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.





Nicky Burchnall to raise funds for Cancer Reasearch in memory of her father David Pearce (DRAP) 

In September of this year, it would have been David Pearce's 80th Birthday. To remember and commemorate this event, and to raise money for Cancer Research, his daughter Nicky and grandson William, in the typical spirit of DRAP, are embarking on three challenges over the next few months - a 100 mile bike ride in 8.5 hrs, a 70 mile night bike ride and a 146 mile walk.
If you would like to support this in remembering David and by donating to Cancer Research please click on the following link. Thank you.





At 13:45 on 14th June 1968 Old Berkhamstedian, Sir Robin Knox – Johnston left Falmouth on his 32ft yacht ‘Suhaili,’ to take part in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. The route would cover over 30,000 nautical miles and take him and the other competitors through the most treacherous seas with waves of up to 25 metres high.




Of the nine competitors that started the race, four retired before leaving the Atlantic Ocean, one retired after sailing past the Cape of Good Hope, one sank with only 2,000km to go, one, who in desperation, attempted to fake a round the world voyage to avoid financial ruin, committed suicide,  and Bernard Moitessier abandoned the race.




Robin Knox – Johnston was the only entrant to complete the race, which took 312 days, to become the first person to sail single handed and non-stop around the world. He donated his £5,000 prize money to the Crowhurst family.




Sir Robin donated his Golden Globe to the School, which has pride of place in the Knox – Johnston Sports Centre. The only one in the world!




To this day, only around 200 people have ever sailed non-stop single handed around the globe, while over 500 have been into space.




The BBC showed a documentary on Sunday 17th June - please click on the link to view the programme.



2018 Old Berkhamstedians Magazine


We are once again able to produce a copy of the OB Magazine on line.


Please click on the link below, enlarge the screen and scroll through the sections.


We hope you enjoy this edition.


If you have any reports or news to include for next year, please get in touch with Lynne Oppenheimer at