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If music, drama and art shine, sport dazzles. It is integral to life at Aldenham and in a setting that needs to be seen to be believed. Teachers ‘easy to talk to’ and ‘down-to-earth’, say students – the rapport evident in the lessons we sat in on. ‘Jamie, you’ll know this’, ‘Yes, I remember that well!’ etc. ‘The teachers are also with them for things like football or DofE, so they know them in the round,’ explains head. Two enrichment afternoons a week, and most students belong to...

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What the school says...

Established over 420 years ago, Aldenham School still occupies the same site of more than 110 acres of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside. Aldenham offers uninterrupted co-education for 3-18 year olds. Boarders (from age 11) and day pupils benefit from individual attention in small classes, with a personal tutor for each pupil.

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

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Head of Foundation

Since 2022, Alex Hems MA (Oxon), PGCE (Cantab), previously head of St George’s School in Edinburgh. Grew up in Northwood, where she attended St Helen’s – ‘It’s nice to be home,’ she says. Career path never in question, even as a tot – ‘I used to arrange my toys in ranks and award them effort prizes!’ Alas, no time for teaching these days, but says she gets to know students in breaks, assemblies, chapel and through ‘popping into’ boarding houses. Older ones say they see her a lot; younger ones less so. They describe her as ‘friendly’ and ‘firm but fair’.

Aims to raise the academic profile at Aldenham, perhaps inevitable given the heavyweights peppering her CV: Alleyn’s School, followed by St Paul’s Girls’, North London Collegiate and Francis...

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Special Education Needs

We have an extremely good SEN Department. However, pupils do need to be able to cope in the normal classroom situation; they are not taught separately, but have extra individual tuition as and when necessary with qualified SEN teachers. Study skills support is provided in small groups. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
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
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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