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Aldwickbury Mansion, a character Victorian house just a stone’s throw up the hill from Harpenden’s second high street in Southdown, became the school’s home in 1948. Now surrounded by a collection of sympathetically designed more modern buildings as well as playing fields, an astro and 25-metre indoor pool, this leafy 20-acre site makes for a friendly and well-functioning school campus of the ideal scale for prep school age children – big enough to stretch your legs in but small enough to know your way around. Planning application in for a new-build...

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Aldwickbury School is a vibrant and dynamic community, linking consistency and tradition with all that is best about modern educational practice. We understand how boys think, grow and learn, eventually becoming fine young men displaying a confident approach toward all that life may hold and a determination to carve out their own future.

The curriculum at Aldwickbury equips the boys with skills to succeed in future schooling and beyond. As a Christian school we pay due regard to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the boys. There is a daily programme of physical education and games, making full use of the extensive grounds surrounding the school.

The Pre-Prep Department is a happy, purposeful and friendly place where boys experience the joy of learning. Self expression linked to self discipline is encouraged, as well as a caring attitude and respect for others.

Our boys are polite, caring young men who enjoy being free to be boys. We are serious about the boys academic progress and they leave us able to be independent learners. From Year 6 flexible boarding is available, providing a happy and safe environment in which boarders are well cared for.
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Since September 2021, Paul Symes, previously senior deputy head at Belmont School (part of the Mill Hill Foundation). Attended East Bergholt High School, Colchester Sixth Form College and Brunel University (Borough Road). Started his teaching career at Isleworth and Syon School for boys, followed by various other secondary state schools in Suffolk teaching up to A level before moving to the independent prep sector in September 2010, returning to London as head of boys’ games at Belmont where he progressed to senior deputy head.


Boys join from a range of local nurseries in St Albans, Harpenden, Wheathampstead – staff go out and visit before joining to smooth the process. Twins are generally separated, following discussion with parents – Aldwickbury’s reception classrooms are interconnected so twins can peek at each other for reassurance. Three-form entry, no...

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