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Elstree
HERTFORDSHIRE

The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School has more going for it than just the longest school name (and hardest to say out loud) in the English language. In 1690, rich haberdasher Robert Aske started the school, now in a secluded position in the 100-acre estate around Aldenham House, for the less fortunate members of his profession, since when it’s become a byword for brilliant results.

A famously academic, energetic, multi-demoninational school – the alma mater of funny men Matt Lucas, Sacha Baron Cohen and David Baddiel, plus historian Simon Schama, art critic Brian Sewell and Sir Nicholas Serota, chair of Arts Council England – sticks purely to A levels (no IB or BTec), believes in filling every hour and isn’t keen on dilettantes.

  • 1,400 boys aged 11–18, day (plus prep and pre-prep)
  • £6,782