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BERKHAMPSTEAD’S RICH, VARIED CURRICULUM BLENDS
ACADEMIC RIGOUR WITH PLENTY OF MUSICAL AND
ARTISTIC CREATIVITY AND SPORTING ENDEAVOURS.
Berkhampstead’s rich and varied curriculum blends academic
rigour with plenty of musical and artistic creativity and sporting
endeavours. With small classes and happy, motivated children,
our results are eye-catching.
Our Prep children (7 to 11 years old) use a dedicated and
purpose-built science lab, music room, art room and cookery
space. The use of specialist teachers in all subjects ensures that
pupils are taught by professionals who enthuse and inspire within
their individual areas of expertise. Pupils move from classroom
to classroom during the day - an important opportunity to learn
crucial organisational skills and to make the transition to secondary
schools as smooth as possible.
From Year 3 all our pupils play in competitive sports fixtures.
We are delighted to use the picturesque and historic Victoria
Cricket Ground (home to Cheltenham Cricket Club) and
Newlands (home to Cheltenham Tigers Rugby Club) as our base
for hockey, rugby, football, cricket and rounders. Our new allweather Multi-use Games Area provides an on-site location for
PE, games and sport allowing children to access tennis and netball
courts along with hockey, lacrosse and basketball facilities.
Meals at Berkhampstead are not only opportunities to refuel
after a busy morning; teachers and children eat communally
and the family-style setting allows opportunities for important
social interaction. Pupils enjoy a nutritious, well-balanced twocourse meal. There is always a vegetarian option and special diets
are catered for.
Berkhampstead’s school motto is ‘Perseverantia Vincit’. We believe
the principle of ‘perseverance wins out’ is pivotal.
Our children are encouraged to take risks and learn from mistakes
but ultimately to keep trying to improve skills and conquer
difficulties. The school’s house system encourages loyalty and a
sense of competition. Our new Berkhampstead School Platinum
Award (similar to the Duke of Edinburgh Award) promotes
teamwork, resilience and emotional intelligence to our
Upper Prep pupils.
‘Perseverantia Vincit’ and the Berkhampstead ‘can-do’ attitude
remain touchstones for the day-to-day life of our school.