Hi there, we chose St Alban's over Habs (and indeed QEB) because we, and our son, just felt he would be much happier there. That gut feeling I suppose.
He is year 2 (year
now and absolutely adores it and we have never regretted the decision.
Academically the standards are very high (DH and I are both Oxbridge graduates so we have pretty high standards in that regard) and DS is thriving in a school where it is "cool to be clever". We all adore the situation of the school which is beautiful. We appreciate the proximity to the Abbey and the Monday and Friday attendance by the boys, which even DS enjoys as it gives him a quiet time to think in the peace of the Abbey. The music is beautiful, as any parent will testify, who has been to the school carol service.
The sports facilities are fantastic, yes a short drive away but worth it - have you seen Woollams? Amazing!
Our son who is sporty and not at all into drama etc is now attending drama club which I think is great, it has really encouraged his public speaking (his drama teacher is an old boy too).
The teaching is excellent and some inspirational. As you see I could go on and on and on...Perhaps I should change my name to StAlbansGroupie!!
In fact I can't understand what the obsession with Habs is on here, it just didn't do it for us.