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Our pastoral care system is outstanding. Class teachers in Pre-Prep and Form teachers in Prep have close relationships with the children. Staff are easily approachable and children and teachers genuinely like and respect one another.
Close Knit Community
The Berkhampstead community is small enough for everyone to matter and to know one another well.
There’s lots of informal contact with teachers and a friendly atmosphere, commented on regularly by visitors and praised by the inspectors.
The pupils emulate the excellent role models provided by staff and are very supportive of each other.— ISI Report, Nov 2014
Our Behaviour Policy uses the principle of, ‘Do as you would be done by…’ Children hear this message reinforced often and assemblies and CWB (Citizenship and Wellbeing) lessons support this. Especially kind acts - from whatever age child - are praised and often rewarded with a postcard sent home to share the details.
This simple message is easily understood by the very youngest and is applicable for life. The book from which we took our inspiration is available in each library.
Any pastoral concerns from pupils, staff or parents are referred to the Class or Form teacher. Issues are usually dealt with quickly and informally but are passed on, when necessary, to the Head of Pastoral Care or the Headmaster. There is a clear system for dealing with problems - here.
Do As You Would Be Done By
The school’s systems to promote good behaviour and to guard against bullying are highly effective.— ISI Report, Nov 2014
Praise is a big part of the Berkhampstead way of life and children receive rewards for good behaviour or excellent effort in the form of ‘bonus points’ which are earned for the House and also count towards Merit badges, issued when certain totals are achieved. For outstanding work, above a child’s usual standard, Commendation certificates are awarded in assembly.
Pupils have high self-esteem which is fostered through the citizenship and well-being programme, which prepares them for future challenges and experiences.— ISI Report, Apr 2017
Achievement certificates, Sparkle Statements and stickers are eagerly received for good effort and good behaviour in Pre-Prep. The children love to receive these and take genuine pleasure in seeing their friends rewarded. Children can reach for the stars on the Behaviour Chart and see their progress over the week - it’s possible to move down as well as up and this acts as a positive visual motivator which is easy to understand.
Reception’s WOW certificates can be earned at home or school and the children thoroughly enjoy telling everyone all about these.
From the Kindergarten onwards the school is highly effective in meeting its aims to provide a happy, caring, family environment.— ISI Report, Nov 2014
The House System
In the Prep Department, all rewards count towards an Inter-House Competition. The Houses - St George’s, St Andrew’s, St David’s and St Patrick’s - were established by our founder in 1945. Children develop a real affinity with their House and it allows them to interact and develop friendships with others outside their teaching groups and Forms.
Inter-House Sports competitions are keenly contested, as is the Pancake Challenge, which sees pupils running frantically around the playground, pausing to toss pancakes at pre-determined points, whilst being cheered on by the rest of the House! Pancakes are coloured to represent each House and the competition is fierce!