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Vast space, with super indoor and outdoor play areas – we loved the mud kitchen (full waterproof jumpsuits required) and yoga room. Science (despite the somewhat rickety appearance of the labs) impressed on the basis of the departmental head’s enthusiastic description of a recent ‘dunkability of biscuits’ experiment alone. We genuinely cannot think of a better use for the former wine cellar of the main house than a pottery studio...

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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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Headmaster

Since 2015, Edward Balfour (40s), Winchester born and educated at Pilgrim’s Prep (‘extremely strict’) and King Edward VI School Southampton, followed by Cardiff University where he read English literature. After a summer as a Camp America counsellor, followed his heart into teaching at the Royal Grammar School, Worcester, then gained a PGCE at Homerton College Cambridge. Secured teaching placement as English teacher at Uppingham, followed by Whitgift, then 13 years at Bradfield (‘where I was educated most’), taking over as head of drama aged just 27, before turning around an ‘unruly’ boarding house, transforming it into school’s ‘most successful and desirable’ (he can fight it out with Berkhamsted’s Richard Backhouse who makes the same claim). Entered prep school stratosphere with first headship at Northbourne Park School in east Kent, attracted by its strength in...

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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
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
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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