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Nobody could argue the school sidelines extracurricular, and for many parents this is the clincher. Dedicated outdoor education lead organises everything from high ropes on site (yes, really!) through to bushcraft, climbing trips in the Peak District and skiing in Italy. Pupils take responsibility for their learning, and this feels genuinely innovative. Each boy gets a tutor with whom they have both group and one-to-one time – they help them with learn how to learn, as well develop as an individual. Pupils write their own reports and set their own targets, reflecting on the skills they’ve learned, as well as new ones they need. They’re also in the driving seat at… 

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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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Since January 2022, Tom Hadcroft, previously senior vice principal at DLD College London. Degree in modern European studies from Lancaster, master’s from Leicester De Montfort, Lancaster and Buckingham. A qualified Graydin coach. Initially followed ‘big passions’ of travel and computing, working in France and Frankfurt. Later realised teaching IT would be a better fit. Has worked at St John’s, Leatherhead, as head of department and latterly (‘because my wife is French and I wanted my children to spend some of their childhood in a French-speaking country’) College Alpin Beau Soleil in Switzerland, where he introduced technology-enhanced learning. Returned to the UK to DLD, where he built boarding up from scratch, then felt ready to move again, but ‘only for a really interesting project’. Cue Berko, where he'd attended courses (they often run them for...

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