Aldenham School, Founded 1597

Key Facts

We hope that you will have caught a flavour of what Aldenham Prep School is like, from the nursery all the way to the end of Year 6, and that you will want to come and see us to find out more. However, on this page, you will find some of the basic statistics, should you need them.

Head                Mrs V Gocher 

Number on role: Currently with 171 from Nursery to Year 6.  89 boys and 82 girls.

Classification: IAPS Independent School for pupils age 3 - 11​, part of The Aldenham Foundation.

Boarding​: No, although the senior school (11+) does have boarding and flexi-boarding options.

Local Authority: Hertfordshire​

Religious Affiliation: Church of England​

Open Days: June, October​

Governing Body
Click on the tabs to find out about each of our Governors.

  • Mr T J Barton
  • Mrs V Shah
  • Mr A J Bingham
  • MR A J S COX
  • MR A DAY
  • mr i a dewar
  • Mr a hellman
  • Cllr D Lambert
  • Mrs D Nicholes
  • Mr S Nokes
  • Col M O'Dwyer
  • Mr T C FfB Sligo-Young
  • The Ven J Smith
  • Mr D T Tidmarsh
  • Mr T F Wells
  • Mr S Yeo
  • Field Marshal, The Lord Vincent Of Coleshill

Mrs Vandana Shah

(Deputy Chair) is a solicitor and former Chair of the Aldenham School Parents Association (ASPA) during the time when her son was at the School. She is the appointed governor with responsibility for Public Benefit.

The Governing Body meets three times a year in the last week of each term. It is served by a number of committees which meet with the Headmaster and other senior staff on a termly basis. There are committees to consider the academic life of the School, the development of the School’s estate, the finance of the School, and St Hilda’s School. Matters of health and safety and public benefit, and safeguarding are considered by the Governing Body at each meeting with full reviews on an annual basis. Appointed members of the Governing Body take a specific interest in the development of the Prep School and St Hilda’s School.

Up to 8 members of the Governing Body are appointees of the Brewers’ Company which was the owner of the School’s land and buildings before gifting these to the Aldenham School Charity in 1995. Today the links between the School and the Brewers’ Company continue to celebrate the rich heritage that exists from the time of the foundation of the School with every pupil in Year 9 attending Brewers’ Hall to receive “beer money”, and two formal visits to the School by the court of the Brewers’ Company each year. Governors generally serve for a three year term with the possibility of being re-elected after that time.

The Governing Body are the trustees of the Aldenham Foundation and no member receives remuneration for their work with the School. They oversee the life and work of the School and plan for its future success, but the day-to-day running of the School is the responsibility of the Headmaster, Bursar and other senior staff. They receive a termly report from the Headmaster and aim to support a number of School events each term. The Governing Body are responsible for the appointment of the Headmaster and take an interest in other senior appointments at the School.

Part of the
Aldenham Foundation