Berkhamsted School A GSG School
- Berkhamsted School
131 High Street
- Head: Mr Richard Backhouse
- T 01442 358001
- F 01442 358040
- E admissions@ber…stedschool.org
- W www.berkhamstedschool.org
- A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 11 to 18 with a linked junior school
- Boarding: Yes
- Local authority: Hertfordshire
- Pupils: 1188
- Religion: Christian
- Fees: Day: £16,770 - £19,665; Boarding: + £6,665 - £11,660 pa
- Open days: Late September/ early October
- Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
- ISI report: View the ISI report
- Linked schools: Berkhamsted Preparatory School, Heatherton House School
What The Good Schools Guide says..
A great feeling of pulling together and mutual support pervades throughout. A vertical house system facilitates friendships across and in between year groups - 'This is where we meet to do our prep'; 'We come here to do presentations, sharing...
What the school says...
Berkhamsted's academic success is skilfully balanced by an all-round education encouraging pupils' talents in sport, music, drama and the arts and offering Duke of Edinburgh's Awards at all levels and a well-supported Combined Cadet Force. The successful mix of single-sex teaching and co-education, together with flexible boarding arrangements, suits the needs of modern families. Inspectors commended the 'relaxed, happy yet purposeful working environment creating a positive attitude.' ...Read more
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What The Good Schools Guide saysA great feeling of pulling together and mutual support pervades throughout. A vertical house system facilitates friendships across and in between year groups - 'This is where we meet to do our prep'; 'We come here to do presentations, sharing our knowledge of specialist subjects'. Spiritual teaching in the chapel, with...
Since January 2016, Richard Backhouse, previously head of Monkton Senior School. Economics degree from Cambridge, where he was vice captain of boat and ran the college Christian Union; has also worked at Oundle and Bradfield. Married to Debbie; two children.
Mr Richard Petty is head of the sixth form - he was previous head of history, politics and year 11 at Notting Hill and Ealing. Mrs Liz Richardson is head of the girls' section and Mr Richard Thompson is head of the boys' section.
Special Education Needs
The school provides for pupils with specific learning difficulties through individual support lessons, some in class support and a "whole school" awareness of an individual's needs. The Learning Support department can offer lessons with specialist tutors who will follow an Individual Education Plan for each pupil. The department also offers specialist advice to teachers within the school and parents on the most effective methods of supporting their children. Pupils are closely monitored and assessed by the Learning Support Department and referral to external specialists may be suggested for further advice and recommendations. A specialist teacher supports pupils with English as a second language through individual lessons and in class support if necessary. The school will ensure that access arrangements for public examinations are in place at the appropriate times.
|Condition||Provision for in school|
|ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders||Y|
|CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia|
|English as an additional language (EAL)|
|Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory|
|Has SEN unit or class|
|HI - Hearing Impairment|
|MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty|
|MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment|
|Natspec Specialist Colleges|
|OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability|
|Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty|
|PD - Physical Disability|
|PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty|
|SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health|
|SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication|
|SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty|
|Special facilities for Visually Impaired|
|SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty|
|VI - Visual Impairment|