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Boys’ independent day and boarding school for pupils aged 11-16

We offer single-sex classroom education with co-educational opportunities for boys aged 11-16 set in the leafy market town of Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire – 30 minutes commute from Euston


Mary-Clare Startin welcomes you to Berkhamsted Boys

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” Abraham Lincoln. This advice captures much of what we want for boys at Berkhamsted.   It is central to our vision that every boy finds their skill, talent or passion and flourishes in both character and confidence as a result, and there is so much here by which they can be motivated and inspired:  excellent teaching; thriving drama and music departments; outstanding sports facilities and coaching and an array of Outdoor Education activities

Importantly, as Berkhamsted boys is a close-knit community within the larger family of Berkhamsted Schools and the outstanding facilities and resources that provides, we are able to harness the enthusiasm fostered by a breadth of opportunity and combine it with rigour, high expectations and support through our House system Through regular contact and communication with their Head of House and year-group tutor each boy is known as an individual allowing for their academic and extra-curricular progress and pastoral wellbeing to be nurtured and monitored closely.


A further distinctive feature of the Berkhamsted structure is the single-sex teaching of academic lessons for pupils in Years 7 – 11: an environment which allows for a more precisely adapted and focused approach to teaching and learning. However, whilst the boys’ and girls’ academic lessons take place separately they experience other learning opportunities together through the extensive range of extra-curricular activities on offer and enjoy the social benefits of interacting with each other in these contexts.

The boys’ learning experiences within and beyond the classroom are founded on a commitment not just to achieving mastery of subject content but a love and understanding of learning itself and to developing dispositions which equip them for life beyond school.  The higher education and employment landscape they will enter will require of them curiosity, creative-thinking and adaptability as well as technical skills or knowledge: our approach focuses on nurturing these qualities so that their Berkhamsted education serves them throughout their lives and is not just for the purpose of sitting examinations.

I want our boys to be recognisable for their open-minded, confident attitude towards both the opportunities and challenges that life presents: displaying a mindset and character grounded in genuine engagement with our values of adventure, aspiration, integrity and service.

This website will give you a sense of the opportunities and experiences on offer at Berkhamsted but I invite you to visit us to see the school on a working day and meet the boys and members of the staff.

I look forward to sharing our school with you.

Mary-Clare Startin BA
Headteacher of Berkhamsted Boys


Our Values and Aims

Berkhamsted School life is driven by our community held values. All of our values and aims are shared by the Berkhamsted family of schools.

  • Aim high with integrity
  • Be adventurous
  • Serve others

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Berkhamsted School · Apr 5

The Senior Citizens Tea Party was great fun for both our pupils and guests.

Berkhamsted Boys · Feb 5

Great to see the boys enjoying the pleasures and wellbeing benefits of reading during Children’s Mental Health Week!

Berkhamsted Boys · Jan 12

Congratulations to Ben B and Ben G who have just qualified for the national finals of ICYD.

Berkhamsted Boys · Jan 12

Waiting for the results to be announced in the Oxford Union Debating Chamber.

Berkhamsted Boys · Jan 12

Well done to all these pupils who have debated at the Oxford Union today.

Berkhamsted Boys · Nov 24

Congratulations to Georgina H and Darcy B for breaking to the Novice Final at Warwick Schools Debating Competition.

Berkhamsted Boys · Nov 24

Good luck to all Berkhamsted debaters at Warwick University Schools Debating Competition today

Berkhamsted Boys · Nov 17

The Principal supporting Cox’s and Adders at the Michaelmas Fayre.

Berkhamsted Boys · Nov 1

Understanding how people experienced WWI - History trip to Ypres, Belgium.

Berkhamsted Boys · Oct 19

Swifts boys getting ready for their sleep-out to raise money for DENS. Well done boys - keep warm! #servingothers

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