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The head had warned us that lessons here are loud and the maths class we joined was exactly that — lively teaching and lots of discussion. And we love the school policy of writing reports directly to children rather than parents - at start of term too so the points stay fresh in the mind. ‘It’s hugely powerful,’ agree teachers. Every school has weak spots in its staff but…

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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.
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Sports

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

Fencing

Sailing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since 2015, Edward Balfour (50s). Educated at Pilgrims prep in Winchester, then King Edward VI School Southampton, a ‘state grammar that went independent as I arrived. It was quite rough in some ways,’ he reflects. The son of solicitors, he read English at Cardiff and taught at RGS Worcester, before doing a PGCE at Homerton College Cambridge. Then taught English at Uppingham, followed by Whitgift and 13 years at Bradfield. His first headship was at Northbourne Park School in Kent, whose substantial bilingual (French) cohort no doubt equipped him well for Beechwood, also hot on French. Why the move from secondary schools? ‘It’s so much more interesting - you don’t get as much chance to make an impact in five years as you do in 11.’

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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
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
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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