We are an independent C of E day school, founded in 1889, offering a continuous education and a commitment to individual excellence for 982 girls aged 4 to 18. Our Prep School is in nearby Wheathampstead, with the Senior School being in St Albans itself. Academic standards are very high with stellar results at GCSE and A Level, but we also have an excellent reputation for pastoral care.
11+ and 16+ Academic Scholarship (worth up to 10% of tuition fees) 11+ Du Cane Music Scholarship (worth up to 50% of tuition fees) 16+ Sixth Form Scholarships also for: Art/Design & Technology, Drama & Theatre Studies, Sports, Music Fees Assistance:
A number available, from Reception, at any time of up to 100% of tuition fees.
£4405 - £5600 termly day fees:
Reception £4405 (inc. lunch)
Years 1-2 £4650 (inc. lunch)
Years 3-6 £4650
Years 7-13 £5600
£13215 - £16800 annual day fees
Stellar results at St Albans High School for Girls
St Albans High School for Girls (STAHS) is celebrating fantastic A Level results, with 69% of girls achieving grades A* - A.
16th August 2018 — As they stand, 92% of all grades are A*/B and 98% of all grades are A*/C. Of these, 37 girls got straight As or A*s, and 10 girls achieved at least three A* grades.
Jenny Brown, headmistress at STAHS, commented: “We are delighted that our students have achieved such strong results, which are a fitting reflection of their hard work and talent. We’re incredibly grateful to the dedication of our staff, the girls and their parents for all their support. More importantly than the grades themselves, girls are leaving us with enquiring minds, big hearts and a sense of adventure. We look forward to seeing what this next generation of strong young women will achieve.”
St Albans High School student named Young Photographer of the Year
Elena Smart, a Year 10 student at St Albans High School for Girls, has recently won the under-18 category of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers international photography prize for her stunning photograph of Westminster Underground station.
31st January 2018 — Entrants were invited to submit photographs on the theme of ‘Engineering in Transport’. Entries were judged by a panel of leading industry professionals, who were looking for photographs that were ambitious, creative and thoughtful.
Elena Smart is currently in Year 10 and studying for her GCSEs. Her photograph of Westminster Tube station, entitled ‘Going Underground’, shows its intricate interior.
Elena, whose favourite subjects are physics, maths and geography, aspires to become an aerospace engineer. She says the news that she had won a prize for her photograph came as a shock, “I was surprised but delighted as well!”
She was inspired to focus on the Tube for an interesting composition not least because she feels many people don’t notice the great engineering behind everyday objects and places.
“I was amazed by the scale of the station, considering it is underground, and the intricate engineering that is displayed in this particular photo, with the lights, the escalators, and the building itself. I really like the way engineering is used in everyday life and that people really benefit from it. I think engineering is taken for granted, especially the complexity of it because people may see things like this tube station every day, but they might not stop to think about the building itself.”
The judges agreed that her composition revealed the beauty of engineering, saying the photograph wouldn’t look out of place framed on a wall. They commented that Elena’s photo represented: “A good example of the engineering that has gone into the creation of a key part of the transport network. The civil engineering that can be seen in the station within this photograph is impressive.”
Elena’s next steps are to gain her GCSEs, but she intends to keep up her photography hobby. Looking to the future she says: “I want to study engineering at university and then go on to be an aerospace engineer – designing and constructing spacecraft.”
Inspiring new app brings Maths to life for students and teachers
Mrs Sapsford, a Maths and ICCT teacher from St Albans High School for Girls, has just launched a new app to support teachers and students to visualise complex mathematical concepts.
21st September 2017 — Mathimation is dedicated to demonstrating complex mathematical concepts including circle theorems, Pythagoras and trigonometry, through visualisations and animations.
The app can support students to visualise and learn new topics, while teachers can use it as a learning tool in the classroom.
Mrs Sapsford from St Albans High School for Girls, said: “I’m so pleased to have finally launched Mathimation as an app. It’s been an idea of mine for several years and I was finally able to dedicate my summer holidays to turn it into a reality. I really hope students and teachers alike will enjoy using Mathimation to help bring mathematics to life, and it will inspire others to embrace technology in education.”
Mathimation is free to download from the app store: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/mathimation/id1271846361?mt=8
We understand that all girls arriving at STAHS for entrance testing are likely to be nervous and may be sitting papers at a number of schools. With this in mind we work to make the admissions experience as smooth and straightforward as possible. After sitting the papers, which are designed to be interesting and stimulating, those invited for interview will find themselves engaged in activities that are challenging but fun. In addition to factual knowledge we aim to test problem-solving, mental ability, creativity and skills of communication. For many girls a further exploration of each of these, together with team work and discussion skills, will take place during individual or group interviews. At the interview stage we aim to evaluate the pupils in the round and take into consideration their interests, confidence and potential for full participation.
When selecting girls to join our thriving Sixth Form, we look for independence, intellectual curiosity and creativity. All those coming for interview will find themselves in stimulating intellectual discussion. All staff involved enjoy the opportunity to engage with the refreshing new perspectives that our prospective pupils have.
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