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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 sports hall on-site...

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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 2003, Vernon Hales BEd (50s). Educated at Langley Park Grammar School and Exeter University, where his education degree majored in PE. After a year in the state system, he started his prep school career at Papplewick before heading off to New Zealand, becoming deputy head in its then largest boarding prep school. Returned as deputy head and boarding housemaster at Elstree School, then joined Aldwickbury as the school’s fourth head. Partnered through entire professional journey by wife Claire, also a trained teacher and now the school’s head of marketing. Two sons educated at Aldwickbury, then The Leys.

Personable and relaxed; pleasingly jovial manner with the boys. When asked what he has improved during his tenure so far, he has trouble answering - ‘I don’t want to sound arrogant’ -...

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