School Traditions

Abbot’s Hill was founded in 1912 by sisters Katrine and Mary Baird. It started life as a boarding school with a total of fifteen pupils. Much has changed since those days but many traditions have held fast over the years and are now an integral part of school life and much loved by pupils.

The Scottish roots of the Baird sisters are reflected in the Black Watch Tartan of our Uniform and in our Clan system. Clan events, such as our annual Clan Music Competitions are hotly contested.

Last Night Supper takes place on the last evening of the Autumn term and is a highlight of the school year. This harks back to our Boarding School days and marked the departure of girls for the Christmas break. A formal dinner is organised by Year 11 girls with entertainment provided by girls from Year 9 which is always eagerly anticipated.

Other traditions include our annual Carol Service, which we are honoured to be able to hold at the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Albans, our ever more ambitious Drama productions and our Prize Giving and Commemoration Services at the end of the School Year.

The Abbot’s Hill Chronicle has recorded news and events at the school from its earliest days and provides a valuable archive of life at the school. Nowadays it is produced by a team of Year 9 pupils, with help from children in the Prep School, and showcases the many facets of school life.

No doubt more traditions will be added as we move forward but the essential values of teamwork, co-operation and partnership introduced by our founders very much hold true at Abbot’s Hill today.