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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We are thrilled to announce that our school has been shortlisted for two prestigious awards: the Prepared for Life Award in the Muddy Stilettos Best School Awards and the Independent School of the Year for Diversity, Equality, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ). These nominations reflect our commitment to excellence and our dedication to fostering an inclusive and supportive educational environment for all our students.

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 2 – 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.

 

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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

Sunnyside Up

Sunnyside Up

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Youth Advocacy and Making a Difference

Youth Advocacy and Making a Difference

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Berkhamsted’s topping out ceremony

Berkhamsted’s topping out ceremony

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Fun and games during Berko Boarding Week

Fun and games during Berko Boarding Week

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Firefighters visit Stepping Stones!

Firefighters visit Stepping Stones!

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Berkhamsted’s Musical Talent Show

Berkhamsted’s Musical Talent Show

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  • To give back to the hardworking trainees from @sunnysiderural, Berkhamsted hosted our annual Sunnyside BBQ this summer! 🍔🌞

Every week, our Maintenance Supervisor Russell Hatt welcomes a group of Sunnyside trainees who help maintain our school grounds by tidying, weeding, and planting flowers and shrubs, creating a relaxing and enchanting environment. 🌸🌿

To thank the Sunnyside team and reinforce our School’s value of serving others, we hosted a BBQ with pupils from @berkhamstedgirls. The scorching June heat, summer hits, and delicious food made it a perfect day! 🎶

It was wonderful to see everyone dancing, singing their favourite songs, and showing off their best moves. 💃

Russell initiated this partnership to bring pupils and Sunnyside members together in a fun and beneficial way, giving pupils the chance to interact with charities and volunteers who inspire change. 🙌

The BBQ was an amazing opportunity to give back to Sunnyside trainees while instilling a strong sense of compassion and moral purpose in our pupils! 💖

#BerkhamstedSchool #SunnysideBBQ #Community

    To give back to the hardworking trainees from @sunnysiderural, Berkhamsted hosted our annual Sunnyside BBQ this summer! 🍔🌞

    Every week, our Maintenance Supervisor Russell Hatt welcomes a group of Sunnyside trainees who help maintain our school grounds by tidying, weeding, and planting flowers and shrubs, creating a relaxing and enchanting environment. 🌸🌿

    To thank the Sunnyside team and reinforce our School’s value of serving others, we hosted a BBQ with pupils from @berkhamstedgirls. The scorching June heat, summer hits, and delicious food made it a perfect day! 🎶

    It was wonderful to see everyone dancing, singing their favourite songs, and showing off their best moves. 💃

    Russell initiated this partnership to bring pupils and Sunnyside members together in a fun and beneficial way, giving pupils the chance to interact with charities and volunteers who inspire change. 🙌

    The BBQ was an amazing opportunity to give back to Sunnyside trainees while instilling a strong sense of compassion and moral purpose in our pupils! 💖

    #BerkhamstedSchool #SunnysideBBQ #Community

    🎙Tune in to our latest podcast episode featuring an inspiring story you shouldn’t miss!

Meet @oldberkhamstedians @_sarah_baharaki_ , who bravely fled Afghanistan in 2021 following the Taliban takeover. After relocating to the UK, Sarah connected with a Berkhamsted teacher who helped her obtain a scholarship at our School. Amidst the challenges of adjusting to a new life, she thrived academically and socially, excelling in Business, Economics, and Art.

Since graduating from Berkhamsted, Sarah has made her mark globally. She served as a UK Youth Delegate to the Commission on the Status of Women, became a Global Ambassador for @theirworldorg, and delivered the keynote address at the @unitednations Economic and Social Council Youth Forum in New York in April 2024.

Discover Sarah’s remarkable journey and how Berkhamsted played a pivotal role in her life. 

🎧Listen now to hear her full story! 
Comment ❤️and we’ll send you a link to the podcast.

    🎙Tune in to our latest podcast episode featuring an inspiring story you shouldn’t miss!

    Meet @oldberkhamstedians @_sarah_baharaki_ , who bravely fled Afghanistan in 2021 following the Taliban takeover. After relocating to the UK, Sarah connected with a Berkhamsted teacher who helped her obtain a scholarship at our School. Amidst the challenges of adjusting to a new life, she thrived academically and socially, excelling in Business, Economics, and Art.

