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Pre-prep, housed on the former Haresfoot site, is accessed via an ancient tree lined avenue and – especially if you head, as we did, straight though the Secret Garden like entrance into the vast walled garden – cannot fail to enchant. Transition into year 3 is eased by children already being used to the prep facilities (comprising two main teaching buildings with four floors on each, plus sports facilities). Academically, it’s a big step up though as with pre-prep value added is the name of the game. ‘There’s no wrong in art,’ is the mantra in pre-prep – a far cry from in prep where a shift towards a…

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What the school says...

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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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.


Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.


What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2015 (as head of pre-prep) and September 2023 (as interim head of prep), Karen O’Connor BA PGCE MA. Previously acting head of The Rosary Roman Catholic School in Camden. Parents say she has ramped up the academics, particularly English and phonics. Meets and greets daily, so they have ‘a real sense of her.’ ‘Has the right balance of approachability and commanding automatic respect,’ reckoned one. ‘Has a very professional veneer when talking to groups, but on an individual level is warmer,’ felt another, though one cautioned that ‘you need to brace yourself for some very frank talking if your child is not keeping up’ (school says it’s always for the child’s welfare). Lives in London with husband and daughter, at Berkhamsted. Heads off to the west coast of Ireland when time allows –...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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