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Principal's Welcome

Welcome to the Berkhamsted family of Schools, one of the largest, most dynamic and forward-looking independent group of schools in the UK

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By structuring ourselves as a family of six Schools (Pre-Prep, Prep, Heatherton, Girls, Boys and Sixth) on five sites, we are able to combine huge economies of scale, outstanding facilities and excellence of achievement with first-class pastoral care and knowledge of each pupil as an individual – enjoying the advantages normally gained by both large and small schools.

This is a learning community in which all teachers, pupils and support staff are aiming high. Learning is a high priority for staff as well as pupils – we are all seeking the very best every day.

Character is tremendously important for all our Schools, and we value and instil integrity in our students, which is reflective of an establishment 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 and in all areas of School life. This is seen most obviously on our high-ropes course on the Haresfoot campus, and in our hugely successful outdoor education programme, but also in the theatre, the classroom and on the sports pitch.

We are a community that understands the importance of service. We recorded over 2,600 hours of voluntary work from just a single year group last year, and our family of Schools are committed to a rich programme of community service.

The dynamism of the learning across our group is illustrated by the pioneering work we have invested in to develop a mini-MBA course for Berkhamsted Sixth Form staff and students in collaboration with Ashridge Business School and the Oxford University Careers Service.

We are also at the forefront of the implementation of Professor Guy Claxton’s work in helping students to develop as learners throughout their time at our Schools.

Combining excellence and breadth, tradition and a pioneering spirit, a Berkhamsted Schools experience is an outstanding one.

I hope you will come to visit us soon to witness this outstanding family of Schools in action.

Richard Backhouse

Meet the Berkhamsted Schools Group Executive Team