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The school 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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Located close to the towns of Harpenden, St Albans and Berkhamsted and set in stunning rural parkland, Beechwood Park School successfully blends the old with the new; innovation with tradition. As boys and girls create ceramics in the pottery room, located in the old wine cellar, fabulous music compositions are made 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 take part in lessons and hunt for bugs in Forest School and the extensive woodlands. From Greek or Spanish Club to Fencing 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.

60 acres of 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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Since September 2023, Christian Pritchard, previously head at Beachborough School in Westbury, Bucks. Educated in Northumberland, he qualified as a teacher with DT in York and also holds a master’s in educational leadership. He started his teaching career in Yorkshire, then moved overseas, teaching and leading British international schools in Taiwan, the Netherlands and UAE. In 2012, he returned to the UK as head of Ranby House Prep in Nottinghamshire. This is his fifth headship. He is an ISI team inspector and a level 7 ILM executive coach.

Married to Zoe, also a qualified teacher, who is head of the Woodlands Nursery School at Beechwood Park. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling, cooking and riding his mountain bike – as well as ‘magic’, a hobby he shares with his children.



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Special Education Needs

Beechwood Park is an inclusive school where all staff work hard to ensure that the individual needs of pupils are met and reasonable adjustments made where necessary. Individual strengths are also recognised and celebrated which helps to ensure that pupils thrive in our environment. The School's Learning Support department has three full time members of staff who oversee the assessing, identification and support of pupils with SEND. This experienced team work with pupils both in and outside the classroom and are based in a central quiet area of the school. The degree of additional support provided varies according to individual needs.

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
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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