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Academic depth is balanced with plenty of time for more creative pursuits. School good at identifying those who show a predisposition towards music from a young age, say parents. Lots of class assemblies and concerts to perform in – ‘Some are a bit sore on the ears if I’m honest, but all the better for being inclusive,’ said parent. Drama also prioritised from day one. ‘You don’t have to be brilliant at sport to enjoy it,’ said parent. This – and the fact that everyone gets a match now despite what team you’re in - is a far cry from…

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A family of leading independent schools based in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, offering high quality education and care for boys and girls aged 5 months to 18 years.
Berkhamsted Pre-Prep - Co-educational independent day school for pupils aged 3-7. We place each child at the centre of everything we do. Wellbeing is our first priority, and providing a high level of nurture and care is our primary focus
Berkhamsted Prep - Co-educational independent day school for pupils aged 7-11. We are a supportive, family community which fosters a strong sense of belonging. Being a pupil here is a unique experience; every one of our pupils is treated as an individual.
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Since 2013, Jamie Hornshaw BEd MEd NPQH FInstLM (40s). Previously head of the British School of Paris Junior School. Educated at Plymouth University, where he took his primary teaching degree; more recently, he completed an MEd in education leadership at Buckingham. Cut teeth as year 3 teacher at St Peter’s Prep in Devon, followed by Hazelwood School in Surrey, teaching years 3 and 4 as well as running sports teams and directing plays. Joined Grove Place Prep in Hampshire as deputy head and head of English and drama before moving to Brentwood Prep as deputy head. Was drawn to the ‘family and community ethos’ of Berko, inheriting it after a shaky period following merger with Haresfoot Prep. Comes across as the soft and cuddly type, even via Zoom – grounded, friendly, playful; pupils love...

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