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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.

Primary Schools
Secondary Schools
Sixth Form
University Technical Colleges (for entry in Y10 & Y12)
Independent School
Further Education (16+)
Special Educational Needs Schools

 

Primary School Open Days (alphabetical order)

Open days vary from school to school.  Some will have formal events that you can book to attend and other you just contact to make your own arrangements for a tour.  Usually events take place in November and December. Junior schools usually take the majority of their intake from the linked Infant school and tend not to have dedicated open days and tours.  Parents of pupils from other schools are usually requested to contact the school to arrange a personal tour.

**COVID-19 Update: To the best of our knowledge this information is correct, but is of course subject to change due to the current restrictions. Please check the website for the latest information.***

Aboyne Lodge School, St Albans
Check the website at the end of October/November 2020 for latest information on open days.
www.aboyne.herts.sch.uk

Alban City School, St Albans
Due to current restrictions no tours of the school will be taking place. A video tour and welcome message from the headteacher will be uploaded to the website soon.
albancityschool.org.uk

Beech Hyde Primary School, Wheathampstead
www.beechhyde.herts.sch.uk

Bowmansgreen Primary School, London Colney
To arrange a visit, please telephone the School Office on 01727 767772.
bowmansgreen.herts.sch.uk 

Bernards Heath Infant and Nursery School, St Albans
Tour dates to be confirmed.
bernardsheath.herts.sch.uk

Bernards Heath Junior School, St Albans
www.bernardsheathjnr.herts.sch.uk

Camp Primary & Nursery School, St Albans
Reception Admission tours will take place Wednesday mornings at 9:15 am and 10:00 am throughout October and November.
Please book your space with the school office at 01727 851056.
www.camp.herts.sch.uk

Colney Heath JMI School, Colney Heath
www.colneyheath.herts.sch.uk 

Cunningham Hill Infant School, St Albans
Tuesday 20th October 2020, 9.15 am
Friday 23rd October 2020, 1.15 pm
Wednesday 4th November 2020, 1.30 pm
Thursday 5th November 2020, 1.30pm
Friday 6th November 2020, 1.30 pm
Tuesday 10th November 2020, 9.15 am
Wednesday 11th November 2020, 1.30pm
Monday 16th November 2020, 1.30pm
Tuesday 17th November 2020, 1.30 pm
Friday 20th November 2020, 2pm
Please contact the school on 01727 857524 to book a tour as places are limited.  The tour of the junior school will take place immediately after.
cunninghaminfants.herts.sch.uk

Cunningham Hill Junior School, St Albans
Tours will take place immediately after the Infant School tours.  See dates and booking information above.
www.cunninghamhill-jun.herts.sch.uk

Fleetville Infant & Nursery School, St Albans
At the moment there are no plans for any visits. For both Reception and Nursery a presentation will be recorded and placed on the website and also the Head Teacher Mrs Lindley will be hosting a "Meet and chat to the Head Teacher" on line meeting. Dates will be posted on the school website in due course.
www.fleetvilleinfants.herts.sch.uk

Fleetville Junior School, St Albans
www.fleetvillejm.herts.sch.uk

Garden Fields JMI, St Albans
VIRTUAL tours will take place on:
Friday 6th November 2020, 9.15am
Tuesday 10th November 2020, 9.15am
Wednesday 11th November 2020, 9.15am
Tuesday 17th November 2020, 9.15am
Tuesday 24th November 2020, 9.15am
Wednesday 25th November 2020, 9.15am
Thursday 3rd December 2020, 9.15am
Friday 4th December 2020, 9.15am
Wednesday 9th December 2020, 9.15am
Thursday 10th December 2020, 9.15am
Wednesday 6th January 2021, 9.15am
Tuesday 12th January 2021, 9.15am
To book your place, email the school office, ([email protected]) with the following information: Preferred date, Tourist names, Contact name and email address (we need this to send you the meeting link), Home address.
www.gardenfields.herts.sch.uk

How Wood Primary School & Nursery, Park Street
Telephone 01727 768885 (school office) to book a place on the next school tour.
www.howwood.herts.sch.uk 

Killigrew Primary and Nursery School, St Albans
Due to Covid there will be no tours. Further information and a video of the school will be posted on the website in November.
www.killigrew.herts.sch.uk

London Colney Primary & Nursery School, London Colney
www.londoncolney.herts.sch.uk 

