Why Join us at Year 7?
Years 7 and 8 are ‘value-added’ years for building confidence and independence in your child. They are a ‘wonder-filled’ two years and the best at Beechwood Park, nurturing skills that will be massively to their advantage 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.
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.
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.
The many opportunities available 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, netball, hockey and rounders, the Sport for All programme provides further opportunities for proficiency in sailing, fencing, martial arts and table tennis.
We are in an excellent position to advise parents on which senior school to choose for your child. Beechwood Park is completely independent and there is no expectation that a certain proportion of its pupils should go on to one school or another.
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 largest scholarships available may be up to 50% of the full fees (e.g. Uppingham). Some schools (e.g. Eton, Westminster, and St Paul’s) also 17 have a statutory number of full scholarships to offer – to include the cost of uniform and travel to school. If your child were to win a scholarship to one of these schools, the fees to which you would be committed may be less than paying a full set of fees at a more local school. The majority of these schools also offer fee assisted places subject to means-testing.
Typical 13+ destination schools:
St Albans School, St Albans High School, Bedford, Berkhamsted, Haberdashers’ Aske’s (Boys and Girls), Haileybury, Merchant Taylors’, Queenswood, St Columba’s, Uppingham, Abbot’s Hill, Harrow, Oundle, Rugby, Aldenham.
...we can't imagine an 11 year old who wouldn't want to give boarding a try with such a heady mix of pool, table hockey, table tennis and a tuck shop on offer... The Good Schools Guide, 2017