Hi there, cannot comment on St. Francis, but as a mum with a daughter at STAHS, I couldn't be happier!
The pace academically is very fast and coming from a state primary, it was a bit of a shock to the system. Now in y8, my daughter thrives in it.
The pastoral care is 110%, teaching - flawless and the behaviour and manners of the girls impeccable!
The music department is amazing and has given my daughter so many opportunities. Last year she went on a choral concert of Germany. And because the school is affiliated with The Abbey, I get a chance to attend concerts held there.
If your daughter is sporty, they have a very good netball team and excel in swimming.
The location is fab for the girls, as they're right in the heart of St. Albans but that has it's downfalls as 'Mr. Piggy Bank' gets raided every Friday morning
My daughter was the only girl from her primary school to go there, which was a bit of a worry. But she has made some really lovely friends and is so happy.....which is what you want to hear.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.