Mandeville Primary School, St Albans
Sunday 15th November 2020, 10am, 11am, 12pm & 1.30pm
Sunday 22nd November 2020, 10am, 11am, 12pm & 1.30pm
Sunday 29th November 2015, 10am, 11am, 12pm & 1.30pm
Sunday 10th January 2021, 10am, 11am, 12pm & 1.30pm
Visit the school website and complete the form on the Contact Us page to book a place on a tour.
www.mandeville.herts.sch.uk

Maple Primary School, St Albans
Due to Covid-19 there will be no tours. In place of the tours, on 1st November there will be a  “Welcome /Information”  video from the Headteacher and Deputy Head, on the school website.
maple.herts.sch.uk

Margaret Wix Primary School, St Albans
www.margaretwix.herts.sch.uk

Markyate Village School & Nursery, Markyate
Socially distanced visits will take place in November. If you would like to book on to one of these please contact the school office [email protected]
www.markyate.herts.sch.uk 

Mount Pleasant Lane Primary School, St Albans
At the moment there are no plans for any visits. A Reception presentation will be recorded and placed on the website in due course.  
www.mountpleasant.herts.sch.uk

Oakwood Primary School
Arrangements for tours / visits are currently under review because of the Covid-19 social distancing guidelines.  Information will be available on the school website after 2nd November 2020.
www.oakwood.herts.sch.uk

Park Street C of E Primary School
Please ring the school office on 01727 872158 to arrange a visit.
www.parkstreetprimary.org.uk 

Prae Wood Primary School, St Albans
Offering limited in-person tours on either a Wednesday evening or a Saturday morning. A video giving you a taste of the day-to-day teaching and environment at Prae Wood will also be published on the website. To book a place on a tour contact the school office.  Please also see the website for guidelines on attending a tour.
www.praewood.herts.sch.uk

Redbourn Primary School
Currently unable you offer tours due to government guidelines.  If guidance does not change virtual information will be provided.  Check the website for latest information.
www.redbournprimary.co.uk

Sandridge Primary School, St Albans
Tuesday 13th October 2020, 5.00pm
Wednesday 21st October 2020,  5.00pm
Thursday 5th November 2020, 5.30pm
Monday 16th November 2020, 5.00pm
Tuesday 1st December 2020, 5.30pm
Thursday 7th January 2021, 5.30pm
Please call (01727 850576) or email ([email protected]) the school office to book your place.
www.sandridge.herts.sch.uk

Skyswood Primary School, St Albans
Saturday 14th November 2020, 10am & 11am
Saturday 21st November 2020, 10am & 11am
Thursday 26th November 2020, 6pm & 7pm
Saturday 28th November 2020, 10am & 11am
Sunday 29th November 2020, 10am & 11am
Saturday 5th December 2020, 10am & 11am
Places for any of the above tours can be booked from Monday 2nd November by emailing [email protected] or by calling the school office (Mrs Foster & Mrs Spitall) on 01727 854164.
www.skyswood.herts.sch.uk

St Adrian's RC Primary School & Nursery, St Albans
Visits to the school will be limited due to the current COVID-19 situation. Please phone the school for details 01727 852687.
stadrians.herts.sch.uk

Ss Alban & Stephen Catholic Primary School, St Albans
www.ssas.herts.sch.uk

St Bernadette Catholic Primary School, London Colney
www.stbernadette.herts.sch.uk 

St Helen’s CofE School, Wheathampstead
Visit the website for a virtual tour of the school.
www.sthelens.herts.sch.uk

St John Fisher Catholic Primary School
A virtual tour will be posted on the website in due course.
www.sjfisher.herts.sch.uk

St Peter's School, St Albans
www.stpeters.herts.sch.uk

The Abbey CE VA Primary School, St Albans
Due to Covid there will not be any tours of the school. A virtual tour and presentation will be uploaded to the website in October.
www.abbey.herts.sch.uk

Wheatfields Infant & Nursery School
Saturday 14th November 2020, 1.30pm (full), 1.40pm, 2.15pm, 2.25pm
Saturday 21st November 2020, 1.30pm, 1.40pm, 2.15pm, 2.25pm
Saturday 5th December 2020, 1.30pm, 1.40pm, 2.15pm, 2.25pm
Saturday 9th January 2021, 1.30pm, 1.40pm, 2.15pm, 2.25pm
Visit the Admissions page on the school website to request a visit.
www.wheatfieldsinfants.herts.sch.uk

Windermere Primary School, St Albans
Saturday 7th November 2020
Contact the school to book a place on the tour
windermere.herts.sch.uk

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: Very few in person tours are taking place this year.  See below for details of those available and alternative virtual tours. ***

