Developing remarkable people

Boys’ independent day and boarding school for pupils aged 11-16. We offer single-sex classroom education with co-educational opportunities. Set in the leafy market town of Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.
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Welcome to Berkhamsted Boys School

At Berkhamsted School we develop remarkable people. The school provides challenge and demand to not only prepare the boys as independent thinkers, but with the right climate to develop their talents and self-esteem so they become proactive, confident, caring and resilient people.

Tom Hadcroft

Headteacher Berkhamsted Boys

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About Us

Academic

At Berkhamsted Boys we combine high-quality teaching and modern facilities with a deep understanding of our pupils and their needs.

Academic Curriculum

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Co-curricular

An education at Berkhamsted Boys equips our pupils with the academic qualifications they will need to meet their future aspirations, combined with the opportunity to gain the life skills and experiences that will shape their future success and happiness.

Co-curricular

Boarding

Flexi, Weekly and Termly boarding

Boarding at Berkhamsted offers both the experience of being part of a friendly, close-knit school community and access to outstanding facilities and resources.

Boarding

We would like to pass on our immense thanks to you and your fellow teachers. Our son has had a great education and will look back on his years at Berko with great pride we am sure.

—Leaver’s parent, 2021

Teachers shape the children but also, make Berkhamsted a great school. Please pass on our thanks to an inspirational teacher who has brilliant prospects!

—Leaver’s parent, 2021

We know our son has gained a huge amount from being at the School and has developed into a nice, mature and well-motivated, educated individual.

—Leaver’s parent, 2021

News

An evening of teaching and learning at Berkhamsted

An evening of teaching and learning at Berkhamsted

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Mr Walker’s guide to effective revision

Mr Walker’s guide to effective revision

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Berkhamsted goes phone-free with Yondr

Berkhamsted goes phone-free with Yondr

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Lent term sport success!

Lent term sport success!

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Learning Pathways at Berkhamsted

Learning Pathways at Berkhamsted

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Leaping into the past with Ben Kane

Leaping into the past with Ben Kane

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  • 🌟 Every day is a day for imaginative and creative play at @berkopreprep and @berkhamstedprep ! 🌟

Guided by the latest early years education research, play is an important part of every lesson. Through daily play, pupils learn how to collaborate, think creatively, and question the world around them. 

The early years are crucial for a child’s development, and at Berkhamsted, we’re building foundations that last a lifetime. Through play, our children navigate the world, boost their social skills, and enhance their cognitive abilities, helping to develop into remarkable adults. 

We were proud to join the @unitednations in celebrating the inaugural #internationaldayofplay, which showcased our dedication to offering the best opportunities for our children.

Throughout the day, pupils played games which were specially selected to encourage their collaboration, confidence, and critical thinking, each of which are essential for success in pupils’ later School life and future careers. Many of the games incorporated essential maths and English skills, from a wordle-style English game to a ‘hook-a-duck’ style maths game, preparing them for academic success throughout their time at School and beyond. 

We look forward to many more days of joyful discovery and learning, where imaginative and creative play continues to be at the heart of our children’s growth and development. 🌈🧩

    🌟 Every day is a day for imaginative and creative play at @berkopreprep and @berkhamstedprep ! 🌟

    Guided by the latest early years education research, play is an important part of every lesson. Through daily play, pupils learn how to collaborate, think creatively, and question the world around them.

    The early years are crucial for a child’s development, and at Berkhamsted, we’re building foundations that last a lifetime. Through play, our children navigate the world, boost their social skills, and enhance their cognitive abilities, helping to develop into remarkable adults.

    We were proud to join the @unitednations in celebrating the inaugural #internationaldayofplay, which showcased our dedication to offering the best opportunities for our children.

    Throughout the day, pupils played games which were specially selected to encourage their collaboration, confidence, and critical thinking, each of which are essential for success in pupils’ later School life and future careers. Many of the games incorporated essential maths and English skills, from a wordle-style English game to a ‘hook-a-duck’ style maths game, preparing them for academic success throughout their time at School and beyond.

    We look forward to many more days of joyful discovery and learning, where imaginative and creative play continues to be at the heart of our children’s growth and development. 🌈🧩

    🎉 Today we are celebrating the @unitednations International Day of Play!

