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||2,001|
|Number of sixth formers||408|
|Number of Pre-Prep/Prep||527|
|Number of Senior Boys||719|
|Day fees per annum||£10,830 - £22,170|
|Weekly Boarding fees per annum||£29,850|
|Boarding fees per annum||£35,610|
|Average Class Size||20|
With a history dating back to 1541, an excellent reputation and an accessible location, Berkhamsted School offers much to make it worthy of consideration by parents across London and the South East. Our patron, who visited in 2016 to mark the School's 475th anniversary, is Her Majesty The Queen. 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, weekly and flexi boarding, as well as term-time and holiday wraparound care for younger pupils, are on offer to support working parents. Berkhamsted 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, 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.
Academic results are consistently strong with around 80% A*- B grades at A Level over the last five years. In 2020, GCSE students achieved 75% of grades 7 and above. 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 cocurricular programme seeks to foster and develop a wide range of interests and hobbies - music, sport, drama, public speaking, and a vibrant outdoor education programme. The school timetable is structured 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.
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 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, in an 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.