Developing remarkable people

A family of leading independent schools based in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, offering high quality education and care for boys and girls aged 5 months to 18 years.

Welcome to Berkhamsted School

We are committed to the thriving of young people in our care – their development, their membership (with their parents) of our community, and their flourishing within a culture which is ambitious and accepting. I know that your time is precious so I recommend you start with the short film below which explains our ethos and aspirations for our pupils.

I hope this provides a useful launchpad for your exploration of our schools and helps you as you seek the best future for your child.

Richard Backhouse

Principal Berkhamsted Schools Group

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School Journey

Day Nursery

The perfect environment for very young children to take their first steps into the wider world.

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Day Nursery

Age 0 – 3 Co-Ed
Pre-Prep

Each and every child is at the centre of everything we do.

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Pre-Prep

Age 3 – 7 Co-Ed
Prep

A supportive, family community which fosters a strong sense of belonging.

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Prep

Age 7 – 11 Co-Ed
Heatherton

Our role is to inspire, support and foster a love of learning.

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Heatherton

Age 3 – 4 Co-Ed Nursery
4 – 11 Girls
Boys

Exceptional single-sex classroom education with co-educational opportunities for boys.

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Boys

Age 11 – 16
Day & Boarding
Girls

Where girls flourish academically while allowing them to experience co-educational opportunities.

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Girls

Age 11 – 16
Day & Boarding
Sixth

A dynamic and diverse community that offers a stimulating and supportive environment.

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Sixth

Age 16 – 18 Co-Ed
Day & Boarding
Single sex or co-ed?

Can you really ‘have it all?’.  At Berkhamsted we offer families the opportunity to join our community from 5 months in our Day Nursery providing a through educational journey to Sixth Form at 18.  Often choices need to be made – but not at Berkhamsted – you can have it all!

Big or small?

Within our Group of Schools, we can offer all the facilities of a large School of 2,000 pupils – a Sports Centre with 25m pool and astro, an Outdoor centre with High Ropes, and a Theatre.  However, as each of our Schools are located on their own campus with the largest at 550 pupils, they are small enough to ensure that every individual pupil is known and can flourish within a secure, nurturing environment.  Our campuses also change to be suitable for each curriculum stage, meaning that a pupil who starts at our Nursery will feel like they have been through a changing school journey without feeling that they have ‘outgrown’ their environment by the time they reach our Sixth Form.

Day or boarding?

Berkhamsted has a small boarding community of pupils from the UK and abroad.  Many of our families enjoy the flexibility that our boarding facility provides for busy families, with the ability to offer early breakfast or supper or the possibility of emergency overnight care, if needed. Our boarding houses offer flexi opportunities from Year 7 with weekly and full boarding from Year 9.

Town or country?

The school is situated within the idyllic Chiltern Hills market town of Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire with a local community vibe similar to the ‘London village atmosphere’ that our London families enjoy; yet it is only 30minutes direct from London Euston and under 40minutes by car from both Heathrow and Luton airports – making it an easy commutable town.  Our location has the benefits of being in a bustling town, with easy access to the countryside.

 

Old or new?

Berkhamsted’s history dates back to 1541 when it was founded by Henry VIII, with our original Old Hall still at the heart of our community. But we are a forward-looking modern school. With a dual focus on teaching IT skills alongside an immersive use of IT to enhance learning experiences from Pre-Prep through to Prep, where from Year 5 pupils are issued with their own personal Microsoft Surface Device.  Our teaching staff have developed a curriculum that encourages pupils to understand how best to utilise technology as part of their learning.  In 2024 we will open a new Sixth Form, focussed on providing an environment which bridges the move between school and university or the workplace.  Our classrooms will facilitate the ‘Harkness style’ of learning where the teacher will join the group at a boardroom table for a more discursive way of teaching, and the café will be a place where both staff and pupils can relax and develop working relationships as they would in any workplace.

 

All rounder or academic?