At Berkhamsted School, we blend research-led approaches into our daily practice. We understand how play impacts brain development, strengthening neural pathways in our children’s brains.

By supporting brain development, we enhance flexible thinking, reasoning, and deeper learning potential—key to nurturing remarkable people!

🎧 Tune into our podcast with Debbie Cooper, Head of Stepping Stones Nursery at Berkhamsted Pre-Prep, discussing the importance of play in child development.

👀 Stay tuned for more posts this week showcasing how our children celebrate the #internationaldayofplay 🌟

    🎉 Today we are celebrating the @unitednations International Day of Play!

    At Berkhamsted School, we blend research-led approaches into our daily practice. We understand how play impacts brain development, strengthening neural pathways in our children’s brains.

    By supporting brain development, we enhance flexible thinking, reasoning, and deeper learning potential—key to nurturing remarkable people!

    🎧 Tune into our podcast with Debbie Cooper, Head of Stepping Stones Nursery at Berkhamsted Pre-Prep, discussing the importance of play in child development.

    👀 Stay tuned for more posts this week showcasing how our children celebrate the #internationaldayofplay 🌟

    🎺✨We look back to the unforgettable performance of the Band of the Household Cavalry with our pupils in March!

They truly raised the roof and left us all in awe!

🎶 #ThrowbackThursday 
#BerkhamstedSchool 
#BandOfTheHouseholdCavalry

    🎺✨We look back to the unforgettable performance of the Band of the Household Cavalry with our pupils in March!

    They truly raised the roof and left us all in awe!

    🎶 #ThrowbackThursday
    #BerkhamstedSchool
    #BandOfTheHouseholdCavalry

    Y7 Latin trip #BerkoLatin24

10 facts about Pompeii:
- It was a holiday resort for rich Romans.
- It produced enough bread for everyone in Pompeii and the neighbouring towns.
- The emperor Nero’s wife came from Pompeii and was called Poppaea. 
- Vesuvius destroyed the town in AD 79.
- It had at least 4 sets of baths.
- Pompeians loved eating peacock, stuffed dormice dipped in honey and snails dipped in milk. 
- About a third of the town is still to be excavated.
- The eruption of Mount Vesuvius was so hot it turned one victim’s brain into glass. 
- The emperor Titus attempted to rescue the Pompeians with his army but had to retreat
- Vesuvius didn’t only destroy Pompeii, it also destroyed neighbouring towns like Herculaneum.

    Y7 Latin trip #BerkoLatin24

    10 facts about Pompeii:
    – It was a holiday resort for rich Romans.
    – It produced enough bread for everyone in Pompeii and the neighbouring towns.
    – The emperor Nero’s wife came from Pompeii and was called Poppaea.
    – Vesuvius destroyed the town in AD 79.
    – It had at least 4 sets of baths.
    – Pompeians loved eating peacock, stuffed dormice dipped in honey and snails dipped in milk.
    – About a third of the town is still to be excavated.
    – The eruption of Mount Vesuvius was so hot it turned one victim’s brain into glass.
    – The emperor Titus attempted to rescue the Pompeians with his army but had to retreat
    – Vesuvius didn’t only destroy Pompeii, it also destroyed neighbouring towns like Herculaneum.

    🛋️ Leap onto your sofa and join our Virtual Open Event on Thursday 13 June at 18:30.

Hear from our Head, join a live Q&A and get an introduction to Berkhamsted Boys School before you visit us in person in the autumn.

🔗 Book via the link in our bio.

    🛋️ Leap onto your sofa and join our Virtual Open Event on Thursday 13 June at 18:30.

    Hear from our Head, join a live Q&A and get an introduction to Berkhamsted Boys School before you visit us in person in the autumn.

    🔗 Book via the link in our bio.

    🎙️ 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

    Good luck to our boys starting their GCSE exams….we wish you all our best!

    Good luck to our boys starting their GCSE exams….we wish you all our best!

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    The school delivers on its motto of ‘Developing Remarkable People’ – students are notably engaging and enjoy taking part in everything the school has to offer.

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    Oversubscribed at both major entry points (11+ and 13+), with places sought after by bright and talented pupils from far and wide, looking for more breadth than the local grammars can offer, without the hothouse feel of some schools closer to London.

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