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Co-educational independent day school for pupils aged 3-7. Every child is 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
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Welcome 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.

Karen O’Connor BA, MA, PGCE, NPQH

Headteacher of Berkhamsted Prep and Pre-Prep; Head of Berkhamsted Day Nursery

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We are winners of the Independent Pre-Prep School of the Year award 2023

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Hear from Head of Stepping Stones, Debbie Cooper, discuss the importance of play and her research on the ‘Million Word Gap’ in our podcast.

Academic

The very best of a modern education

At Berkhamsted Pre-Prep, every decision we make is aimed at offering your child the very best of a modern education. Learning never stands still at Berkhamsted Pre-Prep. We believe in making learning active and encourage the children to approach every day with questions and curiosity so that they want to learn more.

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Co-curricular

Outdoor Education

Sparking a sense of adventure and developing long-lasting friendships

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News

Pre-Prep serve others with Alternatives Charity!

Pre-Prep serve others with Alternatives Charity!

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An evening of teaching and learning at Berkhamsted

An evening of teaching and learning at Berkhamsted

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Interview with Debbie Cooper, Head of Stepping Stones

Interview with Debbie Cooper, Head of Stepping Stones

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Creative Arts Week at the Pre-Prep 

Creative Arts Week at the Pre-Prep 

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Tis’ the season to serve others: Berkhamsted’s Christmas charity appeals

Tis’ the season to serve others: Berkhamsted’s Christmas charity appeals

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    As dreamy country schools go, the pre-prep is right up there, while the prep – a five minute drive away – is much bigger and so urban it could almost be London.

    Staff share an ambitious vision, with high expectations for what all children can achieve and ensure that high standards of learning and care are delivered.

    Inside, the emphasis on teaching and learning, as well as cross-curricular, is evident from the glass-covered noticeboards alone – among the largest and most comprehensive we’ve seen.

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    Year 2 had a wonderful time riding and scooting round the school grounds this morning for their PE lesson. They developed their coordination and balance skills whilst learning about how to keep safe when riding on and off road. A great spirit of adventure from our oldest Pre Prep students and huge smiles all round.

    Year 2 had a wonderful time riding and scooting round the school grounds this morning for their PE lesson. They developed their coordination and balance skills whilst learning about how to keep safe when riding on and off road. A great spirit of adventure from our oldest Pre Prep students and huge smiles all round.

    Year 2 made the most of our grounds for the first International Day of Play this week. They used their imagination and collaboration skills to come up with the with their own team games using a variety of sports equipment in the meadow. They also visited the woods to incorporate natural resources into their play. Play = engagement = learning!

    Year 2 made the most of our grounds for the first International Day of Play this week. They used their imagination and collaboration skills to come up with the with their own team games using a variety of sports equipment in the meadow. They also visited the woods to incorporate natural resources into their play. Play = engagement = learning!

    Pre-Prep children had fun today searching for bumblebees …..did you know that their favourite colour is purple! In French the children sang a bee song and learnt how to say ‘bee’ in French. We had a assembly on the life of a bumblebee and their vital contribution to our planet 🌎 🐝

    Pre-Prep children had fun today searching for bumblebees …..did you know that their favourite colour is purple! In French the children sang a bee song and learnt how to say ‘bee’ in French. We had a assembly on the life of a bumblebee and their vital contribution to our planet 🌎 🐝

    Stepping Stones are very ready for the start of our Eco Week! Look at how hard they have worked to all make a green heart. 💚 Such creativity and individuality in children so young! 🍃🍃🍃🍃

    Stepping Stones are very ready for the start of our Eco Week! Look at how hard they have worked to all make a green heart. 💚 Such creativity and individuality in children so young! 🍃🍃🍃🍃

    The French Yr 6 Ambassadors led some fabulous mini beast sessions with our Reception children. They played French games in the walled garden will all of the Pre-Prep children showing great leadership skills! So much fun for all!! 🇫🇷

    The French Yr 6 Ambassadors led some fabulous mini beast sessions with our Reception children. They played French games in the walled garden will all of the Pre-Prep children showing great leadership skills! So much fun for all!! 🇫🇷

    Reception have had a truly magnificent ‘Mini-Beast Day’! 🐜 🕷️ 🐞 🐛 
The children have been using their imagination to create mini beast houses, collages out of all natural resources and exploring clay to create their own bugs!
After a busy morning, a picnic lunch was enjoyed, followed by a moment of awe and wonder - a campfire with hot chocolate, to discuss the events of their day with their friends!

    Reception have had a truly magnificent ‘Mini-Beast Day’! 🐜 🕷️ 🐞 🐛
    The children have been using their imagination to create mini beast houses, collages out of all natural resources and exploring clay to create their own bugs!
    After a busy morning, a picnic lunch was enjoyed, followed by a moment of awe and wonder – a campfire with hot chocolate, to discuss the events of their day with their friends!

    Year 2 had an amazing day at Windsor Castle today. We made links with our history learning to think about how castles were built and defended. British values were reflected in conversations about HRH King Charles III and the late Queen. Tired feet and smiling faces are proof of a fun filled day!

    Year 2 had an amazing day at Windsor Castle today. We made links with our history learning to think about how castles were built and defended. British values were reflected in conversations about HRH King Charles III and the late Queen. Tired feet and smiling faces are proof of a fun filled day!