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
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.
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
- Mr R Mashru
- Mrs D Nicholes
- Mr S Nokes
- Col M O'Dwyer
- Ms H Simmons
- Mr Sligo-Young
- The Venerable J Smith
- Mr S Theakston
- Mr D Tidmarsh
- Mr T Wells
Mr Trevor Barton(Chair Of Governors)
Mr Barton Is A Former Pupil Of Aldenham School Who, After Doing A Law Degree At Exeter, Served As An Officer In The Royal Navy For Ten Years. He Then Trained As A Solicitor, Was A Partner At Clyde And Co And Executive Director Of The Russo-British Chamber Of Commerce. He Is Now A Management Consultant.
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.
Mr Tony Bingham
Is A Former Pupil Of Aldenham Who Is A Chartered Accountant And Was A Partner At PWC. His Career Included Time In Southern Africa And The USA. He Is Also Treasurer Of The Aldenham School War Memorial Educational Fund And Participates In The School’s Sixth Form Mentoring Programme.
Mr Andrew Cox
Is A Former Pupil Of Aldenham Whose Son And Daughter Were Also Pupils In The School. Mr Cox Is A Chartered Surveyor With Over 30 Years’ Experience With Companies In The Hospitality And Leisure Industries. He Is Currently Property Director Of Young’s & Co.
Mr Alan Day
(Chairman Of Estates Committee) Is A Former Pupil Of Aldenham Who Is A Chartered Building Surveyor And Former Lead Partner Within The Project Management Team At Cushman & Wakefield.
Mr Ian Dewar
(Chairman Of Finance And General Purposes Committee) Was A Governor Of St Hilda’s School Before Joining The Aldenham Governing Body. He Was A Partner At KPMG.
Mr Anthony Hellman
is a former parent whose son was a pupil in McGill’s. He was a partner at Smith & Williamson heading up the International Fixed Income advisory team.
Councillor David Lambert is the Hertfordshire County Council representative on the governing body. His son was educated at Aldenham.
Mr Ronak Mashru is a Trade Sales Director for Diageo. He was formerly Director of Sales and Capability at Smarty Train Consultancy and worked for Procter & Gamble in their sales division for seven years. The Stonegate supplier of the year for 2017, Ronak is a Liveryman of the Brewers’ Company.
Dr Deborah Nicholes is former Chair of the Aldenham School Parents Association (ASPA) during the time when her son was at the School. She is a Community Paediatrician working in Hillingdon and is the appointed governor with responsibility for Safeguarding.
Mr Stephen Nokes (Chairman of Education Committee) was the Headmaster of John Hampden Grammar School, High Wycombe. He has chaired the Buckinghamshire School Forum and served on national and local committees concerning education.
Colonel Michael O’Dwyer is the Clerk to the Brewers’ Company. Prior to joining the Company he served with The Irish Guards and commanded the regiment in Iraq. He was responsible for delivering all military support to the London Olympics 2012.
Ms Harriet Simmons is an Independent Food Safety/Food Law Consultant. She was formerly a General Manager at SAI Global Assurance Services and a Technical Director for Connaught plc.
Mr Torquil Sligo-Young is Human and Information Resources Director of Young and Co Brewery. He is also a Board member of Ashcroft Academy and a Trustee of Prospect Educational Trust.
The Venerable Jonathan Smith is the Archdeacon of St Albans and a Residentiary Canon of St Albans Cathedral.
Mr Simon Theakston is the Upper Warden of the Brewers' Company and in this capacity serves as one of the appointed Brewers' Governors.
Mr David Tidmarsh is the Headmaster of St Martin’s Preparatory School in Northwood. He was formerly Head of the prep section of Reigate Grammar School.
Mr Tom Wells was a Vice Chairman of Charles Wells Ltd and Chairman of Muntons plc. He was High Sheriff of Bedfordshire and served on the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group.