Aldenham School


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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 514 (Boys) 226 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 3 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1597

General Information

Aldenham is a small school with a big heart. Within this caring and well-disciplined community, set in over 113 acres of Hertfordshire countryside yet only 13 miles from central London, it is our aim that each pupil should be known as an individual and encouraged to develop their all-round gifts to the full. Finding the key to unlock this potential is our task; we are small enough to know each pupil well, yet large enough to offer the range of opportunities through which character can be built, and goals achieved.


There are two large multimedia DT workshops, a graphics / textiles room and a theatre, equipped to West End standards, modern Information & Communication Technology Centre. The Music department is furnished with computers, including 23 iMacs and upgraded music technology equipment including a recording studio. Individual lessons are available, including singing and there is a variety of music groups in addition to the Choir and Orchestra. The newly opened Sixth Form Centre incorporates a function room, relaxation area, Careers’ Library and Psychology classroom.

Sport forms an important part of the timetable at Aldenham. Facilities include an excellent floodlit astro turf pitch, large Sports Hall, 6 full sized football pitches located at Cookes field with 3 further pitches on top field, three 5-a-side training areas, 3 grass wickets and an artificial wicket. As well as all core sports we offer basketball, Fives and sailing.

The Learning Support department encourages able pupils with dyslexia and dyscalculia and provides specialist English lessons for overseas students (EAL).

A vast range of up to 50 Activities is available including photography, climbing, golf, skiing, CCF and squash. We run a Duke of Edinburgh scheme and also offer a number of community service activities. Our boarding school ethos, with a commitment to a full programme and boarding house system, ensures high priority is placed on pastoral care, enabling pupils to flourish and realise their academic and personal potential.

Entrance Requirements

Junior School: Informal Assessment. 11+ & 13+: Assessment tests, interview and school report.


Academic, Art, Music, Technology, Sport and All rounder

Open Days

Families are warmly invited to join us at one of our Open Mornings which are held in June and October. Alternatively, tours are available on Tuesday and Friday mornings during term time. Please email Beryl Masters at


2018/2019. Day Pupils. Prep: £4657, 11+: £5497 and 13+: £7538. Boarding. 11+: £7597 and 13+: £11,078. All per term.


ISI Inspection 2017
ISI Intermediate Boarding Inspection 2015

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr J Fowler

Contact for enquiries: Mrs Sue Mascall

Aldenham School

[t]: 01923 858122
[f]: 01923 854410

Location Description

113 acres of grounds. Within easy reach of M25 junction 19 and M1 junction 5. Just 30 minutes travel from the centre of London and Heathrow

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School News

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Aldenham marked Armistice Day with a service for the whole school community in the School Chapel when 55 national flags were placed on the Altar

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as a symbol of the internationalism of the school, along with the CCF colours. In a service which focused not only on the sacrifice of our armed forces but also the importance of peace and unity throughout the world, we were reminded of the 288 former pupils and staff who died in conflicts of the 20th century. Science teacher Mr Al Stewart read a moving poem that he had written specially for the occasion and Revd Green spoke about a past pupil who had died in WW1, within a year of leaving Aldenham aged only 18.

Wreaths were laid by the CCF followed by the Head Boy and Girl on behalf of the school community and Mr Trevor Barton, Chair of Governors, on behalf of the OAs.

At the Letchmore Heath service on Remembrance Sunday the School was significantly represented as a large number of the local community gathered in the morning sunshine like many others across the country. The School Brass Ensemble led the hymns joined by the London Show Choir and staff and pupils from Aldenham. Mr Andy Williams, Senior School Principal, along with Senior and Prep School Head Boys and Girls laid wreaths alongside religious and community leaders.

The Aldenham CCF marched from the school to the village behind the rallying sound of the bagpipes before they stood in formation by the war memorial making an important reminder of the significance of the event.

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Many congratulations to Year 10 Beevor’s student Oliver Strange who has been called up to fence for the Great Britain U17 men’s foil team. Already

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a member of the U15 England squad Oliver becomes the youngest member of the GB team and will travel to Cabries in France for his first event in early December 2017.

We wish him every success and will follow his fencing career with great interest.

