Information

Assemblies

The School understands that it may not be appropriate for every student to attend Assemblies in the Abbey, and an alternative programme of assemblies is arranged for them on the School site. Everyone is expected to attend our Act of Remembrance in November and the Founders’ Day Service of Commemoration in July.

St Albans School encourages students to explore and understand the world in which we live. Assemblies are held every Monday and Friday morning and form an important part of our students’ educational experience.

Below is the text of our first Abbey Assembly of the academic year, which explains why St Albans School uses the Cathedral for its assemblies every Monday and Friday morning.

Assemblies

TERM DATES

2017

Autumn Term
Staff INSET (no pupil attendance) Monday 4 September
Induction (all Lower Sixth, all First Form and new Third Form) Tuesday 5 September
Term begins Wednesday 6 September
Prizegiving Monday 18 September
Half Term Sunday 15 October – Sunday 29 October
Lower Sixth Work Experience week Monday 16 October – Friday 20 October
Evening Carol Service Wednesday 13 December
Term ends Thursday 14 December at 12 noon

2018

Spring Term
Staff INSET (no pupil attendance) Friday 5 January
Term begins Monday 8 January
Half term Saturday 10 February – Sunday 18 February
Term ends Friday 23 March
Summer Term
Term Begins Monday 16 April
Half term Saturday 26 May – Sunday 3 June
Leavers’ Graduation Thursday 5 July
Founders’ Day Saturday 7 July
Term ends Wednesday 11 July
Autumn Term
Staff INSET (no pupil attendance) Monday 3 September
Induction (all Lower Sixth, all First Form and new Third Form) Tuesday 4 September
Term begins Wednesday 5 September
*Prizegiving Monday 17 September
Half Term Sunday 21 October – Sunday 4 November
Lower Sixth Work Experience week Monday 22 October – Friday 26 October
*Evening Carol Service Wednesday 12 December
*Term ends Thursday 13 December at 12 noon

2019

Spring Term
Staff INSET (no pupil attendance) Monday 7 January
Term begins Tuesday 8 January
Half term Saturday 16 February – Sunday 24 February
Term ends Wednesday 3 April
Summer Term
Term begins Tuesday 23 April
Half term Saturday 25 May – Sunday 2 June
Leavers’ Graduation Thursday 4 July
*Founders’ Day Saturday 6 July
*Term ends Wednesday 10 July

* Provisional dates only

Transport

We take pride in ensuring our school buses run smoothly, punctually and above all, safely. Click below on our bus route information and insurance policy to find out more.

Policies

Policies

A number of the School’s policies can be found at the bottom of this section. In accordance with the Regulatory Requirements of Independent Schools the School’s Child Protection (Safeguarding) Policy is available here. Also available, on request from the Second Master (via hm@st-albans-school.org.uk) are printed details of the School’s:

  • Policy on and arrangements for admissions;
  • Academic performance during the preceding school year, including the results of public examinations;
  • Educational and welfare provisions for pupils with statements and pupils for whom English is an additional language;
  • A copy of the report of any inspections of the School;
  • Policy to promote good behaviour and set out sanctions (including misbehaviour and exclusions);
  • Anti-bullying strategy, health and safety policy and first aid policy;
  • Complaints procedure, and the number of complaints registered under the formal procedure during the preceding school year;
  • Curriculum policy.

Vacancies

St Albans School is dedicated to recruiting the best people in our teaching and non-teaching roles, to support our growth and development.

The School’s culture and environment is supportive, flexible and sociable, underpinned by the School’s motto and values. There are many benefits that the School offers new members of staff, including:

  • Free School lunches
  • Free onsite parking
  • Subsidised gym membership
  • Staff discount at a number of local restaurants and cafes in St Albans

Careers

ISI Report

It is a great pleasure to share a copy of the report on the inspection conducted in October 2014 by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). This report is also available from ISI on its website, www.isi.net

The ISI inspection model does not give an overall grading for the School (and therefore differs from inspections conducted by Ofsted of, for example, maintained sector schools); rather it makes judgements on a four-point scale (excellent, good, sound, unsatisfactory) on eight aspects of the School’s work. However, in one area, achievement, the judgement ‘exceptional’ may be made where inspection evidence indicates performance in the upper reaches of the ‘excellent’ category.

