School Life

At Berkhamsted Pre-Prep, building every child’s confidence and self-esteem is our priority. We provide numerous opportunities to allow your child’s personal qualities to shine through.

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Starting Berkhamsted Pre-Prep

We understand that starting Berkhamsted Pre-Prep may be your child’s first formal educational setting, or equally the continuation of their learning journey from a previous setting.

Our aim is that the years your child will spend with us at Berkhamsted Pre-Prep are the start of what we hope is an exceptional educational journey.

We strive to ensure that we nurture happy, secure and confident children, who have the skills to be increasingly independent, resilient and prepared to succeed in the next stage of their education.

We know that settling in to a new school can be daunting as children build new relationships and get used to their new environment. We offer a number of visits in the term prior to entry, enabling children to get to know our staff and teachers and to explore the environment and their new classroom.

Children who are due to start at our Stepping Stones Nursery are able to attend ‘Stay and Play’ sessions with their parents in Trinity term, where they are able to play, familiarise themselves with the setting and meet our Nursery staff.

There are often other children visiting who will be starting school in September and therefore this is a good opportunity for parents to meet new people too. For children who join us in other years – and for Year 2 in particular – we hold a ‘Meet a Friend’ day where your child will spend a day with the children who will make up the year group they will be joining.

Our priority is to ensure a smooth transition for every child joining our school. We will work closely with you to ensure that your child feels comfortable and excited about joining us at Berkhamsted Pre-Prep.

Moving Up To Berkhamsted Prep

Once your child has completed their Key Stage One education at the end of Year 2, they will transfer from Berkhamsted Pre-Prep to Berkhamsted Prep for Key Stage Two.

While there is no formal assessment for entry, we continue to assess our pupils throughout Key Stage One to ensure they are making the necessary progress to cope with the demands and pace of the Key Stage Two curriculum. We support every child to ensure they are equipped to succeed.

Berkhamsted Prep has four-form entry from Year 3, which allows children to work at a rate that is appropriate to their ability.

The School Day

Children (from three years of age) can join our Breakfast Club from 7.30am each morning in Jubilee Hall which is run by our own team who know the children and their needs.

Morning drop-off is from 8.30am at the gate to the Walled Garden, for children in Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2). Children in Reception go to their classrooms at 8.40am where they are met by the teaching staff, who will welcome them into school. Children in Stepping Stones, our Nursery class, may be brought to their classrooms between 8.40-9.00am, allowing a flexible start for our youngest children.

Daily assemblies are an excellent opportunity for the children to come together as a Pre-Prep family. Monday starts the week with a moral focus that encourages the children to think about others. Children nominate each other for our Act of Kindness award in recognition of their actions to serve others. Our Friday Assembly is a celebration, recognising achievements from both within and outside school. Throughout the year each class will prepare an assembly for the other children to watch (parents are invited), and all parents are invited to our special end of term assemblies.

There is always that little bit extra happening at Berkhamsted Pre-Prep to capture the children’s imagination. There are special visitors (for example, firemen, authors, charity representatives), special days (for example, World Book Day, French Day) activities and workshops aimed at inspiring children such as our Lent term ‘Hatching Chicks’ projects. Outings are used to enhance the curriculum and learning experiences for all the children.

Nutritious cooked lunches are provided daily by Aramark, caterers for the Berkhamsted Schools Group, with an extensive salad bar and special dietary requirements catered for. Children in Reception and Key Stage One play together at break times in our large walled garden. Stepping Stones also have their own play area accessible directly from the classrooms. Being a small school, all the children often do things together and this helps to build the genuine family atmosphere that pervades Berkhamsted Pre-Prep.

Wrap Around Care

At Berkhamsted we understand that parents lead busy lives and there will be times when flexibility is required. Our ‘Wrap Around Care’ facility offers the option to collect your child currently up to 18:30 each day (Exclusions apply).

Our aim for Wrap Around Care is to create a family experience at the end of the school day. Activities are very much up to the children and they can choose from a range of experiences. Some, especially the older children, will do their homework; others will play games, for example chess, Cluedo or table football. Others will draw or follow a creative activity or simply watch television!

The children lead busy lives and when the school day ends it is important that they can relax a little. Wrap Around Care provides a ‘home at school’ experience which is much enjoyed by those who attend.

Bookings can be made on a termly, weekly or late booking (subject to availability) basis on our website:

During the School holidays parents can book their children on to a number of activity camps run at BASECAMP. MiniBASECAMP offers a multi-activity camp suited to children aged three to five years; and for older children, aged four to 16 years, a number of courses are available. Wrap-around Care is available at BASECAMP too and runs from 07:30 to 18:30. For more information or to book a camp please see our website:

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