Are you new to the area?
If you are planning a move to this part of the world, please do get in touch with us to enquire about availability, we’d love to welcome you to Beechwood Park. We hold Open Mornings each term, although we are more than happy for you to make an individual appointment to come and meet us at any other time.
Relocating can be complex, and although the usual time to start School is September, we are happy to be flexible about start dates. Whenever you join the Beechwood Park family, we will make sure you and your children receive a very warm welcome.
For those moving from abroad, we appreciate that it is often a daunting process to relocate your family, and we wish to work together to ensure that your family's transition is as smooth as possible. Our teachers and children are well used to helping new classmates to settle happily into life in the UK.
To help you plan your move, the following information may be useful to you:
Location and Access
Beechwood Park is set in beautiful rural parkland outside the village of Markyate. Although rural, the School is extremely accessible being 5 minutes from J9 of the M1 and 15 to 20 minutes from Harpenden, St Albans and Berkhamsted – all with their super-fast train links to central London.
School Bus Service
We run an extensive bus service before and after School, to Harpenden, St Albans and many surrounding villages. Our pupils travel to us from as far as Welwyn Garden City in the east, Tring in the west, Dunstable and Villages to the north and Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead to the south. These areas offer some beautiful villages and places to live, within easy reach of London.
You may wish to consider flexi-boarding as an option. Flexi-boarding is available, subject to availability, from Year 5. The flexible system gives families the opportunity to choose how many nights a week their child wishes to board. Our Boarding provision is offered from Monday to Thursday - there is no boarding at weekends.
Not all boarders will go on to a senior boarding school but parents and their children see it as a great chance to “give it a go”. Boarding allows pupils the opportunity to develop their social skills, take on responsibility and improve their personal organisation. There is a boys' and a girls' boarding house, where each evening once homework and music practice is complete, the children can take part in many and varied activities and games on offer.
The provision of excellent pastoral care is at the heart of Beechwood Park. There is a genuine commitment to and care for each member of the community and the happiness of each child is central to this. We are confident that your child will very soon settle in and make good friends.
The School provides children with a safe and happy learning environment in which they can enjoy, building friendships for life and developing their innate creativity, curiosity and confidence within the framework of our fortnightly pastoral values.
BPSPA (Beechwood Park School Parents’ Association)
We also want to ensure that you, as a parent, feel at home, make new friends and quickly become part of our active and caring School community.
All parents of existing Beechwood Park pupils are automatically members of the very active Beechwood Park Parents’ Association which is run by a committee formed of year group representatives, elected officers and staff member(s).
The BPSPA exists to enable parents, pupils, staff and Governors to plan, organise, support and enjoy several social events throughout the academic year such as the School Quiz, Bonfire Night, Christmas Fayre, School Discos (Junior and Middle department), Fun Night and the Summer Ball/Beechwood Breeze. As well as these wonderful events, there are also smaller fundraising events organised each year.
Class Rep' System
There is a very effective Class Rep’ system in place within the School which enables effective communication between class parents themselves and class parents and the School.
When you join Beechwood Park, your class rep will ensure that you are introduced to the other parents in your child’s class and they will be an extremely useful point of contact for you whilst you settle in and get to know the School.
Usually, the class rep will have older children at Beechwood Park and they will be available to answer any queries that you may have, they will also normally organise informal social gatherings for parents of the class.
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Other useful information
Mum's Guide To Harpenden is a fantastic website packed with useful local information for families
Approached down a seemingly endless winding driveway redolent of a fairy tale, steeped in history, the main school building is an immaculately restored Tudor manor house nestled amongst fields and woodland as far as the eye can see. The Good Schools Guide, 2017