Beaconsfield High School
Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
About Beaconsfield High School
Beaconsfield High School
Beaconsfield High School is a highly successful, happy and exciting girls’ selective school situated close to the centre of the beautiful, historic town of Beaconsfield in the south of the county of Buckinghamshire. In the summer of 2018 we received the ‘Exceptional Schools Award’ which only 45 schools in the country have attained. We have an outstanding academic record and one of the top state schools in the 2018 Sunday Times state secondary schools rankings. Our Sixth Form gained one of the best set of results Buckinghamshire and saw over 76% gain A*-B at A2 and this year 6 students took up Oxbridge offers. In the past three years we have commissioned and opened three brand new state of the art science laboratories, a new Astro Turf and a new Sixth Form study area. The school has undergone extensive refurbishment in other areas.
Our students are very talented in many ways and are keen to learn within their classrooms as well as outside of them. The curriculum is demanding but also broad and we believe passionately that education of the whole person is as important as the mind. There is an ethos of choice, opportunity, variety and openness and the girls expect to take up leadership opportunities at any stage in their career with us. We compete in many sports at regional and national level, have been invited to take part in the Model United Nations at European level and are incredibly proud of many other remarkable achievements that the students achieve with the help and support of a strong and dedicated staff body.
We seek to offer our students imaginative and inspirational teaching to help them achieve the very best academic results and progress of which they are capable. This is within a broadly based educational experience and a well-structured system of supportive and individualised pastoral care. The School’s most recent inspection report, from May 2007, describes Beaconsfield High School as “an outstanding school where students have keen appetites for learning, flourish and make excellent progress.” Their high standards and achievements are a credit to the staff, governors and, not least, to the students themselves who work hard and make best use of the superb academic and pastoral support they receive. This does not mean, however, that we are complacent and we seek to develop and improve opportunity for learning and teaching for both staff and students.
Caring for every individual
At Beaconsfield High School we genuinely care for the girls as individuals. Even before they join us in Year 6, we give special attention to finding out about and caring for their needs. Each girl joins a house and as we get to know them better, the sense of family grows. Tutor groups are under the care of a Head of Learning who has an overall view of the academic and social progress of the year group as a whole as well as individuals. We also run a Getting Life Ready programme that promotes wellbeing and resilience in a pressured life and highly academic environment; this also extends to the staff. We have and maintain very positive relationships with parents and carers and are lucky enough to have many parents who volunteer to support the school through our ‘Friends’ PTA and other shorter and longer term projects.
Learning and progress
Beaconsfield High School is first and foremost an academic school, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence for our students as well as our staff. The school continues to focus on the development of learning and progress and has involved both students and staff in developing its own language for learning. We are beginning to embed this during the present academic year.
Staff training is focusing on quality first teaching and the use of strategies such as ‘flipped learning’. The focus on thinking hard continues to build and create dialogue about learning through Teach Meets, Teaching and Learning Briefings and other means. A newly refurbished staff room has been created as a meeting space to help both the formal and the informal discussions take place in a pleasant and convivial setting.
The subjects studied at University by our alumnae cover the widest possible range of disciplines. Among the most popular university choices are Bristol, Bath, York, Exeter, Nottingham and Warwick.
In 2016 our school was 50 years old. The School was one of the first in the country to become a Specialist College in Technology in 1995, it was then in receipt of two further specialisms - Modern Languages and following the "outstanding" Ofsted in March 2007, we were offered a third specialism and chose to build on our established tradition of developing leaders, both staff and students, by becoming a Leadership Partner School.
Beaconsfield High School became an academy in September 2014 and subsequently gained capital funding to undertake extensive renovation works to our older buildings and improvements of our internal infrastructure.
The local area enjoys a wide range of shops and amenities and is close to some of the most attractive countryside in England. Transport links are excellent and central London can be reached by train in around 30 minutes. Junction 2 of the M40 is nearby.