We hope that you will have caught a flavour of what Aldenham Prep School is like, from the nursery all the way to the end of Year 6, and that you will want to come and see us to find out more. However, on this page, you will find some of the basic statistics, should you need them.
Headmistress (Acting) Mrs S Galpin
Head of Aldenham Foundation Mrs Alex Hems
Number on role: Currently with 171 from Nursery to Year 6. 89 boys and 82 girls.
Classification: IAPS Independent School for pupils age 3 - 11, part of The Aldenham Foundation.
Boarding: No, although the senior school (11+) does have boarding and flexi-boarding options.
Local Authority: Hertfordshire
Religious Affiliation: Church of England
Open Days: June, October
The Governing Body meets three times a year in the last week of each term. It is served by a number of committees which meet with the Headmaster and other senior staff on a termly basis. There are committees to consider the academic life of the School, the development of the School’s estate, the finance of the School, and St Hilda’s School. Matters of health and safety and public benefit, and safeguarding are considered by the Governing Body at each meeting with full reviews on an annual basis. Appointed members of the Governing Body take a specific interest in the development of the Prep School and St Hilda’s School.
Up to 8 members of the Governing Body are appointees of the Brewers’ Company which was the owner of the School’s land and buildings before gifting these to the Aldenham School Charity in 1995. Today the links between the School and the Brewers’ Company continue to celebrate the rich heritage that exists from the time of the foundation of the School with every pupil in Year 9 attending Brewers’ Hall to receive “beer money”, and two formal visits to the School by the court of the Brewers’ Company each year. Governors generally serve for a three year term with the possibility of being re-elected after that time.
The Governing Body are the trustees of the Aldenham Foundation and no member receives remuneration for their work with the School. They oversee the life and work of the School and plan for its future success, but the day-to-day running of the School is the responsibility of the Headmaster, Bursar and other senior staff. They receive a termly report from the Headmaster and aim to support a number of School events each term. The Governing Body are responsible for the appointment of the Headmaster and take an interest in other senior appointments at the School.
Click on the tabs to find out about each of our Governors.
- Mrs S altman
- Mr R Bryer
- Mrs Cheryl Clifford
- Mrs F Cuttell
- Dr J Hawdon
- Mr A Hunter
- Mr J James-Crook
- Cllr D Lambert
- Mr A Phillips
- Mr C Rees
- Ms H Simmons
- Mr Sligo-Young
- Mrs H Thomas
- Mr D Tidmarsh
- Commodore Nick Tindal
- Mr T Wells
- Mr J Neame
Mrs Sarah Altman (Chair) is a former parent of Aldenham School, who had both a son and a daughter at the School. She is a Chartered Accountant who has worked both within the charity sector and for many years as Director of a property company.
Richard Bryer is a Chartered Quantity Survey and Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors.
Mrs Cheryl Clifford is a former Aldenham parent and Chair of Aldenham School Parents Association 2016-2021. With a background in international retail franchising she currently works for Amazon U.K., leading the Professional Services team for Amazon Business.
Mrs Fiona Cuttell is a former pupil of Aldenham School. A Chartered Secretary, who currently works for InterContinental Hotels Group PLC, (“IHG”), and is secretary to a number of IHG’s subsidiary companies.
Dr Jane Hawdon is a medical director and consultant neonatologist at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. She has been a member of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel and NICE guideline development groups, and of the board of trustees of the charities Bliss and Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice. She is a qualified coach and facilitator. Her 3 children were Aldenham pupils.
Information to follow.
Mr James James-Crook is a former pupil of Aldenham and the son and brother of former OAs. He is currently President of the OA Society; former Editor OA Review; Past Chair of the Letchmore Trust and currently, Secretary. With over forty years’ experience in 20th C British and Irish Art, mostly as a Director with Phillips Fine Art Auctioneers, he was also responsible for business development in Australia, Ireland and South Africa. He is now an independent Fine Art Consultant and Valuer. He is a Freeman of the City of London and Liveryman of the Fletchers’ Company
Councillor David Lambert is the Hertfordshire County Council representative on the governing body. His son was educated at Aldenham.
Mr Ronak Mashru is a Trade Sales Director for Diageo. He was formerly Director of Sales and Capability at Smarty Train Consultancy and worked for Procter & Gamble in their sales division for seven years. The Stonegate supplier of the year for 2017, Ronak is a Liveryman of the Brewers’ Company.
Mr Alan Phillips is a former pupil of Aldenham (1977-82). Alan is a Divisional Director of investment managers - Brewin Dolphin.
Mr Chris Rees is a former parent of Aldenham with over 25 years' experience within the International Service sector, most recently at Hogan Lovells as Director of Finance.
Ms Harriet Simmons is an Independent Food Safety/Food Law Consultant. She was formerly a General Manager at SAI Global Assurance Services and a Technical Director for Connaught Plc.
Mr Torquil Sligo-Young is Human and Information Resources Director of Young and Co Brewery. He is also a Board member of Ashcroft Academy and a Trustee of Prospect Educational Trust.
Information to follow.
Mr David Tidmarsh (Vice Chair) was the Headmaster of St Martin’s Preparatory School in Northwood until summer 2019. He is now a Consultant specialising in the education sector.
Commodore Nick Tindal RN Retd
Clerk to the Worshipful Company of Brewers’.
Having recently retired from the Royal Navy after a distinguished career, Cdre Tindal has been appointed as a Governor of the Aldenham Foundation. His interests include tennis, half marathons, Chelsea FC, walking, fishing, reading and an obsession with Irish rugby.
Mr Tom Wells was a Vice Chairman of Charles Wells Ltd and Chairman of Muntons plc. He was High Sheriff of Bedfordshire and served on the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group.
Mr Jonathan Neame is the Upper Warden of the Brewers’ Company and in this capacity serves as one of the appointed Brewers’ Governors