Aldenham School Independent Hertfordshire New School Chaplin & Assistant School Chaplin Appointed

On Friday 15th September, The Venerable Jonathan Smith, the Archdeacon of St Albans, licensed The Revd Jos Perris as School Chaplain and The Revd Philip

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Green as Assistant School Chaplain.

Revd Jos Perris has previously been Associate Priest at St Peter’s Church in St Albans with a specific responsibility for the children and youth alongside a part time role as School Chaplain at Abbot’s Hill School in Hemel Hempstead.  Revd Perris joined the Aldenham Foundation on 1st September as School Chaplain, where she will be working across the senior school, the prep school and St Hilda’s in Bushey.

Revd Green has been acting School Chaplain (alongside his teaching commitments and his role as Designated Safeguarding Lead) over the period of the vacancy this last year. He has agreed to stay on as Assistant School Chaplain, whilst continuing his other existing teaching and safeguarding commitments.

Prior to the service, both Revd Perris and Revd Green had to swear their allegiance to the Queen and to obey the rules of the Church of England.  This was then followed by a wonderful service of celebration, where their past roles were acknowledged and the future ministries here at the school were blessed.   Mr Fowler officially presented them to Archdeacon Jonathan, who asked the school if they agreed with the appointment, who fortunately responded positively!  Their licence was then read out, given to them and their hands were then anointed the Oil of Chrism.  The Archdeacon preached about the importance of keeping rules for the benefit of others.

The service was enhanced by the magnificent singing by the pupils and staff, of two fabulous hymns. It was a joyous occasion and both Revd Perris and Revd Green are greatly looking forward to the challenges and joys of the years ahead.

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Three former Aldenham School pupils Tom Morbey, Matthew Prett and Matthew Morgan were invited to St James’ Palace to be presented with their Gold Duke

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of Edinburgh’s awards. The memorable visit with Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, and the author Bill Bryson was the culmination of 18 months of hard work and dedication. The Gold award is the highest that can be achieved and requires each participant to work through five sections – Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and Residential.

Prince Philip showed great interest in all the young people, asking Tom Morbey about his Residential week Volunteering with the National Trust. Matthew Morgan completed his Volunteering by helping an elderly neighbour with his garden, whilst Matthew Prett did fitness for his Physical section which also helped with his successful application for Sandhurst. The three award-holders did their practice Expedition in the Peak District in the Spring and their qualifying Expedition in the Yorkshire Dales in the Summer.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award continues to be popular with Aldenham students, with 49 boys and girls currently working towards their Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

Headmaster James Fowler said: “We encourage our pupils to participate in the DofE scheme as it challenges all young people to interact with the local community and develop skills which will stand them in good stead for a brighter future.”

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Aldenham’s ‘Target 2’ team beat off stiff competition to win the regional heat of the Bank of England Interest Rate Challenge and now go through

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to the area finals in March 2017. Having beaten over 300 schools this means that the Aldenham team is one of the top 48 in the country.

The group had previously attended an all-day economics conference in London and worked until 8.30pm finalising their presentation – which they had been working on over the last year. The team were delighted when the runners up were announced at the presentation at the Putteridge Bury Hotel, Luton – Watford Grammar School for Girls, followed by the winners Aldenham School!

Congratulations to everyone involved – all the hard work has paid off, and good luck at the East of England Area Championships on 1 March 2017.

Photograph: L to R: Stephen McMahon, Ahilesh Ramesh, Mr Flindall, Reshmi Patel, Tom Yardley

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Year 11 Aldenham students Zico Asare and Xavier Amaechi have been selected to represent England in the upcoming U16s International fixtures against Brazil in Rio.

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This is one of the most prestigious international fixtures for schoolboys.

Xavier and Zico play for the Arsenal and Fulham Youth Teams respectively, and have been part of the England team since last October. In 2015 they both played for England’s U15 squad against the USA at St Georges Park. They are the first boys from Aldenham to represent England in football at any age.

The boys have been part of successful school teams since joining in Year 7; winning the County Cup in Year 10 and narrowly missing out in the County Cup final when they were in Year 8. These two players hope to become professional footballers one day, and are certainly heading in the right direction.

