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Welcome to the Junior Department (Pre-Prep Years)

The Pre-Prep, or Junior Department as we call it at Beechwood, caters for  Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, and is housed in its own purpose-built building. The colourful, well-resourced form rooms and Outdoor Classroom of the Junior Department, together with the highly-qualified, friendly and experienced teaching team, are an excellent starting point for children as they embark on the journey of learning.

Children are placed into one of our four small Reception classes, or into one of the three parallel classes in Years 1 and 2.

The majority of children join us at 4+, either from Woodlands Nursery or from one of the other local nurseries, and complete the final year of the Early Years Foundation Stage in Reception. At Beechwood, every child matters, and the Reception year is very much a carefully supported transition between a child’s earlier experiences at nursery school and the exciting world of “big school” and all that it has to offer. Teaching staff endeavour to harness and develop the natural enthusiasm of every young child and create a life-long love of learning.

The Junior Department is a fully integrated part of Beechwood. The curriculum and pastoral care are firmly aligned with those of the whole school, ensuring a common approach and allowing for an easy transition into the next stage of education.

I look forward to meeting you, and showing you what the Junior Department can offer your child.

Helen Dalkin

Deputy Head (Junior)