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Co-educational independent day school for pupils aged 3-7

Berkhamsted Pre-Prep places each child at the centre of everything we do. Wellbeing is our first priority, and providing a high level of nurture and care is our primary focus

Karen O’Connor welcomes you to Berkhamsted Pre-Prep

Every decision is aimed at offering the very best of a modern, excellent education and igniting a passion for learning from the very beginning of an exceptional educational journey through our school.

Berkhamsted Pre-Prep places each child at the centre of everything we do. Wellbeing is our first priority, and providing a high level of nurture and care is our primary focus

Our team are skilled professionals who have an in-depth understanding of early child development. At Pre-Prep we aim high to give children the best possible start to their education. Learning opportunities are planned to provide challenge, developing not only knowledge but also the skills and aptitudes that allow our children to question, debate, collaborate and problem solve from a very young age.


Children are taught to recognise failure as the key to success and school is a safe space where mistakes are key to acquiring mastery. Our hope is to encourage their natural curiosity and passion for learning, laying the foundations that will allow them to make the most of the opportunities available to them.

The latest ISI inspection of Berkhamsted Day Nursery and Pre-Prep in June 2016 captures our philosophy perfectly: “Outcomes for children are outstanding. All children make excellent, continuous progress in relation to their individual starting points and capabilities due to the nurturing and supportive environment that recognises each child as an individual. ”

We strive to build positive relationships where children learn to socialise and work with each other and where kindness and respect are qualities that are celebrated and embraced. Our excellent pastoral care gives our school a family feel where children learn the importance of serving others and the importance of being part of a community where everyone is valued.

I warmly welcome you to visit our school, to see for yourself the innovative and all-rounded provision we have on offer here at Berkhamsted Pre-Prep.

Karen O’Connor BA PGCE NPQH
Headteacher of Berkhamsted Pre-Prep


Our Values and Aims

Berkhamsted School life is driven by our community held values. All of our values and aims are shared by the Berkhamsted family of schools.

  • Aim high with integrity
  • Be adventurous
  • Serve others

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BerkoPrePrep · Mar 21

On the first day of Spring, Stepping Stones explored the woods for signs of growth taking photos of what they found.

BerkoPrePrep · Mar 15

Well done to everyone in Becket for achieving the most house points and winning this week’s house cup.

Berkhamsted School · Mar 13

Pre-Prep enjoyed monitoring the eggs as they hatched. They said hello to the new chicks this week!

BerkoPrePrep · Mar 13

SSB and SST loved meeting the chicks this morning and talking about how much they had grown in the last week.

BerkoPrePrep · Mar 7

Year 2 enjoyed exploring the woods and piecing together the clues to name the Julia Donaldson books.

BerkoPrePrep · Mar 7

World Book Day kicked off with a hunt through the woods for the mysterious Gruffalo...

BerkoPrePrep · Mar 7

World Book Day Year 1 loved delving into their Julia Donaldson stories, igniting their creativity and imagination.

BerkoPrePrep · Mar 4

Reception dressed in fabulous red, white and blue outfits for French Day.

BerkoPrePrep · Mar 4

Year 1 listening carefully to the music and dancing to the Bretonne Clog Dance.

BerkoPrePrep · Mar 4

French country dancing with Stepping Stones.

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