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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 20

Lots of smiles when Sunshine club met one of our school well-being dogs today.

BerkoPrePrep · May 20

Excitement, awe and wonder this morning as Stepping Stones watch a drone flying just outside their garden.

BerkoPrePrep · May 17

Celebrating our Super Learners and accomplishments outside of school. A super week of achievements by our children!

BerkoPrePrep · May 16

Collaborating, imagining and having fun building scarecrows. A great end to a fantastic day for Stepping Stones.

BerkoPrePrep · May 14

Reception in our bluebell wood using their imagination to create a desirable residence for the Bog Baby!

BerkoPrePrep · May 10

Reception using different sized seeds to explore loud and soft sounds in their musical shakers.

BerkoPrePrep · May 3

Celebrating this week’s Super Learners and those who have achieved a variety of awards outside school.

BerkoPrePrep · May 1

Reception used their linking and noticing skills to search for and find minibeasts in our woodland.

BerkoPrePrep · Apr 29

Sunshine Club discovering that sharing a smile makes us all feel happier.

BerkoPrePrep · Apr 29

Reception went on a mini beast hunt down in the woods, great noticing skills in use.

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