Loreto College

Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Location: Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Girls
Age range: 11 - 18 years

About Loreto College

Loreto College is a Roman Catholic academy secondary school and sixth form for girls aged 11-18.

The school is located in St Albans, Herfordshire, has about 1,000 pupils, and converted to academy status in 2012. It was founded in 1922 by the Sisters of Loreto, a Roman Catholic religious congregation of women. There are now  119 Loreto schools in 12 countries on 6 continents.


Mrs Marie Lynch

Values and vision

The mission statement for Loreto schools states that they are “centred in God, rooted in Christ and animated by the spirit of Mary Ward, the foundress of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary”.

The school is ambitious for its students, both in the context of academic excellence and in the context of what it calls “human possibilities” Teachers in the school aspire to stretch hearts as well as minds.

Loreto College invites its students to use their talents and gifts to make a difference both locally and globally. It asks them to show courage, and tol challenge accepted notions and modes of society if they are at odds with the school’s values.

The school strives for both personal and academic excellence within its learning community, and encourages students to become responsible global citizens and “agents of social change”.

The school is a specialist humanities college. 


“Students' progress in English and mathematics is excellent. They join the college with above-average results and achieve exceptionally well across many subjects. As a result, their attainment when they leave is very high.”

“Teaching is outstanding. Teachers display excellent subject knowledge, know their students exceptionally well and plan their lessons meticulously. Consequently, students of all abilities enjoy their learning and respond readily to the challenges they are set.”

View Loreto College’s latest Ofsted report

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Address: Hatfield Road, St. Albans, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3RQ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1727 856206