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School:Berkhamsted School
Type of School: day&boarding school for boys&girls
Age range: 3-18
Number of students: 1670
Number of boarders:
International Students:
Teacher:pupil ratio: 1:10
Annual boarding fees: 26700-32955(GBP/Year)
Website: www.berkhamstedschool.org
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An independent day and boarding school for boys and girls, 3-18, Berkhamsted School was founded by Dean John Incent in 1541. At Berkhamsted, international students enjoy the experience of life at a traditional English independent day school as a member of a small, diverse boarding community of 50 or so students. The historic market town of Berkhamsted has convenient access to London (30 minutes by train) and Heathrow Airport (a 40 minute drive).
There are around 1150 boys and girls (11-18 years old) in the senior schools with 520 in the prep schools (3-11 years old). Around 5% of students board in the senior school, the majority of whom are overseas students.

Berkhamsted offers an exciting mix of the traditional and the modern: in 2016 we celebrate our 475th anniversary and, with the Sixth Form Centre being situated in the very oldest part of the school, our students are immersed in our rich and varied history on a daily basis, whilst also receiving an education that is undoubtedly fit for the 21st Century. With our research-based Extended Project Qualification and our unique Mini-MBA programme, Sixth Formers at Berkhamsted are offered experiences that will prepare them for university and life beyond it. It is a wonderful place to live and learn.

Academic Profile
The main aim of the Sixth Form at Berkhamsted is to produce confident, well-qualified and happy young men and women who will rise to the challenges of the modern world.  As the great majority of our students go on to higher education, the Sixth Form has a strong academic focus. Sixth Form students will receive all the encouragement and support they need to help them achieve their potential in their A levels.
 
The Sixth Form also aims to develop wider interests and skills—academic, cultural, physical and social. It is a time when the individual can explore ideas and learn to think independently in preparation for university. Initiative, creativity and the enhancement of life skills are strongly encouraged. At A level, the overall pass rate at A*- B grades has been an average of 80% over the past five years. Students from abroad require good passes in Mathematics and English and a satisfactory reference.

Accommodation
In Sixth Form, students join one of nine houses. Berkhamsted has two boarding houses, St John’s for girls and Incents for boys. Both are located in Chesham Road within a few minutes’ walk of both Senior School campuses and the town centre.

The girls’ boarding house, St John’s, has study bedrooms for senior girls. All bedrooms are furnished and decorated to a high standard and are en-suite. There are two common rooms, kitchen facilities and large gardens. The boys’ accommodation, Incents, includes twin bedrooms for junior boys and study bedrooms for senior boys, some of which have en-suite facilities. As with the girls’ house, all rooms are furnished and decorated to a high standard. The house also has two common rooms, kitchen facilities and a games room. Gardens are shared with St John’s.

Facilities
Sixth Form students attend classes at both the Castle and Kings campuses of Berkhamsted School, enjoying the benefits of the excellent resources that the two sites have to offer.

Berkhamsted offers outstanding facilities including purpose-built science laboratories and specialist technology and art facilities. There is a 500-seat theatre, a sports centre with swimming pool and extensive outdoor sports facilities. These include rugby, lacrosse and football pitches, Eton Fives courts and tennis and netball courts.

Curriculum
Berkhamsted is an academically successful school with an enviable record for university entrance success. In the Sixth Form, A level courses are offered in 27 subjects and are examined at the end of the Upper Sixth (Year 13). In the Lower Sixth (Year 12) students typically start with four courses and an Enrichment Studies programme. During the course of the Lower Sixth year students can choose to continue with either three or four A levels, subject to their progression, ambitions and strengths.

We then offer a choice between two exciting programmes which take place between January of Year 12 and December of Year 13. The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is an
academic project that aims to improve learners’ independent study skills through the production of a study on a topic and question of their choice. It provides a superb opportunity for students to explore an area of interest in a sustained and rigorous manner, which aids their approach to undergraduate research.

Other students opt for the Mini-MBA, written by and delivered in partnership with Ashridge Executive Education at Hult International Business School, which presents a unique opportunity in a school setting. This programme offers a valuable insight into business performance, strategy, marketing and consultancy and begins with a module on
Personal Impact & Presence undertaken by all Year 12 students in the Michaelmas term.

In the Upper Sixth, students will continue with three or four subjects, depending on the package best suited to them. Students are prepared for university entrance, including
Oxbridge. The majority of Sixth Form leavers go on to a degree course, some after a gap year.

A levels
We offer the following 27 A levels:
Art, Craft & Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Classical Civilisation, Design & Technology, Drama and Theatre Studies, Economics, English Literature, English Language and Literature, French, Geography, German, History, Latin, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Philosophy and Ethics (Religious Studies), Photography, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Government & Politics, Sociology, Spanish

University Destinations: 5% Oxbridge annual average, including four international students in the past two years. In 2015, 64% achieved places at Russell Group universities while 87% were placed at their first or second choice university.
Key Facts
Type of school: Day and Boarding. Girls and boys 3-18.
Teacher student ratio: 1:10 (Sixth Form)
Senior school students: 1150
Junior school pupils: 520
First language Chinese speakers: 1%
Annual boarding fees:
£30,415

Address:
Berkhamsted School, 6 Chesham Road, Berkhamsted, HP4 3AA
Tel: 01442 358001
Email: admissions@berkhamstedschool.org
www.berkhamstedschool.org
Location:
Hertfordshire
London 40 mins