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 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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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
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.
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.
|PERCENTAGE PASS RATE||100|
|PERCENTAGE GRADES A*, A & B||88|
|PERCENTAGE GRADES A* & A||66|
|PERCENTAGE GRADE A*||27|
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.
|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|
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|
Mrs Collins 01727 515146, email email@example.com
Cash, cheques (payable to Abbey Gateway Enterprises Ltd), debit cards and all major credit cards.