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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: 1,300; 32 boarders (boys only); sixth formers: 352 (including 110 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..

Simply masses on offer, particularly for a state school, due in part to the all-hours culture where so much happens after the school day and at weekends; indeed it is the only comprehensive in Bath to take on the independents at Saturday fixtures. Provision in photography hugely enhanced by the arrival of an industrial printer, bid for by the head of art, who has other grand plans (eg gallery space), if only funds would permit. Beechen remains prominent on the Bath scene in every way, and in recent years has upgraded its infrastructure to give its sixth formers, sportsmen and musicians what they deserve...

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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)

School associations

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2005, Mr Andrew Davies, (40s), history graduate of University of Sussex. Married to Anne, an assistant head, with two teenage children, one at his school, one at local girls’ independent. Career has followed normal trajectory (teaching, head of dept, head of humanities, deputy head) in five local authorities, plus a spell in the commercial sector as principal of Kings International College in Surrey. Has worked in the most and least desirable bits of SW England, so no airs and graces. Direct, engaging and warm, he is passionate about providing his flock with all manner of opportunity to extend and test themselves.

Refreshingly liberated, too, from some spectres of state education: ‘We are not slaves to Ofsted’, he says, but with a major success story on his hands, he can...

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Special Education Needs

Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
Not Applicable
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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