St Michael’s is a Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, founded in 1811 by the 2nd Earl of Verulam to provide an education for the local poor children. It became a Church School in 1876 and, following the 1944 Education Act, the Voluntary Aided status was added. This means that the State and the Church both have responsibilities for the School.
The school is housed over two sites in St Michael’s Street, Top School and Lower School. The older children are at Top School and the younger children, including our Reception class, are in Lower School. Both original sites have been extended over the last 50 years and we now enjoy two classrooms at Lower School where the children have access to a newly-installed wireless computer system, well resourced classrooms and their own self-contained playground. At Top School we have three classrooms, all benefitting from the same wireless computer system, a well-stocked non-fiction library, an assembly hall, areas for individual and small group work as well as the school’s main office and reception area.
Behind the school’s Victorian frontage you will find a modern, welcoming and happy school, proud of its high academic achievements where individuals grow and thrive. We work hard to offer our children a strong Christian ethos within which to learn and a Christian approach to life and relationships. As a small school we enjoy a strong sense of community which forges close links between school and home.
Being situated close to the Church, Museum, Abbey and Verulamium Park we are able to enjoy all the facilities that the local community has to offer. The Pleasance and Paddock lie next to the Churchyard, within the Vicarage grounds and these areas are used for a variety of sporting and environmental activities throughout the year. All of these features and the fact that we are on the site of Roman Verulamium make St Michael’s rather special.
We hope that your children will not only enjoy coming to our school but will also take pride in it and that this will be reflected in their attitude and self-discipline, good manners and appearance. They will be working with experienced, dedicated teachers on a curriculum that is both broad and balanced as well as being challenging and creative.