The first pupils were admitted to the newly built school in September 1976 and later that academic year the school was officially opened by the then Bishop of St. Albans, the Right Reverend Robert Runcie. Originally known as Great Barford Middle School the school was renamed as Alban Church of England Middle School, as the school has a special significance in the Diocese of St. Albans as it was the Church’s first purpose built Voluntary Aided Middle School in Bedfordshire.
Alban Church of England Academy provides opportunities for all children to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens within a Christian environment. We seek to nurture a love for learning that will help and equip them with the knowledge, skills, ideas and emotions necessary to achieve a healthy and happy life in our rapidly changing society.
Children are encouraged and supported to achieve their best; to know how to stay safe; to be confident to attempt new work and activities; to be part of and contribute to the school and wider community where there is mutual respect and care for others. In today’s global and multi-cultural society, we recognise the need to provide children with the Christian values and skills which will enable them to achieve an enjoyable and fulfilling life.
The School converted to an Academy in 2011, being renamed as Alban Church of England Academy and has continued to go from strength to strength, while maintaining the ethos that has made Alban such a much loved school by the pupils, staff and the wider community as a whole. Under the increasingly tougher OfSTED Frameworks which are being consistently updated, the school has achieved a ‘Good’ Status twice and on both occasions the Lead Inspectors commented that the school offers many ‘Outstanding’ features.
Alban is a school that quite rightly, everyone that has been involved with is immensely proud and the traditions, qualities and ethos which has been core to Alban’s success in the past will for their part contribute extremely positively to the new combined school.