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St Albans School

Abbey Gateway
St Albans

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ISC ID: 95630


Mr Jonathan Gillespie (Headmaster)

Boys - age range:

Day: 11 to 18

Girls - age range:

Day: 16 to 18


909 pupils

St Albans School case studies (47)

Impact of partnership work done in 2023 (ISC annual Census 2024)

  • 35 state schools involved
  • 1001-2000 state school pupils involved
  • 1500 staff hours given

Impact Statement

At St Albans School we have bi-weekly swimming sessions with 4 local schools and annually we provide the opportunity for approx. 360 local primary school pupils (Year 3-6) to have lessons at our pool. Since the beginning of the program, we have given the opportunity to over 2500 local pupils to learn to swim in our pool and donated over 700 hours of pool time and lifeguarding.

The following are written by teachers at some of our Partnership schools

Our school is a school for pupils with severe learning difficulties. Many pupils have multiple disabilities. This includes quadriplegia, epilepsy, autism and having sensory impairments. Some have life limiting conditions and anything we can do to enhance their experiences is welcomed. We at Woodfield truly value our partnership with St Albans school. It has been running for many years and brings a range of benefits for all involved. Some of these are bigger general advantages and other are smaller personal gains. The smaller gains can often be those that have the biggest impact on the student's well-being and educational experience. A group of St Albans students who every Friday afternoon in term time travel over to the Woodfield school site. Each student joins an identified class throughout the year. Our pupils look forward to the students arriving and love having someone they get to know to share their activities and learning with.

We have also had the amazing opportunity for our students to experience live music as performed by a selection of A-level music students and supported by their music teacher. This started off many years ago as a single yearly afternoon session. The students would come in and play their instruments and small groups from Woodfield would join them to listen and experience live music. The effect of the live music on our students is heartwarming. Recently the program has extended to a series of single afternoons across consecutive weeks. The students find out what types of music our pupils are interested in and personalize a range of highly responsive musical encounters. This has seen amazing outcomes including a pupil who has never made a sound at school before vocalizing. The sessions bring real joy to our students and enhance their quality of life. I have seen pupils work amazingly hard to move their hand to join in 'Jamming' with your students. The impact of encouragement, credibility and peers as role models can not be underestimated. One pupil who has sadly died since loved classical and gospel music. He and his family were truly touched by him being able to be part of the sessions. The students bring diversity which enriches the entire school.

Neighbouring Primary School:

Since forming a Partnership with St Albans School our Year 3 pupils have greatly benefited from weekly specialist French lessons. They have covered a variety of topics in greater detail and have worked at an increased pace. Pupils have thoroughly enjoyed these lessons, working with enthusiasm and confidence. Their speaking, listening and reading skills have improved with good progress being made.

The value of the majority of scholarship awards is in the region of 10% of the fees. Awards in excess of 20% are made only in exceptional circumstances and in no case will a scholarship award exceed 50%. The School offers Choral, Academic, Art, Music and Sport scholarships.


Academic Scholarships are awarded on the basis of performance in the Entrance Examination. No subject-specific Scholarships are available at this level, with the exception of choral scholarships, (see below).

All boys registered for entry at 11+ will be automatically considered for scholarships; a separate application is not required.


These are awarded on entry at 11+ only, on the basis of audition. Those to whom awards are made must first meet the academic criteria for entry in the 11+ entrance examination.



The Academic Scholarship examinations take place at the beginning of February over three days.

Candidates sit papers in English, Maths, Science, French, History, Geography and optional Latin.


Assessments take place towards the end of the same week as the Academic Scholarships. They are open to both internal and external candidates.


The Scholarship examination will be held in November, and consists of a Verbal Reasoning test, plus papers in two subjects of the candidate’s choosing. The optional subjects should normally be two of those the candidate intends to study at A level, or a closely related one where the intention is to take up a subject which has not been studied at GCSE. The value of the Scholarship awards is in the region of 10% and in no case exceeds 50% of the fees. Music Scholarships are also available, auditions and interviews also take place in November.



The School’s Bursaries broaden access by offering means-tested financial support with the payment of school fees to eligible families. Bursaries provide a discount of up to 100% on tuition fees. Parents who believe they might qualify for financial assistance are advised to firstly read our Bursary Policy, found on the School's website.

  • Academic scholarships
  • Art scholarships
  • Choral scholarships
  • Music scholarships
  • Sport scholarships
  • Sixth Form scholarships
  • Sibling discounts
  • Lump sum payment discounts
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils

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