Berkhamsted School is delighted to have been named as an example of best practice in today’s report to Parliament from the Social Mobility Commission.
Our work with Denbigh High School has been beneficial for both parties and we are very pleased to be in partnership with them. In September 2019, we will have 12 former students of this 11-16 Luton Academy School in our independent Sixth Form.
Richard Backhouse, the Principal, said: “It has been wonderful to be able to offer life-changing bursaries to pupils from Denbigh who joined the School last September, and another group who will join us later this year. Our bursary pupils have relished the challenge and opportunities of Berkhamsted Sixth Form. They have enriched our community and have been able to return to Denbigh High School regularly to demonstrate that pupils from diverse backgrounds can achieve at the highest levels in the Sixth Form, and aim high for university admission and beyond.
Really pleased that the partnership between @berkhamstedsch and @DenbighHigh is recognised as an exemplar in the @SMCommission Report published to Parliament today. #HMCConf2019 Well done to all involved and thank you to our supporters. @HMC_Org @ISC_schools @GSAUKPD
— Richard Backhouse (@RPBackhouse) April 30, 2019
“This is the beginning of our ambition to provide an opportunity for social mobility amongst our local community through sharing enrichment opportunities in addition to providing 60 fully funded places by 2041.”
Demonstrating our School values
Berkhamsted School’s public benefit activity also includes co-sponsorship of the Wren Academies Trust, working with Adeyfield School in Hemel Hempstead, assisting Hawridge & Cholesbury Primary School and hosting events through the Berkhamsted Society. The Society runs events for pupils, alumni, parents, and members of the local community, particularly pupils at other local schools. Last week the Berkhamsted Society hosted five inspirational female role models in business for an event on ‘Breaking the Glass Ceiling’ which was well attended by young people from the area. In addition, Berkhamsted’s pupils do more than 5,500 hours of voluntary work each year in and around the town of Berkhamsted and annually fundraise substantial sums for several charities, as we seek to teach them to live out one of our core School values – to ‘serve others.’