Welcome to
St Albans High School

It is my great privilege to be Head of this amazing School and its vibrant community of ambitious young people, caring and talented staff and supportive alumni and parents. At STAHS, we keep our aims simple: we concentrate all our efforts on providing a safe and nurturing environment in which our pupils can work and learn together, where they are always challenged to think beyond the curriculum and for themselves, and where aspiration and drive are balanced with kindness and generosity of spirit.  

Our Teach to 25 philosophy underpins all we do at STAHS – our focus is on delivering an education that will equip each pupil with the skills, independence and knowledge they will need to navigate and thrive in the critical early years of adult life. We are very proud to be consistently ranked amongst the best independent schools in the UK. However, this is not our goal: academic success is a by-product of our approach to education. Our Challenge for All ethos ensures that in and outside the classroom our pupils are encouraged to and rewarded for giving of their best, whatever their passions and aspirations. Happy, well-supported young people who are inspired and encouraged to develop their own independent opinions and explore their own interests do very well in exams. But more importantly, they are equipped to go forth and lead successful, fulfilling lives. We often speak of the importance of living ‘lives of consequence’ – we prepare the young people in our care to make a meaningful impact on the world – and they do just that.  

When you join STAHS, as a pupil and as a family, you join a warm and giving community for life. Our alumni and friends are very much a part of day-to-day events at the School, and the advice, mentoring and guidance they provide our current staff and pupils are invaluable. You will not spend long with us before you’ll be invited for a talk or workshop led by someone from our varied and wide-reaching network. 

We offer so much more than knowledge and qualifications. We offer a full and well-balanced education for life. 

I do hope that you will visit us soon to see for yourself. You will be very welcome.   


Amber Waite, Head