Our subject specialists draw on a strong knowledge base to teach creatively. Teaching assistants support and bring their diverse talents to make learning memorable and fun.
An excellent rapport between teachers and pupils.— ISI Report
“The teachers are Berky’s greatest asset.”
“Berkhampstead and the incredibly supportive staff have changed the way my daughter views herself!”
“I am extremely pleased we chose Berky - the change in Jess has been nothing short of monumental.”
I am able to work in a caring and supportive environment where everyone enjoys coming to school every day. It is a job where you capture the ‘light bulb’ moments and encourage each child’s enthusiasm to continue.— Year 2 teacher
Our Governing Body is active and engaged. With a wealth of experience in the fields of education, business, finance and child development, their input into strategic planning and their role as a positive steering force is invaluable.
More than this, they get involved, they know the staff and pupils well - attending events, singing in the choir, even dressing as aliens - they are a real part of the Berkhampstead community.
Excellent governance ensures that the aims of the school are fulfilled efficiently.— ISI Report
Educated at Charterhouse School in Surrey, I studied Religious Studies at Newcastle University. I then studied for a post graduate diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Guildford. I worked in Portsmouth for 5 years then moved, with my wife, to live in Cheltenham. I work at Willans Solicitors in the dispute resolution department.
I have two children, both in the Prep department at Berkhampstead. I live on Cleeve Hill and my interests include walking, cycling, golf, watching sport and spending quality time with friends and family.
I have been working in Early Years Education for 25 years. I first gained a Nursery Nurse qualification and went on to pursue my interest in children with special educational needs, working at Battledown Children’s Centre for a period of 7 years, during which time I gained a BA Hons Early Years degree from the University of Worcester. The role then led me to employment with the Educational Psychology service, supporting very young children with complex needs in their homes. I now work for Gloucestershire County Council as an Early Years Adviser, supporting all childcare provisions in Cheltenham. I am a qualified Ofsted Inspector. I live in Prestbury with my husband, we have two grown up children and we are grandparents.
I came late to the teaching profession, joining Berkhampstead as an NQT at the ripe old age of 39; 26 years later, I retired but became a Governor in order to support the school I love. Although my degree was in Music, I have wide interests including history, writing and reading, and have been devoted to encouraging the many pupils who have passed through my hands to feel equally interested. For many years, I was a Year 2 class teacher, becoming the Head of Pre-Prep and, later, Head of Pastoral Care and DSL. Latterly, I became Deputy Head; once in this role, I mainly taught Year 3 English. Throughout my time at Berky, I was fully involved with the PTA, starring at Christmas as Santa’s elf! Berkhampstead embodies the ethos in which I believe; it offers a holistic and creative approach to education. It values and includes all pupils and builds their confidence and self-esteem. It is a happy and friendly place to be. I have three grown up children, all of which benefitted from a Berkhampstead education, and four grandchildren.
I was educated at Warwick School and studied Business at the University of Sheffield. After working at Heligan Gardens in Cornwall as Director of Education, a career in teaching beckoned. Having taught at Clifton High School, Cheltenham College and Elizabeth College, Guernsey, I was appointed to the role of Headmaster of Clifton College Preparatory School in 2018. I sit on the IAPS Education Committee and fulfil the role of Boarding Representative for the IAPS Area 4 group. My wife Melanie and I have 2 boys who attend Clifton College.