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It is the people here at Berkhamsted, whether pupils or staff, who make it what it is

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It is the people at Berkhamsted Boys, whether pupils or staff, who make it so successful.

Berkhamsted Boys provides a warm, supportive and grounded environment where boys have the freedom and space to grow and thrive.

Our students at Berkhamsted Boys have a wide variety of skills and we nurture and develop the skills of each individual.

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A day at Berkhamsted Boys

Year 9 pupil – Berkhamsted Boys

“On a Wednesday I usually have to get up earlier than usual due to my sisters having early morning lacrosse up at Berkhamsted Girls so, after dropping them off at around 08.00, I head for breakfast in the dining room.

Breakfast is an optional convention either for boarders, or just if you fancy a Full English when you have no time at home. After stocking up on fuel for the day, I then head to my House room where I put my bags in my locker. At around 8:30 my Head of House reads out notices for the day and then we go to assembly in Deans’ Hall, which on a Wednesday, involves a talk given by one of the Houses, usually on problems we face in daily life and how to deal with them and also on topics such as our goals.

After assembly I head to my first lesson which is English. Our lessons are each 20 minutes long, adding up to a 22 period day. At first break back at the canteen students begin to flock to Chef’s Pantry, a place where pupils can buy break time snacks e.g, a hot chocolate or even a bacon roll!

Later, after several more lessons, it’s lunch and again students (and teachers!) rush to the dining room for a well-earned meal. Lunch at Berkhamsted Boys is the complete opposite to what is referred to as the stereotypical ‘School Dinner’. Each day, lunch consists of a salad bar, a hot meal, pasta, cold dessert, hot dessert and fruit, giving a wide choice of food to all, even if you have particular dietary requirements.

Each week all students are given the opportunity to participate in co-curricular club activities, including my club, MAG, a club run to stretch bright students.”

Adventure

Getting outside and experiencing alternative methods of learning is a vital part of an education at Berkhamsted Boys.

We teach our boys to be adventurous and motivated. We do this by developing the boys’ self-confidence, stamina, leadership skills and the ability to think independently through our Adventure programmes.

The personal qualities gained through our Adventure programmes will help shape the boys into the adults they will come. When our students leave Berkhamsted Boys they will have developed a determination to succeed and a resilience that sets them apart from others.

Wellbeing

Wellbeing is a focus at Berkhamsted Boys, alongside academic achievement. The wellbeing of our students is of vital importance at Berkhamsted Boys, with mental health an absolute priority.

We seek to develop compassionate and resilient students and we do this by providing a good example for them to follow. Our Deputy Head Pupil Wellbeing leads our Wellbeing Team, which includes chaplaincy staff, nurses and counsellors/coaches.

Our Wellbeing Team supports our teaching staff in their pastoral roles, implementing a proactive wellbeing strategy. This strategy helps to keep our pupils well, looks out for early signs of potential problems and supports those who have any pastoral difficulties.

Our Medical Centre is staffed by fully qualified nurses providing cover at each School site during the school day. The School Medical Officer has special responsibility for boarders.

A team of qualified counsellors is available to all pupils for confidential counselling six days a week. The school also has a full-time residential Chaplain and an Assistant Chaplain.

Pastoral Care

Our aim at Berkhamsted Boys is to maintain good discipline within a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, encouraging the development of responsibility and self-discipline in our students.

Berkhamsted Boys is composed of smaller units – Houses – where every individual receives pastoral support and academic guidance. The Houses, which are made up of pupils from different year groups, are the centre of pupils’ lives, giving a sense of belonging and encouraging self-confidence.

The Head of House, with help from House Tutors, takes responsibility for each boy’s social and academic development and is the main channel of communication between home and school.

Year 11 boys have the opportunity to take leadership roles in their Houses. Houses are also an arena for competition and cooperation. Sport naturally provides many opportunities for the boys to work together along with lots of other competitions and fundraising for charities.

Each pupil is issued with a Code of Conduct and a copy of the School Rules, which are kept to a minimum and updated regularly.

Service

The importance of serving others is embodied in our values at Berkhamsted Boys. We understand that one of the most effective ways students learn concepts such as compassion, empathy and trustworthiness is to serve others.

We celebrate and encourage the work of our boys in the local community, as volunteers for example and as those who engineer change for good, inside and outside the School.

The House System

The House system is key to student life at Berkhamsted Boys. Our Houses are at the centre of our students’ lives, providing a sense of belonging and developing their self-confidence.

Students are allocated to one of nine Houses, comprising of students from different age groups.

Each House has a Head of House, who has the primary responsibility for the academic and pastoral support and progress of each student in their House.

Alongside the House tutors, the Head of House takes responsibility for the social and academic development of each pupil. They are the main channel of communication between the student’s school and home life.

Berkhamsted Boys students have many opportunities to develop their leadership skills within their House, with several positions of responsibility available.

Our Houses also provide an environment for cooperation and competition, with Inter-House competitions, music, quizzes, debating and sport. Students also regularly fundraise for charity within their House.

Boarding

At Berkhamsted Boys we offer a range of flexible boarding options to meet the requirements of busy parents. The accommodation at our boys’ boarding house is of an extremely high standard and many bedrooms are en-suite.

Our extended day provision means your son can be collected from our boys’ boarding house, Incents, up until 8pm and includes a boarder’s supper and supervised prep.

Flexible boarding, which is charged at a nightly fee, can be used as a regular booking throughout the term, on an ad hoc basis or even at short notice.

Weekly boarding, which is available from students in Year 9 and above, offers four nights of boarding, usually running from Monday to Thursday.

Termly boarding is available to students from Year 9 and above.

We are always happy to arrange a visit to Incents Boarding House if you are interested in boarding for your son.

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