Berkhamsted Prep

A co-educational independent day school for pupils aged 7-11.

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An education at Berkhamsted Prep is a unique experience, with every pupil treated as an individual.

We offer a supportive family community which fosters a strong sense of belonging in every student, developing self-confidence, resilience and ambition.

Facilities

Students at Berkhamsted Prep benefit from access to superb facilities which have been recently updated to cater exclusively to Key Stage Two education.

Prep facilities include specialist areas for teaching Music, French, Science, ICT and Design Technology, alongside the well-equipped 500-seat Centenary Theatre on our Kings Campus, which hosts professional music and drama productions throughout the school year.

Sports facilities for Prep students include a new tennis court, an outdoor teaching area and three Eton Fives Courts, plus access to the 25m indoor heated swimming pool and sports hall at the Knox-Johnston Sports Centre and extensive playing fields covering over 40 acres, including the School’s own Haslam Field.

Head's Welcome

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Berkhamsted Prep School is part of a supportive, family community which fosters a strong sense of belonging.

Being a pupil here is a unique experience; everyone is treated as an individual and our child-centred approach to education ensures they develop a natural curiosity and thirst for learning.

Your son or daughter will benefit immensely from being part of a school that is recognised as providing a high quality educational experience for its pupils; where they achieve their best because of their extremely positive and ‘can do’ attitude to school.

The exemplary pastoral care from our dedicated team of staff means your child will feel happy, secure and well cared for. In every year group, the learning experiences include a healthy combination of teaching approaches led by the child’s class teacher or by inspirational subject specialists in modern and well equipped facilities.

Whatever your child’s interests or abilities may be, they are encouraged to believe that anything is possible through diligence and perseverance. Opportunities abound here, whether academic, creative, spiritual, social, physical or otherwise. Children leave the Preparatory School full of self-confidence, having developed the courage to discover themselves and most importantly, to be the best they can.

The positive relationship between your child, the school and home is vital. In partnership together, we enable all of our children to possess the independence, skills and knowledge required to equip them for life at Senior School.

Come and discover our school for yourselves; I look forward to welcoming you!

Mr Jamie Hornshaw, BEd (Hons), MEd, NPQH, FInstLM

Headteacher of Berkhamsted Prep

One of the Berkhamsted family of Schools

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

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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.

The House System

Central to student life at Berkhamsted Prep, our Houses provide each student with a sense of belonging, developing their self-confidence.

Students at Berkhamsted Prep are allocated to one of nine Houses, comprising of students from different age groups.

Each House has a Head of House, who has the primary responsibility for the academic and pastoral support and progress of each student within their House.

Alongside the House tutors, the Head of House takes responsibility for the social and academic development of each pupil. They are the main channel of communication between the student’s school and home life.

Berkhamsted Prep students have many opportunities to develop their leadership skills within their House, with several positions of responsibility available.

Our Houses also provide an environment for cooperation and competition, with Inter-House competitions, music, quizzes, debating and sport. Students also regularly fundraise for charity within their House.

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