The Brewers’ Company are the trustee for two major foundations that each support a school in North London. The Dame Alice Owen Foundation supports Dame Alice Owen’s School in Potters Bar whilst the Richard Platt Foundation supports Aldenham School in Elstree. Pupils of both schools still receive Beer Money, in the form of a commemorative coin, presented by the Master of the Brewers’ Company.
Dame Alice Owen’s School
Alice Owen was brought up in Islington. Having narrowly escaped being shot by an arrow in her youth she vowed that if she was ever in a financial position to do so she would endow some charitable foundation. She was the widow of three wealthy men, a Brewer, a Mercer and finally a judge. In her will dated 1613, she entrusted the government of a school which she had recently established in Islington to the Brewers’ Company. Initially a boys’ school, followed by the addition of a girls’ school in 1886 and becoming co-educational after moving to the present site in Potters Bar in 1973. Her legacy, through the Brewers’ Company, is still felt throughout the school today. The school’s blazerbadge remains a shield bearing the arms of the Brewers’ Company and shares their motto: In God is all our trust.
Today Dame Alice Owen’s School has a national reputation for achievement and academic success, but the School is so much more than just its outstanding results. It is a school to which students are proud to belong, and former students wish they had never had to leave. The school ensures students enjoy and achieve; the OFSTED inspector leading the last inspection commented that the school has ‘the most extensive programme of extra-curricular activities I have ever seen’. It is a special community of students, staff and parents working together to achieve the best possible all-round results for each and every student. Across all areas of the curriculum, students at Owen’s excel.
In 1597 Richard Platt who had twice been a Master of the Brewers’ Company received Letters Patent from Queen Elizabeth I to found a school at Aldenham in Hertfordshire. In 1599 he drew up orders for the School and appointed the Brewers’ Company as Governors. Today the Brewers’ Company remains trustee of the Foundation of Richard Platt and Aldenham School, an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls, and St Hilda’s School, a preparatory school for girls.
Small, smart, and with its traditional style, Aldenham School, occupying the same site of more than 110 acres of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, is unique, charming, and always striving for excellence. Boys and girls benefit from individual attention in small classes, with a personal tutor for each pupil enabling them fully to develop their intellectual, physical and cultural talents. It emphasises the importance of the social, moral and spiritual dimensions of community life in a modern society, setting appropriate goals to challenge whilst recognising and rewarding personal and collective achievement in a positive learning environment.