The Berkhamsted Society provides a means of unifying interactions with key groups associated with the school including: pupils, parents, alumni, parents of alumni, neighbours, local friends
Richard Thompson, Assistant Vice Principal (External Relations), offers you a warm welcome to The Berkhamsted Society!
By running events and meetings, the Berkhamsted Society aims to assist the Berkhamsted Schools Group to achieve its aim of being beneficial to the community and closely connected to all its constituencies.
The Berkhamsted Society builds and enriches our sense of community within Berkhamsted School but also projects the strength of this very same community outside the physical constraints of the School locally, nationally and internationally.
The 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 establishing working relationships with and between all these groups, the Society assists 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. In so doing, it enhances provision for each of the connected groups and also provides greater business networking opportunities for members of our school community but also for young entrepreneurs moving into the area.
The Berkhamsted Society strengthens ties between recent former pupils and the School, learning from former students’ views about their university, course, and preparation at Berkhamsted, whilst providing much valued subsequent feedback for the School’s current students.
Partnerships are established with other local junior and senior schools, whereby students and staff alike benefit from shared ideas, experiences, opportunities and resources.
A programme of events of cultural and social interest is run 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. Our community events include intimate talks with ultra-runners such as Anna McNuff through to our theatre ‘audience with’ events which have included guest speakers such as Paula Radcliffe MBE, Ben Fogle, Simon Weston CBE, Nigel Owens MBE, Roman Kemp and Richard Coles, and to event visits which have included a Williams F1 Miami Grand Prix Race Day Experience.
The Berkhamsted Society enables the School to participate fully in local life, with good relationships built with local groups, including the Chamber of Commerce, The Royal British Legion, Rotary, Age UK Dacorum, The Hospice of St Francis and the BerkoFest Book Festival, as well as many others, so that opportunities for the School’s resources and volunteering may be used well for local events and activities.
Through all such connections, we ensure that the School’s external face is fully reflective of its values by being integrated into the local community.
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Listen to Richard Thompson discuss the benefits of being part of our Berkhamsted Society and keeping in touch with the local community.
Community and Events
Previous Berkhamsted Society Events
Williams Formula 1 Grand Prix Race Day
An Audience with Reverend Richard Coles
Wine Tasting Evening
An Audience with Paula Radcliffe
An Audience with Ben Fogle
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 2041Anniversary Fund