Head's Welcome

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

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

Berkhamsted Boys is part of Berkhamtsed family of schools. The overall management of the school, along with Berkhamsted Day Nursery, Berkhamsted Pre-Prep, Berkhamsted Prep, Heatherton, Berkhamsted Girls, Berkhamsted Sixth is under the leadership of the Principal of the Berkhamsted Schools Group.

Life has never been so full of opportunities and challenges.

We develop adventurous, innovative and confident pupils who are equipped with the skills and strategies they need to succeed in the future.

Our Facilities

Berkhamsted Boys is located on our Castle Campus which is is the site of the historic Old Hall, the first building of Berkhamsted School which was completed in 1544. Our Castle Campus Chapel dates from the late nineteenth century and Deans’ Hall dates from the early twentieth century.

The facilities on our Castle Campus are superb and include modern dining facilities, a library, Science labs, Drama and Music facilities, Art and Design Technology facilities and extensive sporting facilities.

Our new Art and Design Centre, named The Chadwick Centre, opened on Castle Campus in 2007. Incorporating larger, modern dining facilities, the previous campus dining room became our Design and Technology centre.

Berkhamsted Boys enjoy access to excellent sports facilities including a 25m indoor heated swimming pool, extensive playing fields covering over 40 acres, an athletics track, all-weather tennis courts, a sports hall, Eton Fives courts, two fitness rooms and a well-equipped strength and conditioning suite.

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Our Values and Aims

Our values and aims are shared by the Berkhamsted family of schools.

School values