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Berkhamsted School is one of only a small number of schools in the country to offer a ‘diamond’ structure that combines both single-sex and co-educational teaching.
Boys and girls are taught together until the age of 11, separately from 11 – 16 (Berkhamsted Boys and Berkhamsted Girls), before coming back together again in a joint Sixth Form. In senior school boys and girls are taught separately on different sites, but share in academic trips and visits and in some co-curricular activities, such as drama productions, orchestras, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the Combined Cadet Force. It is an increasingly rare type of school, achieving outstanding examination grades without abandoning its commitment to a broader view of education.
The school offers an extensive co-curricular programme that seeks to foster and develop a wide range of interests and hobbies, including a vibrant outdoor education programme. Academic results are consistently strong. in 2019, Berkhamsted GCSE results were the best ever, with 62% grade 7-9 (A*/A) with just over 20% achieving the new ‘9’ grade.
Pupils across the School enjoy the benefits of being part of a small, supportive community based in an environment appropriate to their specific educational needs, yet with access to the state-of-the-art facilities of a large school; a 550-seat theatre, a six-lane 25m swimming pool and sports centre, a new high ropes course and one of the best art departments in the country.
Located in the historic market town of Berkhamsted, the School is a 30 minute train journey from Euston Station, and a short drive from Junction 20 of the M25. Full and weekly boarding, as well as term time and holiday wraparound care for younger pupils are also on offer to support working parents.
Gifted & Talented
Throughout their time at Berkhamsted School, our most able pupils are recognised and offered a number of avenues through which to fulfil their potential.
At Key Stage Two (Prep), a variety of activities are offered to challenge the Gift & Talented, from debating to the study of the Classics and specific mental aptitude challenges.
At Key Stage Three, we offer the Extended Project Qualification in Year 9 to challenge identified students and a coherent ‘stretch and challenge’ pathway for able students.
At Key Stage Four there are several opportunities within the cocurricular programme, amongst which is the Debating Society.
In the Sixth Form, the Crawford Society is run by the Head of Berkhamsted Sixth for academically able students.
The Learning Support department at Berkhamsted supports pupils in achieving to the best of their ability in mainstream subjects. The School aims to be aware of the needs of all pupils and the objective is to operate a ‘Whole School Approach’ to meet the needs of children with specific problems, using a variety of teaching methods.
The degree of support varies according to individual needs, most pupils having slight rather than moderate or severe learning difficulties. For those pupils who require support, we offer small Study Skills groups in Years 7, 8 and 9 instead of a second Modern Foreign Language. If a pupil needs support in Years 10 to 13, this can be arranged and lessons put in place for a long or short period as required.
The Learning Support Department consists of specialist teachers who are trained to carry out assessments on pupils and to advise teachers on ways to support pupils in the classroom as well as offering support lessons on an individual or small group basis.
Bursaries & Scholarships
The School offers Academic, Art, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarship. The Scholarship value is usually 10% of the tuition fees and, at the discretion of the Principal, higher awards may be given. Exhibitions may also be awarded, where the amount is at the discretion of the Principal.
Additional means-tested funding is available to those awarded Scholarships where there is a demonstrated need, taking into account parental income and the pupil’s needs. This additional funding can raise the value of the award to a maximum of 50% of tuition fees.
The Incent Awards are offered to talented pupils who would not otherwise be able to afford to attend Berkhamsted, and the award can be up to the full value of tuition fees and can also include extras such as school uniform and sports kit.