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
51°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
DfE number 919/4620
DfE URN 138106 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1000~
Gender Girls (coeducational Sixth Form)
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 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]

1993 The MGA Sessions by Siobhán Fahey


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