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: 524 (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

2020. Open Morning: Sat. 13th June

Families are warmly invited to join us at 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


2019/2020. Day Pupils. Prep: £4,857, 11+: £5,747 and 13+: £7,788. Boarding. 11+: £8,562 and 13+: £11,483. 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 School was well represented at the Remembrance Sunday service on the green in Letchmore Heath which was led by The Revd Robert

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Fletcher Vicar of Aldenham Church. The Headmasters from both Aldenham School and Edge Grove, Mr James Fowler and Mr Ben Evans, contributed with a reading, whilst our School Chaplain, The Revd Jos Perris, led the prayers alongside representatives from the Bhaktivedanta Manor and the local Jewish Synagogue. The music was led by the Aldenham School Brass Band conducted by Mr John Rayfield, Assistant Director of Music. On a fine Sunday morning the cadets from Aldenham and Queens’ School CCF looked splendid as they paraded alongside a lone piper.

Among the many wreaths that were laid was one from a parent who had lost her stepson in Afghanistan, the recipient of a VC medal. In previous years, the central focus of the service has been Brian Hyde Senior and his personal memories of some of those who died from the village and from the surrounding villages. Sadly he died earlier this year. His son Brian Hyde Junior continued the family tradition and named all those who had died in both wars.

We held our own Remembrance Day Service in school on Monday to honour and remember all those who had died, especially remembering the 288 OAs who had lost their lives in both World Wars. Everyone arrived walking through a tunnel of flags representing the 50 or so different countries from around the world that our pupils and staff have affiliations with. Aldenham CCF were on parade which effectively set the scene beautifully for the service that followed.

The flags were placed on the Altar, some from waring countries were placed next to each other. Our Junior Head Boy and Head Girl, Leo Goldschmied and Hannah Cushion did the Bible reading beautifully, followed by Mrs Ann Saffery who read a poem that had been written by OA Jim Cockburn (SHE 1957-61) entitled ‘Train of Peace’. Revd Philip Green then preached about the importance of Gratitude and Peace reminding us that it starts with us. The names of the dead from 1918-1919 and 1939-1940 were read out and wreaths laid. The whole school declared its commitment to peace as the CCF led everyone out to the tolling of the School bells to represent the members of the OA community who had died.

It was a very powerful service reminding us of the importance of remembering those who have died in wars and the importance for us all to be committed to peace.

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Over half-term, 34 GCSE Drama students spent an action packed week in the Big Apple. From the moment they arrived in Times Square,

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students were submerged into the glitz, glamour and realities of theatre. First visit was to the Pekoe Group, the leading Broadway advertising agency who showed ways of generating advertising concepts to sell a theatre show. Then followed visits to watch four contrasting Broadway shows which included Darren Brown’s The Secret and Moulin Rouge. In the following days they also met with casting agents and actors who shared inside industry advice and the Theatre Practitioner, Lola Cohan, to develop training. The group even got time to do what was on everybody’s mind…SHOPPING!

The final day was spent visiting the sites and monuments of New York, hopping on the Statue of Liberty Cruise and paying respects at the original sites of the Twin Towers. Going to the 9/11 Memorial Museum was a particularly moving experience for all students and staff. The room of phone calls and the photographs of those whose lives were lost will remain ingrained in everyone’s memory. It forced everyone to confront the realities of their existence and the world they want to work together to create, it was a very moving experience.

With the grand success of this trip, Drama now can’t wait to get planning their 2020 trip! Where to? Only time will tell …

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On the first night of their epic trip to Iceland the 39 GCSE Geography students were thrilled and very lucky to see the

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famous northern lights which were visible because of the perfect weather conditions. Kristian Bergene-Gray described the four days spent in this geology paradise as just ‘brilliant’. There were so many wonderful sights to see, not least the Black Sand Beach, notable because there is no land between it and the South Pole, but also the many beautiful waterfalls that Iceland has to offer. A visit to the sulphur pits, which were constantly bubbling and spewing out sulphur, was followed by a trip to the famous Blue Lagoon. This lagoon was originally the excess from a geothermal power plant but due to its wonderful skin benefits has become one of the best spas in the world.

On the final day the group embarked on the Golden Circle tour. This included Thingvellir National Park, which is where two tectonic plates are moving apart, allowing pupils to stand in both America and Europe at the same time. Pupils also witnessed the eruption of a geyser where a column of boiling water is shot into the air every 10 minutes. Finally there was a visit to the spectacular Gullfoss Waterfall, one of the only two stage waterfalls in Iceland.

