The Old Berkhamstedians



The Old Berkhamstedians

As the alumni organisation of Berkhamsted School, we have a history of over 100 years, although The Old Berkhamstedians in its current form was established in 1998 by the amalgmation of The Old Berkhamstedians' Association and the Old Girls' Guild.

Our purpose is two-fold : to encourage and facilitate contact between former pupils and to support Berkhamsted School and its activities through our Charitable Trust.

We invite you to participate in this vibrant and growing community of nearly 6,000 Old Berkhamstedians and to have a look at the work and activity that takes place.




Most Recent News   


  Wednesday 12th October 2016


Des Keoghane


Berkhamsted School and the Old Berkhamstedians are very sad to report the death of Des Keoghane on 11 October 2016 in Watford Hospital after a valiant fight against cancer.  Des came to Berkhamsted in 1973 as Sergeant Major in the Combined Cadet Corps but had a period away from the School after his son Kevin was tragically killed on the RFA Sir Galahad in the Falklands War in 1982. During this time away, however, Des did not miss a Yates Drill or a General Inspection Day and was a great help supporting the CCF during the following 10 years.


When Fred Charnock took over the CCF in 1992, Des returned to his former job as Sergeant Major until Steve Carter arrived in 2002. Since then, Des continued his involvement with the Yates Drill competition and assistance on GI Day.  He helped with the organisation of seating and all the silverware at these events including for the visit of Her Majesty The Queen in May 2016 by which time he was very unwell. Des was also a strong supporter of the Duke of Edinburgh Award and over his years at Berkhamsted, attended most if not all expeditions including probably half a dozen to Italy where he ran the base camp in 2001, his last Italy Trip for 50+ staff and students.


Finally Des had an  unrivalled address book which he used frequently to support the CCF  and was instrumental in securing the services as inspecting officer of the Mans brothers , Major General  Simon Lalor, Dame Sarah Jones and Field Marshal Guthrie to name a distinguished few.


Des set and maintained very high standards. He was immensely loyal, totally reliable and highly respected by staff and students.  He will be greatly missed, and much mourned.



Thursday 18th August 2016


Congratulations to Old Berkhamstedian James Rodwell for his Silver Medal at the Rio Olympic Games in the Mens 7's Rugby.

James is the first Old Berkhamstedian to win an Olympic medal and scored a number of tries, put in some massive defensive tackles and created great plays from kick offs throughout the tournament.







OB Sports Day - Sunday 26th June




The OB Sports Day will take place on Sunday 26th June. We would love to have you join in, whether as a player or a spectator. If you would like to join any of the sports, please email the captains by clicking on the links. We would love to have as many take part as possible, so please do get in touch, or email the office for further information.


Cricket v School XI - 11.30 am - Chesham Road Playing Fields. Larry Eaton will Captain the OB team for this year, so if you would like to play, please email us as soon as you can.

Fives - 10.00 am - Castle Campus

Football - 2.00 pm - Chesham Road Playing Fields. Why not get a group together from your year group to take on the OB footballers or school team, or just come along with your boots and we can fit you into a team. We will be playing 6-a-side football.
Netball - 10.00 am - Knox-Johnston Sports Centre. This year the OB Hares will be running a tournament on the day, inviting other teams from the local area, so you could either put a team together from your year group to play, or we can slot you into one of the already existing OB Hares teams.


Touch Rugby (Mens & Womens) - 11.00 am - Chesham Road Playing Fields. Why not get a group together from your year group or just come along and we can fit you into a team.
Tennis - 2.30 pm - Knox-Johnston Sports Centre.


A Free BBQ Lunch for players and spectators will be served between 12.30 - 3.00 pm (approx) and drinks will be available to purchase throughout the day.


If you have any questions, queries or requests, please contact Vicky at or call on 01442 358 111.




May 2016



2015 saw the school celebrate 100 years of Adders, including a day where OBs and current students gathered together to tell stories oftheir time in Adders. A book of memories has been put together as a result of the day. Why not CLICK HERE to have a read of some of the memories.