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Berkhamsted School is a mainstream independent school that operates a ‘diamond model’ structure. Girls and boys are educated together in the pre-prep and prep schools, in separate girls’ and boys’ schools from ages 11 to 16 and co-educationally in sixth form. You can read our detailed reviews of Berkhamsted Pre-prep and Prep, Berkhamsted Boys’ and Berkhamsted Girls’ by following the links below.

https://www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk/schools/berkhamsted-school-boys/ZRZAPUI#tab_review

https://www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk/schools/berkhamsted-school-girls/J4MSRFB#tab_review

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What the school says...

Located in the serene Hertfordshire countryside, just 30 minutes from London, Berkhamsted Schools Group offers the best of both worlds. Guided by our school values – Aim high with integrity, be adventurous, and serve others – pupils leave Berkhamsted as remarkable young people who succeed in an ever-changing world.

One of under 20 diamond schools in the UK, Berkhamsted offers co-education during pre-prep, prep and sixth form, with single-sex education from ages 11 to 16. By beginning their education journey in a co-ed pre-prep and prep, pupils learn to cooperate with the opposite sex from their youngest years. To attain their full potential, pupils require different support once they enter adolescence. To provide the best of both a co-ed and single-sex education, senior pupils still enjoy performing arts, school trips and coach journeys to and from school with the opposite sex.

Berkhamsted nurtures the character traits required for long-term success, and we use the latest academic research to enhance our approach. To grow pupils into resilient and confident young people, they are taught how to actively listen, self-review their work and view failure as a valuable learning opportunity from pre-prep. Our varied senior curriculum, offering subjects from Mandarin to computer science, develops versatile young individuals with diverse and unique skill sets. Alongside the curriculum, extra-curricular courses in emerging fields like artificial intelligence equip students with skills sought by modern employers. To develop independent learners, year 10 and 11 complete a two-year Learning Pathways programme in which they lead their own research project- preparing pupils for the self-governed study that they will encounter during sixth form, university and full-time work.

Our commitment to character development does not just happen in the classroom but in sports, performing arts, and outdoor education. With 125 sports teams – and over 1,351 pupils participating in sports at various levels – we believe that high participation in sports helps develop confidence, resilience, and teamwork across all year groups. Our dedicated outdoor education team leads bushcraft adventure days, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and high ropes climbing to encourage pupils to embrace risk-taking and adventure. From pre-prep to sixth form, every pupil can get involved with choirs, music ensembles, drama and public speaking which they regularly showcase at our 500-seat Centenary Theatre.

Pupils live out our school's value of Serve Others by actively engaging in charitable activities. Every term, our pupils choose causes to support, plan events and raise funds, nurturing a lasting commitment to social responsibility that will stay with them throughout their lives.

All age groups receive support from a multi-disciplinary wellbeing team. From pre-prep, every pupil has a form teacher whose primary role is to support each child’s development throughout the academic year. As pupils emerge into senior school, they each belong to a house where their pastoral and academic progress is monitored by a house tutor and head of house. Within their houses, pupils also participate in healthy peer discussions within their tutor groups.
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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.

Sports

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

Rowing

Shooting

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Berkhamsted School is a mainstream independent school that operates a ‘diamond model’ structure. Girls and boys are educated together in the pre-prep and prep schools, in separate girls’ and boys’ schools from ages 11 to 16 and co-educationally in sixth form. You can read our detailed reviews of Berkhamsted Boys’ and Berkhamsted Girls’ by following the links below.

https://www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk/schools/berkhamsted-school-boys/ZRZAPUI#tab_review



https://www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk/schools/berkhamsted-school-girls/J4MSRFB#tab_review

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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
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
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
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
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 Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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