Aldenham School, Founded 1597

Aldenham UK – Founded 1597

In 1596, Queen Elizabeth I gave royal assent for the founding of a school to Richard Platt, a nobleman and philanthropist. Aldenham School was soon established, and the foundation stone was laid in 1597. This school had, and still has, at its heart the concept of an all-round education.

Unlike other schools established at that time, Aldenham looked beyond the solely classical education to include even such things as archery in the curriculum, in recognition that body, mind and spirit all needed to be developed. This focus on educating the whole child runs deep through the Aldenham veins, and we are proud that 425 years later, it is still what we are famous for.

Aldenham School in the UK has been educating children on the same original glorious site, with easy access to central London and all that the capital offers, continuously for over 425 years. An Aldenham education has the perfect blend of history and tradition with a modern focus. We use our experience and wisdom from the past to prepare our pupils to navigate their own path into the future.

Alumni - The Old Aldenhamians

Throughout our years, we have had many pupils go on to success and fame in a range of fields, including Karren Brady, international businesswoman and television personality; Matt Wallace, professional golfer; and a number of professional footballers including the exciting Charlie Patino. Some other notable OAs from our long history are listed below.

Some Notable OAs

Lord Stanley Buckmaster, 1st Viscount Buckmaster and Lord Chancellor of Great Britain
Sir Alfred Gilbert, Renowned Sculptor, of‘Eros’ in London’s Piccadilly Circus
Sir Denys Roberts, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in Hong Kong
Field Marshal the Lord Vincent, Highest-ranking member of the British Armed Forces
Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, King of Malaysia
Professor Sir Martin Sweeting, Renowned Space Scientist and Fellow of the Royal Society
Matt Wallace, Top 50 World-Ranked Professional Golfer 
Baroness Karren Brady, TV Personality and International Businesswoman
Charlie Patino, 
Premiership Footballer

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Academic results are important too, and at Aldenham we’re proud of what all of our pupils achieve. After success at GCSE and A Level, our pupils have gone on to study at some of the top universities in the UK, the USA, and Europe.

Aldenham UK’s beautiful campus is complete with traditional and modern facilities, enabling us to educate boys and girls in an environment perfectly suited to prepare them for the world of tomorrow.

Aldenham UK

Founded in 1597, Aldenham UK is the flagship of the Aldenham Foundation and is steeped in history, with over 425 years of academic excellence. Aldenham UK - and all of our schools - embodies the best of timeless traditions and universal values, along with a documented history of a forward-thinking culture that’s served to differentiate us from our peers.

At Aldenham, we remember that achievement is an individual matter - whether that’s entry to an Oxbridge college, a sporting or cultural goal, or simply growing up into a well-balanced individual. Dedicated teaching is at the heart of everything we do. While we help our pupils to focus on their own plans, our teachers focus on our pupils.

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