St Albans School dates from 948AD. A selective independent HMC day school of 780 with a co-ed Sixth Form of 280, it offers Scholarships and bursaries at all ages of entry. Academic standards are very high: 91% A/B at A level and 88% A*/A at GCSE in 2009. The School's sporting record is outstanding and Drama and Music are strengths, the latter benefiting from our close links with the Cathedral.
St Albans School teacher wins Institute of Physics outstanding teaching award
Martin Guy of St Albans School, Hertfordshire, is one of six teachers to have been awarded a 2016 Teacher of Physics Award from the Institute of Physics, celebrating his exceptional work in raising the standard of Physics at the School.
13th October 2016 — Martin was nominated by his colleagues, after the School achieved a record number of students progressing to study A-Level physics, and his nomination describes him an ‘excellent and experienced’ teacher who has inspired many of his students to study Physics after A-Level.
Alongside his exemplary teaching, Martin has supported his pupils in a dedicated science society, known as the ‘Stephen Hawking society.’ Hawking, a former St Albans School pupil, has returned to the School to speak to students and many others in the area.
Headmaster of St Albans School, Jonathan Gillespie, said: “This award highlights the tremendous dedication Martin has for the School and the world of physics. To be seen as one of the best six teachers in your field is a superb achievement and one that we are all incredibly proud of.”
Martin will receive his award, along with a cheque for £300 at the Institute of Physics award dinner taking place on 29 November, which will also be attended by the top researchers, academics and policy makers from across physics.
President of the IOP professor Roy Sambles offered his congratulations to all those receiving a Teacher of Physics award this year. “Teachers provide an invaluable academic foundation for the future of science development, and it is important that we recognise and celebrate the successes of those who are able to motivate and inspire young minds. It is a delight to celebrate those who helped nurture the intellectual development of students and inspire the next generation to study physics. I warmly congratulate these six individuals for their outstanding contributions to educating the scientists of tomorrow.”
The Teachers of Physics awards, instituted in 1986, celebrate the success of secondary school Physics teachers who, by their outstanding practice in the classroom have raised the state of physics and science in schools.
St Albans School enhances its reputation for sporting excellence
Rugby union player Kyran Bracken MBE joins St Albans School as Elite Sport Development Manager and 1st XV Head Coach as the School adopts Hudl sports software to provide cutting edge analysis
12th September 2016 — St Albans School is bringing world class rugby expertise and technology to its pupils, with the appointment of Kyran Bracken MBE as Elite Sport Development Manager and 1st XV Head Coach and its partnership with Hudl, the leading sports analysis software.
As former captain of Saracens, a member of the winning England World Cup team and a tourist with the British Lions, Bracken will bring an exceptional sporting pedigree to the School. Pupils will benefit from his rugby and sporting knowledge, across technique, performance and approach to rugby and other sports, complementing the international playing and coaching experience already on the School’s staff including Martin Langston (Head of Hockey and Director of Sport), Mark Ilott (Head of Cricket) and George Harrison MBE (Athletics Coach).
Kyran Bracken commented: “I am excited to be joining St Albans School as Elite Sport Development Manager and 1st XV Head Coach. This is the first time I have partnered with a school and St Albans School has built a strong reputation for sporting and rugby excellence. I am looking forward to providing support, guidance and mentoring to the next generations of talented sports players coming through the School.”
Additionally, St Albans School has partnered with Hudl, the leading video analysis tool that is revolutionising the way that both coaches and athletes prepare for and stay ahead of the competition. The School’s partnership with Hudl will enable coaches and pupils to take footage filmed during training and matches and using Hudl’s software, share and review performance and techniques. Pupils will be able to curate clips of their performance and create mini showreels and coaches will have a new resource to address strategy and tactics.
Matt Cook, Head of Business Development & Partnerships, Hudl, added: “Hudl is delighted to partner with St Albans School. The benefits that Hudl’s sport and match analysis can deliver through its unrivalled technology will significantly enhance the School’s ability to analyse effectively its pupils’ techniques and tactics.”
Jonathan Gillespie, Headmaster of St Albans School, commented: “Bringing together one of the most successful rugby players in the country with the latest sports technology is an exciting and unique opportunity for St Albans School. Kyran’s rugby pedigree and knowledge will be invaluable to the School and pupils and will offer an unparalleled level of insight to our students. This, combined with Hudl’s industry-leading technology, will undoubtedly augment our coaches’ ability to understand and improve pupils’ technique and performance.”
An air cadet from St Albans School is preparing to pull on his goggles for a cross channel swim for charity.
7th July 2016 — Cadet Under Officer Ross Ferreira, aged 16, of St Albans School’s Combined Cadet Force is joining a team of intrepid swimmers from across the country to battle tides and jellyfish on a relay swim of the English Channel this summer. The challenge in early July is just one of many events the RAF Air Cadets are holding this year to celebrate their 75th anniversary.
Ross has been training hard for months at the City of St Albans Swimming Club and the Hercules Open Water Swimming Club at Northwood building up endurance and stamina as well as getting used to the motion of the sea.
The 21-mile swim is expected to take upwards of 12 hours, with each swimmer - in two teams - bracing the 16ºC waters for an hour at a time.
The swim will be adjudicated by an observer from the Channel Swimming Association to ensure that all rules are followed for the event to be officially recognised.