    Since graduating from Berkhamsted, Sarah has made her mark globally. She served as a UK Youth Delegate to the Commission on the Status of Women, became a Global Ambassador for @theirworldorg, and delivered the keynote address at the @unitednations Economic and Social Council Youth Forum in New York in April 2024.

    Discover Sarah’s remarkable journey and how Berkhamsted played a pivotal role in her life.

    🎧Listen now to hear her full story!
    Comment ❤️and we’ll send you a link to the podcast.

    Concluding the school year with our annual House Service Day! 

Living up to our value of Serving Others, our pupils engaged in various activities to give back to the community.

🌟 Stephenson and Adders welcomed senior members of our community for afternoon tea at the Nash Harris Dining Hall, filled with music, chats, and bingo fun. 

🎶☕ Bees visited @sunnysiderural to help clear the grounds for their next planting phase. 

🌱💪 And pupils from Russell learned life-saving skills at the Knox Johnston swimming pool. 🏊‍♂️ 

An incredible end to an action-packed term! 

#BerkhamstedSchool #HouseServiceDay #SunnysideRuralTrust #LifeSavingSkills #TeamBerko

    Concluding the school year with our annual House Service Day!

    Living up to our value of Serving Others, our pupils engaged in various activities to give back to the community.

    🌟 Stephenson and Adders welcomed senior members of our community for afternoon tea at the Nash Harris Dining Hall, filled with music, chats, and bingo fun.

    🎶☕ Bees visited @sunnysiderural to help clear the grounds for their next planting phase.

    🌱💪 And pupils from Russell learned life-saving skills at the Knox Johnston swimming pool. 🏊‍♂️

    An incredible end to an action-packed term!

    #BerkhamstedSchool #HouseServiceDay #SunnysideRuralTrust #LifeSavingSkills #TeamBerko

    We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for the Independent School of the Year Award for Diversity, Equality, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ).

We’re looking forward to finding out if we’ve won on 9 September.

@isotyawards #IndependentSchooloftheYearAward #teamberko #berkhamstedschool

    We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for the Independent School of the Year Award for Diversity, Equality, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ).

    We’re looking forward to finding out if we’ve won on 9 September.

    @isotyawards #IndependentSchooloftheYearAward #teamberko #berkhamstedschool

    And that’s a wrap for another school year! 🎉

This week, our pupils continued their learning in a unique and exciting way during our extended curriculum week. 

They enjoyed a variety of activities, visits, and workshops, including:

🐾 A visit to Whipsnade Zoo 
🌍 Languages Day 
✈️ A visit to @DuxfordAirMuseum 
🏰 Exploring @Berkhamsted Castle and the trenches 
🏅 Sports Day 
🎓 Careers Workshop 
🏀 Sports coaching and umpiring workshop 
📰 Journalism workshop 
⛰️ @DukeofEdinburghaward expedition 
🎨📐 Art and maths workshop

Wishing all our families and staff a well-earned, restful summer break! ☀️🌴 

See you in September!

#BerkhamstedSchool 
#teamberko

    And that’s a wrap for another school year! 🎉

    This week, our pupils continued their learning in a unique and exciting way during our extended curriculum week.

    They enjoyed a variety of activities, visits, and workshops, including:

    🐾 A visit to Whipsnade Zoo
    🌍 Languages Day
    ✈️ A visit to @DuxfordAirMuseum
    🏰 Exploring @Berkhamsted Castle and the trenches
    🏅 Sports Day
    🎓 Careers Workshop
    🏀 Sports coaching and umpiring workshop
    📰 Journalism workshop
    ⛰️ @DukeofEdinburghaward expedition
    🎨📐 Art and maths workshop

    Wishing all our families and staff a well-earned, restful summer break! ☀️🌴

    See you in September!

    #BerkhamstedSchool
    #teamberko

    Chariots of fire theme for the final chapel of the year.

It was a pleasure to welcome Rev Canon Steve Coulson from @stmarkskennington and Club Chaplain of @surreycricket to address the congregation.

🏆 Who do you think won the Kings vs Castle relay race?

#teamberko
#berkhamstedschool
#chaplaincy

    Chariots of fire theme for the final chapel of the year.

    It was a pleasure to welcome Rev Canon Steve Coulson from @stmarkskennington and Club Chaplain of @surreycricket to address the congregation.

    🏆 Who do you think won the Kings vs Castle relay race?

    #teamberko
    #berkhamstedschool
    #chaplaincy

    🎓 As the academic year comes to a close, Berkhamsted prepares to welcome pupils transitioning into new schools within our group.

