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  • Beechen Cliff School
    Alexandra Park
    BA2 4RE
  • Head: Mr A Davies
  • T 01225 480466
  • F 01225 314025
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  • A state school for boys aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Bath and North East Somerset
  • Pupils: 1,350; 32 boarders (boys only); sixth formers: 400 (including 140 girls)
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: Boarding: £10,800 pa. Day pupils free
  • Open days: September/October, sixth form November
  • 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 says..

The reward culture for all achievement (exemplified by the head’s limitless supply of Mars bars freely handed out to boys who have 'gone the extra mile') is balanced by traditional sanctions for both academic and social misdemeanours. No pretentions to anything other than a sound, old-fashioned, well run school, as academic as possible for each pupil’s capacities. ‘Our thing’, head claims, ‘is a comprehensive ability range, outdoor pursuits and real leadership training'...

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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 over half of A level grades at A* to B. This year 11 of our students achieved 3 or more A grades at A level and eight of the Sixth Form took up places at Oxbridge or medical college. At GCSE level we achieved 80% of boys receiving 5 or more A*-C grades (70% including English and Maths), 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 and Art all of which are regarded highly by our parents and the wider community of Bath.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking French at an English Comprehensive School (GCE A level)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Design & Technology Food Technology at an English Comprehensive School (GCE A level)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking French at an English Comprehensive School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Art Techniques / Practical Art at an English Comprehensive School (VRQ Level 2)

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2005, Mr Andrew Davies (50s), history graduate of University of Sussex, married to Anne, an assistant head. Both of his children have been through Beechen Cliff, his daughter having now left the sixth form. Previously principal of Kings International College in Surrey, having risen on the well trodden career path of head of department, head of humanities, deputy head in five local authorities and a private school, ranging from deprived inner-city Bristol to the leafy heights of Bath.

No pretentions to anything other than a sound, old-fashioned, well run school, as academic as possible for each pupil’s capacities. ‘Our thing’, he claims, ‘is a comprehensive ability range, outdoor pursuits and real leadership training.' The mixed sixth form is being beefed up academically with new stricter entry requirements ‘because the...

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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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