The school was founded in 1597 by Richard Platt, who owned a London brewery. Aldenham remains proud of its long history and has six senior houses and one junior house. The three oldest
houses – McGill's (gold), Beevor's (red) and Paull's (sky blue) – are
each named after their first Housemasters.
Within this caring and well-disciplined community, set in over 110 acres
of Hertfordshire countryside yet only 13 miles from central London, it
is our aim that each pupil should be known as an individual and
encouraged to develop their all-round gifts to the full.
Sport has long been major part of the extracurricular activities at the school. In 1825 Aldenham became the second place after Eton to write down rules for its code of football. The Good Schools Guide called Aldenham "A seriously sporty school", as well as "Intensely competitive." Aldenham was used to film interior scenes in the 1968 classic British film If..., starring Malcolm McDowell and directed by Lindsay Anderson.
For 11+ places are offered on the basis of a satisfactory
performance at the 11+ test, interview and school report. The entrance
examination is held during the Spring Term and the aim is to test the
skills of the candidates whatever their background. Papers are set in
English and Mathematics and Reasoning. If Aldenham School is the only
choice, an early offer may be made, subject to a satisfactory interview
and school report.For 13+ places are offered on the basis of 13+ test,
interview and school report. The test is during the Spring Term and
papers are set in English, Maths, Science and Verbal Reasoning. If
Aldenham School is the only choice, an early offer may be made, subject
to a satisfactory interview and school report.For sixth form entry offers can be made following
successful interview, school report and predicted GCSE grades. A
minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above is required, with at least
B grades expected in the subjects to be studied at AS/A2 Level. If a
pupil has failed to get a C grade at GCSE in English Language or
Mathematics, then they will be required to take one or both during the
Lower Sixth year, as subsequent University applications may depend upon grades in these subjects.
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