Tuesday 14 September 2021
The start of the new term marks the beginning of a new era at Aldwickbury as Mr Paul Symes takes up his position as Headmaster. Mr Symes is only the school’s 5th Headmaster in its 73 year history.

Mr Symes has 18 years of teaching experience across both co-ed and all boys’ state and independent schools. He joins the team at Aldwickbury from Belm ...
Thursday 15 July 2021
After over a year of no Old Boy visitors we were delighted to welcome back to Aldwickbury Richard Humphries, QC (AOB 1972-6) in July. He very kindly donated a cup to the School naming it the Avril Chidell Singing Cup marking Mrs Chidell’s contribution not only to music at Aldwickbury but also her tremendous part in life at Aldwickbury. Richard hims ...
Wednesday 30 June 2021
Thank you to Peter Watson-Lee (AOBA 1962- 1965) for sharing his memories of the room use at Aldwickbury during his time here. Do look at the previous news item to see the image of the house with the room numbers.

1) The School Library. Access was allowed to sit and read quietly and look at the daily newspaper that was placed there.

2) Mr Chid ...
Monday 21 June 2021
We are looking for school leavers or graduates to join our team of gap students in September. Gappies have a busy day basically in the classroom with the teachers in the morning and out on the games field in the afternoon. Helping out with the boarders in the evening is more fun than work! If you are interested then please contact Matt Holbrook on ...
Friday 21 May 2021
We are just having a trip down memory lane and have started to put together an archive of the various uses of the rooms in the main house at Aldwickbury. Whilst asking questions it has brought back recollections of times spent in those areas. One AOB remembers being in a lesson in Room 26 which Ken Castle interrupted to inform the boys that George ...
Friday 21 May 2021
Please see attached a larger image of the plan of the main house as it was pre 2007.
Wednesday 28 April 2021
We are sure there are many Aldwickbury Old Boys who would like to join us in wishing Avril Chidell a very Happy 90th Birthday today. She likes to keep in touch with all that is happening at the School and it is so lovely to have that connection with the School's history. Happy Birthday Mrs Chidell!
Thursday 01 October 2020
Aldwickbury School, an independent all-boys preparatory school located on the outskirts of Harpenden, has today announced the appointment of a new Headmaster, Paul Symes. The appointment follows the retirement of Headmaster Vernon Hales, who will be leaving the position at the end of the academic year, with Mr Symes set to assume the role from Sept ...
Wednesday 16 September 2020
In July the Chairman of Govenors, Jerremy Bromfield, OBE, wrote to the current parents to inform them that Vernon Hales, and his wife Claire, have decided that, after 18 years of exceptional service to Aldwickbury, Vernon will be retiring from the headship at the end of July 2021. The Govenors are hoping to appoint his successor at the end of Septe ...
Monday 27 January 2020
It was lovely to welcome Adrain Strain (AOB 1968 - 1974) back to Aldwickbury today. He came in his guise of a poet to explain his love of words to the Junior boys who are embarking on a week of poetry. He explained the start this probably began on the stage at Aldwickbury with the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas so loved by Mr Chidell. It was a rea ...
Monday 23 September 2019
It was lovely to welcome Avril Chidell and her daughter Charlotte back to Aldwickbury this weekend. They were on a grand tour during Charlotte's visit to the UK. Time spent with Avril is always a delight and as ever there were more Aldwickbury tales to hear!
Tuesday 27 August 2019
For all of you who were wondering if you were in the other half of the photo shown on the England Rugby film showing the World Cup players here is the complete photo. Colts B team 2006 - a team with a mix of Year 5 and 6 boys. Jack was in Year 5 at the time.

Jack went on to captain the Colts A team the following year before heading to St George' ...
Tuesday 16 July 2019
Jeremy Chaston is trying to get in touch with Tony Bolton who he believes was at Aldwickbury during the early 1960s. If you are able to provide any contact details plase email aoba@aldwickbury.org.uk.
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Friday 14 June 2019
We have just recieved a lovely parcel of memories from the family of Miss Dympna McEneaney who was matron at Aldwickbury during the 1960’s and 1970’s. She retired in 1978. It included this letter to parents detailing the arrangements for the day. Does anyone remember going to this?
Friday 14 June 2019
Dympna McEneaney was matron at Aldwickbury during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Here she is at work. Just trying to work out where this is in the house and does anyone know who the rather healthy looking young man is?!
Monday 03 June 2019
It's a sign of the times perhaps but we have had to install a new security gate at the entrance of the school this half term. This means that there will be no access to the school out of hours. We know that many Old Boys make a quick detour when passing to check the school is still standing and to see if any changes have been made. We are really so ...
Wednesday 24 April 2019
Cricket has been played on the fields at Aldwickbury since the school started in 1948. Here is an extract from the first magazine published in 1949. It wouldn't be acceptable now to publish individual reviews of the 1st XI these days but it does make for interesting reading! Do let us know your memories of cricket at Aldwickbury.

Characters of t ...
Thursday 21 March 2019
The simple answer is yes of course but any Old Boy would still recognise much if they came to visit. These photos show the change but also refelct the same values.
Monday 25 February 2019
Swimming has always been important at Aldwickbury from the early days when boys went to the baths in Luton to the days of the outdoor pool and for a while now the boys have been fortunate to have the indoor pool to enjoy. From our weekly swimming lessons to the annual swimming sports the boys have plenty of opportunities to hone the most important ...
Thursday 31 January 2019
If you are taking time out of revising to surf the internet you may like to think of spending your gap year, or part of it, at Aldwickbury. We looking for someone local as there is no accomodation available. If you'd like further details contact c.hales@aldwickbury.org.uk - it would be good to hear from you! Now back to your revision!
Wednesday 16 January 2019
Thank you to all the Aldwickbury Old Boys who have logged into the new AOBA website. We have had a fair number of the first mailing returned as unknown at the address so if you are in touch with other AOBs then please do point them in the direction of the website.

Here's photos that fell out of a box recently - does anyone recognise themselves ...
Sunday 06 January 2019
Robin wrote to the AOBA to tell of his recent visit to London where he not only caught up with other AOBs Robin Battle, Giles Thorman and Adrian Lawrence but also met HRH Princess Eugine of York at the RAF Club.
Thursday 22 November 2018

It was around seventy years ago when the grand family mansion, Aldwickbury, came up for sale and was identified as being suitable as a school house. 
Despite initial gloomy forecasts that Aldwickbury was too big for a school and would surely fail, now, 70 years on, the school is still around and is as successful as ever, confounding those e ...
Thursday 22 November 2018
It was a delight to welcome back Old Boys from 1948 – 1969 as well as three former pupils from Lea House School to our Prizegiving celebrations in July. This was part of the School’s 70th birthday celebrations.
“Thank you for the wonderful day you prepared for us 'old boys’ including the display of the school photographs in which I was able to rec ...
Thursday 22 November 2018
Sadly we recently learnt of Michael’s passing in mid-October. He had continued to live in Harpenden all his life and the funeral was well attend with family, friends and past colleagues from over many years. Michael was fondly remembered as a real gentleman by all who spoke of him and we heard of his considerable achievements in his working life. H ...
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