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  • Aldenham Preparatory School
    WD6 3AJ
  • Head: Mrs Gocher
  • T 01923 851664
  • F 01923 851605
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  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 3 to 11 with a linked senior school
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Hertfordshire
  • Pupils: 187
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: £9,030 - £13,101 pa
  • Open days: June, October
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Linked schools: Aldenham School

What says..

Lovely bright and airy classrooms, decked with cheery displays, which for the younger years lead directly onto wonderful outdoor play zones and gardens, keeping each age group separate while they settle into school life. These segue into woodland where little ones can play on adventure equipment. A stand-alone drama studio was host to initial rehearsals of upcoming year 5 and 6 show, Bugsy Malone, on our visit. Stunning sports field, Astroturf and well organised library. School has a gentle, friendly feel, almost like a village school...

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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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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2011, Mrs Vicky Gocher BA BEd MA (late 40s). Educated to A level at Gwernyfed High School in Powys, Wales followed by Hull University (English) and a PGCE at Roehampton. A vocational teacher (‘I knew when I was 16 exactly what I wanted to do’), and always focused on teaching younger children: ‘I want to share everything with them,’ she says. Completed masters in educational leadership and innovation at Warwick in 2011. Formerly deputy head at Caterham Prep School, having previously taught at Downsend School, Leatherhead.

Purposeful and businesslike in manner, head inherited a young prep school ‘riding the coat-tails of the senior school,’ and set to work to cement school’s reputation and smarten up discipline and behaviour. Consistent with the Aldenham ethos, enthuses about school’s nurturing atmosphere – a...

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