Overton House, 131 High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 2DJ, Hertfordshire
Co-educational & single-sex, day & boarding
|Principal||Mr Richard Backhouse|
|Date Appointed||January 2016|
|Co-ed Age Range||3-18 years|
|Number of pupils||1,961|
|Number of sixth formers||443|
|Number of Pre-Prep/Prep||544|
|Number of Senior Boys & Girls||974|
|Day fees per annum||£11,025 - £25,275 per annum|
|Weekly Boarding fees per annum||£34,650 per annum|
|Boarding fees per annum||£41,310 per annum|
|Average Class Size||20|
Berkhamsted offers a history dating back to 1541, an excellent reputation and a commitment to developing its pupils into remarkable people who will thrive both at school and in life beyond it. The school values of serving others, being adventurous and aiming high with integrity run through all aspects of school life, from the strong academic programme to the extensive co-curricular activities on offer to pupils.
Located 30 minutes by train from Euston station and a short drive from Junction 20 of the M25, the school offers a 'diamond' structure that combines both single-sex and co-educational teaching. Boys and girls are taught together until the age of 11, then separately from 11-16, whilst sharing in academic trips and visits and in some co-curricular activities. They come back together again in a joint Sixth Form, which from 2024 will be housed in a brand new Sixth Form Centre.
Academic results are consistently strong. 2023 saw 73.6% of all exam entries awarded an A* – B at A Level, with 89% who applied securing a place at their chosen university. 45% of all GCSE results were awarded at Grade 8 or 9. Meanwhile, an outstanding co-curricular programme - which includes music, sport, drama, a wide range of clubs and societies, and a vibrant outdoor education programme - seeks to enable pupils to develop skills and interests which they can utilise throughout their time at Berkhamsted and beyond.
Pupils across the school enjoy the benefits of being part of a small, supportive community, yet with access to the state-of-the art facilities of a large school; a 500-seat theatre, a six-lane 25m swimming pool and sports centre, 40 acres of playing fields, a High Ropes Course and a large art department. The school prides itself on offering outstanding levels of pastoral care and the House system is a key feature of Berkhamsted. Berkhamsted offers scholarships - academic, art, drama, music and sport - and means-tested bursaries to talented pupils on entry to the school.