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 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.

 

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

Mr Walker’s guide to effective revision

Mr Walker’s guide to effective revision

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Year 6 perform ‘The Wind in the Willows’

Year 6 perform ‘The Wind in the Willows’

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Young Singer of the Year 2024

Young Singer of the Year 2024

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The growth of Girls Cricket at Berkhamsted

The growth of Girls Cricket at Berkhamsted

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Interview with Debbie Cooper, Head of Stepping Stones

Interview with Debbie Cooper, Head of Stepping Stones

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Science Morning at Berkhamsted Prep

Science Morning at Berkhamsted Prep

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  • 🎙️ Dive into the heart of Berkhamsted’s boarding life on this month’s ‘In the Berkhamsted Spotlight’ podcast!
 
Join Miss Jessica Thackray Head of St John’s, Girls Boarding and parent Marianne Ponsonby-White as they share invaluable insights into the nurturing environment at St John’s Girls Boarding.
 
Marianne shares her decision to send her daughter to boarding school and how it has positively impacted their family life. Jessica expresses her love for boarding and the joy she finds in her role. They also discuss the changes in boarding over the years and the focus on the well-rounded development of students.
 
Don’t miss out on the stories behind the scenes!
 
🎧 Listen now - link in bio!
 
#BerkhamstedPodcast
#BoardingLife
#TeamBerko

    🎙️ Dive into the heart of Berkhamsted’s boarding life on this month’s ‘In the Berkhamsted Spotlight’ podcast!
     
    Join Miss Jessica Thackray Head of St John’s, Girls Boarding and parent Marianne Ponsonby-White as they share invaluable insights into the nurturing environment at St John’s Girls Boarding.
     
    Marianne shares her decision to send her daughter to boarding school and how it has positively impacted their family life. Jessica expresses her love for boarding and the joy she finds in her role. They also discuss the changes in boarding over the years and the focus on the well-rounded development of students.
     
    Don’t miss out on the stories behind the scenes!
     
    🎧 Listen now – link in bio!
     
    #BerkhamstedPodcast
    #BoardingLife
    #TeamBerko

    🎶 What a night to remember! 

Our talented pupils from Years 7 to 9 rocked the stage at our Music Talent Show, all in support of @musicforallcharity a charity dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and education through music across the UK. 🌟

From the lively beats of Year 7’s Rhythm Bash band performing James Brown’s ‘I Got You (I Feel Good)’ to captivating solos and harmonious choir renditions, the evening was filled with incredible performances. Highlights included Georgiana and Annabel’s show-stopping musical numbers, Gibran’s piano mastery with ‘Over The Bars’, and Maya’s stunning rendition of ‘Interstellar X Cornfield Chase’. 🎤🎹🎻

👑Dom was the overall winner with his rendition of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

Thank you to our esteemed judges, Mr. Curtis and Mr. Hockedy, and everyone who came out to support this wonderful cause. Together, we are making a difference and sharing the joy of music with all. 

🎵❤️ #BerkhamstedTalentShow #MusicForAll #TeamBerko #BerkhamstedSchool

    🎶 What a night to remember!

    Our talented pupils from Years 7 to 9 rocked the stage at our Music Talent Show, all in support of @musicforallcharity a charity dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and education through music across the UK. 🌟

    From the lively beats of Year 7’s Rhythm Bash band performing James Brown’s ‘I Got You (I Feel Good)’ to captivating solos and harmonious choir renditions, the evening was filled with incredible performances. Highlights included Georgiana and Annabel’s show-stopping musical numbers, Gibran’s piano mastery with ‘Over The Bars’, and Maya’s stunning rendition of ‘Interstellar X Cornfield Chase’. 🎤🎹🎻

    👑Dom was the overall winner with his rendition of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

    Thank you to our esteemed judges, Mr. Curtis and Mr. Hockedy, and everyone who came out to support this wonderful cause. Together, we are making a difference and sharing the joy of music with all.

    🎵❤️ #BerkhamstedTalentShow #MusicForAll #TeamBerko #BerkhamstedSchool

    Exam season is here! 

📚✨ To help our Year 11 and 13 students get their best grades while staying healthy, Mr Walker shares his top revision tips:

1. Try Retrieval Practice: Use flashcards, teach others, or write from memory to boost recall.
2. The Testing Effect: Practise past papers under exam conditions to build confidence.
3. Use Spaced Practice: Follow the Pomodoro Technique – 25 mins study, 5 mins break.
4. Reframe Your Worry: Turn nerves into high-octane fuel for success.
5. Get Outdoors: Take breaks and get fresh air to avoid burnout.

Good luck to all of our students taking exams in the coming weeks! 💪🌟 

#ExamTips #StudentSuccess #Wellbeing #BerkhamstedSchool
#teamberko

    Exam season is here!

    📚✨ To help our Year 11 and 13 students get their best grades while staying healthy, Mr Walker shares his top revision tips:

    1. Try Retrieval Practice: Use flashcards, teach others, or write from memory to boost recall.
    2. The Testing Effect: Practise past papers under exam conditions to build confidence.
    3. Use Spaced Practice: Follow the Pomodoro Technique – 25 mins study, 5 mins break.
    4. Reframe Your Worry: Turn nerves into high-octane fuel for success.
    5. Get Outdoors: Take breaks and get fresh air to avoid burnout.

    Good luck to all of our students taking exams in the coming weeks! 💪🌟

    #ExamTips #StudentSuccess #Wellbeing #BerkhamstedSchool
    #teamberko

    Happy World Fives Day! 🧤

Today we celebrate fives across the world.

Don’t miss our 17th annual Scholars vs Rogues #EtonFives tournament on 6 June. 
 
Who will be crowned the winners of the ‘Dossi Dish’? 🏆

@eton_fives_association 
#scholarsandrogues
#WFD2024
#InternationalFives

    Happy World Fives Day! 🧤

    Today we celebrate fives across the world.

    Don’t miss our 17th annual Scholars vs Rogues #EtonFives tournament on 6 June.

    Who will be crowned the winners of the ‘Dossi Dish’? 🏆

    @eton_fives_association
    #scholarsandrogues
    #WFD2024
    #InternationalFives

    🎶Congratulations to all involved in the Young Singer of the Year Finals last night.

The standard and talent on display was unbelievable.

🏆Well done to our overall winners who were:
Young Voice of the Year: Beatrice
Young Vocalist of the Year: Eva
Young Singer of the Year: Seren

#YoungSingerOfTheYear
#TeamBerko

    🎶Congratulations to all involved in the Young Singer of the Year Finals last night.

    The standard and talent on display was unbelievable.

    🏆Well done to our overall winners who were:
    Young Voice of the Year: Beatrice
    Young Vocalist of the Year: Eva
    Young Singer of the Year: Seren

    #YoungSingerOfTheYear
    #TeamBerko

    In this episode of the ‘In the Berkhamsted Spotlight’ podcast, we hear from Debbie Cooper, Head of Stepping Stones, our Nursery department @berkopreprep, as she shares invaluable insights on early childhood development. 🎙️

Play is not just fun and games; it’s a critical aspect of brain development. Debbie’s emphasis on risky play highlights the need for children to experience managed risks, fostering resilience and problem-solving skills. 🧠

Debbie’s research project highlighted the significance of reading stories in promoting literacy and vocabulary development and the impact it’s had on the children at Berkhamsted Pre-Prep. 📚

🎧 Tune in on Apple, Spotify, Amazon, or your favourite podcast platform to listen to the full episode, for a deep dive into nurturing our future generations and find out why Berkhamsted Pre-Prep was awarded Independent Pre-Prep School of the Year 2023.

🔗Click on the Podcast link in our bio.

✔Please like and subscribe to listen to more episodes.

#BerkhamstedPodcast 
#BerkhamstedSchool
#TeamBerko
#EarlyChildhoodEducation 
#LiteracyDevelopment

    In this episode of the ‘In the Berkhamsted Spotlight’ podcast, we hear from Debbie Cooper, Head of Stepping Stones, our Nursery department @berkopreprep, as she shares invaluable insights on early childhood development. 🎙️

    Play is not just fun and games; it’s a critical aspect of brain development. Debbie’s emphasis on risky play highlights the need for children to experience managed risks, fostering resilience and problem-solving skills. 🧠

    Debbie’s research project highlighted the significance of reading stories in promoting literacy and vocabulary development and the impact it’s had on the children at Berkhamsted Pre-Prep. 📚

    🎧 Tune in on Apple, Spotify, Amazon, or your favourite podcast platform to listen to the full episode, for a deep dive into nurturing our future generations and find out why Berkhamsted Pre-Prep was awarded Independent Pre-Prep School of the Year 2023.

    🔗Click on the Podcast link in our bio.

    ✔Please like and subscribe to listen to more episodes.

    #BerkhamstedPodcast
    #BerkhamstedSchool
    #TeamBerko
    #EarlyChildhoodEducation
    #LiteracyDevelopment

    🎤🌟Incredible performances at the Young Singer of the Year competition last night! 

🎶🎉 Students from @BerkhamstedPrep, @HeathertonSchool, @BerkhamstedGirls, @BerkhamstedBoys, and @BerkhamstedSixth took to the stage with classical, musicals, songwriting, duets, and jazz/soul numbers. 

The adjudicators had a difficult time deciding the winners as there was so much talent on display. 

We can’t wait for the Competitive Finals on Wednesday! 🏆✨ 

#TeamBerko 
#BerkhamstedSchool 
#HeathertonSchool 
#YoungSingeroftheYear2024

    🎤🌟Incredible performances at the Young Singer of the Year competition last night!

    🎶🎉 Students from @BerkhamstedPrep, @HeathertonSchool, @BerkhamstedGirls, @BerkhamstedBoys, and @BerkhamstedSixth took to the stage with classical, musicals, songwriting, duets, and jazz/soul numbers.

    The adjudicators had a difficult time deciding the winners as there was so much talent on display.

    We can’t wait for the Competitive Finals on Wednesday! 🏆✨

    #TeamBerko
    #BerkhamstedSchool
    #HeathertonSchool
    #YoungSingeroftheYear2024