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:
The Berkhamsted Society has organised an exciting and varied programme of events taking place this term.
Watoto Children’s Choir – Tuesday 12 February
The Watoto Children’s Choir concert is a fundraising event for Watoto. The choir’s members are orphans and other vulnerable children; many of them have suffered the loss of one or both parents and now live in a Watoto village – Watoto Children’s Choir.
The Life and Legacy of Nelson Mandela – Monday 25 February
The Reverend Colin Chambers, Nelson Mandela’s former Chaplain looks at aspects of his remarkable life and legacy, from his humble birth to his state funeral.
Jungles, Deserts, Mountains – Adventures Around the Globe of a Reluctant Runner – Tuesday 5 March
Kerry Sutton started out as an ordinary runner who now runs 100 miles non stop, 160 miles through the desert and has run to the foot of Mount Everest.
Inspiring Confidence in Every Individual – Monday 11 March
James Shone will share an inspirational presentation with a truly inspiring story and philosophy to help parents and teachers understand how best to respond to serious set backs.
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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.