Emma Watson welcomes you to Berkhamsted Girls
Berkhamsted Girls provides a nurturing, forward-thinking environment in which our students flourish both inside and outside the classroom. The ‘all girls’ environment allows students to be uninhibited in their learning and personal growth, and our pastoral staff are specifically skilled to coach, support and develop our girls through their senior school years.
Additionally, students have a bounty of opportunities to experience many co-educational activities such as school trips, theatre productions, orchestra, combined cadet force and numerous social events and mixed year-group events. At Berkhamsted, your daughter will be encouraged to try new things, expand her horizons and become actively involved in our wide-ranging extra-curricular programme. We believe it is the personal skills they develop outside the classroom that enhance and enable their academic endeavours and qualifications.
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 parent partnership combined with an expert pastoral system is key to enabling the girls to fulfil their potential. Inevitably, there will be challenges throughout their teenage years; we aim to support the girls in navigating these challenges for themselves, building self-efficacy and preparing for the world beyond school. Learning to ‘live well’ is an important approach to life here; we encourage our girls to take pleasure from small things, to practise gratitude and kindness and to enjoy the passage of time.
Learning to ‘live well’ is an important approach to life here; we encourage our girls to take pleasure from small things, to practise gratitude and kindness and to enjoy the passage of time.
The School’s values are apparent in our everyday. Your daughter will be encouraged to be adventurous, to serve others and to aim high with integrity. This, of course, looks different to every student. We will work with your daughter on an individual level to ensure her talents are celebrated, her spirit is nurtured, and her contributions are kind and positive.
This website will give you some insights into life at Berkhamsted Girls, but the best way to gain a better understanding is to visit us on Kings Campus. We look forward to welcoming you and your daughter.
Emma Watson, BEng
Headteacher of Berkhamsted Girls
Emma Watson is Headteacher of Berkhamsted Girls. She came to Berkhamsted in 2018 as Deputy Head Wellbeing and moved to the Sixth two years later, before taking up her current role in September 2022. Earlier in Ms Watson’s career, she spent six years in the Army Air Corps as a Pilot and Flight Commander, and has taught at Stowe, Harrow and Wycombe Abbey, where she was a boarding housemistress. Originally from County Down, Ms Watson read Aerospace Engineering at the University of Manchester, holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Buckingham University, and is currently undertaking an MBA part-time at Salford University. She is also trained in Graydin coaching and restorative approaches. Ms Watson is married with two children; her interests include long distance running and netball.
Pupils show pronounced and highly effective study skills, appropriate to their age. Strong research skills are evident in many examples of project work, and older pupils, in particular, show excellent ability to assimilate and analyse a wide range of sources.
Ambitious go-getters who are always looking for ways to make themselves stand out from the crowd, and want to get the absolute utmost from the education and opportunities available to them.