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The Senior School assembled in the Chapel on Friday to mark Armistice Day. Members of the school community walked along the path to Chapel past

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flags from more than 50 nations represented in the school, and these flags were laid upon the altar, along with the CCF’s colours, during the opening hymn. Former Padre Simon Chapman preached at the service on the acute sense of loss felt by those who had been bereaved as a result of conflict.

The Head Boy and Head Girl read the names of the 45 OAs who had died in the First World War between 11th November 1915 and the same date a year later. This was Aldenham’s deadliest year in the war. The two minutes’ silence was observed impeccably. The congregation left the Chapel in silence as the bell tolled 288 times – once for every casualty of war amongst the Aldenham community.

On Sunday, dozens of Boarders and teachers gathered around the Green in Letchmore Heath as the school also played a large part in the Remembrance Day commemorations. The CCF were well represented and stood solemnly throughout the service. Members of the Brass Ensemble, conducted by Mr. John Rayfield, accompanied the congregational hymns, and  Reshmi  Patel played the Last Post and Reveille. Revd. Green led the intercessions and wreaths were laid by the Headmaster, Head of Prep School and Cadet Flight Officer Tom Jacobs from the CCF.

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The Aldenham Business Society was delighted to welcome as their guest speaker, Mr Andy Haldane, the Chief Economist from the Bank of England. Mr Haldane,

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voted TIME magazine Top 100 most influential people in the world, is one of the nine members who works with the Governor of the Bank to decide what the base rate of interest should be. As a result, this makes Mr Haldane one of the most important and influential people in the United Kingdom.

With those studying economics and business along with members of staff and selected members of Les Philosophes present, Mr Haldane spoke of the history of the bank and its monetary policy operations to the present day. He started by explaining how lucky the students are to be studying Economics in the current climate when the biggest opportunity to re-think the economy is right now. We are living in a time of unprecedented global economic turmoil with interest rates in the UK at their lowest for at least 5,000 years. He covered the financial crisis of 2008 and how economics and macroeconomic policy is currently in unchartered territory. The Chief Economist went on to explain that this recession will almost certainly be harder to recover from than the Great Depression of the 1930s which had hitherto been considered to be the deepest and longest-lasting economic downturn in the history of the Western industrialised world. The challenge now is to find ways of stabilising the economy. “It is a time for changing rules and changing policy too,” he said.

Speaking to an attentive audience of Sixth Form students Mr Haldane touched on the difficulties of predicting the peaks and troughs of the housing market, pensions, the next interest rate moves and the likely effects of Brexit on the economy. It must be remembered that since the mid-1940s the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has increased by 2% p.a. making each generation one third better off than the previous. He then fielded questions from an inquisitive audience for over half an hour.

It was a fascinating talk and we are immensely grateful to Mr Haldane for giving up his time to visit us. The legacy of his lecture will continue in our classrooms for many weeks to come.

Interesting note: Aldenham School had already been around for almost 100 years when the Bank of England was founded back in 1694.

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Aldenham School in Elstree has won a Good Schools Guide Award for the Best Performance by Boys taking History at an English Independent School.

Aldenham School

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has been presented with this award for out-performing all other English schools in its category. The prestigious annual awards, now in their 10th year, are based on a detailed analysis of the most recent examination results, and are designed to highlight consistently good teaching. These awards give individual teachers and departments where teaching is at its very best the recognition they deserve.

The Good Schools Guide Awards are based on a series of calculations which take into account relative popularity and performance of the subject, absolute performance, and percentage of pupils taking the subject.

Headmaster James Fowler said, “We are absolutely delighted to be acknowledged in this way for our excellence in GCSE History. This is a very proud moment for Aldenham and we are sure it will inspire and encourage all our pupils.”

The Good Schools Guide is the largest independent guide to UK schools. The guide contains over 1300 good schools across both the independent and state sectors.


Honorary Alderman of Hertfordshire, 90 year old John Usher, returned to Aldenham School on Tuesday 22nd March 2016, to reminisce on earlier visits in the

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1940s when as a member of the Aldenham Boys Club he played football, cricket and even camped in the grounds during school holidays. The Club members, who all lived in Kentish Town, were well looked after and enjoyed very happy times at the School.
The Aldenham Boys Club was set up to help young people widen their horizons, instil responsibility and provide memorable experiences. John Usher is testament to the success of this aim. As a teenager during the Second World War he played centre-half for Fulham FC. He went on to become an army officer and later a Ministry of Defence Consultant. He then spent 22 years serving as a Local and County Councillor.

