the prestigious Steinway Hall itself. Before the concert, Managing Director Craig Terry welcomed St Albans to the group of more than 160 schools and universities worldwide that have achieved All-Steinway status, handing over a commemorative plaque to Headmaster Andrew Grant…
  • Building for the Future

    date posted: Wednesday 22 Jan 2014
    Second Formers learned about energy efficiency in the building sector on a fascinating trip to the Building Research Establishment (BRE) in Watford. The visit was organised by the Geography Department, to enable pupils to find out more about how the environmental impact of buildings can be reduced. BRE looks to the future, researching construction materials and environmental factors and trying out innovative building designs and techniques which could be adopted by architects in the future…
  • Lacrosse Season Begins Well

    date posted: Wednesday 22 Jan 2014
    The lacrosse season has begun for the Sixth Form girls, who have showed early form. The first match of the season, against close rivals St Albans High School, brought a thrilling 5-2 victory…
  • Knole Victory After 10 Years

    date posted: Monday 13 Jan 2014
    On a new, demanding course, the School’s cross country runners won the Knole Run at Sevenoaks, finally grasping victory after a series of second and third places in recent years. Running so soon after Christmas, against a field of 350 runners from over 30 schools, the Knole always presents an enormous challenge, and as a mob race, the back-up runners make all the difference…
  • Cross Country Clubs County Championships

    date posted: Wednesday 8 Jan 2014
    Two of our teams took part in these important championships with some additional individual participators associated with the School, who were running on behalf of Shaftesbury Barnet…
  • Winter Manoeuvres

    date posted: Thursday 2 Jan 2014
    The CCF followed their usual practice at the end of the Autumn Term by sending an 80 strong contingent on a challenging Winter Camp…
  • Season Crowned by County Cup Victory

    date posted: Friday 20 Dec 2013
    The climax of the season for the 1st XV rugby squad came at the end of term on a chilly December evening on the Old Albanians pitch at Woollams. The County U18 final was to be decided in a tense encounter with a strong Haileybury team. This well attended match provided some scintillating rugby…
  • Science Opportunity for Partnership

    date posted: Wednesday 18 Dec 2013
    The School’s Partnership Scheme went beyond the schools this Christmas, as Mrs Crouch took two representatives from one of our Partnership Schools to the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures. Two boys from the Abbey School, who had been fascinated by their Science Master classes at St Albans School this term, went to a lecture entitled 'Am I a Mutant?', the second in the series 'About Life Fantastic'…
  • Festive Music

    date posted: Friday 6 Dec 2013
    The Autumn Concert featured an array of different ensembles and as we are already in the month of December, there was also more than a hint of the festive season. The brass and saxophone ensembles favoured jazz, swing and show numbers, as did the Concert Band and the String Orchestra…
  • Woollams Award

    date posted: Friday 6 Dec 2013
    The hard-working team at Woollams has an extra spring in the step today, after winning a coveted award from the Institute of Groundsmanship. Following extensive evaluation, reports and a visit to the site, the groundstaff were finalists at the ceremony at the Ricoh Stadium on 5th December. They were pitched against Hampton School for the School, College, University or Sports Club Grounds Team of the Year…
  • Hands On Rome

    date posted: Thursday 5 Dec 2013
    Second formers gained hands-on experience of Roman Britain in a visit to Verulamium Museum. Having studied Roman Britain in lessons, the boys enhanced their learning of what differences the Roman invasion made to the lives of individual Britons. The day started with an artefact handling session, where various objects were grouped on tables and pupils had to work out whether they were original or replicas and what they were used for. The tables included objects found in the dining room and kitchen, beauty products and building materials, and pupils identified Roman roof tiles, jewellery and food products. The boys learned which materials survive and how to tell if objects are authentic. They also learnt about Roman building materials and technology and how archaeologists can date objects…
  • Economics Challenge

    date posted: Friday 29 Nov 2013
    A team of Sixth Formers has won a place at the regional finals of the Target 2.0 Bank of England and Times Interest Rate Challenge. The six – Milly Garnett, David Cartwright, Tom Kelly, Alex Kirsch, Tim Lynch and Chris Wharton, all studying A level Economics – had to analyse UK and global economic data and their possible impact on inflation and the economic outlook for the UK, just as the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee does each month…
  • Cyrano On Stage

