Aim high with integrity
Berkhamsted is a learning community in which all teachers, pupils, and support staff strive to be the best they can be. We all belong to a community of learning where we work towards being better tomorrow than we have been today. How we succeed is as important, however – we want to be successful without sharp elbows – and we proudly include integrity as a crucial ingredient of our ambition, as befits a school founded over 475 years ago by the Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral.
We also foster a spirit of adventure in our pupils from the time they join our family of schools, within and beyond the classroom. Whilst this most definitely includes physical challenge (perhaps most visibly on our high ropes course and our hugely successful outdoor education, sport, drama and music programmes), we also foster an adventurous mindset in our students, who are encouraged to try, fail, learn and repeat in everything they do.
We are also a community that understands the importance of service: We celebrate and encourage the work of our students in the local community, as volunteers for example, and as those who engineer change for good, inside and outside the School. Our expectation is that Berkhamstedians will not just go on and do well, although of course, we expect that they will, but that they will also go on and do good. Last year, our students undertook over 5,000 hours of voluntary work across the senior schools, for example.
Flowing from our school values, our aim is for every pupil to:
At Berkhamsted School, we promote British Values through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education, which permeates through the school’s curriculum and supports the development of the ‘whole child’.
We recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all staff and provide a model of behaviour for our pupils.
The British Values – as defined by the DFE document ‘Promoting fundamental British values through SMSC in schools’(the document can be accessed here) – are:
In actively promoting British Values, we also focus on and can show, how our work with students is effective in embedding fundamental British values. Actively promoting also means challenging students, staff, parents or carers who may express opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including extremist views.