Berkhamsted School is a private co-educational boarding and day school which has a number of campuses around the town. The oldest school building – the old hall – dates from the middle of the 16th century when the school was founded.
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Students are educated together up to ages 11 and in the sixth form, but there are separate boys’ and girls’ schools between the ages of 11 and 16.
Most state schools in Berkhamsted are organised around the middle school system with first schools up to the age of nine; middle schools from ages nine to 13; and senior schools from ages 13 to 18. In the case of Berkhamsted, this has resulted in an astonishing number of schools up to age 13 rated “outstanding” by the government’s education watchdog Ofsted. These are: Victoria CofE (ages three to nine) in Prince Edward Street; St Thomas More RC (ages three to 11) in Greenway; Greenway First (ages three to nine) also in Greenway; Bridgewater Middle (ages nine to 13) in Bridleway; Westfield First (ages three to nine) in Durrants Lane, and St Bartholomew’s CofE in Common Field in Wigginton.
The local private prep schools are: Westbrook Hay (co-ed ages three to 13) on London Road between Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead; Chesham Prep (co-ed, ages four to 13) in Orchard Leigh, Chesham and Francis House (co-ed, ages two to 11) on Aylesbury Road, Tring.
The Egerton-Rothesay School (ages three to 19) in Durrants Lane is a private school specialising in children with special educational needs.
The two Haberdashers’ Aske’s Schools (girls’ and boys’ ages four to 18) and boys in nearby Elstree have a strong academic tradition.