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Abbot's Hill School

Bunkers Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England HP3 8RP

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 0 - 16 Years Day


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Word From The Head

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Kathryn Gorman

Welcome to our school. Abbot’s Hill is a school where one size does not fit all. We know and value everyone: we know that pupils do better when they are happy and so their wellbeing is our central focus. We know that every pupil will find their own path and so we help them to navigate it alongside dedicated and expert staff, committed to ensuring that each individual thrives.

The School was founded on the present site in 1912 by sisters Alice, Katrine and Mary Baird, who founded the school to educate young women of character. Set in 76 acres of grounds within easy reach of St Albans, Berkhamsted, Kings Langley and the surrounding villages, and with excellent transport links to the M25 and the Euston train line, we pride ourselves on the broad and stimulating education we provide. One foot is firmly rooted in our heritage but the other strides forwards into the future.

The school’s founding motto was Vie et Virtute – meaning ‘Strength and Power – and this spirit lives on through our values, which underpin all that we do. Diverse pupils with wide-ranging talents and backgrounds come together in a close community that is large enough to offer choice and flexibility but compact enough to ensure that no child is overlooked.

At Abbot’s Hill, academic excellence goes hand in hand with pastoral excellence. We are ambitious for all our pupils and offer exceptional learning opportunities to stretch, challenge and support the individuals in our care.

Self-belief and happiness, alongside a ‘can-do’ approach to every aspect of school life, enable our pupils to thrive and succeed. We are especially proud of the confidence which typifies our Year 11 leavers: they are the ‘top’ of the school and this means they have leadership opportunities beyond those of their contemporaries. As a result, they leave us equipped with the skills and confidence to prosper in their future lives.

We believe our pupils enjoy inspirational learning opportunities alongside challenging and enriching co-curricular activities, in a safe environment where they can be themselves and learn to be independent, resilient and confident. Beyond the classroom, our pupils’ experiences are vast and varied. From our many co-curricular clubs to a comprehensive schedule of day trips and residential visits, the opportunities are endless. It is through this wealth of opportunity that each pupils finds what sparks her curiosity and love of learning.

“Fifty or so clubs, from Young Engineers to Origami, are run by the girls wherever possible. ‘Whatever your interest, there’s something for you’, said one cheery student. If there isn’t a club that appeals, there’s no obstacle, indeed every encouragement, to start one.” The Good Schools Guide, 2021

Our growing pupil mentoring and community partnership programmes ensure that each pupil knows she is part of something bigger and develops her sense of self by giving back to others. Our pupils are independent thinkers, have a strong, moral compass alongside a social conscience, and are accepting and respectful of themselves and others. They have been described as ‘authentic, not arrogant’ which perfectly describes an Abbot’s Hill pupil.

The best way to catch the spirit of Abbot’s Hill is to come and visit. We are always happy to show parents around so they can experience first hand the warmth of our community and meet the rounded, happy, down to earth pupils at the heart of our school.

Kathryn Gorman

Open Days, Visits & Events

30-10-2023 - Senior Open Day

Senior School Open Day 09:30 - 12:30

Our largest Open Event of the year is held in September and focuses on the 11+ entry point.

This day includes a formal presentation from Head, Mrs Kathryn Gorman, as well as an extensive tour to every department. You may find a lacrosse match in action, a drama workshop occurring as well as live music performances across the site. All department leads will be based in their areas to answer any questions you may have.

Our Information Fair is your one stop shop for bus route information, a look at the uniform and scholarships and bursaries queries. Our Registrar, Miss Cooper, is also on hand to answer any admissions questions.

What We Offer

    • Drama/Theatre
    • ICT
    • Media/Film studies
    • Photography
    • French
    • Spanish
    • Athletics
    • Badminton
    • Basketball
    • Cross-Country
    • Fitness Training
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • Netball
    • Rounders
    • Rugby
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Touch Rugby
    • Volleyball
    • Adventure Training
    • Ballet
    • Dance
    • Drama
    • Duke of Edinburgh
    • Language Club
    • Public Speaking
    • Skiing
    • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
    • After School Club
    • Before School Club
    • School Bus Service
    • Special Diets


    • Entry test or exam
    • Interview
    • Report from previous school
    • Drama
    • Academic
    • Art
    • Siblings
    • Music
    • All-rounder
    • Sport
    • Church of England

        Age Range & Fees

        Age Range0 to 16
        Annual Day Fees *£13263 to £22974
        Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
        Annual Full Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
        * Currency: GB Pound

        Number Of Pupils

        0Full Boarding0
        0Weekly Boarding0
        Boys Girls

        Number Of Staff

        Full-time: 120
        Part-time: 50

        % Pupils Gaining
        GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

        % Pupils Gaining
        A Level Grades A – C

        % Pupils Going
        To University

        School Reviews

        Muddy Stilettos

        Girls who will thrive in an all female environment and who are keen to join in with things and get involved. If you want to learn about leadership and be a role model or mentor for younger girls, you can do this when you’re 16 or even younger for some roles: Year 11 is the top of the tree. Anyone...  

        Good Schools Guide

        We saw teachers, full of enthusiasm for their subject, delivering pacey lessons, helping each individual pupil achieve their very best. Dedication is not in doubt.