One of the aspects of a UK independent education that is so striking to foreigners is the absolutely central role that school sport, and especially team sport, plays in school life. In other countries sport plays its part, but usually beyond the school gates, whilst in a school like Aldenham the routine of sports matches is a prime part of our programme.
It is also clear that the role of school sport is recognised widely by elite sporting development programmes in this country, so that our pupils who are on academy programmes at premiership football clubs, on representative teams for hockey, on national programmes for swimming or gymnastics, or in county teams for cricket are all allowed to compete for their school and learn to lead others by their excellence.
At Aldenham we aim to:-
Encourage participation and commitment.
Develop sportsmanship and fair play.
Motivate pupils at whatever level they aspire to and are capable of.
Develop an interest in sport that will last beyond school.
Develop an awareness of maintaining good health at all times.
Educating children in Hertfordshire for more than 400 years, the Aldenham Foundation encompasses Aldenham Senior School for boys & girls 11-18, Aldenham Prep School (boys & girls 5–11), Aldenham Nursery (boys & girls rising 3-4), St Hilda's Prep School (girls 4-11) and Bluebird Nursery (boys & girls 2-4).
Aldenham School offers outstanding Boarding / Day options for boys and girls in a caring community. Set in a beautiful site of 110+ acres of green belt land within the M25 and close to the main London airports. Pupils enjoy an excellent all round education with room to express their individuality. Academic and social activities are given equal importance for the development of valuable life skills.
At Aldenham Nursery and Aldenham Prep School we provide a happy, nurturing and warm environment where quality learning takes place and the needs of each individual child are fulfilled. Aldenham Prep School is a caring school where boys and girls from 3 to 11 develop and thrive. On the same glorious site as Aldenham Senior School set in 110 acres of countryside and with excellent facilities.
St Hilda’s is a community of girls aged four to eleven years, whose infectious enthusiasm, politeness and busy purposefulness is immediately evident to visitors. The girls thrive in a caring yet challenging environment, which teaches them to be resilient and resourceful learners, and ultimately to be exceptionally well prepared to take their next step to the senior school of their choice.
Our youngest children aged 2-4 years are encouraged to play, explore and learn, under the watchful and inspiring care of specialist staff. Our packed programmes of teacher and child-led activities are especially designed to develop the whole child in ways appealing and appropriate to their current age and stage, including specialist teaching in subjects such as dance, music, swimming, PE, French and Spanish.