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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 · May 14

Year 1 enjoyed developing their skills of imagination and creativity this week as we celebrated the Creative Arts.

BerkoPrePrep · May 14

Stepping Stones immersed in Creative Arts Week developing their expressive arts and design skills.

BerkoPrePrep · May 7

The children in Reception have been aiming high with the filming of their Trinity Term production.

Berkhamsted Chapel · Apr 26

Talking and walking. Walking and talking. Great to be back at @BerkoPrePrep for assembly today.

BerkoPrePrep · Apr 23

Stepping Stones have had an amazing week exploring and learning in the beautiful spring sunshine.

BerkoPrePrep · Apr 19

And even more after school clubs and activities. Best day ever!

BerkoPrePrep · Mar 8

Look at us! Year 1 so happy to be in school and looking forward to a fun day of learning.

BerkoPrePrep · Mar 8

Best feeling in the world! Year 2 back at school and delighted to be here. The smiles say it all.

BerkoPrePrep · Feb 5

Stepping Stones all dressed up for our Round the World Mufti Day supporting Oxfam and Go MAD #teamberko

BerkoPrePrep · Jan 28

Reception children are aiming high and persevering with a number of physical development challenges.

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