Townsend Church of England School is situated on a large, green site between St Albans and Harpenden, and welcomes applicants from families of all faiths and of no faith.
Children who attend Townsend live in St Albans and Harpenden, as well as other towns in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, including Welwyn Garden City, Hemel Hempstead and Luton.
The Bible-based vision of Love Your Neighbour underpins all we do. Students are taught to respect and care for themselves and each other, and Townsend’s supportive environment encourages them to make the most out of their journey through secondary school. The whole school attends four services every year at St Albans Cathedral and Abbey, which reflects our strong links with the Diocese of St Albans.
Our Bible-based vision is taken from the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10 C 25-37) and has three strands which underpins everything we do.
At Townsend, we believe that educating the whole child is key to a successful education. The Duke of Edinburgh award scheme is a popular choice and the number of residential visits is increasing. We also produce fantastic shows throughout the year. The Musical Oliver will be performed at the end of July as well as a festive pantomime and school showcase of talent just before Christmas.
Our local community benefits greatly from our wonderful facilities, many of which are used every evening and at weekends. The swimming pool, football pitches and school hall are used by community organisations. We are also home to St Albans Music School who use Townsend’s Music Centre, 12 peripatetic rooms and various larger spaces throughout the school to teach, rehearse and showcase their talents.
We teach a broad and balanced curriculum where students are provided with the opportunity to discover their strengths. All students are valued as individuals and all flourish in a community that lives by the values of love, compassion and respect for each other. We uphold the traditional values of good manners and hard work and have high expectations of all our students.
We instil a love of learning and offer a wealth of cultural, social and sporting activities through which young people can find and develop new interests and skills. Townsend is a school where everyone is welcome and everyone succeeds.