Certainly a trip unlike any other!

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A select group of our science students had the chance to attend a lecture by renowned scientist, Dr Emily Grossman. Dr Grossman has a double

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first from Cambridge University and a PhD in cancer research. She is also an actress and singer. Currently working as a Science communicator she has appeared at many events at The Royal College of Physicians and The British Science Festival. She is best known as a resident science expert on ITV’s The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Discovery Channel’s How Do They Do It? and Sky1’s fact-based celebrity panel-show Duck Quacks Don’t Echo hosted by Lee Mack. You can see her at her youtube channel

The students were treated to a journey of scientific discovery about the ability of what we eat and therefore our intestinal bacteria and how this may influence our behaviour. The idea that helpful bacteria could be transplanted via faecal matter and its applications certainly allowed plenty of fruitful discussion.

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On Friday 16th November, four Sixth Form students from Aldenham  stepped into the historic Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford University, for the opening ceremony of the Oxford

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Global Model United Nations Conference alongside 700 students from across the globe. Schools ranged from the more familiar Rugby and Harrow to those from further afield including Israel, India, China and Malaysia to name but a few.

They were lucky enough to hear a truly fascinating talk from the UK’s longest serving ambassador to the UN, Sir Mark Lyall Grant, who spoke of the impact of the UN and the unique challenge faced by the USA’s recent retreat from UN activities. He answered questions on future definitions of terrorism and the Israel/Palestine conflict but announced he was pleased not be asked about Brexit.

As the opening ceremony closed and the conference was officially opened, everyone made their way to the Oxford University Examination Halls to move into committees and put all the hours spent on preparation into action. Aldenham School took their seats in: ECOFIN, the Economic and Financial Committee (Michael Li representing Vietnam and Umar Shah representing Yemen), DISEC, the Disarmament and International Security Committee (Shuj Thairu representing Vietnam) and the Historical Crisis Committee – Colombian Narcoterrorism (Nick Davis representing Victor Patino Fomeque, a policeman turned drug smuggler for the Cali Cartel)

On Saturday, committee sessions resumed and they presented papers on: Water as the New Oil; Trade Wars and Trade Pacts;  Avoiding an Arms Race in the Arctic Circle; Peace on the Korean Peninsula; How to Outmanoeuvre the Medellin Cartel in order to broker a better deal for the Cali Cartel whilst avoiding long prison sentences for themselves.

By Sunday afternoon committees had worked together – learning when to collaborate and to stand up for the needs of their individual countries – in order to come to a resolution to solve the global issues in front of them; would a UN committee focused solely on identifying bodies of clean water and routes to deliver these sources to areas of need help to alleviate the financial burden of water scarcity? Perhaps a plan to assassinate President Bush and replace him with a more drug friendly president would help to end the violence of narcoterrorism?

All four students performed outstandingly and were able to shape the direction of their committees’ resolutions, but particular congratulations must go to Nick Davis who was presented with the award for ‘Outstanding Delegate’ – the first place prize within his committee and second place over all. He was also voted as the most persuasive speaker by his peers.

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The Netball Tour to Sri Lanka was described by one of the 17 girls on the 10-day trip as “an amazing opportunity to develop knowledge,

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not only of our netball skills but of the culture of this breath-taking country. It is trips like these that make me so thankful for sports at Aldenham”.

Due to the Sri Lankan climate, matches were played in the afternoons leaving time to relax and for some sightseeing. The first two matches were wake up calls as the Sri Lankans were tall, fast and agile. Having adjusted slightly to the climate, the play was stronger in the next two matches as the girls played out of their skins and focused on all the targets they had been set.

Probably one of the highlights for most was the visit to an elephant orphanage in Pinnawala to see semi wild elephants play in the river and watch them cross the road from the orphanage to the river. A visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site the Temple of the Tooth showed how the Sri Lankan people observe their religion.

In the two matches which followed, each player showed great improvement as they worked exceptionally hard in the very hot weather. The end result was a narrow defeat for the A team and a convincing win for the B team. The last two matches in Kandy were against Mahamaya College which were both won convincingly. The final stop on the tour was to Hikkaduwa for a day of relaxing before flying home. On the way, they visited a turtle hatchery and learnt about the brilliant conservation work that this charity does to save the turtles from being sold on the black market.

The trip was a great success and the girls improved their netball immeasurably. It is without doubt a trip they remember forever.

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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.

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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.


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