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School Open Days

Below you will find details of local secondary and independent school open days over the coming months.  These are listed in alphabetical order.  If you have missed any of the open days or in cases where no public open day has been organised by the school we would suggest contacting the school directly to arrange a visit.

We do our best to ensure dates, timings and details are accurate.  However from time to time details change. To avoid unnecessary disappointment we recommend contacting the school or checking their website to double check the details and confirm attendance before setting off.

** COVID 19 UPDATE: We are regularly updating the information here as and when it becomes clear how and when Open Events will run.  Please always double-check school websites for the latest information. ***

You can access all the information you need about the state school applications process on the Herts County Council website. Independent schools will run their own admissions processes and you should visit the school websites for further details.

Secondary School Open Evenings (alphabetical order)

Senior School open evenings take place in September/October, with the exception of Sandringham School who hold their main event in July, with informal tours available in autumn.  Booking is not required for the main Open Evenings, but Headteachers' talks will be ticketed on a first-come-first-serve basis on the night, and booking is likely to be required for additional tours.  Visit the school websites for more information.

** COVID 19 UPDATE: Most schools are running virtual open evenings this year with limited opportunities for in-person visits.  Please double-check the school websites for the latest information ***

Beaumont School, St Albans
There will be no open evening or tours of the school.  Virtual resources will be made available in due course.

Katherine Warington School, Harpenden
Saturday 12th September 2020
Saturday 19th September 2020
Saturday 26th September 2020
Saturday 3rd October 2020
Saturday 10th October 2020
Saturday 17th October 2020
Self-guided tours ONLY for current Year 6 students and their immediate family.  Visit the website to book.  Further dates may be added.

Loreto College, St Albans
Virtual Open Evening -  a series of short films about life at Loreto College available from 21st September on the website.

Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School, St Albans
Virtual Open Evening on 8th October including films by the Headteacher and students and a live "Ask the Headteacher" Q&A at 6.45pm and 7.30pm.

Roundwood Park School, Harpenden
Thursday 24th September 2020 - Virtual Open Evening.
Information will be posted on this date that will give you a flavour of the school.

Samuel Ryder Academy, St Albans
Thursday September 24th 2020 - Virtual Open Evening
More information will follow on the website soon

Sandringham School, St Albans
Wednesday 9th September 2020, 6pm - Live Stream Open Evening speech via YouTube from Headteacher and students. 
Virtual Open Evening Material available on the Admissions page of the school website.
Open Mornings have been cancelled following the latest update on the restrictions to social gatherings. On 17th September at 9am there will be a live virtual tour with headmaster Alan Gray.

Sir John Lawes School, Harpenden
The school will be providing a range of information via our website to help you get a feel for the school.
Check back regularly for updates over the next few weeks including the head’s speech, faculty information and virtual tours of the school site.

St Albans Girls’ School, St Albans
Virtual Tour available on the website as well as the Headmaster's Talk from the 2019 Open Evening.
Working Day tours (times vary):
14 - 16 September 2020
22 - 24 September 2020
28 - 30 September 2020
6 - 8 October 2020
12, 13 & 15 October 2020
Contact the school on 01727 853134 to book a place

St George’s School, Harpenden
Visit the website for information about the school including 360 degree tour and the school prospectus, with a talk from the Headmistress being added soon.

The Marlborough Science Academy, St Albans
Thursday 17th September 2020, 6.30pm - Live stream of Headmaster's Presentation on YouTube
Tours of the school available from Monday 14th September through until Friday 23rd October, all at 9am.  Call 01727 856874 to book a place.

Townsend Church of England School, St Albans
Virtual Open Day now available on the website.

Verulam School, St Albans
Saturday 3rd October 2020 - Open Day Tours at 9am, 10.30am, 12pm & 1.30pm
Visit the website to book your place.


Independent School Open Days (alphabetical order)

This section includes open days for Nurseries, Pre-Prep, Prep Senior and Sixth Form offered by Independent Schools. Independent schools typically hold a number of Open Days throughout the year and many will be happy to arrange individual visits.   Open events usually require you to register your attendance in advance. 

*** COVID-19 UPDATE: Please note that many of the open days will take place virtually at the moment. Please check school website for the latest information ***

Abbots Hill School
Saturday 26 September 2020, 2pm – 4pm (Virtual Open Afternoon - Nursery, Prep & Senior School)
Friday 9 October 2020, 9.30am (Virtual Nursery & Prep Working Open Morning)
Friday 13 November  2020, 9.00am (Virtual Senior School Working Open Morning)
Complete the online form to attend.
Visit the school website to book a bespoke individual tour.

Aldwickbury School
Please telephone the Registrar for details or to make a personal appointment on 01582 713022.

Beechwood Park School
Friday 16th October 2020 (Virtual Open Morning)
Friday 12th February 2021
Please register your attendance on the website.

Berkhamsted School 
Monday 21st September 2020, 6.30pm (Virtual Open Evening - Boys)
Tuesday 22nd September 2020, 6.30pm (Virtual Open Evening - Boys & Girls)
Wednesday 23rd September 2020, 6.30pm (Virtual Open Evening - Sixth Form)
Thursday 1st October 2020, 7pm (Virtual Open Evening - Pre-prep, Prep & Heatherton)
Saturday 3rd October 2020, 10am (Virtual Open Morning - Pre-prep, Prep & Heatherton)
Visit the website to book your place.

Lockers Park School
Saturday 10th October 2020, 10am - 12pm
Visit the website to book your place.

Princess Helena College (Whole School)
Saturday 26 September 2020, 10am – 1pm (Virtual Open Morning - Whole School)
Tuesday 29 September, 6pm – 8pm (Virtual Open Evening - Sixth Form)
Please book via the website

St Albans High School for Girls
Thursday 24th September 2020 (Prep School Visit)
Friday 25th September 2020 (Prep School Visit)
Wednesday 30th September 2020 (Virtual Open Evening - Sixth Form)
Friday 2nd October 2020 (Prep School Visit)
Saturday 10th October 2020 (Virtual Open Morning - Senior School)
Thursday 5th November 2020 (Senior School Snapshot Session)
Friday 6th November 2020 (Prep School Snapshot Session)
Friday 13th November 2020 (Senior School Snapshot Session)
Please visit the website to book your place on one of these events or to book an individual tour.

St Albans School
Visit the website to see the Virtual Open Morning.
Wednesday 23rd September 2020 (Virtual 16+ Q&A session)
Tuesday 29th September 2020 (Virtual 16+ Q&A session)
Thursday 8th October 2020 (Virtual 16+ Q&A session)
Visit the website to book a place on the 16+ Q&A sessions.

St Columba’s College
Saturday 3rd October 2020, 9am - 12pm (Virtual Open Morning - Prep, Senior & Sixth Form)
Tuesday 10th November 2020, 6 - 9pm (Sixth Form Preview Evening)
Please register via the website

St Hilda's School
Saturday 14th November 2020: 10am - 12pm
Please visit the website to book a place.

The King's School
Saturday 3rd October 2020, 9.30am - 12pm
Please book your appointment via the website.

Special Education Needs Schools Open Days

St Luke’s School
Parents and families are invited in small groups to tour the school to see a normal morning in class. These run each month - the second Tuesday of the month. Please book through the school reception 01582 626727. You can also attend a Friday assembly to give you a real sense of the ethos of the school. This is a celebratory assembly with singing, awards and pupils' full participation. Great fun and you don't need to book - just turn up on a Friday afternoon for a 2.30pm start.