    date posted: Wednesday 27 Nov 2013
    Full of colour, action and romance, Cyrano de Bergerac has taken to the stage. Lavishly costumed and beautifully lit, the production follows the wrenching story of the long-nosed master of words and his selfless love. Joe Eatham gives a bravura central performance, but he is surrounded by many sharply-judged performances of key characters as well as slick ensemble work from the cast, who play everything from nuns to soldiers, with a few peasants in between…
  • Finals Day for Rugby Teams

    date posted: Thursday 21 Nov 2013

    Two School rugby teams have reached the County Cup finals, showing the sport’s strength through the School this year. The 1st XV have been enjoying a superb season with only one loss in their local fixtures. As the top team in the area, they have won through to the final against Haileybury, where they will attempt to be acknowledged as the best team in the county…

  • What Curiosity Tastes Like

    date posted: Thursday 21 Nov 2013
    Key science questions were tackled by Michael Stevens, the creator and host of the immensely popular YouTube channel ‘vsauce’ in the latest lecture to the Stephen Hawking Society. In an entertaining talk he covered everything from why the sky is blue to how he himself was introduced to the world of science and curiosity - it's all about asking why? …
  • Steinway Raises the Standard

    date posted: Wednesday 20 Nov 2013
    An assured array of pianists, pupils and staff took to the stage on Wednesday evening for the School’s Steinway concert. Bite-sized appetisers from William Drake, Jai Raja and Alex Binnington whetted the appetite and set the standard for what was to be an extraordinary evening of technical and musical expertise. An Arabesque by Debussy, played with great aplomb by Max Houghton, and the nimble fingered chromatics of Theo Gill’s Rondo by Dussek, sat confidently beside the expert efforts of Matthew Woodward and Anna Le Hair…
  • Haskell Heroes

    date posted: Friday 15 Nov 2013
    The School’s cross country runners dominated competition for the Haskell Cup, organised by the Royal Grammar School in Guildford. With strength in depth, coach George Harrison selected and fielded three teams in a race which featured 38 teams from twelve different schools. Most of the 150+ runners saw only the backs of St Albans running vests as the A team came 1st, the B team 3rd and the C team 5th. Congratulations particularly to Joe Brennan, Robbie Lightowler, Dan  Myers and Mark Pearce for their winning performance. Robbie missed the course record of the fastest lap by 5 seconds, but still registered the fastest lap of the day…
  • Taking Writing by Storm

    date posted: Wednesday 13 Nov 2013
    Looking lean and mean in shades, black t-shirt and black jeans, author Chris Bradford dashed in to save the library from dire emergency, hustling a startled librarian from the stage as an emergency siren sounded. This was the dramatic way his talk to First and Second formers began, demonstrating the role of the bodyguard…
  • Examining Fantasy

    date posted: Wednesday 6 Nov 2013
    A vigorous defence of fantasy and other 'fantastical fiction' was the centrepiece of a lecture to LitSoc, the School's literary society. James Bartholomeusz OA began writing while at the School, and published the first two novels of his fantasy trilogy for teenage readers, The White Fox and The Black Rose, while studying English at university. Now pursuing a Masters course in Philosophy at King's College, London, the final part, The Grey Star, is published next month. James linked modern trends in fantasy literature with a long tradition of legend and the fantastic in story telling, from Beowulf, through Dante and Shakespeare, to the magical realism of Salman Rushdie.
  • Trench Learning

    date posted: Sunday 3 Nov 2013

    Over fifty Fourth Form History students complemented their class-based study this term by travelling to visit the battlefields of the First World War. This developed their understanding of how the war developed on the Western Front and the conditions in which the soldiers fought…

  • More Than Rugby in Biarritz

    date posted: Saturday 2 Nov 2013
    The U16 rugby tourist have returned from their half term trip to Biarritz. Although the team was only able to clinch one of the three very tight games, they enjoyed an excellent tour and learnt some valuable lessons in rugby. To cap it all, the boys were complimented on their behaviour while on tour – even over the public address system of their flight! …
  • Netball Girls Pipped at the Post

    date posted: Friday 11 Oct 2013
    The School’s Netball team came to within a point of winning the District Tournament, a remarkable achievement for a group of girls who have only played together since September. We entered two teams in the Tournament, played at Roundwood Park School, which is something to be proud of in itself, as we have few girls to choose from in comparison to the large opposition schools…
  • New Headmaster Announced

