Verulam School

Verulam School
Brampton Road


Coordinates51°45′19″N 0°18′58″W / 51.7554°N 0.3162°W / 51.7554; -0.3162Coordinates: 51°45′19″N 0°18′58″W / 51.7554°N 0.3162°W / 51.7554; -0.3162
MottoFaire Mon Devoir (French: "To do my duty")
FounderR.F Bradshaw
Local authorityHertfordshire
Department for Education URN137038 Tables
HeadteacherMiss Julie Richardson
GenderBoys (girls in sixth form)
Age11 to 18
Enrolment1090[1] (October 2018)
HousesBrampton, Churchill, Hamilton, Jennings, Park, York
Colour(s)   Blue and yellow
PublicationVerulam Voice, Top Button

Verulam School is a state secondary school for boys with academy status in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England, founded in 1938 as St Albans Boys' Modern School.[2] The name was changed in the 1940s to St Albans Grammar School for Boys and in 1975 to Verulam School, based on the Roman name for St Albans (Verulamium).

The school caters for boys between the ages of 11 and 19. Boys can stay on into the Sixth Form, which also welcomes male and female students from other schools.

The school works in partnership with two neighbouring schools, Sandringham School and Beaumont School, to enhance post-16 educational provision. The partnership, named 'BeauSandVer' enables students to consort between schools for varying A Level subjects.

School performance[edit]

A Herts for Learning review in January 2018 rated the school 'Good' and highlighted improvements in the areas criticised by an Ofsted inspection in 2017. A further inspection by Ofsted in July 2018 reached the conclusion that Safeguarding is effective and noted that the school had responded to the October inspection "with great urgency". In September 2018 the school joined the Alban Academy Trust. An Ofsted inspection in October 2018 judged the school to be Good.[citation needed]

In a Kirkland Rowell independent survey of Parents in February 2020,[3] 89% of parents said they would recommend the school.[citation needed]


Prior to the school's turning comprehensive in 1975, there were four houses, named after the four streets forming a rectangle around the school site. These were Brampton, Hamilton, Jennings and Park. From 1975 onwards, with the increase in the yearly intake, two further houses were added, York and Churchill, also named after nearby roads.[citation needed]


The school participates in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, taking students through all of the phases from bronze to gold, with expeditions in places such as The Chilterns and The New Forest on Bronze, the South Downs and Dorset Coast on Silver, and Scotland, New Zealand and Morocco on the expeditions for the Gold award.[citation needed]

The school runs a student JazzSwing band, the Verulam Big Band. The latter have gone on a European tour.[citation needed]



  1. ^ "Verulam School Ofsted Inspection Report". Verulam School. 9 October 2018. Retrieved 30 September 2021.
  2. ^ "A brief History of the School". Verulam School. Archived from the original on 18 November 2008. Retrieved 26 February 2009.
  3. ^ "Head's News – 10th January". Verulam School. 20 January 2020. Retrieved 30 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone from the Zombies play hometown gig".
  5. ^ "Jeremy 'Jez' Butterworth - Playwright Encyclopedia".
  6. ^ "The Quietus | Features | Remember Them... | You Don't Have to Rob a Bank: The Roots of Peter Rehberg".