We are delighted that the quality of our pupils’ achievements and learning has been rated as ‘exceptional’. We are also very pleased to have received the top grade (‘excellent’) for curricular and extra-curricular provision; contribution of teaching; spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils; pastoral care; and welfare, health and safety.

The high response rate to, as well as the generally very positive feedback given in, the parental questionnaires made a strong impression on the inspection team. My grateful thanks go to all parents who went to the trouble of completing the questionnaire at short notice. The conduct and engagement of our pupils as they were observed by inspectors in lessons, in interviews with them and as they went about their daily routine also received much favourable comment during the inspection as well as in the report.

ISI Inspection

Exam Results 2017

A Level

St Albans School Sixth Formers have achieved a record 34% of A* grades in this year’s results, beating the previous best of 25% in 2015. Nine pupils achieved 4 A*s and twenty-two pupils achieved at least 3 A*s. Forty-four candidates (32% of our entry) gained at least 2 A*s and seventy-one pupils (52% of our entry) gained at least 1A*. Furthermore, 92% achieved A*-B grades, the most widely-recognised measure of A Level success. This year, A* and A grades account for 70% of all grades.

Overview

CANDIDATURE 137
TOTAL ENTRIES 436
PERCENTAGE PASS RATE 100
PERCENTAGE GRADES A*, A & B 92
PERCENTAGE GRADES A* & A 70
PERCENTAGE GRADE A* 34

GCSE

56% of GCSEs taken at St Albans School were awarded an A* grade and 84% were awarded an A* or A grade in 2017. Overall, 97% of GCSEs taken were awarded an A*-B grade. Over half the year group (53%) gained at least 6 A* grades; just under a half (47%) gained at least 7 A*s; more than one third (35%) gained at least 8 A*s; and one quarter (25%) gained at least 9 A*s.

Overview

CANDIDATURE 133
TOTAL ENTRIES 1329
PERCENTAGE GRADES A* TO C (including 9-4 in English Literature) 99.8
PERCENTAGE GRADE A* and A (including 9-7 English Literature) 84
PERCENTAGE GRADE A* (including 9-8 in English Literature) 56
PERCENTAGE GAINING A* TO C (IN AT LEAST 5 SUBJECTS) 100
PERCENTAGE GAINING A* TO C IN ENGLISH 99
PERCENTAGE GAINING A* TO C IN MATHEMATICS 100

Uniform Shop

The School shop, Abbey Gateway Enterprises Ltd is situated in Aquis Court. It is open during term time as follows:

Monday 1.00pm – 2.00pm
Tuesday 11.00am – 11.20am & 1.00pm – 2.00pm
Wednesday 1.00pm – 2.00pm
Thursday 11.00am – 11.20am & 1.00pm – 2.00pm
Friday 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Prior to the new term commencing, the School uniform shop will be open at the following times:

Thursday 24th August: 9.30am - 4.00pm
Friday 25th August: 9.30am - 4.00pm
Tuesday 29th August: 9.30am - 2.30pm
Tuesday 5th September: 9.30am - 2.30pm

THE SCHOOL SHOP CONTACT DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Mrs Collins 01727 515146, email ljcollins@st-albans.herts.sch.uk

WE ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING METHODS OF PAYMENT:

Cash, cheques (payable to Abbey Gateway Enterprises Ltd), debit cards and all major credit cards.

CATERING

Our Catering Manager, Kirstie Brimm, Head Chef Chris Smith and the team of dedicated catering staff strive to provide a range of appetising and healthy options to pupils every day.

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