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St Columba’s College and Preparatory School

By Coby F

1 year ago

Address: St Columba’s College, King Harry Lane, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4AW
Website: www.stcolumbascollege.org/
Founded: 1939
Ages: 4-18 years
Pupils: 800 students, boys & girls, including 150 in Sixth Form
Fees: (termly)Lower Prep £4,238; Prep 3 £4,988; Prep 4, 5 & 6 £5,502; Senior £6,446
Head Teacher: Mr Karl Guest
Religious Affiliation: Catholic
Entrance Procedure: Entry for all ages is by assessment
Contact: Prep School Office: 01727 862616, Senior School Office: 01727 855185
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: Book a private tour anytime


Our curriculum offers an appealing combination of breadth and depth. Our students study subjects both for their own sake as well as preparing them to attain the best possible qualifications. We regard all areas of the curriculum as equally important in preparing our students ‘not just to make a living, but to make a life’.

Games & the Arts

Sport is an integral part of school life at St Columba’s. We aim to foster an interest in physical activity and a healthy lifestyle, which in turn supports our pupils’ mental health and wellbeing. Students are encouraged to get involved in a wide range of musical ensembles that cater for all abilities and tastes.

Pastoral Care

Our pastoral care is rooted in the charism of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. This inspires us to see the best in every student and to be constantly available to meet their needs. In this, we seek to educate both head and heart. The Pastoral Programme is designed to develop students’ emotional intelligence, complementing their academic growth with the kind of personal growth that will enhance students’ lifelong happiness and effectiveness.

University Places

 89% placed at their first choice University. Including Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick, Bath, Exeter, Birmingham, Nottingham, Loughborough, Kings College, UCL, Manchester.
 (Summer 2022).

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

A belief that education is at its very best when teachers and students work collaboratively: that teachers take time to truly understand their students and work to develop a professional dialogue and an environment that promotes all-round excellence – in the classroom and beyond. 

Outstanding Characteristics

St. Columba’s College stands out for its outstanding characteristics. It offers parents the opportunity to provide their children with a solid moral foundation within a nurturing, community-spirited environment. The college emphasizes values such as courage, courtesy, and compassion, ensuring that students grow into well-rounded individuals. The college boasts fantastic facilities that support students’ growth and enable them to excel in their areas of passion.