Loreto College, St Albans

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Loreto College
Hatfield Road

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Coordinates51°45′10″N 0°19′46″W / 51.7529°N 0.3295°W / 51.7529; -0.3295Coordinates: 51°45′10″N 0°19′46″W / 51.7529°N 0.3295°W / 51.7529; -0.3295
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
FounderInstitute of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Department for Education URN138106 Tables
ChairDavid Keeley
Head teacherMoire Lynch
GenderGirls (coeducational Sixth Form)
Age11 to 18
HousesTruth (red), Joy (yellow), Justice (green), Freedom (blue) and Sincerity (purple)
Colour(s)Navy, maroon and gold c

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 1000 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.

Grammar school[edit]

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]

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ Loreto School Specialist Status Page
  2. ^ Loreto Ofsted Report
  3. ^ "Loreto College - Inspection Report". Ofsted. 2009. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014.
  4. ^ "The history behind Loreto College, St Albans". hertsmemories.org.uk.
  5. ^ History of Loreto College

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