In 1911 Aldenham, like many public schools, supported a Christian ‘mission‘. It was from this operation that the Aldenham Boys Club was formed in 1933 and ties with the School were strengthened in 1935 when several former pupils (Old Aldenhamians, OAs) leant their support and the Headmaster at that time, George Riding, took over the Chairmanship. The premises in Highgate Road were bought and reconstructed with money from the School and grants to provide facilities for the Boys Club.

Gradually a very strong bond between the School and the Boys Club was formed, with some joint activities being arranged. From its inception the Club activities were run by volunteers, many of whom were OAs and then former Club members came forward, prepared to put back into the club every bit as much as they had got from it. In 1985 the Aldenham Club Trust was formed, when the income generated through the sale of the Aldenham Club premises was invested. The Trustees continue to support youth projects and organisations in the Kentish Town area to this day.

An afternoon tea party was laid on for John and his family at Aldenham School, where he met the Headmaster, James Fowler, Club Trustees, and a current pupil, Zico Asare, who currently plays for Fulham FC and England Under 15s. John was given a tour of the School site and enjoyed watching the whole school cross country. He said:

“If I’d brought my trainers I would have joined in – for old time’s sake”.

It was wonderful to welcome John back and to hear about the memories he formed of the school as a young man.

Picture: 90 year old John Usher, Honorary Alderman of Hertfordshire meets 15 year old Zico Asare, both Fulham FC Players of their time.

At the beginning of the season the young footballers from Aldenham School could hardly have dared to imagine that they would secure no less than

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three County Cup wins but that is exactly what they have achieved. This week the Under 15 team joined the recent Under 12 and Under 13 winners when they beat Verulam School 3-2 to be awarded one of the most extraordinary trophies in football. The Wix shield has a proud history having been competed for every year since 1901. For most schools these three wins would be a great achievement, but for a small school like Aldenham it is most definitely a remarkable feat for the boys and all those who have coached them to success.

At the end of March the Year 8 team retained the Under 13 County Cup trophy with a 3-1 win over Kings Langley School. The following day it was the Year 7 team’s chance to win the Under 12 trophy for the second year running. Like the Year 8s they scored early to settle nerves and went onto win comprehensively, playing some outstanding football in a 5-1 win against fellow Brewers’ school, Dame Alice Owen.

Mr Grant Cornock, Master in charge of Football at Aldenham, said: “It certainly is a remarkable achievement for the boys. We were pleased to win one cup last season, but to win 3 this time has surpassed all expectations. All the credit must go to the boys for their hard work and dedication throughout the season.”

Aldenham School’s Head Boy, Subhan Iqbal, and Head Girl, Sarah Dean, proved to be excellent ambassadors for the School when they attended a Reception to mark the

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election of the Prince of Wales as a liveryman of the Brewers’ Company. The Prince was certainly keen to know that they were keeping up with their A Level revision despite a hectic set of formal duties, and showed great interest in all they are achieving at the School.

The historical links between Aldenham and the Worshipful Company of Brewers date back over 400 years. Every year pupils from Year 9 are given ‘Beer Money’ from the Master of the Brewers’ Company in the form of a commemorative silver crown at a Beer Money Ceremony at Brewers’ Hall in the City of London to symbolise this connection. According to the terms of the will of Master Brewer and founder of the School, Richard Platt, the Brewers’ Company supported pupils in money and kind. In 1597 when the School was founded, it was much safer to drink beer as the water was foul and dangerous to drink.

According to Subhan any nerves they may have had quickly disappeared as Prince Charles put them at ease straight away when he asked them about sport and music at the School. Subhan went on to say that it had been “an incredible, once in a lifetime experience and one I will never forget.” Sarah added that the 5-minute chat was quite surreal and she will always cherish the commemorative glass they were both given as a reminder of the visit.

Aldenham School was honoured to host the US Ambassador to the UK for a talk to Les Philosophes which will go down in the memory

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of all those lucky to be in attendance. Ambassador Matthew Barzun led an extremely thought-provoking session covering everything from the US-UK special relationship to US gun control laws and of course the hot topic of the 2016 US Presidential Election.