It is hard to tell when your child is young what type of young adult they will grow up to be.  The earliest years are where the foundations for future success are cemented, meaning our children are nurtured to become independent, confident leaders of their own learning. Leadership opportunities are plentiful from 3 years old with an emphasis on the personal and social development. As our children mature and move between our sites, Berkhamsted offers pupils the opportunity to become academically ambitious through various extension societies including leadership and debating. In addition, the school offers strong Oxbridge entry programmes.  Pupils may decide that they wish to develop their creative side through Drama opportunities from their first performance in Reception through to A Level or put their energy into Sport – for which Berkhamsted is currently ranked 3rd in the country.  The school also offers an established Duke of Edinburgh programme led by our own Outdoor Education team. These opportunities allow your child to have an all-round and ambitious education which we believe is what develops remarkable people.

 

Developing Remarkable People

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New Sixth Form

A new Sixth Form Centre on Castle Campus will provide state-of the-art education facilities for generations of Berkhamsted students.  Opening in 2024.

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News

The Girls School go STEM Speed Networking

The Girls School go STEM Speed Networking

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Leaping into the past with Ben Kane

Leaping into the past with Ben Kane

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Berkhamsted ranked 10th in School Sport Magazine’s top 200 list  

Berkhamsted ranked 10th in School Sport Magazine’s top 200 list  

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Encouraging Positive Conversations; Humanutopia 2023

Encouraging Positive Conversations; Humanutopia 2023

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Interview with OB, Stephen Campbell Moore

Interview with OB, Stephen Campbell Moore

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Tis’ the season to serve others: Berkhamsted’s Christmas charity appeals

Tis’ the season to serve others: Berkhamsted’s Christmas charity appeals

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  • 🌟At Berkhamsted, we believe in nurturing a social conscience and providing our pupils with ample opportunities to serve others. 

Among the most memorable is @First_Give, a national programme that helps UK schools inspire young people to make a positive change in society. 

In teams, our Year 9 pupils researched and organised fundraisers for local charities with the four finalists representing @densindacorum, @greenfingerscharity, @hectorshere and @spacehertfordshire. 

A panel of judges (consisting of Charities Coordinator, Mr Silvey, School Chaplain, Ms Taylor, and a representative from @dacorumbc ) had the difficult task of deciding which team would win a £1000 cheque for their charity. 

The winning team represented Space, a Hertfordshire-based charity that provides support to young people who are neurodivergent. The Space team’s fundraiser challenged Berkhamsted pupils to knock tin cans over with a tennis ball to demonstrate how difficult this activity would be for someone who struggles with hand-eye coordination. So impressed were the judges by this engaging presentation that Space was presented with a cheque of £1000 on behalf of First Give. 

On taking part in the programme, the Space team said, “we now have more confidence to speak out and make a change in the community. The experience has helped us develop and understand the issues that many people in our community feel… It was amazing and we are so happy with the work we did.” 

Well done to our amazing Year 9 pupils for their dedication and hard work in making a positive impact.

    🌟At Berkhamsted, we believe in nurturing a social conscience and providing our pupils with ample opportunities to serve others.

    Among the most memorable is @First_Give, a national programme that helps UK schools inspire young people to make a positive change in society.

    In teams, our Year 9 pupils researched and organised fundraisers for local charities with the four finalists representing @densindacorum, @greenfingerscharity, @hectorshere and @spacehertfordshire.

    A panel of judges (consisting of Charities Coordinator, Mr Silvey, School Chaplain, Ms Taylor, and a representative from @dacorumbc ) had the difficult task of deciding which team would win a £1000 cheque for their charity.

    The winning team represented Space, a Hertfordshire-based charity that provides support to young people who are neurodivergent. The Space team’s fundraiser challenged Berkhamsted pupils to knock tin cans over with a tennis ball to demonstrate how difficult this activity would be for someone who struggles with hand-eye coordination. So impressed were the judges by this engaging presentation that Space was presented with a cheque of £1000 on behalf of First Give.

    On taking part in the programme, the Space team said, “we now have more confidence to speak out and make a change in the community. The experience has helped us develop and understand the issues that many people in our community feel… It was amazing and we are so happy with the work we did.”

