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Berkhamsted Schools Group Report A Successful End To 2021


As we welcome in 2022, Berkhamsted Schools Group have plenty to build on after a host of success stories at the tail end of 2021

National School Awards 2021 – Leadership Team of the Year for Berkhamsted

Berkhamsted Leadership Team

The National Schools Awards were held on 8 December at the House of Lords, introduced by Baroness Barran, the Minister for Schools. The National School Awards recognises and rewards education pioneers across the industry bringing together over 250 school leaders and education pioneers across both the state and independent sectors to celebrate best practice and showcase the excellent work being undertaken across the UK.

In response to the launch of the awards; Baroness Berridge said: “The National Schools Awards recognise the skill, commitment, and hard work it takes to deliver the best possible education, this is especially important in a time of such uncertainty. I welcome this opportunity to celebrate the contribution of school leaders and look forward to hearing of your incredible achievements in transforming the opportunities of children and young people.”

Berkhamsted was represented at the event by a group of senior staff, having been shortlisted for the Leadership Team of the Year Award. There were an unusually high number of nominations – the lockdown this time last year meant that the 2019-20 nominations were held over to the current year and considered alongside the 2020-21 nominations, but only one award was made in each category.

Richard Backhouse, Principal of the Berkhamsted Schools Group, said in accepting the award: “The credit for this goes to the whole team; it was a team effort, it is a team award. My thanks and congratulations go therefore to all of them for their extraordinary hard and excellent work.”

Berkhamsted 1st XV – Daily Mail Rugby Trophy Champions 2021

Berkhamsted Rugby

On 11 December 2021, Berkhamsted 1st XV were able to celebrate being crowned 2021 Daily Mail Rugby Trophy Champions. The squad comprised: Alex O, James I, Charlie K, James B, James C, Casper J, Will S, Luca F, Oliver W, Connor P, Cameron R, Reuben L, Tobias E, Joe P, Daniel B, Ben W, Charlie M, Ben L, Charlie D, George R, Jack H, Orlando B, Freddie C, Charlie W, Ben O, Alex R, Finn M, Charlie B.

They were able to secure that champions status of this national competition with a competitive 24-3 victory over Dulwich. This result means that the team finish the main part of the season undefeated. You can see the Daily Mail Trophy statistics here.

Huge credit goes to this talented generation, supported by ambitious and dedicated staff.

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Mark Kebble

Mark's career in journalism started in 2001 when he landed a role on a small lifestyle magazine in Angel, North London. Soon enough, the magazine was purchased by a larger organisation and Mark found himself promoted to editor at the tender age of 23. He later became group editor, working on magazines for Angel, Crouch End, Muswell Hill and Highgate. He was also involved in a launch in Hadley Wood and a major new group website, later becoming Group Hub Editor. In 2021, Mark joined Zest Media Group and oversaw the launch of many Absolutely titles across the UK. To date, Mark has launched in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Sussex, Essex, Yorkshire and Cheshire. When he does have some free time, Mark is also the Chairman of an amateur football club in Surrey and is also a fully qualified FA football coach.
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