Overton House, 131 High Street, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 2DJ
Co-educational & single-sex, day & boarding
|Principal||Mr Richard Backhouse|
|Date Appointed||January 2016|
|Co-ed Age Range||3-18|
|Number of pupils||1,772|
|Number of sixth formers||402|
|Number of Pre-Prep/Prep||552|
|Number of Senior Boys||439|
|Day fees per annum||£10,365 - £20,250|
|Weekly Boarding fees per annum||£27,115|
|Boarding fees per annum||£32,255|
|Average Class Size||20|
Berkhamsted School offers much to make it worthy of closer consideration: a long established reputation for excellent educational provision, high quality facilities and the extensive choice of co-educational experiences enjoyed by its pupils; an attractive location in a thriving market town with easy access to London; and a range of services that support the lives of busy families.
It is also one of only a small number of schools in the country to offer a 'diamond' structure that combines the best of both single-sex and co-educational teaching. Boys and girls are taught together until the age of 11 (Berkhamsted Pre-Prep and Berkhamsted Prep), separately from 11-16 (Berkhamsted Boys and Berkhamsted Girls), before coming back together again in a joint Sixth Form (Berkhamsted Sixth).
Pupils across the School enjoy the benefits of being part of a small, caring 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, spacious, modern dining facilities and one of the best art departments in the country.
Another feature of Berkhamsted is the provision of a range of services that make life easier for parents who are juggling busy schedules; from flexible boarding options that include occasional, weekly or full boarding in high quality accommodation to a range of coach routes, 'extended day' support, day nursery provision (five months to three years) and wrap-around care 50 weeks of the year.
Academic results are consistently strong with an average of over 70% A*-B grades at A level and more than 30% of pupils having an A* in their results. In 2017, GCSE students achieved 68.5% of grades at A* to A. On average 98% of Sixth Form leavers go on to a degree course (20% after gap year) at Oxford, Cambridge, Russell Group and other highly ranked universities for their chosen subjects. In the last six years 42 students have accepted a place at Oxford or Cambridge.
Berkhamsted offers all the key components of a traditional independent school education: small class sizes, specialist staff and excellent standards of teaching throughout the school. Alongside this, an outstanding co-curricular programme seeks to foster and develop a wide range of interests and hobbies – music, sport, drama, public speaking and adventure training. An extended co-curricular programme has seen the timetable of the school day adapted to accommodate a wide selection of clubs and societies within core school hours. Berkhamsted also has a strong tradition of undertaking service within the local community from Year 9 (13+) onwards.
The School prides itself on offering outstanding levels of pastoral care and, in another echo of its boarding roots, the House system is a key feature of Berkhamsted. Senior School pupils are allocated to Houses and the Head of House, supported by House Tutors, has the primary responsibility for the academic and pastoral progress of each student in their House. Over and above the close academic supervision and support, this structure provides an excellent social base for pupils, allowing them to mix and get to know others across the year groups.
Berkhamsted offers scholarships – academic, art, drama, music and sport – and means-tested bursaries to talented pupils on entry to the school.
Parents are welcome to visit the School at any time: please call 01442 358001 for an appointment and a tour to appreciate what Berkhamsted can offer your family.