Instead of delivering a lecture, the Ambassador announced he wanted to listen to the audience’s views about certain topics. By asking targeted questions such as ‘Does America do enough to promote security in the world?’ and ‘What foreign policy issue most worries you?’ he was able to gauge the opinion of the room using polling technology that showed the results instantaneously. Using these results the discussion focused on key issues facing America and the UK in an insightful and engaging manner which the students hugely enjoyed and responded to.

Pupils invited from Years 9-13 were able to share their views about America’s issues and successes while showing a knowledge and interest in politics which hugely impressed Ambassador Barzun. The visit will no doubt be seen as one of the highlights of the school year by everyone present and will inspire those in attendance to think about the world, and America especially, in a fresh light.

The school are extremely grateful to the Ambassador and the US Embassy for all their work and no doubt the Politics Department will be referring to this session for years to come.

Headmaster James Fowler commented on the visit: “We were privileged that the Ambassador was able to join us and was so keen to hear the views of our youngsters on Anglo-US relations which he will be passing on to President Obama.”


Our link with the East African charity Ripple Africa continues with another group of students and teachers volunteering again this summer for a 3-week visit.

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The thirteen Year 12 pupils showed good spirit from the very start of the trip as they initially made their way to South Luangwa National Park in Zambia for a safari experience, giving them a chance to acclimatise and enjoy seeing some of the animals up close. The group were fortunate to witness some very special moments watching the various animals in a natural setting, including lions, elephants and leopards.
Then it was off to Malawi for two weeks of hard work, interacting with local Malawians and learning about life in one of the world’s poorest countries. Aldenham is lucky to be the only school group to be able to go and work alongside Ripple Africa, as past pupil Geoff Furber and his wife Liz, the charity’s founders, kindly extend an invitation to Aldenham pupils each year.
The students showed a great deal of sensitivity towards the local people and a genuine interest in learning about their culture and way of life as they tackled every task given to them with enthusiasm. Right from the first night when the pupils joined in with the local choir’s traditional songs and dances with such delight and willingness, it was clear that this group would truly represent the best of the Aldenham spirit.
As the days continued, the pupils put their hand to anything and everything! This included tree-tending, potting and mud brick making at Ripple Africa’s headquarters; moving heavy loads of sand and bricks at Kapanda secondary school for the building of the kitchen and toilet block for the new girls’ dormitory building; painting beautiful numbers, letters and murals on the wall of Mwaya Pre-School; Cassava farming and building ‘changu changu moto’ fuel efficient stoves in the homes of local people, to name but a few. It was certainly an active programme.
Pupils took an active role in lessons at all phases of education, from pre-school through to secondary school. Our students gained an understanding of how different schooling in Malawi is, with limited resources, equipment and large classes, usually up to or over 100 pupils!
A big Thank You goes out to the wonderful people at Ripple Africa and also to the whole Aldenham community for providing equipment to be sent out to Malawi, attending fundraising events or helping in any way.

On Thursday June 4th Aldenham School had the honour of Kevin Pietersen and Chris Gayle playing on the 1st XI Cricket Ground. The two cricketing

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legends were filming a promotional video to advertise the forthcoming Caribbean T20 Tournament. They were involved in two competitions, the first being who could hit the biggest six and the second was to see if they could hit a moving drone that was recording the action. Kevin Pietersen arrived first and strolled out to the crease. He managed a powerful 117metres, slightly into the wind. The bowling machine was set at 63mph and it was amazing to see how cleanly he could strike the ball. Chris Gayle was next to perform and after a while, with just two balls remaining Gayle managed to beat KP by just one metre. Thus the current School record for six hitting is held by Chris Gayle at 118m. Both players were less successful at hitting the drone as this is a skill that they had never come across before! With some intervention from Jack Gibbins (last year’s 1st XI Captain) eventually Chris Gayle also won that competition with a direct hit from about 10 yards! Once both players had finished their interviews and photo shoots they were happy to meet staff and boys and signed some memorabilia for the school to display in the future.

It was an incredible day and a complete honour for the School to host two such superstars and everyone in attendance had a day that they will remember for the rest of their lives.

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