Alban’s is a happy and supportive community and we’re proud to say that we were the first girls’ House. We have a strong House spirit and are strong all-rounders who are always keen to give things a try. Alban’s girls are always busy studying, performing in school events, competing in the top sports teams, leading Haileybury MUN, debating and more. However, alongside this they always find time to help Matron bake and then eat cakes!
Housemistress of Alban’s
Alban’s has a special place in Haileybury’s history as the very first girls’ House and allowing the College to become, for the first time in its history, truly a co-educational boarding school.
Refurbished from the shell of the Old Sanatorium (originally built in 1867) it opened in its new guise in September 1977. It was named Alban’s to mark the centenary of the founding of the St Alban’s Diocese and the house badge is the dove of peace. House colours are blue and purple.
Alban’s is now home to 55 girls, most of them boarders. The girls pride themselves on being the best they can possibly be, but don’t take themselves too seriously! It is a supportive and caring environment, where girls of every age support each other through thick and thin. The Housemistress’ aim is to make Alban’s an extension of her family home, where the girls can share their day, their successes and their own must-try-harder moments. This engaging and constructive atmosphere engenders a real house spirit, where girls can proudly say “we’re all in it together.”
Architecturally, Alban’s started life as a place to feel safe and cared for and nothing has changed. Scarlet fever may be no more, but Alban’s retains the same caring attitudes which are entrenched in this building. The House was renovated in 2017 and it now has a glorious glass atrium connecting the main House with the annexe. The atrium allows the girls a quiet, bright space to relax, socialise or work. This new layout naturally promotes friendships across the year groups with no hierarchies.
Every girl is equal and takes their share of responsibility, from washing up to looking after a friend in need. Younger girls are accommodated in rooms of three to four, older girls in doubles and singles. There is a TV room known as the Common Room, and also a well-equipped kitchen and laundry.
Meet the Housemistress
Charlotte Brigden has been Housemistress of Alban’s since September 2017 and lives there with her husband Bill and Golden Retriever Douglas. Charlotte attended Exeter University where she studied Human Geography and then completed her teacher training before starting her first teaching job in St Alban’s. As well as teaching Geography Charlotte runs the Haileybury Sailing team, coaches netball and leads the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Tutors and HPA representative
Charlotte is supported in her work by an experienced team of Tutors at Alban’s, in addition to a House Matron who helps with the day to day domestic management. The House also has its own representative from the Haileybury Parents’ Association (HPA).