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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org) are printed details of the School’s:
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:
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.
Please find below all information relevant to the School's Exams.
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.
|PERCENTAGE PASS RATE||100|
|PERCENTAGE GRADES A*, A & B||92|
|PERCENTAGE GRADES A* & A||70|
|PERCENTAGE GRADE A*||34|
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.
|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|
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|