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Elstree, Hertfordshire, England
Overview

Founded in 1597 as a traditional boarding school, Aldenham is set in over 110 acres of countryside just 13 miles from central London. Still occupying its original ancient site the school now offers a range of boarding options for girls and boys alike. Through its core values of Aspiration, Cooperation, Courage, Curiosity, Independence and Respect, the School aims to create a caring, inclusive and well-disciplined community where pupils are self-motivated and encouraged to excel.

Age range:

10 to 18

Total no. of pupils:

536 / Boys: 293 / Girls: 243

Percentage of boarders:

26%

Percentage of International pupils:

20%

Pupils in Sixth Form:

94

Average class size: Senior school:

15 / Sixth Form: 12

Sixth Form termly boarding fee:

19/20 £10,237

Top 6 sports:

Boys: Squash, Table-Tennis, Tennis, Football, Snow Sports, Hockey
Girls: Squash, Table-Tennis, Tennis, Cross-Country, Hockey, Netball

Linked prep/junior school:

Yes

Nearest major airports:

Leeds Bradford (50km), Manchester (87km)

Program

Academic

First-class teaching is at the heart of any good school, and Ackworth benefits greatly from the quality and experience of its teaching staff. It has spacious, well-equipped Science laboratories, outstanding Creative Arts and Sports facilities and a first-class library. The School is non-selective, so whilst some students achieve top grades and go on to top universities, others achieve more modest results – but which are still a huge triumph for them. All are valued equally.

Boarding

There are separate boarding houses for boys and girls, each with comprehensive care, guidance and support appropriate to the age of the pupils. Most boarders share a bedroom with one or two other students and learn to live in a tight-knit community with a wide age range and a strong international mix. Resident staff do everything they can to make boarders feel at home and are available at all times, whilst other staff including the Head and Deputy Head live on site.

Sports

Sport is an important part of life at Ackworth School and pupils of all abilities are encouraged to develop a sporting interest, whether within the timetable or as an extra-curricular activity, and there’s an extensive programme of competitive fixtures both with other schools and inter-House. The excellent facilities include 16 acres of playing fields, an all-weather Astro training pitch, tennis courts, netball courts, a sports hall, an indoor swimming pool, a gymnasium and a fitness suite.

Creative arts

The School believes that art stimulates creativity and imagination. Drama at Ackworth enables students to develop their performance skills, confidence and self-belief, and every year the houses perform around a common theme. A long musical tradition is based on enjoyment and excellence in equal measure, and the Music Centre’s 180 seat recital hall offers a fantastic venue for the diverse range of chamber groups, workshops, choirs, bands and orchestras.

Did you know?
  • Aldenham has a rich tradition of elite football, and in 1825 became the second place ever to set out rules for its code of football.
  • The Eros statue in London’s Piccadilly Circus, sculpted by former student Alfred Gilbert, is the starting point for the annual run to a mini-Eros statue in the school grounds.
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