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Berkhamsted Society

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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:

  • Run a schedule of local activities, which enhances the work already being done by the Friends. By drawing on those who might attend from all the overlapping communities within the School, we intend to provide events of political, cultural, and social interest for the local communities, with access to pupils from the maintained sector schools with whom we have established relationships. Our hope is that this will make it easier for people to move into Berkhamsted and forge connections in and around the school and town, and also act as a bridge between local communities. The Berkhamsted Society will also seek to offer greater business networking opportunities to alumni, parents and others.
  • Enable the School to participate fully in local life, with good relationships with local groups, including the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Berkhamsted Events Group and so on, so that opportunities for the School’s resources and volunteering may be used well for local events and activities.
  • Ensure that the School’s external face is fully reflective of its values – to aim high with integrity, be adventurous, and serve others – by being integrated into the local community, showing pupils that the institution does well, and does good, in the same way that we expect the pupils to.

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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.

We are proud of the commitment of our community in helping us provide the funds for both development projects and Bursaries. In 2018 we launched our ‘Anniversary Fund’ with the target of providing 60 bursary places at Berkhamsted by 2041.

Find out more about the Anniversary Fund