Berkhamsted School A GSG School
- Berkhamsted School
131 High Street
- Head: Mr Richard Backhouse
- T 01442 358001
- F 01442 358040
- E firstname.lastname@example.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..
In the words of one parent: ‘without a doubt, 100 per cent solid and safe.’ Parents send their children here hoping that not only will they thoroughly enjoy their educational journey but that the final destination will justify the fees. Over and above the all-round excellent offering for sporty types, there exists (uniquely in the area as far as we know) a dedicated, three strong outdoor education department...
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 says
Since January 2016, Mr Richard Backhouse, educated at Cheam – a boarder from age 8 – and Marlborough (both parents on non-teaching staff) followed by Selwyn College Cambridge, where he read economics. From there, determined to forge a career in hard journalism, took a gap year teaching sailing in Dorset and skiing in the Alps, and was promptly bitten by the teaching bug: ‘I was fizzing after my first morning with the feeling you get when you take a child from "I can’t" to "I just did".’ Decided at that point to teach ‘just for a year or two’, which led to six years at Oundle teaching economics and ultimately becoming head of year 9, followed by a stint at Bradfield as head of economics and politics, director of pastoral and extracurricular and (again,...
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|
|Aspergers Syndrome [archived]|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders||Y|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]|
|CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia|
|Delicate Medical Problems [archived]|
|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|