Berkhamsted Girls

An independent girls’ day and boarding school for pupils aged 11 – 16.

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Our aim is to prepare every Berkhamsted Girls pupil for her future by nurturing her talents and self-esteem, enabling her to flourish both in the classroom and in her co-curricular activities.

We develop proactive, confident, compassionate and resilient young women.

One of the Berkhamsted family of Schools

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

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Facilities

Berkhamsted Girls is located on both our Kings and Castle Campuses, with students enjoying access to superb facilities across both sites.

Students at Berkhamsted Girls benefit from modern dining facilities, a library, a chapel, science labs, art and design technology, drama and music facilities, plus access to extensive sporting facilities.

Kings Campus is the site of our well-equipped 500-seat Centenary Theatre, which hosts professional music and drama productions throughout the school year.

The Knox-Johnston Sports Centre, which features a 25m heated swimming pool, sports hall and fitness suite, is located adjacent to Kings Campus.

Pupils at Berkhamsted Girls also have access to extensive playing fields covering over 40 acres, a 3G floodlit astroturf Lacrosse pitch, a sports hall, an athletics track, all-weather tennis courts, Eton Fives courts, two fitness rooms and a well-equipped strength and conditioning suite.

The most recent addition to our Kings Campus is the Nash-Harris Building, which opened in September 2011. The building benefits from fully equipped modern classrooms and laboratories, a spacious dining hall and a second floor ‘floating’ chapel with a stained glass window that forms the focal point of the building.

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

A new Art and Design Centre named The Chadwick Centre opened at Castle Campus in 2007, incorporating larger dining facilities which enabled the previous dining room to become our Design and Technology centre.

Head's Welcome

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The diamond structure of Berkhamsted School enables girls to flourish academically in a single-sex classroom environment while at the same time allowing them to experience numerous co-educational activities, events and trips.

At Berkhamsted your daughter will be encouraged to become actively involved in our wide-ranging extra-curricular programme as we believe it is the skills and abilities they develop outside the classroom that enhance the academic qualifications they achieve.

All girls from Years 7 to 11 are taught on Kings Campus and belong to one of the seven vertically structured Houses. The Heads of Houses and their tutor teams support and monitor the girls’ progress through the School, working with them, their teachers and parents. We believe a strong pastoral system is key to enabling the girls to fulfil their academic potential and it supports them through the challenges they face as they progress through their teenage years.

Your daughter will be encouraged to be ambitious, secure in the knowledge that she has the skills, ability, talent and support to achieve anything she sets her mind to – as William Butler Yeats said ‘education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire’. Girls are encouraged to set targets that are realistic and achievable and work towards them with energy and determination. Our aim is to prepare our pupils for life beyond school by nurturing their talents and self-esteem so they become proactive, confident, caring and resilient young women.

This website will give you some insights into life at Berkhamsted Girls, but the best way to gain a better understanding would be to visit King Campus. We look forward to welcoming you and your daughter.

Liz Richardson BA

Headteacher of Berkhamsted Girls

Our Values and Aims

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

Our Values

Aim high with integrity

Berkhamsted is a learning community in which all teachers, pupils and support staff strive to be the best they can be.

We all belong to a community of learning where we work towards being better tomorrow than we have been today. How we succeed is equally as important, as we want to be successful without sharp elbows.

We proudly include integrity as a crucial ingredient of our ambition, as befits a school founded over 475 years ago by the Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Be adventurous

We also foster a spirit of adventure and ambition in our pupils from the time they join our family of schools, within and beyond the classroom.

Whilst this most definitely includes physical challenge – perhaps most visibly on our high ropes course and our hugely successful outdoor education, sport, drama and music programmes – we also foster an adventurous, resilient mindset in our students, who are encouraged to try, fail and learn in everything they do.

Serve others

We are a community that understands the importance of service. We celebrate and encourage the work of our students as volunteers in the local community, as those who engineer change for good, both inside and outside the school.

Our expectation is that Berkhamstedians will not just go on and do well, although of course we expect that they will. We also expect that they will go on and do good, with compassion. Last year, our students undertook over 5,000 hours of voluntary work across the senior schools.

Our Aims

Flowing from our school values, our aim is for every Berkhamsted pupil to:

  • Develop the skills and ambition required for lifelong success
  • Strive for their best achievements possible
  • Grow in moral purpose, character and courage to become respectful and wise
  • Explore and enjoy the fullest breadth and extent of life’s opportunities
  • Belong to a community which looks outwards and forwards
  • Contribute to the success and wellbeing of each other, locally, nationally and globally
  • Be inspired by the school’s values, heritage and Christian foundation

British Values

The Berkhamsted Schools Group promotes British Values through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education, which permeates the school’s curriculum.

We believe British Values support the development of remarkable, resilient young people who are motivated, adventurous and compassionate.

British Values (defined by the DfE document ‘Promoting fundamental British values through SMSC in schools’) are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

We recognise that pupil development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by every member of our staff, who provide a model of behaviour for our pupils.

In actively promoting British Values, we also focus on showing how our work with students is effective in embedding fundamental British values.

Actively promoting British Values also means challenging any Berkhamsted student, member of staff, parent or carer who may express opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including extremist views.

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