Samuel Ryder Academy

Coordinates: 51°44′20″N 0°18′40″W / 51.73882°N 0.31104°W / 51.73882; -0.31104

Samuel Ryder Academy
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The school pictured in 2005
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Coordinates51°44′20″N 0°18′40″W / 51.73882°N 0.31104°W / 51.73882; -0.31104
Department for Education URN138582 Tables
Age4 to 19

Samuel Ryder Academy (also known as SRA and formerly Francis Bacon School) is a mixed all-through school located in St Albans in South Hertfordshire, England.

It is an all-through school with primary and secondary departments for children aged 4 to 19. This includes a sixth form provision which offers students A Levels and BTECs as courses for study.


It is named after Samuel Ryder, the English businessman, entrepreneur, golf enthusiast, professional dog breeder and golf promoter who spent many years living and working in St Albans. The school was previously named after Sir Francis Bacon, the Elizabethan polymath (philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, and author) who lived at Old Gorhambury House.

House system[edit]

The student body is split into seven houses: Austen (Green), Bronte (Silver), Christie, (Orange), Dahl (Red), Hardy (White), King (Blue) and Wordsworth (Purple), named for Jane Austen, Emily Jane Brontë, Agatha Christie, Roald Dahl, Thomas Hardy, Martin Luther King Jr. and William Wordsworth respectively.

Grounds and facilities[edit]

The school has a large field with multiple football and rugby pitches and a cricket pitch, and extensive sports facilities, including a gymnasium, swimming pool and 7 all-weather tennis courts. It also has a full-size 3G astroturf pitch with state of the art changing rooms and a fully kitted sports centre also containing a gym and dance studio. The school has Media and Creative Facilities comprising television and media studios, including kitted studio and location filming and recording equipment. The school also houses well-equipped dance studio drama, DT and art facilities as well as numerous computing suites.


The school is part of the Scholars’ Education Trust which consists of Sir John Lawes School, Samuel Ryder Academy, Robert Barclay Academy, Harpenden Academy and Priory Academy.[1]


  1. ^ "Scholars Education Trust". Retrieved 28 July 2019.

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