    date posted: Tuesday 8 Oct 2013
    St Albans School has announced the appointment of a new headmaster from September 2014. Jonathan Gillespie, the current headmaster of Lancing College, will succeed Andrew Grant who has successfully led the School for the past 21 years.
  • Vitality in Vasks

    date posted: Wednesday 2 Oct 2013
    The acclaimed young Navarra String Quartet, led by Harpenden-born Magnus Johnston, played to two different audiences when they visited School. In front of the whole of the Lower School during the afternoon they performed three of four movements from Latvian born, Lithuanian trained composer Peteris Vask’s third quartet, before performing a full programme in an evening concert.
  • Headmaster Responds to Bus Controversy

    date posted: Friday 27 Sep 2013
    Parents who live in the St Albans area and/or read the Herts Advertiser may have gathered that the operation of the School coaches has come in for much opprobrium and attack by various local residents’ groups, aided and abetted by inflammatory reporting by that newspaper over the last three months.
  • Jumbo Mind Games

    date posted: Thursday 26 Sep 2013
    The first of the year’s five Stephen Hawking Society lectures, ‘The psychology of hypnosis without hypnotism,’ gave an exciting and interesting look into the myths and truths of hypnosis. Mr Martin S Taylor started the year with a bang, his showmanship and comedy easing the hall into a fascinating and lively place. He began the talk with the aim of stripping away myths to reveal the modern science behind the way hypnosis works.
  • Change and Endurance

    date posted: Wednesday 18 Sep 2013
    What has changed and what endures were the two threads running through the annual Prizegiving Ceremony in St Albans Abbey. Students, parents, teachers, governors and friends gathered to celebrate the past year's successes, including another round of excellent exam results. The past year has also seen an unprecedented  range of developments on the School site. In his address to his final Prizegiving, Headmaster Andrew Grant reflected on how much has changed over the twenty years of his tenure, and how much has endured. Looking to the future too, he also introduced the School's first fund raising campaign for thirty years, which aims to develop the School further and keep abreast of educational changes.
  • Latest Triumph for Lightowler

    date posted: Monday 16 Sep 2013
    Robbie Lightowler finished second in his age category in the World Aquathlon Championships, held as part of the London Festival of Sport. In his toughest event to date, Robbie competed against boys who were three years his senior, making his achievement all the more remarkable.
  • GCSE Results Strong Again

    date posted: Thursday 22 Aug 2013
    For the sixth year in succession, over 80% of the GCSEs achieved by the boys of St Albans School at the Abbey Gateway were at A* or A grade, and this, despite a national picture in which the top grades have been deliberately made harder to get.
  • A Level Results 2013

    date posted: Thursday 15 Aug 2013
    Students at the School were celebrating another highly successful year of A level results. The Headmaster congratulated the outgoing Upper Sixth on the fruits of their hard work, which saw the great majority of students meet the conditional offers for their first-choice university, including all 16 of those holding offers from Oxford or Cambridge.
  • Another Title for Robbie

    date posted: Tuesday 6 Aug 2013
    Robbie Lightowler has added another achievement to his list by winning the GB Pentathlon Biathle National Championships. He was competing against some of the country’s best age group triathletes, but he started strongly on the first 1000m run, leading a pack of half a dozen into the transition area.
  • Noah's GB Cricket Silver

    date posted: Friday 2 Aug 2013
    Noah Lipschitz has returned from Tel Aviv holding a silver medal after representing Great Britain’s U18 cricket team in the 19th Maccabi Games. The team reached the final of the competition at the end of July, playing at Hadar Josef Stadium in 38 degree heat. Noah, a player for St Albans School, Radlett and Hertfordshire, batted for two and a half hours to make the 62, the top score of the game.
  • A Winning Day with Spreadex

    date posted: Friday 19 Jul 2013
    Spreadex are a leading spread betting company and they are based in St Albans. On our trip to their office, we got hands on experience of how the company allow clients to “bet” on financial as well as sporting markets.
  • Double Edged Swords

    date posted: Monday 8 Jul 2013
    The setting of the amphitheatre was entirely appropriate for the staging of the Lower School Drama Group’s play, Troy 24. This was enhanced, mercifully, by the long overdue arrival of warm summer weather. In these balmy conditions, it was a real pleasure to witness Troy 24’s opening performance.
  • Hot Tunes and Fancy Moves

