Heatherton

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

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

Facilities

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.

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
Headteacher

The Berkhamsted family of Schools

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.

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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.

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

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 adventurousresilient 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 remarkableresilient 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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