Beechwood Park School A GSG School
- Beechwood Park School
- Head: Edward Balfour
- T 01582 840333
- F 01582 842372
- E firstname.lastname@example.org
- W www.beechwoodpark.com/
- A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 3 to 13
- Boarding: Yes
- Local authority: Hertfordshire
- Pupils: 535
- Religion: Church of England/Christian
- Fees: Day £10,155 - £15,225; Flexi boarding plus £3,618 pa
- Open days: Termly
- Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
- ISI report: View the ISI report
What The Good Schools Guide says..
Classrooms vary from bright and modern in the junior school to more formal learning spaces for older children. Regency library was advertised as a wow factor by our young guides. Perhaps a little over-hyped (though we admired their enthusiasm) but it is well-stocked with antique books as well as a broad selection of children’s literature. In the generous music block...
What the school says...
Located just minutes from Harpenden, St Albans and Berkhamsted and set in stunning rural parkland, Beechwood Park successfully blends the old with the new; innovation with tradition. Boys and girls create ceramics in the pottery room located in the old wine cellar and fabulous music compositions in the dedicated Apple music technology suite situated in a former coach house.
Raspberry Pi, Micro Bits and 3D Printers inspire Computer Science studies, whilst outside, pupils swing from the trees and hunt for bugs in Forest School and the extensive woodlands. From Greek or Russian Club to Cheerleading or Chess, there is something to captivate every curious mind from the youngest pupils in the School’s “Woodlands Nursery” through to 13+ candidates who head off to a range of excellent Independent day and boarding secondary schools.
The Capability Brown sculpted grounds provide orienteering trails, an indoor swimming pool complex, outdoor classrooms and eleven football pitches where a multitude of matches play out under the supervision of the neighbouring sheep.
At the end of the jam-packed day, School buses depart and boarders’ tea commences, then homework, music practice and entertaining games, including the ever-popular “Colditz” - a Beechwood Park tradition. ...Read more
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What The Good Schools Guide says
Since September 2015, Edward Balfour, previously head of Northbourne Park School in Kent. Studied education at Homerton College Cambridge; has taught English and drama at RGS Worcester and English at Whitgift, and been head of drama and housemaster at Bradfield College. Married with three young children.
The school has a nursery (Woodlands Nursery) which has recently moved to new purpose-built premises on the main school site. All children above nursery age are assessed before entry. For reception children, expect informal assessment (school stresses this isn’t about ability but behaviour). Some year groups have waiting lists, so best to get in early.
Special Education Needs
The school has some learning support provision run by one full-time and two part time members of staff. The staff are responsible for assessing and identifying children throughout the school who might not be achieving their potential or who are finding some aspects of the curriculum difficult. In order to help these children the staff offer advice to the teachers on how to make provision for them and in some cases will teach pupils individually or in small groups for between one and four short sessions per week. The staff also provide in-class support, particularly in the Junior Department.
|Condition||Provision for in school|
|ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder||Y|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders||Y|
|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|
|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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