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Illustrious sports record, as one would expect from a school which offers places to rugby players in the ACE scheme in conjunction with Bath Rugby. Big, well-used music centre brims with exciting equipment and there are plenty of alumni at music college. Although non-selective, the school reflects the population of Bath and tends to get more able boys (and, in sixth form, girls). Three different pathways at GCSE. Around 70 per cent take the…

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  • Beechen Cliff School
    Alexandra Park
    Kipling Avenue
    BA2 4RE
  • Head: Mr T D Markall
  • T 01225 480466
  • F 01225 314025
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • Beechen Cliff School is a state school for boys aged from 11 to 18 in Bath. Interested in an honest insight? Read the Beechen Cliff School review and find out more.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Bath and North East Somerset
  • Pupils: 1,300; sixth formers: 430
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: Day free; Boarding: £12,000 pa.
  • Open days: Sixth Form Open Morning October 16th
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 20th March 2014
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 17th February 2011
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What the school says...

Beechen Cliff is a very popular school and is regularly over-subscribed. Our overall objective is to provide the best education for every pupil to achieve the highest standards in all areas of school life and to prepare each individual with the skills and aptitudes to achieve success in adult life. Our first priority is academic standards. Results are significantly above national averages at each academic stage. A level results are very good, with well over half of A level grades at A* to B in any given year. Many of our students achieved three or more A grades at A level and every year a number of the Sixth Form take up places at Oxbridge or medical college. At GCSE level our results are also consistently strong with more than 80% of our boys receiving 5 or more grades of 9-4 (A*-C) each year, significantly higher than the national average for boys.

The school takes a particular pride in its vibrant broader life. Sport is exceptionally strong; we have Saturday fixtures in all age groups throughout the year. Rugby, Hockey, Football, Tennis, Cricket, Athletics, Fencing, Rowing and Shooting are all represented at a highly competitive level and the school has been highly successful at county level and in national competitions. We have also enjoyed notable success in our Music, Debating, Art and Theatre Productions all of which are regarded highly by our parents and the wider community of Bath.
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Since September 2021, Tim Markall (40s). Home grown, having joined the school as a maths teacher fresh from his PGCE (Bath) back in 2005, since when he’s risen through the ranks as head of maths, assistant head and finally deputy head before taking the helm. A local boy, he grew up in Nailsea, near Bristol, where he attended Bristol Grammar before studying maths and statistics at the University of Bath. Caught teaching bug while tennis coaching as part of his degree: ‘I realised just how much I enjoy working with younger people.’ Sadly no time for teaching these days, ‘but I’m hoping to fit some in further down the line,’ he told us, and what he loses in classroom time he gains in developing the school’s outdoors education, more of which later.

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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