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Aldwickbury School

Wheathampstead Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, England AL5 1AD

Age Range & Fees

Age Range4 to 13
Annual Day Fees *£13380 to £16785
Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
Annual Full Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
* Currency: GB Pound

Number of Pupils

Boys Girls
364Day0
0Full Boarding0
48Weekly Boarding0
412Total0

Number of Staff

Full-time: 59
Part-time: 25

GCSE Pass Rate - Age 16

Pass Rate - Age 18

Exams at age 18

Higher Education

Pupils who went on to Higher Education
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Mr P Symes


Aldwickbury School provides a holistic education coupled with academic excellence for boys of Harpenden and its surrounding area. The boys have unrivalled opportunities to gain access to a wide range of senior schools that will best serve their needs in an environment where they are happy. At the same time the school takes great pride in preparing the boys for the ever-changing world and seek every opportunity to develop the boys character, leadership, interest and passion through a wide range of subjects and activities. For over 70 years the school has continued to develop the facilities on this present site. Work is currently being undertaken to complete a new sports hall for September 2022 to add to the schools’ excellent facilities and their extensive grounds.

Aldwickbury has always been involved in the local community and is continuing to develop this through offering bursary awards based on academic, cultural or sporting ability.

Specialist teaching begins at Aldwickbury from Year 3 for art, music, French, drama, design technology and P.E. to complement quality class teaching, care and guidance offered by skilled form teachers. From Year 5 the boys are taught by subject specialists; the curriculum is broad and stimulating ensuring that the classroom is at the heart of all we do.

The Pre-Prep Department is a happy, purposeful and friendly place where boys from the ages of 4-7 years experience the joy of learning. The purpose-built facility was opened in September 2001 alongside a safe, secure play area, within the extensive grounds of the Prep School that are maximised to provide valuable learning experiences.

The quality of boarding at Aldwickbury is excellent, contributing much to the all-round educational experience offered by the school. Relationships amongst boarders and staff are warm and sincere and the borders feel well cared for. The boarding staff work hard to ensure that boarding is an enjoyable part of school life. ISI Integrated inspection report 2013

So, what is it that makes Aldwickbury unique? We believe that we offer an education that will not only equip the boys for secondary school but for life beyond education. The boys recognise the importance of kindness, hard work, high standards and showing resilience when faced with challenging situations. If you were to visit and speak to one of our senior boys you would find that many do not just work hard in the classrooms, but are also in sports teams, the Choir, attend art club, are involved in drama, play a musical instrument and some try to do it all! It is this breadth of opportunity and array of experiences in a supportive environment that helps them learn and develop. We give them the encouragement to express themselves, to share their feelings, to self-reflect, to think for themselves, to have confidence, tenacity, empathy, honesty and good humour. We understand that boys' education is wonderfully complicated; we know how boys think, grow and learn.

We are confident that a boy in our care will enter the senior phase of their education well prepared, well rounded and with a wide array of skills and confidence.
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What we offer

  • Classics
  • Design technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • ICT
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Chess
  • Cycling
  • Drama productions
  • Orienteering
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Rock climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Skiing
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Brass
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Percussion
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • After school club
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Particular diets
  • MLD
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Method of Entry

  • Assessment
  • Interview
  • This is a non-selective school
  • Registration

Scholarships & Bursaries

  • Other bursaries
  • Financial need
  • Other scholarships
  • Means tested bursaries

Curriculum and Exams:

  • Trinity College Music Exams

Religious Affliations:

  • All denominations welcome
  • Church of England


Teaching Languages:

  • English
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