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|Samuel Ryder Academy|
|Department for Education URN||138582 Tables|
|Age||4 to 19|
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.
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
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.
- "Scholars Education Trust". www.scholarseducationtrust.co.uk. Retrieved 28 July 2019.