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|St Columba's College|
King Harry Lane
|Type||Independent day school|
|Motto||Latin: Cor ad Cor Loquitur|
(Heart speaketh to heart)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Local authority||Hertfordshire County Council|
|Oversight||Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster|
|Department for Education URN||117638 Tables|
Prep School Houses:
|Colour(s)||Black, red and white|
|Affiliation||Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference|
St Columba's College is a 4–18 independent, Roman Catholic day school and sixth form for boys in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England. It was founded in 1939 by Phillip O’Neil and taken over by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart in 1955. It is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.
The school originally opened in 1939, on Beaconsfield Road before moving to its current site in 1948. In 1955, it was taken over by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart (New England Province) in 1955.
Prior to 2005, both the College and the Prep had the same four houses, named after four English Catholic martyrs:
At the start or the 2005-6 academic year, a new house system was introduced in the Senior School, to provide smaller tutor groups for greater personal development of students, as well as to cater for an increase in numbers of students entering. The Prep School kept the original houses. The new houses are named after other Brothers of the Sacred Heart schools in North America (given in brackets):
- Mount Saint Charles Academy) Charles (
- Bishop Guertin High School) Guertin (
- St. Joseph High School) Joseph (
- Brother Martin High School), formerly Vandebilt (Vandebilt Catholic High School), until 2011 Martin (
- Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School) McClancy (
- Saint Stanislaus College) Stanislaus (
Current students were assigned to the new Houses by drawing balls from a hat. New students entering the College that year were assigned randomly and this practice continued for all new students afterwards, however students related to other boys already enrolled in the college in the school are usually placed in the same house.
Students houses are represented in the school uniform by the colour of their tie (taking the respective colours as given above). Prep and Sixth Form Students have their own school tie, as do prefects.
St Columba's College provides a broad curriculum linked to the national curriculum and also to Diocese of Westminster rules - mandating the teaching of Religious Studies for a set period every week. At GCSE, core subjects include English (Literature and Language), Mathematics, Double Science and Religious Studies. It is also compulsory for Key Stage 4 students to take a modern language for at least one out of their three GCSE options.
Since September 2012, the College introduced a new timetable of 7x 50 minute lessons, designed to give students more teaching time during the week. This was a change from the previous 7x 45 minute lessons, plus a 20-minute tutor period. This change resulted in the school day ending at 3.45pm, instead of 3.40pm.
- Conor Burns, MP for Bournemouth West.
- Bill Grimsey, CEO of Focus (DIY), formerly CEO of Wickes, The Big Food Group and Iceland.
- Mark Lawson, broadcaster
- Mick Luckhurst, former American football player
- Jim McCaffrey, former professional footballer
- John Payne (singer), singer with rock band Asia
- Julian Perretta, singer-songwriter
- Saving Aimee, band
- Matt Ball, footballer
- Colin Grant, author
- Peter Townsend, golfer.
- Sacha Baron Cohen, actor, attended St. Columbas Prep School