School Life

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Our aim is to try to ensure that every pupil leaves Berkhamsted Girls with good qualifications and a range of additional achievements and skills, but also with fond memories that will last a life-time. School will always provide plenty of academic challenge, but just as important to us is that the girls enjoy their time with us. It is the moments of fun and excitement which will make ordinary days extraordinary!

Every student is different and just as we tailor our academic teaching to the individual needs of your daughter, we understand that providing a nurturing and supportive environment provides the foundations to help them to thrive and develop as confident, proactive young women. Our School values to Aim High with Integrity, Be Adventurous and Serve other are embedded within school life and we expect our pupils to live by these.

We want to make sure that your daughter has access to the best opportunities and that she leaves Berkhamsted Girls with exceptional resilience and a sense of compassion which becomes instinctive.

Our Facilities

Berkhamsted Girls is located on our Kings Campus, with students enjoying access to superb facilities across all schools within the Berkhamsted Schools Group, especially those on Castle campus.

Pupils 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 on Kings Campus has a 25m heated swimming pool, sports hall and fitness suite.

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

The Nash-Harris Building features modern classrooms and laboratories, a spacious dining hall and a second floor ‘floating’ chapel with a stained glass window that forms the focal point.

Castle Campus, where the Boys are based, 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.

Wellbeing

The teenage years are a critical period for developing skills for leading a healthy life. We want all our pupils to be happy and healthy at Berkhamsted Girls. The link between health and wellbeing and positive academic performance has been well researched. Mentally healthy students are more likely to be able to concentrate and be receptive to learning.

We have a dedicated Director of Pupil Wellbeing who leads our Wellbeing Team of chaplaincy staff, nurses, counsellors and coaches. This helps to keep our pupils well, looks out for early signs of potential problems and supports those who have any pastoral difficulties.

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.

There is a Medical Centre at Berkhamsted Girls with fully qualified nurses providing cover during the school day.

The wellbeing of our pupils at Berkhamsted is a core part of many programmes of study and ways of working including curriculum PSHE, Chapel services and AS Tracking. Helping them to understand how to make informed and good choices is a key part of us helping them to navigate the path through the teenage years.

Pastoral Care

At Berkhamsted Girls, our aim is to maintain good discipline within a relaxed, warm and friendly atmosphere and to encourage the development of responsibility and self-discipline.

We recognise that intellectual development and strong pastoral care go hand in hand, so the wellbeing of all pupils is very important to us. The pastoral care afforded by our House system is delivered by our Heads of House, House tutors and a wellbeing team comprising of counsellors, nurses and the Chaplaincy. A key facet of our pastoral system is establishing and fostering strong school parent relationships to support the girls’ development, so regular meetings, parent presentations, consultations and focus groups are all woven into the rhythms of the school year.

Our School values to Aim High with Integrity, Be Adventurous and Serve others are embedded within school life and we expect our pupils to live by theseWe work to educate them away from behaviours which will not serve them well by a combination of coaching, restorative justice, teaching and sanctions.

The House System

Our house system is central to pupil life at Berkhamsted Girls. Our seven day Houses each have girls from Years 7 to 11, helping to provide them with a sense of belonging, friendship, teamwork and to encourage their self-confidence and happiness.

Students at Berkhamsted Girls 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 Girls 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

The accommodation at Berkhamsted Girls at our girls’ boarding house, St John’s, is of an extremely high standard. All bedrooms are en-suite.

Even if your daughter isn’t boarding, she can be collected from St John’s boarding house until 8pm. She will receive a boarder’s supper and supervised prep.

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

Both weekly and termly boarding offers four nights (usually Monday to Thursday) and are available from Year 9 and above.

We are always happy to arrange a visit to St John’s boarding house if you are interested in boarding for your daughter at Berkhamsted Girls.

My Journey

Eloise had limited opportunities to play sport while she was living in France until the age of 13.  She joined Berkhamsted in Year 9 and tried Lacrosse for the first time. By the time she was in Year 13 she was co-captaining the 2nd XII.

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