Head's Welcome

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Thank you for looking closely at Heatherton, an independent day prep school in Amersham for girls aged 4-11 (with Co-educational Nursery for boys and girls aged 3-4) where foundations for excellence are established. Heatherton was founded over 100 years ago and is an IAPS SCHOOL with a kite mark for excellence and an enviable record for success.

At Heatherton, we believe our role is to inspire, support and foster a love of learning that will sustain your child throughout their education journey.

We are a forward-thinking, innovative school with a very special close family feel that is renowned in the Buckinghamshire area. We are in the enviable position of being a prep school within the Berkhamsted Schools Group, so we are able to retain our nurturing ethos while still benefiting from all the facilities, resources and teaching expertise that comes from being part of this outstanding and historic family of Schools.

Our caring and experienced staff work in close partnership with you to nurture your child’s natural curiosity and creativity and to ensure every pupil reaches their full potential.

Our broad and engaging curriculum, which is underpinned with our core values of: aim high with integrity; be adventurous and serve others, instil in our pupils a confidence to face challenges without fearing failure.

It is said: ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’, so why not come and see for yourself why Heatherton is our parents’ first choice of Independent School.

I look forward to sharing Heatherton with you.

Debbie Isaachsen MEd, BEd

A girls’ independent Prep school with a co-educational Nursery for pupils aged 3 – 11

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

We inspire and support our pupils, fostering a love of learning that will sustain your child throughout their entire education.

As a Prep School with the Berkhamsted Schools Group, Heatherton is in the enviable position of being able to offer a small-school family feel while still being able to benefit from all the facilities, resources and teaching expertise a larger school can offer. Heatherton pupils take part in regular Whole-Group events and activities and Year 6 pupils sit the Group entrance tests for Berkhamsted Girls in the Michaelmas Term, offering priority entrance over external applicants.

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Heatherton is situated in Amersham and, as part of the Berkhamsted family of schools, benefits from access to the School’s extensive facilities including the fully-equipped 500-seat Centenary Theatre and the modern Knox-Johnston Sports Centre, with a 25m indoor heated swimming pool and sports hall.

Heatherton’s facilities include a dedicated Early Years learning environment and specialist areas for teaching Music, Science, ICT, Food Technology and Art and Design Technology.

Heatherton students also have access to extensive playing fields covering over 40 acres, an athletics track and all-weather tennis courts.

Our Values and Aims

At Heatherton, our pupils’ wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do.

Our values and aims – which are shared by the Berkhamsted family of schools – instil in every pupil the confidence to face challenges without fearing failure and to feel safe in their learning environment.

Our weekly Fab Friday assemblies and termly Awards Ceremony celebrate our core values in action, both in and out of the classroom.

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