School Life

Berkhamsted Prep pupils achieve their potential because of their highly positive attitude to learning. Our exemplary pastoral care means your child will feel happy, secure and well cared for

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At Berkhamsted Prep, we offer an enjoyable yet challenging experience to every pupil, enabling them to develop into confident, ambitious and motivated students who are equipped with the skills they will need to succeed in the next stage of their educational journey.

Our pupils embrace every activity on offer to them – whether curricular, physical or creative – with a passion and determination which is tremendous to observe.

Pupils at Berkhamsted Prep achieve their potential due to their highly positive, adventurous attitude to learning. Our exemplary pastoral care means your child will feel happy, secure and well cared for throughout their time with us.

Starting at Berkhamsted Prep

Pupils move on from Berkhamsted Pre-Prep to the next stage of their education at Berkhamsted Prep at the age of 7.

Children start at Berkhamsted Prep in our Michaelmas (Autumn) term in September. Before they start at Berkhamsted Prep, pupils are invited to attend a new pupils’ morning, which is normally held in June.

Here they will meet their Form Teacher who will take them to their classroom for some activities and talk to them and their new classmates about life at the School.

Children will attend an assembly and stay with us for lunch which will help them gain a feel for their new environment, ensuring they are happy and confident ahead of them starting with us full-time in September.

We aim to ensure that every pupil at Berkhamsted Prep is happy, confident and secure, with the skills to be increasingly independent and resilient through this new stage of their education.

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.

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 throughout your child’s time at Berkhamsted Prep.

The Headteachers of Berkhamsted Boys and Berkhamsted Girls host an annual meeting for the parents of our Year 6 pupils ahead of their entrance assessments.

Throughout this meeting you can discuss your child’s entry to Senior School, the transfer process, our Scholarship Awards and the range of activities and specialist resources available to pupils at Berkhamsted Boys and Berkhamsted Girls.

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.

Entry Assessments

All Year 6 pupils take an assessment for entry into Year 7 at our Senior Schools at the end of September.

Their results are published by half-term, ensuring pupils are able to secure a place at their chosen school early in the academic year.
The assessment process is administered entirely by our Senior Schools.

For further details on Year 6 entry assessments and the transfer process, please refer to our Progression Policy.

Wrap Around Care

We understand that parents lead busy lives, often requiring childcare flexibility and support out of standard school hours. We offer Wrap Around Care for all Berkhamsted Prep pupils until 18.30 each day.

Our pupils 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.

Our aim for Wrap Around Care is to create a family experience at the end of the school day, giving parents the peace of mind that their child is being well cared for.

Activities are very much up to the children and they can choose from a range of experiences. Some – especially our older pupils – will do their homework and others will play games such as chess, Cluedo or table football. Others will draw or follow a creative activity or simply watch television.

Parents can arrange Wrap Around Care for regular days in advance, however we understand that family life can be unpredictable so parents may arrange for children to attend on the day.

The number of places available for Wrap Around Care will be limited to ensure we can adhere to the correct staff-to-pupil ratios, so you are advised to book in advance where possible.

Wrap Around Care bookings can be made on a termly or weekly basis, with late bookings subject to availability.

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