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  • Beaconhurst
    52 Kenilworth Road
    Bridge of Allan
    FK9 4RR
  • Head: Mrs Bannerman
  • T 01786 832146
  • F 01786 833415
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  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 3 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Stirling
  • Pupils: 323 (including 44 in nursery)
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: £9,201- £12,525 pa
  • Open days: October, February and June
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

Parents praise the staff for being ‘so generous with their time’. One parent said, ‘They are vocational teachers to a man [sic]. They understand their job is to make sure children learn and don’t just stand up and spout.’ Pupils are equally aware of the extra mile given to them and acknowledge it motivates them to achieve. Effort and enthusiasm is rewarded and although there is a culture of high expectations, as much value is placed on being a brilliant mountain biker as excelling in...

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What the school says...

A small, family-friendly independent school that enables pupils to maximise their potential through individualised support and a personalised education. Close links with the University of Stirling allowing use of facilities in sport, expressive arts and academia.

There has been a school on the current site at Bridge of Allan since 1919, when the Beacon School for Girls was established. In the same year, Hurst Grange, a boys' school in Stirling, opened and the two schools merged to form Beaconhurst Grange in 1976. This ran as a boarding prep school until the decision was taken in the early 90s to develop an all-through day school providing high quality education to pupils from three to eighteen years of age.

With this came the vision to redevelop the school site to accommodate a Junior Start, Junior School and Senior School. Our compact campus now provides all the facilities expected in a modern, dynamic school community.

Beaconhurst has forged an identity of delivering a personal, flexible educational experience by offering an integrated curriculum from three to eighteen, in which focus on the individual is paramount.

Learning should be fun, challenging and above all engaging features that Beaconhurst pupils embrace every day. A school should be a community in which everyone is listened to, provided for and nurtured to achieve their potential reasons why parents choose Beaconhurst for their children.
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Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2015, Sandra Bannerman (50s), previously deputy head. A product herself of Scottish education, she has a degree in English from Glasgow University and a postgrad from Edinburgh. Taught English for many years in the British School in Brussels; she continues to teach Advanced Highers. Her two daughters are both also English graduates.

The sudden departure of the preceding head, John Owen, caused nervousness amongst parents; however, Mrs Bannerman has worked hard to quell anxieties. Parents felt the transition was not well handled but consensus is she is incredibly capable and has already done much to be celebrated. A big personality, staff welcome her more collegiate approach to management and parents welcome her accessibility.

Academic matters

Beaconhurst is a broad church but still gets some good results. In 2017, 33 per cent of...

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