    date posted: Thursday 4 Jul 2013
    Variety, exuberance and sheer exhilaration characterized this celebration of Sixth Form (and staff) musical talent, together with some occasional fancy footwork. This two and a half hour carefully planned and executed extravaganza, ‘Songs from Stage and Screen’, provided a delighted audience with a sequence of themed works, which demonstrated the gifts and skills of so  many of our students.
  • Silver Peak Success

    date posted: Tuesday 2 Jul 2013
    Five groups of Fifth formers celebrated the end of their GCSE exams by undertaking their Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award qualifying expedition in the Peak District National Park. They were required to camp for two nights on different campsites and navigate their way for approximately 50km during the three days, carrying all their equipment with them and being completely self-sufficient. 
  • Taking Aim at the Future

    date posted: Monday 1 Jul 2013
    Following on from their ‘positive thinking’ day last year, the fourth form spent a day ‘goal-setting’ at Woollams ahead of the Morrisby test which they will take after the summer break to determine where their aptitudes lie.
  • Tudor Life

    date posted: Friday 28 Jun 2013
    Tudor history was brought to life for Second formers when they visited Hampton Court. A race around the maze was followed by a tour of the oldest part of the palace, built in 1514 by the order of an ex-abbot of St Albans, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey.
  • Space to Earth

    date posted: Wednesday 26 Jun 2013
    Large Hadron Collider was the centrepiece of students' visit to CERN in Geneva. The main object of the visit was to learn about the work carried out at the LHC and the tour included a visit to the control centre of the AMS detector as it beamed live data back to Earth from its location on the International Space Station.
  • Hard Lessons in Soft Skills

    date posted: Tuesday 25 Jun 2013
    Sixth formers had the chance to work closely with real business people and potential future employers at the Business Conference after their AS exams. The Conference aims to give our students the opportunity to develop their portfolio of ‘soft-skills’. These skills are highly sought after by employers and universities. Indeed, throughout the two days our students were frequently reminded by the business leaders that they would need more on their CVs than stellar examination results to ensure success and career progression in the future employment market.
  • Peaks, Tents and Midges

    date posted: Monday 24 Jun 2013
    Biting insects, rather than mountains and rain, proved to be the main challenge when twenty two Lower Sixth formers travelled to Snowdonia to take part in expedition and expedition training.
  • Diamond Cutting Edge

    date posted: Tuesday 18 Jun 2013
    Sixth Form physicists gained valuable insight into the technology of particle acceleration on a visit to the Diamond Synchrotron in Oxford. An opening lecture explained the physics behind the accelerator and the many experiments which are at the cutting edge of research into medicine and technology.
  • Singing Farewell

    date posted: Friday 24 May 2013
    Inclement weather did not deter concertgoers from attending and enjoying a fine evening of varied musical performances from the departing Upper Sixth students. This is always a celebratory occasion and yet a moving one as well.
  • Art for Charity

    date posted: Tuesday 21 May 2013
    Lower School pupils have engaged with the techniques of a number of modern artists – and have sold their work for charity. They were given the opportunity by art teacher Kumel Lillian, who presented them with photographs of iconic artworks by a number of renowned artists.
  • Selected for Britain

    date posted: Monday 13 May 2013
    Robbie Lightowler has been selected to represent Great Britain at the World Aquathlon Championships in London in September, following his performance in one of the three qualifying events organised by the British Triathlon Association.
  • District Cup Retained

    date posted: Friday 10 May 2013
    The St Albans School U18 football team capped a magnificent season by retaining the District Cup, overcoming a dogged Verulam School side in a 2 – 1 victory under the floodlights of St Albans FC’s Clarence Park stadium.
  • Scientific insight

    date posted: Thursday 9 May 2013
    Students visiting the Selex buildings in Luton were able to talk to many recent graduates who now work at the company and explore some of its work at the cutting edge of engineering, including battle simulation and the anechoic chamber.
  • Piano Steals the Show

    date posted: Friday 3 May 2013
    The climax of the Spring Term concert brought the audience to its feet, as Michael Neale and the School Orchestra surged through the first movement of Grieg’s Piano Concerto. This tour de force was the powerful end to a varied concert which once again demonstrated the wide talents of pupils in the School.
  • The Value of Humanities

    date posted: Friday 26 Apr 2013
    Why should we study Humanities? This was the question posed to an audience of Lower Sixth students by Professor AC Grayling. Professor Grayling began by describing a world without any interest in the Humanities – no History, no Geography, no Literature.
  • Hawking Society Celebrates

