about us

Berkhampstead is a non-selective school that prides itself on providing children with a rich and varied curriculum. We have a reputation for being warm, nurturing and inclusive and yet there is a very real academic rigour here, driven by a hugely talented teaching staff and no better illustrated than by our outstanding 11+ and scholarship results.

Excellent in ALL areas.

— ISI Report, Apr 2017

Headmaster’s Welcome

Berkhampstead School is an independent day school for approximately 275 boys and girls aged 3 to 11 and is situated in leafy Pittville Circus, Cheltenham. We have been educating children since 1945 and are proud to have a happy and genuinely caring environment where all can excel.

Our school is a positive and purposeful place where pupils get real pleasure from their day. There is an excited ‘buzz’ of enthusiastic learning and our excellent results encompass the academic, music and sport. The most important ‘result’ of a Berkhampstead education however, is the resilient, ‘can-do’ children who emerge at age 11 ready for their next challenge.

We were pleased to have our outstanding pastoral care and our demanding and interesting curriculum endorsed by ISI in our most recent inspection. The report described our children as effective and competent learners and commented on their highly positive attitudes to their learning.

I would be delighted to show you around so that you can see the boys and girls in action and get a real sense of what we do at Berkhampstead.

Do explore the site to find out more - click on our magazine, the Berky Blazer for the highlights of last term, browse through the News Items and take a look at our Twitter feed.


The loyalty that our alumni have is second to none. People feel a real affinity to the School and we’re delighted that so many stay in touch. Several of our current pupils’ parents attended Berkhampstead - surely no better indication of confidence in the product!

We have a strong PTA - the Friends of Berkhampstead - and splendid links with the local community.

Talented staff

Highly qualified, passionate and creative staff bring lessons to life from Music to Science, to Maths, French and PE. An in-depth understanding of their subjects enables our teachers to enthuse the children and pass on knowledge with confidence.

I felt really confident going into Science labs in my grammar school because I knew exactly what to do. We had done investigations, formed hypotheses and written up results all the time at Berky. I love Science.

— Former pupil