Verulam School

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Verulam School
Brampton Road

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Coordinates51°45′20″N 0°18′58″W / 51.75544°N 0.31621°W / 51.75544; -0.31621Coordinates: 51°45′20″N 0°18′58″W / 51.75544°N 0.31621°W / 51.75544; -0.31621
MottoFaire Mon Devoir (French: "To do my duty")
FounderR.F Bradshaw
Local authorityHertfordshire
Department for Education URN117505 Tables
HeadteacherMr Paul Ramsey
GenderBoys (Girls in 6th form)
Age11 to 18
HousesBrampton, Churchill, Hamilton, Jennings, Park, York
Colour(s)Blue and Yellow         
PublicationVerulam Voice, Top Button

Verulam School is a state secondary school for boys with academy status in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England, founded in 1938 as St Albans Boys' Modern School.[2] The name was changed in the 1940s to St Albans Grammar School for Boys and in 1975 to Verulam School.

The school caters for boys between the ages of 11 and 19. Boys can stay on into the Sixth Form, which also welcomes male and female students from other schools.

The school works in partnership with two neighbouring schools, Sandringham School and Beaumont School, to enhance post-16 educational provision.

An Ofsted inspection in October 2017 judged the school to be Inadequate. However, a Herts for Learning review in January 2018 rated the school Good and highlighted improvements in the areas criticised by Ofsted. A further inspection by Ofsted in July 2018 reached the conclusion that Safeguarding is effective and complimented the school on responding to the October inspection "with great urgency".[citation needed]


Prior to the school's turning comprehensive in 1975, there were four houses, named after the four streets forming a rectangle around the school site. These were Brampton, Hamilton, Jennings and Park. From 1975 onwards, with the increase in the yearly intake, two further houses were added, York and Churchill, also named after nearby roads.

Inter-house competition is strongly encouraged, with running house points totaled on the school's website.


The school participates in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, taking students through all of the phases from bronze to gold, with expeditions in places such as The Chilterns and The New Forest on Bronze, the South Downs and Dorset Coast on Silver, and Scotland, New Zealand and Morocco on the expeditions for the Gold award.

Students should join at least two extra-curricular clubs, with potential options including a variety of sports, music, arts, sciences and languages options. The school's Verulab and STEM clubs are particularly popular among students.

The school runs a student JazzSwing band, the Verulam Big Band. The latter have gone on a European tour.

Verulam Voice[edit]

Verulam releases a weekly newsletter for parents called Verulam Voice. A sister publication, Student Voice, was also published for a while. It featured satirical articles and students' news and views from students highlighting their experience of school.


  • Ernest Gellner (1925–1995) Distinguished philosopher and social anthropologist; at the age of 17 won a scholarship to Balliol College Oxford; member of the British Academy, fellow of King's College Cambridge, author of numerous academic works.
  • Peter Kalmus OBE (b. 1933), Particle physicist. Honorary Fellow of University College, London. Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association. Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics (one of only 38 others including 7 Nobel Laureates), author of numerous academic works.
  • George Kalmus CBE, FRS (b. 1935), Particle physicist (brother of Peter Kalmus). Fellow of University College, London.
  • Jim Rodford (b. 1941) Bass guitarist, played with The Zombies, The Kinks, The Swinging Blue Jeans and Argent.
  • Mike Chaplin (b. 1943) Artist and resident art expert on Channel 4's Watercolour Challenge.
  • Colin Blunstone (b. 1945) Pop singer and songwriter, member of The Zombies pop group, together with Chris White, also an alumnus.[3]
  • John Sessions (real name John Gibb Marshall) (b. 1953) Actor, comedian and TV panellist.
  • Richard Fox (b. 1960) Slalom canoeist; three-times winner of the World Cup, four-times winner of the Euro Cup.
  • Mike Keirle (b. 1962), Anglican priest and Dean of Jersey
  • Simon Evans (b. 1965) Stand-up comedian.
  • Mark Handley FRS (b. 1967), Computer Scientist, University College London.
  • Photek (real name Rupert Parkes) (b. 1972) Record-producer and DJ.
  • Ben Sturnham (b. 1974) Professional rugby player for Saracens (1993–98), Bath (1998-2000) and Bristol (2000-2002).
  • Andrew Daish (b. 1984) 1st XV Rugby Captain (2002-2003), playing professional rugby for London Welsh RFC, Pertemp Bees RFC, Old Albanians RFC and playing internationally for Sweden.
  • Rou Reynolds (b. 1986) Member of Enter Shikari (lead singer), together with Chris Batten (bass player), also an alumnus.
  • Alan McWhirr (1937–2010) Schoolteacher, lecturer and archaeologist. Honorary Fellow in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, Leicester University.
  • Edward ("Ted") Chance (b. 1947) Free-lance professional horn-player, teacher and composer. Has appeared with most of the top UK orchestras, including the Philharmonia, BBCSO, RPO, ROH, ENO, BBCNOW, BBCSO etc.
  • John Sparrow (b. 1947) Former Land Rover UK Operations Director, Rover Group Business Development Director, Visiting Fellow University of Buckingham Business School
  • John Gosling (b. 1948) Classically-trained pianist and organist, former member of The Kinks pop group.
  • Robin Baskerville (b. 1950) Diver; represented Britain in the 1968 Mexico Olympics.
  • Allan Webster (b. 1955) Professor of Economics, Bournemouth University.
  • James Talon (b. 1967) Artist and Musician
  • Jeremy ("Jez") Butterworth (b. 1969) Playwright, film-script writer and film director. His works have been staged in the West End and New York. Jez's work has included various collaborations with his brothers, all of whom attended Verulam School; in order of seniority they are Tom, Stephen, Jez, and John-Henry.[4]
  • Dennis Flipper (b. 1970) Chair of Furniture Studies at University of Sheffield Hallam, Sheffield
  • Roy J. Good (b. 1948) B.Sc. (Hons) University of Bath (1970). I.T. Executive (California, USA)
  • Jamie Duke (b. 1974) Former Golf Hertfordshire under 21s Captain, Guru Recruiter - Top Billing of the year 2014. Awarded World Recruiter Award.
  • Nicholas Crawley (b. 1979) Opera singer (bass-baritone). Studied at the Royal Academy of Music, awarded the Independent Opera Vocal Scholarship in 2012. Has appeared in roles with Nederlandse Reisopera, Opera Holland Park, ENO, Stadttheater Klagenfurt etc.
  • Dan Watson (b. 1979) Professional rugby player playing internationally for Hong Kong.


  1. ^ "Verulam School Ofsted Inspection Report". Verulam School. 9 October 2018. Retrieved 26 February 2009.
  2. ^ "A brief History of the School". Verulam School. Archived from the original on 18 November 2008. Retrieved 26 February 2009.
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