Aldro was founded in 1898 and is a leading boarding and day school for 220 boys between 7 and 13 with outstanding academic results and fine facilities. A total of 16 scholarships won last year including awards at Charterhouse, Harrow, Eton, Sherborne and Winchester.
The school is set in 25 acres of rare beauty in the village of Shackleford, within a mile of the A3 and 45 minutes from the centre of London, well placed for both Heathrow and Gatwick.
The school's Christian foundation provides a vital ingredient to Aldro's ethos and boys are encouraged as individuals to develop their own potential in a range of areas both inside and outside the classroom. The school has a caring, family atmosphere that helps boys to be happy and fulfilled. Characters and abilities are unfolded, not moulded. Interests are ignited in and out of class. Boys go on to do well at their chosen senior schools.
The Centenary Building including a library and new classrooms was opened in September 1999, releasing space for additional boarders' common rooms and considerably enhancing the school without increasing the numbers. The lovely Chapel is converted from a well-preserved barn. Facilities include a theatre, music school and sports hall. There are two science laboratories, an Art, Design and Technology Centre, an outdoor heated swimming pool, five hard tennis courts (one covered), a nine-hole golf course, a squash court, a rifle range, an air pistol range and a covered games area as well as a lake on which boys row and fish. A dining hall with additional staff accommodation was opened in September 2003.
Rugby, football, hockey, cricket athletics and shooting are the main sporting activities but high standard are also achieved in squash, tennis, swimming, cross country and judo. Boys enjoy their own gardens and for many, wide games in the surrounding woodland are a real highlight!
Music flourishes. Most boys learn an instrument or are members of one of three choirs. There are three orchestras, a jazz band, a wind band, a big band and many instrumental ensembles. There are major concerts and dramatic productions each term. There are Cubs, Scouts and a wide selection of activities including chess (seven national championship winning teams since 2004), fossil collecting, model railways and petanque.