Beaumont School, St Albans
There will be no open evening or tours of the school.  Virtual resources are available on the website including the Headteacher’s speech.
www.beaumontschool.com

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.  Virtual Tour also available on the website.
www.kwschool.co.uk

Loreto College, St Albans
Virtual Open Evening -  a series of short films about life at Loreto College available on the website.
www.loreto.herts.sch.uk

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.
nbs.herts.sch.uk

Roundwood Park School, Harpenden
Thursday 24th September 2020 - Virtual Open Evening.
Information is available on the website that will give you a flavour of the school.
www.roundwoodpark.co.uk

Samuel Ryder Academy, St Albans
Thursday September 24th 2020 - Virtual Open Evening
Information available on the website including Headteacher's talk and a virtual tour of the school. 
www.samuelryderacademy.co.uk

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.
www.sandringham.herts.sch.uk

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.
www.sjl.herts.sch.uk

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
www.stags.herts.sch.uk

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.
www.stgeorges.herts.sch.uk

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.
www.themarlboroughscienceacademy.co.uk

Townsend Church of England School, St Albans
Virtual Open Day now available on the website.
www.townsend.herts.sch.uk

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.
www.verulamschool.co.uk

 

Sixth Form Open Events (alphabetical order)

Sixth Form Open Events take place any time from October to January. Booking is not usually required for the main Open Evenings (listed first below), but Open Mornings, Tours and Information Evenings usually require booking so please contact the school to arrange an appointment.  Visit the school websites for more information.

Beaumont School, St Albans
Thursday 5th November 2020 7pm, BeauSandVer Trust Virtual Information Evening
The presentation is available on the school website.
www.beaumontschool.com

Loreto College, St Albans
Visit the website for their virtual open evening.
www.loreto.herts.sch.uk

Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School, St Albans
nbs.herts.sch.uk

Roundwood Park School, Harpenden
www.roundwoodpark.co.uk

Samuel Ryder Academy, St Albans
www.samuelryderacademy.co.uk

Sandringham School, St Albans
Thursday 5th November 2020 7pm, BeauSandVer Trust Virtual Information Evening
The presentation is available on the school website.
www.sandringham.herts.sch.uk

Sir John Lawes School, Harpenden
www.sjl.herts.sch.uk

St Albans Girls’ School, St Albans
Wednesday 4th November - Online information evening
External open mornings:
Thursday 26th November 2020, 9.15am
Tuesday 2nd February 2020, 9.15am
Wednesday 10th March 2020, 9.15am
Email post16:@stags.herts.sch.uk to register your interest
www.stags.herts.sch.uk

St George’s School, Harpenden
Opportunities at 16+ Evening will be held in January 2021 by appointment only (general and subject specific talk - no tours of the School).  Full details available in the Sixth Form Application Packs.
www.stgeorges.herts.sch.uk

The Marlborough Science Academy, St Albans
www.themarlboroughscienceacademy.co.uk

Townsend Church of England School, St Albans
www.townsend.herts.sch.uk

Verulam School, St Albans
Thursday 5th November 2020 7pm, BeauSandVer Trust Virtual Information Evening
The presentation is available on the website.
www.verulamschool.co.uk

 

University Technical Colleges Information Events (for entry into Y10 and Y12)

Watford UTC, Watford
Information Events for Year 10 and Year 12 Entry will be scheduled in the Spring Term 2021.
www.watfordutc.org

Elstree Screen Arts, Borehamwood
No open events upcoming, but a virtual tour is available on the website.
esaacademy.org

 

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.
www.abbotshill.herts.sch.uk

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

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

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.
www.berkhamsted.com

Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls
Visit the website to view the Junior School, Senior School and Sixth Form Virtual Open Days.
www.habsgirls.org.uk

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

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
www.princesshelenacollege.co.uk

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.
www.stahs.org.uk

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.
www.st-albans.herts.sch.uk

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
www.stcolumbascollege.org

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

The Habersdashers' Aske's Boys School
Visit the website for a Virtual Tour for Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior School.
www.habsboys.org.uk

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

 

Further Education 16+ (Not Sixth Form)

Oaklands College, St Albans & Welwyn
21st November 2020, 10am - 3pm - Virtual Open Day
Register your interest via the website.
www.oaklands.ac.uk

West Herts College, Hemel Hempstead, Kings Langley & Watford
14th November 2020, 10am - 2pm - Digital Open Day
Register on the website 
www.westherts.ac.uk

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.
www.stlukes.herts.sch.uk