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Aldwickbury School

Wheathampstead Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, England AL5 1AD

Private School (Fee Paying) Boys 4 - 13 Years Day & Boarding (Flexi, Full, Weekly)

Aldwickbury is a day and flexi-boarding school for boys set in 20 acres of beautiful grounds on the outskirts of Harpenden in Hertfordshire.

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Word From The Head

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From Paul Symes, Headmaster

It is a great privilege to lead such an outstanding school alongside a team of highly skilled staff who work together to deliver an education that respects tradition whilst being forward-thinking in its approach. As a school, we place great emphasis on values that prepare the boys for the wider world.

At the heart of the Aldwickbury community lies our belief that pastoral care should form the bedrock for academic success. Every boy is nurtured and encouraged to try their best, embrace challenge and most importantly; be kind.

Through and extensive and varied curriculum we aim to equip all the boys with the skills to be happy and confident, build relationships with their peers and staff and develop strategies for coping with the challenges life presents.

The breadth of opportunities on offer at Aldwickbury is something we are incredibly proud of. The boys are challenged and engaged academically but also benefit from a wide-ranging co-curricular programme making full use of our extensive grounds and facilities. The school offers boys of all abilities a myriad of exciting opportunities to develop their confidence and unearth their talents in the arts, STEM, on stage, in music and on the sports field.

The journey through the school prepares the boys to leave at 13 when we believe they are truly ready for senior school education.

I believe Aldwickbury is unique. I speak on behalf of the school when I invite you and your family to come and visit, allowing you to sense the warm welcome from the boys, staff and our parent community.

Please do book a visit either for our next open morning or for a private tour.

I very much look forward to welcoming you.

Open Days, Visits & Events

29-02-2024 - Whole School Open Morning

Thursday 29th February 2024 9.15 - 11.30 am

Open Mornings will give you a real feel for Aldwickbury and will provide you with an opportunity to:

See the school in action on an ordinary morning with the boys at work
Tour the school with our senior boys
Meet the Headmaster and members of staff
Chat informally to current Aldwickbury parents and Governors
A great opportunity to meet other families considering joining Aldwickbury

02-05-2024 - Whole School Open Morning

Thursday 2nd May 2024 9.15 - 11.30 am

Deciding on the right school for your son is very important and we believe that a personal visit is invaluable. The first step for most prospective parents is to come along to an Open Morning. These are held regularly throughout the academic year.

What We Offer

  • LAMDA - London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
  • Classics
  • Design Technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • ICT
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-Country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Skiiing
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Chess
  • Choir
  • Coding
  • Cycling
  • Drama
  • Eco Club
  • Fencing
  • Lego
  • Music
  • Orchestra
  • Orienteering
  • Public Speaking
  • Robotics
  • Skiing
  • Yoga
    • After School Club
    • Before School Club
    • Breakfast Club
    • Coeliac/Gluten Intolerance
    • Dairy Intolerance
    • Gifted Children
    • Nut Allergies
    • Special Diets
    • Vegan
    • Vegetarian
    • Wrap Around Care


    • Assessment
    • Interview
    • Bursaries
    • Financial Assistance
    • All denominations welcome
    • Church of England
    • English

      Age Range & Fees

      Age Range4 to 13
      Annual Day Fees *13800 to 18090
      Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *0 to 0
      Annual Full Boarding Fees *0 to 0
      * Currency:

      Number Of Pupils

      0Full Boarding0
      48Weekly Boarding0
      Boys Girls

      Number Of Staff

      Full-time: 59
      Part-time: 25

      % Pupils Gaining
      GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

      % Pupils Gaining
      A Level Grades A – C

      % Pupils Going
      To University

      School Reviews

      Current Parent

      Incredible teachers and facilities. Friendly and nurturing atmosphere. It is so good at engaging boys, and the enthusiasm and friendliness of all the staff.  

      Current Parent

      Great school spirit and understanding of boys. Efficient, purposeful, intuitively planned lessons with good pastoral care and great class sizes. Making five football teams for Year 7 & 8.  

      Current Parent

      Mutual respect between teachers and boys. Small class sizes, caring teachers, well led Pre-Prep. The personal touch from the Pre-Prep head and also the form tutor. Excellent all round.  

      Current Parent

      You just get boys - that was very evident during the show rounds and a big reason why we moved out of a mixed school.  

      Current Parent

      The very caring and nurturing environment was the key factor. Our son was seen as an individual and the school engaged in discussing his needs.