St Albans High School for Girls 圣奥尔本斯女子中学
3 Townsend Avenue, St Albans,
Hertfordshire AL1 3SJ
Tel: 01727 853800 Fax: 01727 792516
• GIRLS, 4–18, Day
• Pupils 950, Upper sixth 90
• Termly fees £2195–£2790
• Enquiries/applications to the Headmistress
What it’s like
Founded in 1889, the school is situated on a pleasant urban site. The buildings
are mainly purpose-built with some modern additions. It is Christian by
tradition and ethos and tries to put this into practice as a caring community.
Closely connected with St Albans Abbey, there is regular worship in the Anglican
tradition. A broad academic education is provided and examination results are
very good. Extra-curricular activities are plentiful and varied; music and drama
are particularly strong and there are joint orchestral, choral and dramatic
activities with St Albans School. Facilities for PE and games include playing
fields and a sports hall. There is keen participation in the Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award Scheme. Parents are very much involved in the activities of the school.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 4–18, 950 day girls. Senior department 11–18, 630
Entrance: Main entry ages 4, 7, 11 and 16. Own entrance exam used; for
sixth-form entry, 6 GCSEs at least grade B (including sixth-form subjects). No
special skills or religious requirements. State school entry, 45+% of senior
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Scholarships, value 17%–50% fees
(some academic, some music): awarded at 11, 13, 16. Variable bursaries on
financial need and special terms for daughters of clergy. Parents not expected
to buy textbooks.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Mrs Carol Y Daly, in post from 1994. Educated at High
Wycombe High School and Nottingham University (chemistry and geology).
Previously Headmistress at Forest Girls School, Deputy Head at Netherhall
School, Cambridgeshire, and Housemistress and Head of Chemistry at Kings School,
Ely. Also FRSA.
Teaching staff: 75 full time, 14 part time.
GCSE: On average, 90 pupils in fifth, 100% gain at least grade C in 9+
subjects. Average GCSE score 64 (over 5 years).
A-levels: 90 in upper sixth. 99% pass in 2+ subjects; average passes 3
subjects with final point score of 385.
University & college entrance 98% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (11% after a gap year), 13% to Oxbridge. 7% took courses in
medicine and dentistry, 11% in science & engineering, 4% in law, 47% in
humanities & social sciences, 24% in other vocational subjects eg healthcare
professions, business studies.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 20 subjects offered at AS/A-level.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS and A-level. Key
skills integrated into curriculum.
Special provision: Some special provision in certain circumstances.
Languages: French (from age 9), German and Spanish (from 12) all offered
at GCSE, AS and A-level. Regular visits and exchanges.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1 lesson a week in Years 7–9) and
across the curriculum. All pupils expected to take at least Clait stage I or
ECDL. Network of over 200 computers for pupil use (9 hours a day), all with
e-mail and internet access.
Music: Offered at GCSE and A-level. 460+ pupils take instrumental lessons
(23 visiting music staff). Musical groups include: 3 orchestras (1 joint with St
Albans), 2 wind bands, brass band, string ensembles, jazz bands, chamber
ensembles, and 5 choirs. 30 concerts and recitals given each year including the
annual choral concert in the Cathedral, orchestral ‘Extravaganza’ concert in the
Alban Arena, regular lunchtime recitals in school and St Peter’s Church, many
evening recitals and major services involving music in the Cathedral.
Instrumentalists and choirs regularly compete in National Chamber Music
Competition and National Festival of Music for Youth. Regular overseas tours and
groups perform in the Royal Festival Hall, QEH and St John’s, Smith Square.
Drama & dance: GCSE and A-level drama and theatre studies offered. House
drama clubs run by Year 12 pupils; annual school production. Pupils regularly in
National Youth Theatre (acting and design). Residential weekends in Stratford
upon Avon and overseas tours. LAMDA exams may be taken.
Sport & activities
Sport: Lacrosse, netball, tennis, gymnastics, dance, athletics, swimming,
rounders, badminton, volleyball, basketball, hockey, trampolining compulsory.
Options at various ages: fencing, aerobics, football, cricket, judo, yoga. Sixth
form only: squash, step aerobics, gym/weights, golf.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Community service strongly encouraged; lot of fund-raising for charities.
Clubs include Young Enterprise, art, cookery, debating, drama, ICT, photography,
French, technology, gymnastics, maths, various sports eg judo, dance, fencing.
Uniform: School uniform worn, except sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Pastoral care through house system; some house
competitions. Head girls, school games captain and house officers elected by the
school. School Council.
Religion: Attendance at religious worship compulsory except on certain
occasions. C of E school but girls of other faiths welcomed.
Social: Musical productions and debating competitions with St Albans and
other local schools. Exchanges with Dijon, Lüneburg, Nevers, Santander and St
Albans, Vermont; visits to eg Amsterdam, Pompeii, Prague, France, Morocco; drama
tours to eg Greece, USA, Spain and South Africa; biennial World Challenge trips
to eg Mexico and Tanzania; First Challenge trip to Morocco; regular skiing trip.
Frequent visits to theatres, museums and exhibitions in London. Sixth form
allowed to bring car. Meals self-service. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once could expect a
reprimand and a requirement to produce it; in the case of a pupil caught smoking
or taking drugs on the premises, action would be decided by the Headmistress,
depending on the circumstances.