The Berkhamsted Society exists to provide a means of tying together the School’s interactions with key groups of constituents: pupils, parents, alumni, former parents, neighbours and local friends. By running events and meetings for all these groups, the Society aims to assist the School in its aim to be good for the community, closely connected to all its constituencies, and a means of providing and strengthening relationships between people, building local 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 Society, will be ensuring that the Berkhamsted Society will: Strengthen ties between recent former pupils and the School. Richard will regularly visit universities each term, with the purpose of learning from former students’ views about their university, course, and preparation at Berkhamsted. Further reunions for those just joining 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 Head 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 Head . 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.