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Entry into Year 7

Every year, new Year 7 pupils join us for the final two-year Common Entrance Programme, through which we prepare boys and girls for admission to a wide variety of 13+ day and boarding schools.

As a stand-alone preparatory school with no single senior school attached, we are in an excellent position to advise parents on which senior school to choose for their child, assisting with applications and entrance exam preparation. As Beechwood Park is completely independent, there is no expectation that a certain proportion of its pupils should go on to one school or another.  We have excellent relationships with senior schools locally and further afield.

At Beechwood Park, Years 7 and 8 are ‘value-added’ years for building confidence and independence in your child. They are a ‘wonder-filled’ two years, nurturing skills that will be massively to the advantage of the children in their future educational and working lives.

Children learn in small classes with tutor groups of only 8-12 pupils. The teacher pupil ratio ensures more individualised and bespoke teaching and learning. We really get to know your child’s needs over this important period in their lives when they stand at the threshold of their teenage years.

Many Heads of Academic Departments who teach at Beechwood Park do so with past teaching experience at senior schools. They are passionate about their subjects and enjoy inspiring pupils through more challenging teaching with more depth, more detail and more interest. They enjoy nurturing scholarship in 11-13 year olds.

Being a pupil in the top years of the School encourages leadership and responsibility. Senior pupils love taking on leadership role via the Leadership Through Service Award which equips them with the leadership and community skills which will benefit them in their future schools and for the rest of their lives. 

Meanwhile, our Future Skills course develops pupils’ core thinking, critical reasoning and learning skills in preparation for senior school admissions and scholarships.  Please click here to read more about life in the Senior Department.  

Many children choose the option to board (flexi-boarding is available from Year 5), which allows the opportunity to develop social skills, take on responsibility and improve personal organisation; by the time they are in Top Form (Year 8), the boys and girls become young leaders, looking after the young boarders and showing great maturity.

The many co-curricular opportunities available at Beechwood Park give pupils the chance to make the most of their wider talents whether through creative clubs and activities or through sport.  Whether they are elite sportsmen and women or just enthusiasts, pupils have access to a wide range of sports. In addition to football, rugby, cricket (boys and girls), netball, hockey the Sport for All programme provides further opportunities for proficiency in sailing, fencing, martial arts and table tennis.

Pupils in Years 7 and 8 study the Common Entrance 13+ programme and staff at Beechwood Park have many years of experience preparing children for this and for Entrance and Scholarship exams to Senior Independent Schools. The School has an outstanding record of examination success.


Scholarships at 13+ to Senior Independent Schools exist to attract the academically bright or specifically talented child (art, music, science, sports, all-round) and the scholarships available vary in amount. The majority of these schools also offer fee assisted places subject to means-testing.