    Well done to our amazing Year 9 pupils for their dedication and hard work in making a positive impact.

    🔍 Berkhamsted Pre-Prep and Prep shines in latest ISI Inspection Report! 🌟

📚 We are proud of our dedicated staff who consistently demonstrate their knowledge to help each individual child; and to our pupils who represented our schools' values in their interactions with inspector 🎉

The ISI inspection report reflects the exceptional learning environment we strive to provide to every child, helping them to develop into remarkable people.

🔗 Click the link in our bio to access the full report now! 👉

    🔍 Berkhamsted Pre-Prep and Prep shines in latest ISI Inspection Report! 🌟

    📚 We are proud of our dedicated staff who consistently demonstrate their knowledge to help each individual child; and to our pupils who represented our schools` values in their interactions with inspector 🎉

    The ISI inspection report reflects the exceptional learning environment we strive to provide to every child, helping them to develop into remarkable people.

    🔗 Click the link in our bio to access the full report now! 👉

    🎙️ In this episode of the 'In the Berkhamsted Spotlight' podcast, we hear from four Year Seven pupils for @berkhamstedgirls and @berkhamstedboys about what their first term in the Senior School has been like.

Should you be excited or scared when moving up to secondary school?

🎧 Tune in on Apple, Spotify, Amazon, or your favourite podcast platform (link in bio) to find out.

✔Please like and subscribe to listen to more episodes.

#BerkhamstedPodcast 
#InTheBerkhamstedSpotlightPodcast
#BerkhamstedSchool
#TeamBerko
@berkhamstedprep

    🎙️ In this episode of the `In the Berkhamsted Spotlight` podcast, we hear from four Year Seven pupils for @berkhamstedgirls and @berkhamstedboys about what their first term in the Senior School has been like.

    Should you be excited or scared when moving up to secondary school?

    🎧 Tune in on Apple, Spotify, Amazon, or your favourite podcast platform (link in bio) to find out.

    ✔Please like and subscribe to listen to more episodes.

    #BerkhamstedPodcast
    #InTheBerkhamstedSpotlightPodcast
    #BerkhamstedSchool
    #TeamBerko
    @berkhamstedprep

    Spring is finally on its way.

Our theme in chapel this week is the change of seasons, as we celebrate Shrove Tuesday and the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday.

This is a time when we might give up or take up things to connect with God and make the world a better place. 

#shrovetuesday
#lent
#Spring
#snowdrops
#berkhamstedschool

    Spring is finally on its way.

    Our theme in chapel this week is the change of seasons, as we celebrate Shrove Tuesday and the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday.

    This is a time when we might give up or take up things to connect with God and make the world a better place.

    #shrovetuesday
    #lent
    #Spring
    #snowdrops
    #berkhamstedschool

    We’re proud to be supporting @Place2Be’s #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek (5-11 February 2024). 

This year’s theme is My Voice Matters, and @Place2Be hopes to empower, equip and give a voice to every child in the UK. 

Learn more at childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk

    We’re proud to be supporting @Place2Be’s #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek (5-11 February 2024).

    This year’s theme is My Voice Matters, and @Place2Be hopes to empower, equip and give a voice to every child in the UK.

    Learn more at childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk

    Leap into 2024

Isaac, our @BerkhamstedSixth and @berkoboarders student tells us about his plans for the year, playing basketball and working hard to get into Oxford University.

Find out about what Berkhamsted can offer you at one of our Open Events.

🖱️Click in the link in our bio to book your place.

#teamberko
#leapinto2024
#BerkhamstedSchool 
#Alevels
#OxfordUniversity

    Leap into 2024

    Isaac, our @BerkhamstedSixth and @berkoboarders student tells us about his plans for the year, playing basketball and working hard to get into Oxford University.

    Find out about what Berkhamsted can offer you at one of our Open Events.

    🖱️Click in the link in our bio to book your place.

