A co-educational independent day school for pupils aged 3-7.

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At Berkhamsted Pre-Prep, we place each child at the centre of everything we do.

The wellbeing of our pupils is our first priority, while providing a high level of nurture and care is our primary focus.

We believe that by providing a place of learning with our children at the centre, we are enabling them to become independent, well-rounded learners who have high levels of self-esteem, who excel and who are ready to embrace any challenge.


Students flourish at Berkhamsted Pre-Prep, with facilities which cater exclusively to Key Stage One education, sharing our Haresfoot site with our co-educational Day Nursery for Early Years education.

Our Walled Garden is the perfect place for break time and is designed into different zones allowing for imaginative play, physical play, inquisitive play and so much more.

Our learning equipment includes built-in musical instruments with a stage area for budding performers, a pirate ship and a mud kitchen for exploration and physical play and gardening beds for our gardening club to grow plants and vegetables.

Our outdoor classroom and small playhouses are the ideal area for children to gather with their friends to enjoy each other’s company, to talk and develop their imaginations with games.

Beyond our garden, the grounds of Berkhamsted Pre-Prep expand into our own woods, which are used by the whole school and feature a challenging and adventurous High Ropes course for our older pupils, starting from Year 2 onwards.

Children can spend time in our woods designing a den, search for the fairies who regularly leave them messages or conduct a scientific study of the wildlife.

Each of our classrooms is well-equipped to ensure that learning is exciting, purposeful and supportive of the high expectations we have for a modern education.

Our library is a cosy environment that promotes reading for pleasure with a wide range of reading material available to catch the interest and spark the imagination of every pupil.

The children have access to a range of technology from technological toys for those in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to suites of iPads and a dedicated IT room which promote cross-curricular use of IT, supporting the development of the key skills pupils require to use technology effectively for learning.

We are fortunate to have a large sports hall that is not only used for PE but is also used for whole school assemblies and performances. A large stage with sound and lighting gives the children their first taste of performance, with all year groups presenting a range of productions to their parents over the course of the year.

Head's Welcome

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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

One of the Berkhamsted family of Schools

The overall management of the school, along with Berkhamsted Day Nursery, Berkhamsted Prep, Heatherton, Berkhamsted Boys, Berkhamsted Girls, Berkhamsted Sixth is under the leadership of the Principal of the Berkhamsted Schools Group.


Our Values and Aims

Our values and aims are shared by the Berkhamsted family of schools.

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 adventurous, resilient 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 remarkable, resilient 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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