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Founded in 1889, St Albans High School for Girls is an independent day school for girls aged 4-18 years located in Hertfordshire. We are affiliated to the Church of England and welcome pupils of all faiths and none. As a member of the GSA we are experts in girls’ education and believe they aim higher and do better in an all girls’ environment.
Fostering scholarship and integrity, the High School provides inspirational opportunities and strong support to develop a lifelong love of learning and respect for others. As well as enabling academic excellence, we offer a huge range of enriching opportunities and provide exceptional pastoral care.
Gifted & Talented
The process of identifying the more able pupils is ongoing as part of the school’s academic monitoring programme.
The school will aim to meet the needs of the more able by providing a stimulating classroom learning environment which encourages risk-taking, independence and creativity. This will be within an ethos which encourages and celebrates achievement in all fields.
There are tailored opportunities for learning beyond the classroom, both within and outside of the school, ranging from competitions to working with specialists and including support with further education applications.
The School provides a supportive, challenging and creative environment, where girls work hard, are very successful academically and enjoy learning. It provides support for mild dyslexia and mild dyspraxia, all screened in Year 3.
All girls are screened for literacy difficulties at the start of Year 7. One-to-one ‘additional curricular education’ lessons (ACE for short) for specific learning needs like dyslexia and dyspraxia available at an additional charge
Fees Assistance & Scholarships
A number of instances of Fees Assistance of up to 100% of the tuition fees are available at any time from Reception (aged 4+). Applicants will be asked to demonstrate financial need by completing a Statement of Financial Circumstances
How and when parents should apply for bursaries, and what information they need to supply
When completing our Registration Form (which, as a general rule, can be done any time until 30 November of the year before entry), there is space to indicate an expected need for Fees Assistance. Where this has been indicated, and in order to provide current information, a Statement of Financial Circumstances will be sent in the October/November of the year preceding entry. Information about the whole family/household situation will be required so that this can be reviewed,
Income and other qualifying criteria e.g. number of children that might be taken into account
The financial circumstances of each family are different, and each case will be considered on its merits. However, as an example, if the household income were £50,000 it is unlikely that significant, if any, assistance with fees will be possible.
Are bursaries reviewed annually?
The ages at which scholarships can be competed for
11+ and 16+
The types of scholarships e.g. sports, academic, music and how there are assessed
The School offers the following Scholarships:
Academic Scholarships (at 11+)
Academic Scholarships will be awarded on academic merit shown in the entrance examinations and any subsequent interviews. All candidates are entered for the 11+ Academic Scholarships at the time of sitting our entrance examinations in January; there is nothing extra which needs to be done in order to apply. Scholarships will be worth up to 10% of the tuition fees.
Music Scholarships (at 11+)
The Du Cane Music Scholarships will normally be awarded to pupils entering the Senior School in Year 7. They are assessed by means of auditions. A successful candidate will have reached a good standard in the Entrance Examination. The awards will be worth up to 50% of the tuition fees. Fees assistance to offset instrumental tuition taken at the High School is also often awarded as a result of the selection process.
Sixth Form Scholarships
The following scholarships may be awarded to pupils entering Year 12 of the Senior School. They may be external or internal candidates.
Scholarships may be awarded to girls entering the Sixth Form worth up to 50% of the tuition fees. They are intended for girls of high academic ability and will be awarded to those who show most potential for Sixth Form work. In the first instance girls will be considered if they have given evidence of academic excellence over a range of subjects.
The following new Scholarships may be awarded to girls entering the Sixth Form and are worth 10% of the tuition fees.
ART/DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
This Scholarship will be awarded for commitment and achievement in Art and/or a DT subject (Product Design/Textiles/Food Technology). Candidates must have the ability to make a significant contribution to the creative life of the School and provide evidence of previous strong commitment.
DRAMA AND THEATRE STUDIES
This Scholarship will be awarded for commitment and achievement/outstanding potential in Drama. Candidates must have the ability to make a significant contribution to extra-curricular Drama and provide evidence of previous strong commitment.
This Scholarship will be awarded for commitment and achievement in Sport/outstanding sporting potential. Candidates must have the ability to make a significant contribution to school Sports teams and provide evidence of previous strong commitment. Strength in the Schools main sports; netball, lacrosse, athletics, tennis, gymnastics and swimming would be advantageous. Potential candidates would be currently competing at County level and/or equivalent.
The percentage of fees they might cover and the approximate number of scholarships available at each age group
11+ Academic Scholarships are generally to the value of 10% of school fees. Music Scholarships will be worth up to the value of 50% of the tuition fees. At 16+ the Academic Scholarships are available on an equal basis to both internal and external candidates up to the value of 50%.
The terms on which scholarships are offered e.g. annual review
Awards are for the duration of the candidate’s time in school, provided that her progress and conduct remain satisfactory.