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Berkhamsted Sixth is a dynamic and diverse community that offers a stimulating and supportive transition between school and university or the world of work.

We support our students to develop into independent, motivated and self-disciplined young adults, who thrive at Berkhamsted and beyond.

We encourage every student to do their best in all that they do and to take advantage of the many opportunities available to them at Berkhamsted Sixth, from their studies and extracurricular activities to the chance to serve others and perhaps most importantly, in their relationships with their peers, teachers and support staff.

We encourage our students to follow their passions, benefitting from a sense of purpose, pride and fulfilment. We look to challenge them to try their hardest and to aim high with integrity. We hold them accountable for their approach to learning and believe that student rise to high expectations.

We provide the opportunities for students to gain the skills and experiences that will provide the foundations for their future success and happiness, whilst equipping them with the qualifications they will need to meet their aspirations.

We would like every student to feel valued, supported, respected, encouraged and challenged, so they can be themselves, achieve their potential and use their final two years at school to develop the skills and confidence they need not only to do well, but to do good after Berkhamsted.

Our students leave us as happy, healthy young adults who appreciate the opportunities they have, developing into successful and fulfilled adults who will use the advantages of their education not just to aim high, but also to help others.

Supported by our dedicated staff who enable students to develop a love of learning that will stay with them for life and help them to develop important transferable skills, every pupil at Berkhamsted Sixth develops responsibility, direction, self-discipline, organisation and independence so that they can make a successful transition to Higher Education or the world of work.

We look forward to supporting them on this journey.

Martin Walker, BA

Headteacher – Berkhamsted Sixth

A co-educational independent day and boarding school for students aged 16+

The overall management of the school, along with Berkhamsted Day Nursery, Berkhamsted Pre-Prep, Berkhamsted Prep, Heatherton, Berkhamsted Boys and Berkhamsted Girls 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.

School values

Facilities

Berkhamsted Sixth students have full access to a multitude of fully equipped facilities including libraries, science labs, drama and music facilities and extensive art and DT areas.

Our Sixth Form students also have access to their own common rooms and dining halls, plus the the use of extensive sporting facilities and 40 acres of playing fields.

Our main Sixth Form centre is based on our Castle campus in our original school buildings established around our historic Old Hall, which was completed in 1544.

Our Sixth Form students attend both our Kings and Castle campuses, benefiting from our excellent facilities at both sites.

The main Sixth Form centre at Castle includes nine House rooms, recently refurbished common rooms for Year 12 and Year 13 and our careers library. Other features of Castle include the school chapel which dates back to the late 19th century and Deans’ Hall, which was built in the early 20th century.

Juxtaposed alongside our historic buildings on Castle campus is The Chadwick Centre, our spectacular art and design centre which opened in 2007. The Centre incorporates spacious, modern dining facilities for our Sixth Form students’ use.

Kings campus is the home of our 500-seat Centenary Theatre which hosts professional music and drama productions throughout the school year.

Kings also benefits from an additional Sixth Form common room and a café.

The Knox-Johnston sports centre – which including facilities such as as a 25m heated swimming pool, sports hall and fitness suite – is located adjacent to Kings.

Our most recent addition to Kings is the Nash-Harris building, which opened in September 2011. The building benefits from a spacious dining hall, fully equipped modern classrooms and laboratories and a second floor ‘floating’ chapel with a stained glass window that forms the focal point of the building.

A Levels and beyond

At Berkhamsted Sixth, our aim is to develop our students into curious, independent lifelong learners who thrive on their A-Level courses.

We encourage them to develop into motivated, innovative and ambitious young adults, who are equipped with the skills they need to flourish in Higher Education and go on to fulfilling and successful careers.

We expect our students to be sceptical, to not simply accept things at face value and to question, probe and challenge each other and their teachers to facilitate their learning.

Successful A-Level students need to be resourceful and resilient. We encourage our students to be prepared to make mistakes and learn from them, embrace failure as a powerful way to learn.

We believe that determination and perseverance are hugely important to future success, helping our students develop into remarkable people – the very best version of themselves

Academic Curriculum 

Insights into Sixth

Berkhamsted Sixth is an environment that encourages our students to develop into intellectually inquisitive, motivated and ambitious young adults who aim to challenge themselves academically and also beyond the classroom.

Jemima Storey – Berkhamsted Head Girl (2018-19)

“I am proud to be a student at Berkhamsted Sixth. Staff and students alike aspire to treat each other with the utmost consideration.  It is this friendly and warm community that allows us to achieve our goals with a positive attitude. We strongly believe in the value of serving each other and the wider community and this shows itself in charity work, goodwill, encouragement and day-to-day politeness – all of which have enriched my experience at Berkhamsted.

Being surrounded by driven and ambitious individuals has encouraged me to pursue my own interests to a high level. There is great diversity in the range of aspirations and talents.  I have found that watching my peers present on topics unrelated to my personal academic focus, for example, within our Crawford Society, which has been thought-provoking.

This environment of aspiration and ambition motivates students to work hard in the classroom and also play hard in other areas of the school.  My time at Berkhamsted has led me to take part in school music, Duke of Edinburgh awards, art and hockey. Having joined the school in Year 9, throwing myself into these extra-curricular activities helped me to settle in, make friends and relax from school work. To anyone joining our Sixth Form, I would thoroughly recommend seizing these opportunities.

While my personal interests are not all curriculum-related, I have enjoyed partaking in subject-based clubs too. Often student-led, these are as intellectually stimulating as you want them to be.  Whether you have an interest in engineering, psychology, classics, languages or art (to mention but a few of our societies!) there is something for everyone to take part in, if they wish.

The thing I will take away at the end of my time at Berkhamsted is this sense of independence. I have enjoyed the opportunity to explore academic pathways through engaging lessons, lectures and clubs, which have sparked new areas of curiosity.  However, what I will appreciate and look back on most are the skills for independent learning I have developed in my time at the school.

What I think is special about our Sixth Form is the freedom students have to participate in as much or as little as they choose. The opportunities are there for you to grasp, but Sixth Form is what you, as an individual, make of it.”

Joe Beadle – Berkhamsted Head Boy (2018-19)

“With the support and opportunities on offer here, your time at Berkhamsted isn’t whatever you might think of it now – it’s what you’re going to make of it.

Studying the subjects that fascinate and inspire you, Berkhamsted Sixth nurtures not only students’ independent thinking and academic curiosity, but also friendships and memories that you will keep for a lifetime. We pride ourselves in being an international, diverse school, which interacts with the wider community, particularly in our student-led charity initiatives.

My advice for prospective students is to choose the subjects you love the most – as you will be dedicating lots of time to them! – and to not only expect, but look forward to a real challenge. Embracing and learning from the challenges you will encounter at Berkhamsted will give you a true sense of achievement. Be brave, throw yourself into the deep end, try new things and make the most of this incredible opportunity.

At Berkhamsted, there is so much on offer beyond the academic. I have greatly enjoyed immersing myself in the school’s dynamic performing arts scene – some of the opportunities Berkhamsted has given me include performing a duet to HM The Queen; music tours to Austria, Czech Republic and Italy and senior drama productions, including composing the live score to Molière’s ‘The Miser’ at the Edinburgh Fringe (2018).

Whatever they may be, you can explore your passions here and you will get out what you put in, whilst being integrated into a supportive and inclusive student body.

You will be challenged here, but, if you make the most of the opportunities, you will feel so proud to belong to this vibrant school community and its values of being adventurous, aiming high with integrity, and serving others.

I, for one, wouldn’t change my time here for the world.”