Boarding Life

Boarding at Berkhamsted offers both the experience of being part of a friendly, close-knit school community and access to outstanding facilities and resources.

As a boarder at Berkhamsted, you will experience life at a traditional English independent school as a member of a small, diverse boarding community of around 80 or so students.

Our boarding community is a mixture of full boarders (termly), weekly boarders from Year 9 (Sunday – Thursday nights) and local pupils who flexi-board from Year 7, on one or two nights a week due to school commitments.

Independent Schools of the Year Awards 2021 Finalist

Independent Schools of the Year Awards 2021 Finalist

We are delighted to be a finalist for the Independent Schools of the Year Awards 2021 in the category of International Student Experience.

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Academic Excellence

We provide inspirational teaching, outstanding support with university applications and effective careers advice so that a Berkhamsted education serves as a stepping stone between school and university or the professional world.

56.2% of Berkhamsted international boarders achieved an A*-A in 2019.

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Home from Home

Both houses provide a warm, friendly and secure atmosphere in which students are valued, supported, encouraged and challenged so that they can be themselves and realise their potential.

Each House is managed by a Head of House who acts ‘in loco parentis’. The Heads of House are supported by matrons and two residential tutors in providing a caring environment in which pupils can work and develop both as individuals and as part of a community.

“Weekly boarding works well for us. I know he’s happy and we enjoy our weekends together knowing that the homework is done.”

–Parent of a Year 10 Incents Weekly Boarder

 

Boarding Houses

The School has two boarding houses: St John’s for girls and Incents for boys. Both are located in Chesham Road within a few minutes’ walk of both Senior and Sixth Form campuses and the town centre. All bedrooms are furnished and decorated to a high standard and many are en-suite. Each House has a common room and kitchen facilities. There are large gardens shared by both Houses.

Dining facilities allow boys and girls to meet together and joint house outings are arranged on a regular basis. Boarders can also use their free private membership at the Knox-Johnston Sports Centre, which offers a fitness suite, sports hall and 25m swimming pool. Here, boarders can take part in any of the classes run in the evenings or at weekends ranging from aqua aerobics to pilates.

Boarding Options

Full boarding

Full boarding

This enables students to focus on academic studies while participating fully in all that the School has to offer. Boarding also offers an ideal preparation for university. At Berkhamsted, we offer a number of Full-time boarding places to overseas students.

Weekly or Flexi boarding

Weekly or Flexi boarding

These options offer families the added benefit of being able to fulfil work commitments during term-time knowing that their children are being cared for. It can also offer last minute accommodation for pupils who may need support during unexpected family difficulties or to help pupils who have a long daily journey to school to spend a few nights at the boarding house to minimise the amount of time involved transporting them to and from school each day.

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Clearly an academically driven department, it’s refreshing to meet the Head of Sixth, Martin Walker, and hear that the students get the support and encouragement to find and follow their own path whatever that may be – from setting up their own business or doing an apprenticeship.

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A fun afternoon on the high ropes as part of National Boarding Week.

A fun afternoon on the high ropes as part of National Boarding Week.

National Boarding Week - Picnic and bubble tea!

National Boarding Week – Picnic and bubble tea!

We enjoyed a spot of painting in the garden to celebrate #nationalboardingweek last night! Picasso, watch out! 🖼️

We enjoyed a spot of painting in the garden to celebrate #nationalboardingweek last night! Picasso, watch out! 🖼️

Final Year 13 pizza night to help the revise for the final A Level exams this week!

Final Year 13 pizza night to help the revise for the final A Level exams this week!

Last night, we invited teaching staff up to the boarding houses to mark the start of #nationalboardingweek ⭐️ Boarding is such a special part of life at Berkhamsted and it was great to see so many staff coming up celebrate with us! ⭐️

Last night, we invited teaching staff up to the boarding houses to mark the start of #nationalboardingweek ⭐️ Boarding is such a special part of life at Berkhamsted and it was great to see so many staff coming up celebrate with us! ⭐️

Sunny Sunday at St John’s! The perfect day for pizza making 🍕🌟The start of #nationalboardingweek #bsaboarding

Sunny Sunday at St John’s! The perfect day for pizza making 🍕🌟The start of #nationalboardingweek #bsaboarding

It was lovely to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival last night. Delicious snacks and a fantastic presentation from Ada, Boya and Emmy! 🐉 🛶

It was lovely to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival last night. Delicious snacks and a fantastic presentation from Ada, Boya and Emmy! 🐉 🛶

Games faces on from Orissa and Mr B today in Scholars & Rogues!✋⭐️

Games faces on from Orissa and Mr B today in Scholars & Rogues!✋⭐️

On Wednesday evening, the girls enjoyed a dumpling masterclass with Mrs Rowe. 🥟 At the end of the video, the girls all said ‘dumpling’ in their own languages 🇨🇳 🇭🇰 🇹🇷 🇬🇧 🇹🇭 Amazing! We hope everyone has a wonderful May half-term break and we will see you all in June! ☀️

On Wednesday evening, the girls enjoyed a dumpling masterclass with Mrs Rowe. 🥟 At the end of the video, the girls all said ‘dumpling’ in their own languages 🇨🇳 🇭🇰 🇹🇷 🇬🇧 🇹🇭 Amazing! We hope everyone has a wonderful May half-term break and we will see you all in June! ☀️

A massive WELL DONE to Ada (Y12), whose performance at tonight’s Talent Show was absolutely FANTASTIC! 🎸👏🎵 🌟

A massive WELL DONE to Ada (Y12), whose performance at tonight’s Talent Show was absolutely FANTASTIC! 🎸👏🎵 🌟

We had a fantastic evening tonight supporting @londonpulsenetball - and we were particularly proud of Darcie, who was awarded ‘Player of the Match!’ Hooray! Go Darcie! 👏 👏 👏

We had a fantastic evening tonight supporting @londonpulsenetball – and we were particularly proud of Darcie, who was awarded ‘Player of the Match!’ Hooray! Go Darcie! 👏 👏 👏