Welcome to the Senior Department
As pupils progress through the School, they become leaders and role models. In their interactions with younger pupils, they demonstrate that leadership is not about the position you hold, but the way that you act.
The Senior Department at Beechwood comprises Years 6, 7 and 8 (or as we call it, Top Form) and a small team of tutors oversee pupils’ pastoral needs and academic progress. Each tutor is responsible for around 10 pupils.
The transition from the Middle Department to the Senior Department is carefully managed by the Year 6 tutor to ensure that every pupil is able to adjust to the slightly longer working day, the broader programme of activities on offer and the increase in home learning.
The tutor is the main point of contact between the family and the School. All parents will have an opportunity to meet their son or daughter’s new tutor at a special meeting for parents of pupils who are joining the Senior Department at the start of the new academic year.
In the Senior Department, all subjects are taught by subject specialists and pupils move from classroom to classroom for their lessons. Pupils are taught in sets for Latin, French, Science, History, Geography and Theology, Philosophy and Religion, in addition to Maths and English. In Year 7 and Top Form pupils are able to choose which creative, physical and technical subjects they study; they select from a range of subjects in which they can specialise which has included:
- Art Appreciation
- Art and Design
- Computer Science
- Design Technology
- Musical Theatre
- Physical Education
Meanwhile, our Future Skills course develops pupils’ core thinking, critical reasoning and learning skills in preparation for senior school admissions and scholarships.
As the children mature, the needs of boys and girls begin to differ. A key aspect of the Senior Mistress’ role is to make sure that all the children can access the support that they need when they need it. The Senior Mistress is responsible for the Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education (PSHEE) programme that is delivered by the tutors. The Senior Mistress manages a team of staff available at break and lunchtimes for children to drop in and have a private chat if they need it.
Staff at Beechwood have many years of experience preparing children for entrance and scholarship exams to senior schools and the School has an outstanding record of examination success. We are in an excellent position to advise parents on which senior school to choose for their child. The advice that the School gives puts the needs of the child first; Beechwood is completely independent and there is no expectation that a certain proportion of its pupils should go on to one school or another. A significant proportion of our pupils will go on to their next school with some form of scholarship or award. (See Destination of Leavers for more information).
Head of Senior Department