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

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
Autumn Term
Staff INSET (no pupil attendance) Monday 2 September
Induction (all Lower Sixth, all First Form and new Third Form) Tuesday 3 September
Term begins Wednesday 4 September
*Prizegiving Monday 16 September
Half Term Sunday 20 October – Sunday 3 November
*Evening Carol Service Wednesday 11 December
*Term ends Thursday 12 December

2020

Spring Term
Staff INSET (no pupil attendance) Monday 6 January
Term begins Tuesday 7 January
Half term Saturday 15 February – Sunday 23 February
Term ends Tuesday 31 March
Summer Term
Term begins Monday 20 April
Half term Saturday 23 May – Sunday 31 May
Leavers’ Graduation Thursday 2 July
*Founders’ Day Saturday 4 July
Term ends Wednesday 8 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 & Notices

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

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 Inspection

ISI Reports

You can download a copy of the report on the inspection conducted in October 2014 by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), along with the School's recent Regulatory Compliance Inspection, undertaken in October 2018.

Both reports are also available from ISI on its website, www.isi.net

Exam Results 2018

A Level

A noteworthy 27% of the A Level grades achieved by St Albans School Sixth Formers this year are A* grades: this is the second highest total in the School’s history. Seventeen pupils achieved at least 3 A*s. 34 candidates (almost a quarter of our entry) gained at least 2 A*s and 80 pupils (more than 50% of our entry) gained at least 1A*. Furthermore, 88% of grades awarded were A*-B grades, a widely-recognised measure of A Level success. This year, A* and A grades account for two thirds of all grades.

Overview

CANDIDATURE 154
TOTAL ENTRIES 475
PERCENTAGE PASS RATE 100
PERCENTAGE GRADES A*, A & B 88
PERCENTAGE GRADES A* & A 66
PERCENTAGE GRADE A* 27

GCSE

The School's 2018 GCSE results once again reinforce the School’s reputation for consistently high achievement. 58% of GCSEs taken at the School were awarded A* or 9 - 8 grades: this is the second highest total in the School’s history, almost matching the 59% achieved in 2015. 82% of GCSEs taken this year were awarded A*- A or 9 - 7 grades and 95% were awarded A*-B or 9 - 6 grades.

20 students achieved at least 10 A*/9/8 grades.

Over half the year group (53%) gained at least 6 A*/9/8 grades; 45% gained at least 7 A*/9/8s; 38% gained at least 8 A*/9/8s; and 27% gained at least 9 A*/9/8s.

Overview

CANDIDATURE 131
TOTAL ENTRIES 1266
PERCENTAGE GRADES A*-C/9-4 99.4
PERCENTAGE GRADE A*-A/9-7 82
PERCENTAGE GRADE A*/9-8 58
PERCENTAGE GAINING A*-C/9-4 IN AT LEAST 5 SUBJECTS 99
PERCENTAGE GAINING 9-4 IN ENGLISH 100
PERCENTAGE GAINING A*-C/9-4 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:

Tuesday 28th August: 9.30am - 4.00pm
Wednesday 29th August: 9.30am - 4.00pm
Monday 3rd September: 9.30am - 2.30pm
Tuesday 4th 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 Gavin Horler 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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