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Nestled in a picture postcard village, yet just a stone’s throw from the M25 in the grounds of Aldenham School, location is a draw especially for urban families who describe the setting as ‘fantastic’. Historically, the feel has been of a village school though the newly built teaching block gives a more contemporary vibe. Corridors, classrooms, windows – they all give a feeling of space and scale, with plenty of room to run around, though in reality these well-mannered children in their immaculate traditional blazers tend to save that for outdoors where there’s a…

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What the school says...

Aldenham Prep School is set in the same glorious site of over 110 acres of Hertfordshire countryside on which the senior school was established in 1597, Aldenham Prep School is dedicated to ensuring the flexibility for each boy and girl to develop their own individual abilities, whether they are academic, creative or sporting. An excellent all round education is available offering exceptional opportunities in outstanding facilities from enthusiastic, motivated and caring staff. ...Read more

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Since September 2023, Sarah Galpin, previously acting head and deputy head. Has over 30 years teaching experience across the primary age range, both within the state and independent sectors.


Oversubscribed, with around four applicants for each place. More academically selective than it used to be (‘they need to be above average to access the faster pace of the curriculum’), but still relatively broad by North London bubble standards. School also looks for ‘someone who will grab every opportunity beyond the classroom.’ Entry at 3+ and 4+ by gentle ‘playgroup style’ assessment to ascertain readiness and sociability. Applicants for occasional places thereafter assessed in maths, English and reasoning, and by interview. Waiting lists in some year groups.

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Aldenham Prep School provides a broad and balanced curriculum for all children. When planning, teachers set suitable learning challenges and respond to children's diverse learning needs. Teachers take account of requirements and make provision, where necessary, to support individuals or groups of children and thus enable them to participate effectively in curriculum and assessment activities. Nov 09.

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