Moving to Senior School

We understand that the transition from Berkhamsted Prep to Senior School is one of the most important steps in your child’s education, which is key to their future success and happiness, and why from September 2025 will have a continuous journey without an additional assessment for Year 7 entry.

We are here to offer you guidance on choosing the right school for your child and there are ample opportunities to discuss this with us the best secondary school experience for each individual child.

Pupils flourish at our Senior Schools, benefiting from our ‘diamond’ educational structure which provides same-sex academic lessons combined with co-curricular subjects, clubs and events. We believe our approach ensures academic excellence, whilst providing pupils with essential opportunities to socialise with their peers.

The Through-Journey

Changes to Entry Assessment for 2025

We will not require Berkhamsted Prep pupils entering our Senior Schools to take any entrance exams from the 2025 Year 7 entry onwards – our educational journey will now be straight through from Prep to Senior without an entry assessment.

Please do not hesitate to contact our admissions department should you have any further questions on  01442 358001 or at

Listen to a podcast with our Year 6

Year 6 pupils discuss what it feels like to be moving on from Berkhamsted Prep


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Future Developments

In recent years, our Prep School has been growing. When this growth concludes (circa 2023) the Prep School is projected to have 360 pupils in Years 3 – 6 on the Doctors Commons Road Site. Ten years ago, the site hosted more than 450 children aged 3 -11 before we moved our Pre-Prep offering to its current site on the Haresfoot campus. This provided our youngest with an open spacious environment at the Pre-Prep and has allowed us to develop the Prep site appropriately to meet the needs of this key stage, providing subject specific classroom facilities, enabling the latest pedagogical practice, with space for co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. The transition between the Prep School and Berkhamsted Senior Schools, is a continual focus for Berkhamsted; maximising the use of the Senior School facilities, for Sport, Chapel Services, Outdoor Education, Drama and plays an integral part in preparing our young people for the next stage of their educational journey. We would like to further improve the experience of our Prep School children many of whom come from the lovely, green, and spacious environment of our Pre-Prep at Haresfoot.

As a result, we will be changing the shape of our Prep School in two ways in the coming years:

First, we will be seeking to re-landscape the area between the Prep buildings and the King’s Road to provide more dedicated outdoor play areas for the children, and a greater sense of space on the campus. An artist’s impression of our outline plans is shown below. Please bear in mind that consultation, planning permission, tender and implementation are all necessary before this will be ready for the children… it will take us a little while which we hope to complete in 2022/23.