Ross said: “We have all put in a massive amount of training and had to go through a rigorous selection process so it will be good to get into the water – we’re all very excited and hopefully we will also raise a good sum of money towards the Air Training Corps 75th Anniversary fund.”
His Commanding Officer, Major Kenny Everitt at the School said: "Ross has been a member of the School swimming team throughout his time at St Albans School. He is currently one of the senior swimmers at the School and a very strong swimmer at that! We wish him the best of luck with this mammoth event. He has trained extremely hard and has earned his place in the squad.”
Ross is raising sponsorship through his large network of friends and family and will continue to do so.
Mike Neville, RAF Benevolent Fund Director of Strategy and Fundraising, said: “Ross is a shining example to the Air Training Corps and the Cadets in her Squadron. It is the RAF Benevolent Fund’s absolute pleasure to support the Cadets in this endeavour as thousands of Cadets have supported the Fund over the years, volunteering their time to support our fundraising activities. Good luck to all taking part!”
Top Ten Finish for St Albans in World Schools Cross Country
Cross country runners from St Albans School once again proved their mettle on the international stage, competing in the World Schools Championships in Budapest over the weekend and securing a top ten finish.
16th June 2016 — Cross country runners from St Albans School once again proved their mettle on the international stage, competing in the World Schools Championships in Budapest over the weekend and securing a top ten finish.
The team, representing England, achieved 7th place against 21 other countries. Teams from Turkey, New Zealand and France took the first three positions.
The five-day event included competitions for both school and national teams and attracted the top young runners from around the world, making it a strong challenge for the St Albans School team. For the most senior boys, Oliver Edmond, Tom Halling and Ben Hemsi, this was a fitting conclusion to their school running career.
In the 5.4km main race on Margit Island in Budapest, Year 12 student Ben Clarke led the St Albans School team home in 31st place, closely followed by Year 11 runner Tom Fulton in 32nd. The three Year 13 boys followed, with Josh Avenell, a Year 9 boy running for the senior team, finishing in a very valuable 91st place.
Kenny Everitt, Head of Cross Country at St Albans School, commented: "Being placed seventh in such a strong field was a great achievement for the boys. We expected the older boys to do well, but Josh Avenell's performance in such a high profile senior race was outstanding and bodes very well for the future. The school has a proud tradition of cross country success and this looks set to continue."
With the race completed, the remaining time in Budapest was spent exploring the city's cultural activities and included The Friendship Relay, with teams made up with runners from different countries, which brought athletes from across the world together in cooperation.
Tennis at St Albans School is thriving as senior pupils won the U18 category of the Hertfordshire County Doubles Tournament, while junior pupils put in encouraging performances to bring back the U14 Plate.
15th June 2016 — Tennis at St Albans School is thriving as senior pupils won the U18 category of the Hertfordshire County Doubles Tournament, while junior pupils put in encouraging performances to bring back the U14 Plate.
Charlie Broom and George Davis, St Albans School’s senior doubles pairing, reached the competition’s final after winning their first three matches in a convincing manner.
The final, which as expected was the toughest match, saw the duo go down by 3-0. The boys rallied, however, winning the subsequent six games, ending the match 6-3 and winning the tournament.
Charlie, who has a career best world-ranking of 167, will be moving to America later this year after being awarded a tennis scholarship to Dartmouth College, an Ivy League university that has a top-40 USA nationwide team ranking. He has also been offered an unconditional academic place.
In the U14 category, Danny Anderson and Hugh Craig, who lost their opening match and were entered into the Plate competition, won all of their remaining matches to bring back the silverware. Alex Backhaus and Matt Hoole also put in highly commended performances, to reach the U14 Plate’s semi-final.
Martin Langston, Director of Physical Education at St Albans School, commented: “Our success in tennis continues to grow at St Albans School, with Charlie proving to be a fantastic ambassador for the sport. We wish him every success in America.” Martin continued: “Tennis is both an individual and team game and our current, strong crop of juniors are already bringing back trophies, which is a very positive sign for the future of the game at St Albans School.”
St Albans School's cross country runners again proved their mettle in the international arena when they competed in the World Schools Championships in Budapest over the weekend.
4th May 2016 — St Albans School’s cross country runners again proved their mettle in the international arena when they competed in the World Schools Championships in Budapest over the weekend, representing England and achieving 7th place against 21 other countries.
The five day event included races for both school and national teams and attracted the top young teams from across the world, making it a strong challenge for the St Albans runners. For the most senior boys, Oliver Edmond, Tom Halling and Ben Hemsi, this was a fitting conclusion to their school running career.
In the 5.4km main race on Margit Island in Budapest, Lower Sixth student Ben Clarke led the St Albans team home in 31st place, closely followed by Fifth Form runner Tom Fulton in 32nd. The three Upper Sixth boys followed, with Josh Avenell, a Third Former running for the senior team, finishing in a very valuable 91st place.
Teams from Turkey, New Zealand and France took the first three positions and Mr Kenny Everitt, manager of the team, commented, ‘Being placed 7th in such a strong field was a great achievement for the boys. We expected the older boys to do well,’ he added, ‘but Josh’s performance in such a high profile senior race was outstanding.’
With the race completed, the remaining time in Budapest was spent in cultural activities and included The Friendship Relay, with teams made up with runners from different countries, bringing the athletes from across the world together in cooperation.
'It was an excellent event,’ said Mr Everitt, ‘a really fitting way to end an exceptional experience.’