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  • St George's School (Harpenden)
    Sun Lane
    AL5 4EY
  • Head: Mr Raymond McGovern
  • T 01582 765477
  • F 01582 469830
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  • A mainstream state school for pupils aged from 11 to 18
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Hertfordshire
  • Pupils: 1,410
  • Religion: Christian
  • Fees: Boarding £11,400 pa; Day – free
  • Open days: October
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Current Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 9th November 2014
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 10th October 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

As a totally non-selective school regularly delivering high results, parents can bank on St George’s knocking it out of the park when it comes to value-added, with a vast majority of students leaving with at least five A*- C grades...

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What the school says...

Highly successful and heavily oversubscribed. Popular boarding - 130 boys and girls come from the UK and around the world with Middle East ex pat families well represented. A non-denominational Christian school where regular Sunday Chapel attendance is compulsory for all pupils in Y7-11 three times each term.
/> Recent building work has provided new Languages Centre and Sports Hall. Sixth form hugely popular. Uniform, discipline and an ethos of respect and values are at the heart of the school. Pastoral care and student life is based round the exceptionally strong Houses system, which also provides a range of competitions and extra-curricular activities. The Prefect and House Captain system gives students responsibility at early stage and students are fiercely loyal to their House.

The School has an extensive programme of major sports, music, performance and other events. School trips, visits and international exchanges bring a richness to the experience of the students during their time at St George's. No early entry for GCSE as school believes in enriching all courses and allowing pupils the chance to develop skills in sports, drama, music and other areas of curriculum. Rugby and Lacrosse winter sports very strong, Music has many orchestras and ensembles, Art exceptionally wide ranging. Not a school that seeks to inflate grade record but one that centres on the individual. Sixth Form record impressive - all major universities represented each year. The school's motto is 'Aim Higher' and this is demonstrable in the school attitude to everything that it does. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Additional Science at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Art & Design at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE Full Course)

School associations

State boarding school

What The Good Schools Guide says

As a totally non-selective school regularly delivering high results, parents can bank on St George’s knocking it out of the park when it comes to value-added, with a vast majority of students leaving with at least five A*- C grades at GCSE including English and maths. Head is clear to point out, however, that...


Since 2013, Raymond McGovern MA (early 50s). Educated at St Thomas Aquinas School, Glasgow. Came to teaching via, in his words, ‘a circumvented route.’ Left school at 16 to take up engineering apprenticeship at British Leyland, then fulfilled his childhood dream, born from his time in the ATC whilst at school (‘it gave me a real sense of community’) of joining the RAF where he spent nine years, including a stint in Germany. In his early 30s, landed role as lecturer in...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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