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Why Choose Beechwood Park?

Beechwood is located in an area rich with successful schools, so why choose Beechwood Park?  We believe there are many reasons why increasing numbers of parents are choosing Beechwood over other prep schools in Hertfordshire; here are just a few!

Co-educational from 2-13

Why Choose Beechwood Park - Co-education at beechwood parkWe are a fully co-educational prep school in Hertfordshire and welcome boys and girls from rising 3 to the age of 13. There is plenty of debate around single sex vs co-educational schools. Whilst the majority of our pupils move onto single sex senior schools, we are firmly of the belief that at prep school age, a co-educational environment suits most children better, as well as enabling brothers and sisters to be educated at the same school.

 

We are truly independent

Why Choose Beechwood Park - a truly Independent prep schoolWhilst a significant number of our leavers move on to local senior day schools, we are not affiliated or linked to any particular secondary school and will work with you to ensure you and your child receive the correct guidance and advice about next schools – wherever in the country, or the world, that may be.

Click here for our most recent leavers’ destinations.

Exceptional results at 11+ and 13+

Why Choose Beechwood Park - Success in Senior School ScholarshipsBeechwood is proud of its academic record. Pupils excel at senior school entrance exams, and many are awarded scholarships to their senior schools of choice. Almost without exception our leavers gain places at their first choice of secondary school, having been well prepared by Beechwood staff for entrance assessments and interviews. In 2021, we were the only prep school to have a 100% success rate at 13+ for Haileybury. But the Beechwood curriculum goes far beyond ‘just’ the academics – we offer a well-rounded educational programme includes an inspiring co-curriculum of sports, music, and the arts, alongside an engaging array of trips, clubs and co-curricular activities.

Flexibility for modern families

Why Choose Beechwood Park - Flexible Boarding ProvisionAt Beechwood, we recognise that one size does not fit all, and we work hard to provide a flexible provision for our pupils and their families.

Whilst you may not have previously considered boarding as an option for your child, our flexible boarding options can provide a handy solution for busy working families – click here to find out more about our boarding options.

We are also able to offer a number of ‘wraparound care’ options for pupils of all ages to help parents manage their day, including a before school breakfast club, after school prep and activities, and after school care for our younger pupils.

To make Beechwood accessible to day pupils whose parents may struggle to juggle the school run with their own commitments, we run a network of school buses – these routes are frequently reviewed and more information can be found on our School Bus Service page.

A happy, healthy learning environment

Why Choose Beechwood Park - A Happy learning environmentLike you, we want to make sure that your child achieves their very best at Beechwood, but more importantly, we want them to be happy.  It is a cliché, but nonetheless true that happy children thrive in a positive learning environment. We provide an educational space for children to excel, and our child-centred focus enables and encourages children to be ambitious, reflective and self-driven.

Challenge and support

Why Choose Beechwood Park - Challenge and SupportPupils are set according to their learning needs, from differentiated phonics groups in the Junior Department through to setting in all academic subjects in the Senior Department. Those at the higher end of the academic range are challenged and those who need additional support receive it from our dedicated Beechwood Learning Support team.

A strong community

Why Choose Beechwood Park - We have a strong CommunityAlthough by prep school standards, Beechwood is a large community, it nonetheless has not lost the “family” feel. The School is fortunate to have an incredibly supportive Parents’ Association, the BPSPA; all parents are automatically members of this thriving and friendly group, which supports the School with a variety of projects and events, whilst providing a whole host of social activities for families throughout the year.

Co-curricular provision

Why Choose Beechwood Park - We offer a broad Co-Curricular ProvisionAt Beechwood, we firmly believe that learning is not limited to what goes on in the classroom, and lessons learnt outside of the classroom are just as important to a child’s preparation for the future. We are justifiably proud of our extensive co-curricular provision, which we call Roar. This programme ensures that every child has the time and space to explore new experiences, to embrace new challenges, to discover new skills and talents, and to grab every opportunity that comes their way – in short, to find their “roar”.

No Saturday School

Why Choose Beechwood Park - No Saturday SchoolOur pupils work and play hard all week, and we do not believe there is anything to be gained from eating into precious family time at the weekend, occasional sports fixtures aside.

Accessibility from London

Why Choose Beechwood Park - an Ideal location accessible from londonIf you are considering a move from London, Beechwood is conveniently located close to Harpenden, St Albans, Berkhamsted and surrounding villages, all of which offer fast commuter trains into London.  .

Grounds and Facilities

Why Choose Beechwood Park - exceptional grounds and facilitiesWith more than 35 acres of stunning parkland, our own woods, complete with Forest School, endless football pitches and other sports facilities, and our resident flock of guinea fowl, Beechwood pupils enjoy boundless opportunities to discover, play, learn and have fun!

We are fortunate to have some of the best facilities of any prep school in the area; an indoor swimming pool complex, Astroturf, outdoor classroom, dedicated performance hall, full size sports hall, pottery cellar and cutting-edge technology suite within our Music Department.

Preparation for the future

Why Choose Beechwood Park - preparing pupils for their futuresSo-called ‘soft skills’ are going to be as important to our pupils as they move forwards in their education and their careers.  It is, therefore, our duty to ensure that from a young age, they learn these skills – teamwork, character, self-belief and a growth mindset will enable pupils to face the challenges of senior school, university and the world of work. Our Future Skills programme, taught from Year 5, aims to equip our pupils with a full range of skills – academic, social, and personal – to promote future successes.

Beechwood should definitely be on the list of parents who want the certainty of a quality end destination for their child without compromising the joy of the journey.
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