    #teamberko
    #leapinto2024
    #BerkhamstedSchool
    #Alevels
    #OxfordUniversity

    To mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, Berkhamsted remembered the millions of victims of the Holocaust through a chapel service led by Chief Operating Officer, Julian Anthony. 

Julian taught pupils about the systematic murder of millions of Jews and other individuals based on their ethnicity, religion, political beliefs, and/or sexual orientation by the Nazi regime and its collaborators between 1941 and 1945. 
 
Remembering individual victims, Julian discussed the story of Anne Frank, a German-born Jewish girl who kept a diary in which she documented her and her family’s attempts to evade Nazi persecution by hiding in an Amsterdam attic until the family's arrest by the Gestapo on 4 August 1944. 

Julian then invited pupils to read the testimonies of Holocaust survivor Eva Lux Braun. Eva Lux Braun was born in Slovakia in 1927 and was deported to the Auschwitz and Reichenbach camps where she worked in the Phillips and Telefunken factories. After surviving in the camp for several months, Eva was transported to Salzwedel, a subcamp of the Neuengamme Concentration Camp, where she was liberated in 1945. 

Hearing each of these stories furthered pupils' understanding of the genocide and how victims’ lives were impacted before, during, and after the Holocaust. 
 
We hope the service encouraged pupils to remember the events of the Holocaust to ensure they never happen again.

#HolocaustRemembranceDay
#BerkhamstedSchool
@berkhamstedboys
@berkhamstedgirls
@berkhamstedsixth

    To mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, Berkhamsted remembered the millions of victims of the Holocaust through a chapel service led by Chief Operating Officer, Julian Anthony.

    Julian taught pupils about the systematic murder of millions of Jews and other individuals based on their ethnicity, religion, political beliefs, and/or sexual orientation by the Nazi regime and its collaborators between 1941 and 1945.

    Remembering individual victims, Julian discussed the story of Anne Frank, a German-born Jewish girl who kept a diary in which she documented her and her family’s attempts to evade Nazi persecution by hiding in an Amsterdam attic until the family`s arrest by the Gestapo on 4 August 1944.

    Julian then invited pupils to read the testimonies of Holocaust survivor Eva Lux Braun. Eva Lux Braun was born in Slovakia in 1927 and was deported to the Auschwitz and Reichenbach camps where she worked in the Phillips and Telefunken factories. After surviving in the camp for several months, Eva was transported to Salzwedel, a subcamp of the Neuengamme Concentration Camp, where she was liberated in 1945.

    Hearing each of these stories furthered pupils` understanding of the genocide and how victims’ lives were impacted before, during, and after the Holocaust.

    We hope the service encouraged pupils to remember the events of the Holocaust to ensure they never happen again.

    #HolocaustRemembranceDay
    #BerkhamstedSchool
    @berkhamstedboys
    @berkhamstedgirls
    @berkhamstedsixth

    🥍 Leap into 2024

What are you excited for in 2024?

Kate, our @berkhamstedsixth student tells us what she’s looking forward to.

🖱️Book your open event today via the link in our bio.

#teamberko
#leapinto2024
#BerkhamstedSchool
#lacrosse
#OxfordUniversity
@berko_sport

    🥍 Leap into 2024

    What are you excited for in 2024?

    Kate, our @berkhamstedsixth student tells us what she’s looking forward to.

    🖱️Book your open event today via the link in our bio.

    #teamberko
    #leapinto2024
    #BerkhamstedSchool
    #lacrosse
    #OxfordUniversity
    @berko_sport

    🍃Leap into Estates

Hear from Emma, from our Estates team, who is working on maintaining the river Bulbourne which runs through our school and increasing the biodiversity and natural habitats for wildlife.

🖱️Book your open event today via the link in our bio.

#teamberko
#leapinto2024
#BerkhamstedSchool
#Sustainability

    🍃Leap into Estates

    Hear from Emma, from our Estates team, who is working on maintaining the river Bulbourne which runs through our school and increasing the biodiversity and natural habitats for wildlife.

    🖱️Book your open event today via the link in our bio.

    #teamberko
    #leapinto2024
    #BerkhamstedSchool
    #Sustainability