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Year 7 Entry

Every year, new Year 7 pupils join us for their final two years at prep school, during 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 is truly independent, we have no expectation that a certain proportion of our pupils should go on to one school or another. We have excellent relationships with many, many senior schools locally and further afield.

At Beechwood, Year 7 and Top Form 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.

Joining Beechwood in Year 7 bridges the gap between prep school and senior school for those who have “outgrown” primary or an 11+ prep school yet may feel slightly daunted at the thought of being at the “bottom of the ladder” in Senior School. In the Senior Department, we will help your child develop, help them to learn to become a role model for younger pupils and ensure that they are ready for 13+ entry to their chosen school.

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 of our Heads of Academic Departments have past teaching experience at senior schools. They are passionate about their subjects and enjoy inspiring every pupil 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 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 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.

Whilst daunting to start at a new prep school in Year 7, we feel this was the best decision we made for our son. He simply wasn't "ready" for senior school and these extra two years at Beechwood have made him so much more confident, engaged and enthused for his future"
Former Beechwood Parent
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I am so glad that I stayed on in Year 7 at Beechwood as being "top of the school" has given me so many opportunities I would not have had in Year 7 at a Senior School; I would really recommend it!"
Former Beechwood Pupil
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