🙏 Last Thursday, our Chaplaincy Team, which offers pastoral support across all six schools, hosted a delightful tea and cake event in the School House Gardens. It was a wonderful opportunity for pupils and parents to connect.

☀️ The sun was shining, garden games were in full swing, and there was plenty of cake for everyone! 🌸🍰

#BerkhamstedSchool
#EndOfYear 
#PastoralCare
#GardenParty
#TeamBerko

    🎓 As the academic year comes to a close, Berkhamsted prepares to welcome pupils transitioning into new schools within our group.

    🙏 Last Thursday, our Chaplaincy Team, which offers pastoral support across all six schools, hosted a delightful tea and cake event in the School House Gardens. It was a wonderful opportunity for pupils and parents to connect.

    ☀️ The sun was shining, garden games were in full swing, and there was plenty of cake for everyone! 🌸🍰

    #BerkhamstedSchool
    #EndOfYear
    #PastoralCare
    #GardenParty
    #TeamBerko

    🌟 Every day is a day for imaginative and creative play at @berkopreprep and @berkhamstedprep ! 🌟

Guided by the latest early years education research, play is an important part of every lesson. Through daily play, pupils learn how to collaborate, think creatively, and question the world around them. 

The early years are crucial for a child’s development, and at Berkhamsted, we’re building foundations that last a lifetime. Through play, our children navigate the world, boost their social skills, and enhance their cognitive abilities, helping to develop into remarkable adults. 

We were proud to join the @unitednations in celebrating the inaugural #internationaldayofplay, which showcased our dedication to offering the best opportunities for our children.

Throughout the day, pupils played games which were specially selected to encourage their collaboration, confidence, and critical thinking, each of which are essential for success in pupils’ later School life and future careers. Many of the games incorporated essential maths and English skills, from a wordle-style English game to a ‘hook-a-duck’ style maths game, preparing them for academic success throughout their time at School and beyond. 

We look forward to many more days of joyful discovery and learning, where imaginative and creative play continues to be at the heart of our children’s growth and development. 🌈🧩

    🌟 Every day is a day for imaginative and creative play at @berkopreprep and @berkhamstedprep ! 🌟

    Guided by the latest early years education research, play is an important part of every lesson. Through daily play, pupils learn how to collaborate, think creatively, and question the world around them.

    The early years are crucial for a child’s development, and at Berkhamsted, we’re building foundations that last a lifetime. Through play, our children navigate the world, boost their social skills, and enhance their cognitive abilities, helping to develop into remarkable adults.

    We were proud to join the @unitednations in celebrating the inaugural #internationaldayofplay, which showcased our dedication to offering the best opportunities for our children.

    Throughout the day, pupils played games which were specially selected to encourage their collaboration, confidence, and critical thinking, each of which are essential for success in pupils’ later School life and future careers. Many of the games incorporated essential maths and English skills, from a wordle-style English game to a ‘hook-a-duck’ style maths game, preparing them for academic success throughout their time at School and beyond.

    We look forward to many more days of joyful discovery and learning, where imaginative and creative play continues to be at the heart of our children’s growth and development. 🌈🧩

    🎉 Today we are celebrating the @unitednations International Day of Play!

At Berkhamsted School, we blend research-led approaches into our daily practice. We understand how play impacts brain development, strengthening neural pathways in our children’s brains.

By supporting brain development, we enhance flexible thinking, reasoning, and deeper learning potential—key to nurturing remarkable people!

🎧 Tune into our podcast with Debbie Cooper, Head of Stepping Stones Nursery at Berkhamsted Pre-Prep, discussing the importance of play in child development.

👀 Stay tuned for more posts this week showcasing how our children celebrate the #internationaldayofplay 🌟

    🎉 Today we are celebrating the @unitednations International Day of Play!

    At Berkhamsted School, we blend research-led approaches into our daily practice. We understand how play impacts brain development, strengthening neural pathways in our children’s brains.

    By supporting brain development, we enhance flexible thinking, reasoning, and deeper learning potential—key to nurturing remarkable people!

    🎧 Tune into our podcast with Debbie Cooper, Head of Stepping Stones Nursery at Berkhamsted Pre-Prep, discussing the importance of play in child development.

    👀 Stay tuned for more posts this week showcasing how our children celebrate the #internationaldayofplay 🌟