    date posted: Tuesday 23 Apr 2013
    In accordance with tradition, the Stephen Hawking Society lectures concluded this year with a high profile talk followed by a celebratory dinner. Dr Diane Aston from the Institute of Materials gave a fascinating lecture on Materials in Action, covering the four classes of materials: metals, ceramics, polymers and composites.
  • Easter Escapes

    date posted: Thursday 18 Apr 2013
    The Easter break presented opportunities for numerous activities, including Duke of Edinburgh expedition training, the annual Easter Tennis and Cricket camp to Millfield School and the ski trip to the Italian mountains.
  • Bravura Jazz

    date posted: Friday 22 Mar 2013
    A rare performance of a contemporary Concerto for Classical Guitar and Jazz Piano Trio was the highlight of a vibrant evening of jazz, combining the talents of students and professionals. Nigel Woodhouse, the School’s classical guitar teacher, played the solo part in Bolling’s concerto, backed by a trio which included percussion teacher Phil Craig.
  • Landing at Hendon

    date posted: Tuesday 12 Mar 2013
    Third form students flew a sortie to the RAF Museum at Hendon to carry out reconnaissance about the nature of air warfare as part of this term’s study of the Second World War.
  • Mauriac Mastered

    date posted: Saturday 2 Mar 2013
    Pupils from the Upper Sixth, members of the French Poetry Club, had a taste of the future during a visit to the School by world-renowned 20th century literature specialist, Professor John Flower. In the first session of a rewarding afternoon, an open Oxford-style tutorial, the pupils read essays and commentaries on the work of Nobel Laureate, François Mauriac, Le Noeud de Vipères.
  • First Form Into Space

    date posted: Friday 1 Mar 2013
    A day at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich gave First form pupils a chance to visit the home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian of the World. Students were taken on a ‘tour bus’ guide of the Universe at the Peter Harrison Planetarium.
  • Classics Prize

    date posted: Friday 1 Mar 2013
    Charlie Oliver has won First Prize in the Jowett-Sendelar Essay Competition, a national Classics essay writing competition. There were 226 entries from schools such as St Paul's, The Perse and Manchester Grammar. His essay task was to select one of the Roman emperors and one leader from the 20th or 21st centuries and discuss which of the two should be regarded as the more successful leader.
  • Writers Present and Future

    date posted: Saturday 16 Feb 2013
    The School played host to three published writers for the First Form Creative Writing Day. John Mole, Fred Sedgwick and Alex Keller were invited to hold masterclasses in an all-day event for the Year Sevens, who were all admirably dressed up as famous characters from fiction.
  • Runners Make History

    date posted: Thursday 7 Feb 2013
    St Albans School’s athletes have run into the record books again, winning the King Henry Cross Country Relay in Coventry for a 10th time. Facing stiff competition for Judd and Marling Schools, as well as the ever-improving Shrewsbury and Harrow Schools, this was no mean achievement.
  • Turning Japanese

    date posted: Thursday 7 Feb 2013
    Pupils and staff had a taste of the Far East when Chartwell’s Paul Smith visited as guest chef to help the School’s catering team to produce a stunning Japanese menu as a celebration of the new refectory.
  • St Peter's Concert

    date posted: Thursday 7 Feb 2013
    Twelve of the School’s top musicians performed in a public lunchtime concert in St Peter’s Church. Featuring singers and instrumentalists, the Music Scholars and Music Bursary winners took part in the well-established St Peter’s Concert season, which raises money for Grove House Hospice.
  • Lady Runcie Remembered

    date posted: Monday 4 Feb 2013
    Play the music not the piano… The louder you play the more relaxed you need to be… The accompaniment must be present but not there.' These are three of the paradoxes articulated by internationally renowned pianist and Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music, Joanna Mac Gregor, in a thrilling evening of teaching and playing.
  • Business Flair

    date posted: Friday 1 Feb 2013
    Lower Sixth formers juggled their business and economics knowledge to win through to the finals of the annual Institute of Chartered Accountants’ business competition, BASE 2013. The six St Albans students were competing against seven other schools, including strong teams from Bedford Boys’ and Girls’ Schools, but they made an extremely good presentation to the judges followed up by some very succinct answers to the panel’s questions.
  • Runners on Song

    date posted: Wednesday 16 Jan 2013

    The School’s runners have again been excelling in various events around Great Britain. The AAA Championship was particularly noteworthy, with individual gold medals for both Lizzie Bird and Eleanor Hunt in the women’s U20 and U17 events, while the U15 team won the team gold medal, as well as the Challenge Cup and the clubs’ trophy. Mark Pearce, running particularly well at the moment, won the silver medal in the men’s U17 category.

