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Senior Department News

Townsend Warner History Prize 2022

Well done to all those pupils in Years 7 and Top Form, who took part in this year’s fiendishly difficult competition! Once again there were a huge number of entries – 1,020 across the UK and overseas.

Many congratulations to Louis S (Top Form) and Harry C (Yr 7), pictured here with Mr Cook on making it through to the final round after half term.

Good luck to you both!

Mr Cook


Uppingham School Prep Schools’ Orchestral Day

Some of our Year 6 musicians travelled to Uppingham with Mrs Lodge and Mr Harrington to take part in the Uppingham School Prep Schools’ Orchestral day yesterday – read about it here.




Visit from Former Beechwood Pupil

Thank you to Bryony Freer, former Beechwood pupil, who came to visit and spoke to Senior Department pupils about her career that has taken her to work in Antarctica as part of the British Antarctic Survey.

Bryony explained about the work she carried out there, including analysing ice samples, and about life in Antarctica – a fascinating afternoon for our budding geographers, who had lots of interesting questions to pose to Bryony.  They also got to try on some of her polar gear ….  Photos below!

Bryony Freer Visit 10 Feb 2022

Well done Year 6

Thank you to all our Year 6 pupils who were the most fantastic Tour Guides at today’s Open Morning.  All our visitors commented on how polite, articulate and knowledgeable you were  – great job, everyone!

Private Peaceful

Key dates for your diary:

Technical & Dress rehearsal 1: Friday 4 March, 1400 – 1800

Technical & Dress rehearsal 2 + photographs with Michael Carver: Saturday 19 March, 1000 -1600

Dress rehearsal performance to Year 5 & 6 + Top Form non drama pupils: Monday 21 March, 1430 – 1600

Evening performances to parents:  Thursday & Friday 24 and 25 March, 1900 – 2030

Reminder: All of Year 7 are involved in the play but ONLY those who opted for Drama in Top Form.

The new after-school rehearsal schedule will be released after Half Term.

Mrs Hegarty


World Book Day – Thursday 3 March

WORLD BOOK DAY is just around the corner, and we cannot wait!

Not only is this a day to celebrate books and reading but it is also a chance to have fun and dress up in our favourite book characters. If you are struggling and would like some ideas, have a look at the links below for some inspiration:

We can’t wait to see your outfits!

PLEASE fill in THIS FORM to confirm whether your child can participate in our fantastic book sale, and what their maximum spend is.
Please click HERE to read the letter with full details about the book sale.
School Librarians

From the Library

Like a Charm by Elle McNicoll

Fresh on the back of Blue Peter & Waterstones award winning A Kind of Spark, Like a Charm is the first in a new duology from Elle McNicoll. 

After Ramya and her family relocate to Edinburgh, she is initially thrown by the magic that’s presented to her when she inherits a mysterious book from her beloved grandfather. It seems Edinburgh is a city filled with magical creatures, only no one can see them except Ramya Knox.

As she is pulled into her family’s world of secrets and spells, Ramya sets out to discover the truth about the Hidden Folk with only three words of warning from her grandfather: Beware the Sirens. It’s not long before she’s drawn into a secret world of magical beings and family secrets and realises that her magical powers and learning difficulties go hand in hand. Teaming up with her cousin Marley, Ramya harnesses her magic and throws herself into a perilous battle to save the city.

Head’s Commendations

Year Group Nurture Engage Inspire
Year 6 - - Florence B, Eleni G
Year 7 - Harry C -
Top Form - Louis S Ben M