St Columba's College

Boys (4 - 18)
Girls (4 - 18)
St Columba's College

St Columba's College is an independent Catholic day school for ages 4 to 18, that provides a high quality education to students of all faiths and none in St Albans, Hertfordshire. 

About the school

We provide an education of both the Head and Heart, where each student can achieve their own best standard. For a Columban, being the best that they can be means not only achieving academically but also becoming a confident, resilient and compassionate young person who is prepared to make their way in the world.  

At each phase of education, Prep and Senior, we nurture the key Columban qualities of courage, courtesy and compassion. We strive for academic excellence whilst realising that it is a well-rounded education that best prepares students for the world and workplace of tomorrow. As a school established by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, we recognise that moral qualities are equally important in that roundness of character.  

Our community is a vibrant place and our students are the best evidence of what a Columban education can produce. If you would like to find out more about us, we would be delighted to welcome you for a visit. 

Key Facts

  • Total Pupils: 803 (118 in Sixth Form)
  • Day Fees: £3634 to £5442/term

Open Days

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Scholarships, Bursaries & Fees

A number of scholarships are available to students entering the Senior School.  

Academic scholarships are available at 11+ and 13+. The scholarships are dependent on the results of the entrance examination, will be reviewed annually, and application forms are not required. 

Music scholarships are available at 11+ and 13+. Candidates should be established performers on one or more instruments, are likely to have reached Grade 4 or above, and will have good musical skills. Applicants are required to complete an application form and take part in an audition in late January.  

The Coindre Bursary, given in memory of the founder of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, is awarded to a Catholic student(s) who will enter Form 1 in September.  

Please visit our website or contact the Admissions Registrar, Mrs H Causer, at for more information.

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Admissions Process

Students are generally admitted at 4+, 7+, 11+, 13+ and 16+.

From September 2021 we will welcome girls into the Lower Prep (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) and Lower Sixth. This will be followed by a phased transition to co-education, which will see St Columba's offering its unique, high-quality Catholic education to both boys and girls from ages 4 to 18. 

Admission to the Lower Prep (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) is by an informal assessment where your child will spend approximately an hour with us, and will be put at ease and made to feel very welcome by our staff. Admission to the Upper Prep (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) is by age-appropriate Maths, English and Reasoning assessments, and a reference and the latest report will also be sought from the child’s school.

Those applying to the Senior School sit entrance tests in English, Maths and Reasoning, followed by an informal interview. Background information is also sought from feeder schools. Most candidates are tested and selected in January, but selection can take place at other times by arrangement with the Admissions Registrar. 

A limited number of students enter at 13+, some deferring places from the 11+ stage, and external enquiries at 16+ are welcomed. In addition, selected ‘occasional entrants’ can be admitted during the school year if a place becomes available. 

The deadline for 11+ and 13+ applications is Friday 27th November 2020, with the 11+ exam taking place on Saturday 5th December 2020. 11+ interviews are taking place on Wednesday 13 January, and 13+ interviews on Wednesday 20 January 2021. 

Please contact the Admissions Registrar, Mrs Hilary Causer, at or 01727 892040.

Finding out more

King Harry Lane, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4AW
01727 855185
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Key Facts

  • Total Pupils: 803 (118 in Sixth Form)
  • Day Fees: £3634 to £5442/term

Open Days

No Forthcoming Events