  • The Latest Place to Eat

    date posted: Tuesday 8 Jan 2013

    A new dining experience has just opened in St Albans – the School has opened its new refectory at the beginning of the spring term. In a continuation of the School’s Development Plan, the old gymnasium, out of use since the opening of the Sports Centre, has been converted into a modern, bright refectory which comfortably accommodates pupils and staff diners at lunchtime, as well as providing a breakfast service and snacks at break.

  • U14s Win County Cup Final

    date posted: Sunday 9 Dec 2012

    The U14 rugby team triumphed under lights in the inaugural final of the Hertfordshire School County Cup at the OA Rugby Club. Having been beaten by the opponents, Watford Grammar School, earlier in the season, St Albans had a tough match in prospect. However, early pressure from the kick-off and excellent defence saw two tries scored in the first half of the match and Watford hardly left their own half for twenty five minutes. St Albans led 14-0 at the break.

  • Honour for Coach

    date posted: Thursday 6 Dec 2012

    George Harrison, the long-standing and highly successful School Cross Country and Athletics Coach, has been awarded the accolade Coach of the Year by England Athletics. The Award recognises George’s services to coaching, marking years of bringing out the best in young athletes. In the superb setting of the John Lewis Westfield function room, with its full panoramic view of the Olympic Park...

  • Record Third Cup Victory

    date posted: Tuesday 4 Dec 2012

    The Intermediate Cross Country Team has won the English Schools Cross Country Cup for an unprecedented third time in succession. The runners defended their title on a hilly, muddy and slippery course in Bolton, against competition from all the top running schools in the country. The challenges of the course were suited to our team’s style and training and the boys dominated the race from the start.

Welcome to St Albans School

Welcome to the St Albans School website.

I hope you will gain a sense of the diversity of the school, of its culture of achievement, the enthusiasm for learning and the relish of challenge that are characteristic of life at the Abbey Gateway.

I feel privileged to lead this historic school and would like to share with you the unique friendliness of this community and the beauty of its location in a quiet tree-lined area of this ancient city. The website can give you a flavour, but we would really like you to visit us in person.

To come to one of our open mornings, to the dedicated evening for prospective Sixth Form students or for an individual guided tour, please call, or e-mail Mrs Jane Roberts, our Registrar, on 01727 515182.

I very much hope we shall have the pleasure of offering you a personal welcome.

Jonathan Gillespie


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Date Event Time Location
24/11/2014 Main School Show Dress Rehearsal, New Hall 11:00 - 18:00
25/11/2014 Herts League Swimming Gala\: Juniors, Inters \& Seniors \(H\) 16:15 - 18:30
25/11/2014 Main School Show First Performance, New Hall 19:30 - 22:00
26/11/2014 Spanish Exchange Pupils stay in St Albans until 3 December 00:00 - 00:00
26/11/2014 Hylocomian Society Electra Theatre Trip 16:35 - 21:00
26/11/2014 Main School Show Second Performance, New Hall 19:30 - 22:00
27/11/2014 Lower Sixth Mathematics in Action, Institute of Education 09:00 - 18:00
27/11/2014 Main School Show Third Performance, New Hall 19:30 - 22:00
28/11/2014 GCSE Science Live! 09:00 - 16:30
28/11/2014 Main School Show Fourth Matinee Performance, New Hall 13:30 - 16:00
29/11/2014 Rugby v Oakham\: U14A, U14B \& U14C \(A\), 2.00pm 00:00 - 00:00
29/11/2014 Rugby v Stamford\: 1st XV, 2nd XV \& 3rd XV \(H\), 2.00pm 00:00 - 00:00
29/11/2014 Rugby v Stamford\: U13A, U13B, U12A \& U12B \(H\), 11.00am 00:00 - 00:00
29/11/2014 Rugby v Stamford\: U16A, U16B, U15A, U15B \& U15C \(A\), 2.00pm 00:00 - 00:00
29/11/2014 Cross Country English Schools Final 11:00 - 16:00
29/11/2014 Main School Show Fifth Performance, New Hall 19:30 - 22:00
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