"Alban’s is proud of the fact that it is Haileybury's first all-girls' House. The girls pride themselves on being the best they can possibly be, but don’t take themselves too seriously. We’ve had more than our fair share of wins in House sports events, with hopefully more to come in House music and art. We are a fun, cohesive bunch and all do our best to make Alban’s a home for everyone."
Lizzie Alexander Housemistress, 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 2011 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 five, older girls in doubles and singles. There is a TV room known as the Common Room, and also a well-equipped kitchen and laundry.
Lizzie Alexander has been Housemistress of Alban’s since 2006, and lives there with her husband Robert, daughter Maja, and son Rueben.
She graduated from Nottingham University in 1999 with a BA Honours in Music, and after working in recruitment in London for four years, arrived at Haileybury as Registrar in 2003. When she’s not looking after the Alban’s girls, Lizzie also teaches PHSE and English. She’s a keen hockey player and rower, and has competed at Women’s Henley on many occasions.
As Lizzie says, "The best feeling as a Housemistress is when you realise that one of your girls has achieved something she set her heart on. Maybe to get into the A team or get a B grade in Maths. Or perhaps some years later when an OH tells you they got a First Class degree in Environmental Science despite struggling through Higher Level Biology. Those rewarding moments come at the most unexpected times, but when they do, you know you’re in the right job."
Lizzie 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 of the House. The House also has its own representative from the Haileybury Parents' Association. To find out more about the team of Tutors at Alban's, life in House, and about the House HPA representative, please click on the links below: