A thriving community of people with a connection to the Berkhamsted family of schools
The Berkhamsted Society provides a means of unifying interactions with key groups associated with the school including:
By running events and meetings for each group, the Berkhamsted Society aims to assist the Berkhamsted Schools Group to achieve its aim of being beneficial to the community and closely connected to all its constituencies.
The Society aims to provide a means of providing and strengthening relationships between people, building local and social capital. In so doing, it is anticipated that it will enhance provision for each of the groups above.
Richard Thompson, who will take responsibility for the strategy and operations of the Berkhamsted Society, will ensure that the Society strengthens ties between the school and recent former pupils.
Richard will regularly visit universities each term with the purpose of learning from former students’ their views about their university, their chosen course and how they prepared for university whilst they were at Berkhamsted.
Reunions for those just entering the workplace will help the school understand the answers to similar questions about the opportunities and demands of the lives for which the school is preparing its students.
As the Berkhamsted Society develops it will:
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Mr Richard Thompson
Richard Thompson, Assistant Vice Principal – External Relations, was previously Headteacher of Berkhamsted Boys (2013 – 2018). His early years were spent in Stratford-upon-Avon where he attended King Edward VI School. After graduating in Sports Science at Cardiff, he completed his PGCE at the University of Birmingham before taking up a scholarship at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. His teaching career began in Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet. Richard has worked at Berkhamsted School since September 1998 and, since then, has been a Head of Department, a Head of House and Deputy Head of Boys before becoming Headteacher . He is married to Laura who teaches at Berkhamsted Pre-Prep and has a son who attends Berkhamsted Boys. As well as having a career in education, Richard has played rugby for Moseley, Ebbw Vale and Saracens, and maintains a keen interest in sport.