St Albans High School for Girls is an independent day school for girls aged 4–18. The school was founded in 1889 and the senior school has been at its current site, situated in the heart of historic St Albans, since 1908. The prep school is located in a neighbouring village, just 3 miles away.
The school’s values are ‘scholarship, adventure and integrity’ and, at Key Stage 3, it offers a large range of co-curricular opportunities, including access to 37 different sports, alongside a broad academic curriculum. Girls are encouraged to refine their own individual programmes of study as they progress through the key stage, ahead of making their GCSE selections.
All aspects of the senior school were rated ‘excellent’ by the ISI in their latest report (2017) and, in the most recent GCSE examinations, 98% of the school’s entries achieved grades B–A*.
Address: 1–3 Townsend Avenue, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3SJ
Admissions info: [email protected] or 01727 792509
School Type: Girls’ independent day school
Number of Pupils: 1000 (approx.)
Open Day Date: November
Exam Date: January
Exam Type / Board: School’s own
St Albans High School for Girls is academically selective. Selection is based on performance in an exam, consisting of maths and English papers, and an interview.
The entrance exam takes place in early January and candidates who have met the required standards are invited back for interviews at the end of the month. The interview process includes participation in individual and group meetings, which include discussions and practical challenges.
Together, the exam and interviews are intended to assess skills like problem solving, mental ability, creativity and communication, as well as factual knowledge.
A report from the candidate’s current school will be requested to help with the selection process. Offers of places are made in early February and the acceptance deadline is at the beginning of March.
A copy of St Albans High School for Girls’ full admissions policy is available on its website.
Academic scholarships may be offered on the basis of performance in the entrance examinations and interviews. Scholarships in music, art / design, drama and sports are also available. Details of scholarships and how to apply for them can be found on the school’s website.
For further information on St Albans High School for Girls’ admissions procedures, please contact the admissions office: [email protected] or 01727 792509.
‘Snapshot’ sessions, which offer the chance to experience a typical day at the senior school, are held in November. Booking can be made via an online form. Other open events are held throughout the year and are advertised on the school’s website.
To register your child for Year 7 entry to St Albans High School for Girls, you need to complete the registration form and pay a £100 registration fee. The registration deadline is in November, but it is worth registering before September to be included in the Registrar’s annual mailing about open days and examination dates.
The entrance exam for St Albans High School for Girls comprises two papers:
Maths (75 minutes)
The maths paper covers a range of content appropriate to the end of Year 6 and includes questions that will test arithmetic and problem-solving skills.
English (75 minutes)
There are two sections to the English paper: a comprehension section and an essay writing section.
The comprehension section consists of a passage of text followed by a variety of questions to fully test understanding at word level and whole text level. The writing section is a composition task that will be marked according to creative thinking, originality, accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar.
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