Loreto College, St Albans

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Loreto College
Established 1922
Type Academy
Religion Roman Catholic
Headteacher Maire Lynch
Chair David Keeley
Founders Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Location Hatfield Road
St Albans
England Coordinates: 51°45′10″N 0°19′46″W / 51.7529°N 0.3295°W / 51.7529; -0.3295
DfE number 919/4620
DfE URN 138106 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1000~
Gender Girls
Ages 11–18
Houses Truth (red), Joy (yellow), Justice (green), Freedom (blue) and Sincerity (purple)
Colours Navy, maroon and gold
Website Loreto College St Albans

Loreto College is a Roman Catholic secondary school and sixth form for girls located near the centre of St Albans, Hertfordshire, England. It achieved Specialist Status in the Humanities in 2005[1] and became an academy in August 2012.

The college has around 800 pupils on its roll, including 190 in the sixth form, with many pupils coming from a wide geographical area. It expanded to 5 forms of entry (from 4 in previous years) in September 2007.

In 2006, 2009 and 2013, the college was rated "Outstanding" by Ofsted, achieving grade one in all categories.[2][3]


Founded by the Loreto Sisters, the college had just seven pupils when it first opened in 1922. The Sisters had bought a building called "The Elms" to use as a convent before opening the school. During the Second World War, the gymnasium become an air-raid shelter and makeshift dormitories by night. American soldiers billeted in St Albans used the school's hockey pitch to train.[4] It turned comprehensive in 1978.[5]

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