Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
About Davenies School
Davenies is a day preparatory school for boys between the ages of 4 and 13 where the boys are happy, curious, enthusiastic and kind.
Aims of the School - Our ethos and philosophy encourages the boys to make the most of their preparatory years supported by high quality pastoral care, a broad and stimulating curriculum and numerous extra-curricular opportunities. We value Sport, Drama, Music, Art and Design, and believe that by fostering a wide range of interests and passions we provide the boys with every opportunity to grow in confidence. We strive for each boy to discover and develop what he enjoys as well as cultivating his perseverance, determination and confidence to tackle the areas where he may be less adept. Enterprises such as the unique Davenies Award Scheme and the permeation of mobile computing in our teaching and learning ensure we offer a truly independent educational experience.
The Learning Experience - At Davenies, our excellent facilities support us in providing a positive learning experience with our own language of learning that nurtures each boy's understanding of how he learns. Technology, modern teaching styles and a commitment to independent learning complement our traditional values. We encourage respectful, tolerant behaviour; politeness and good manners. Davenies boys are friendly and thoughtful with their own distinct characters, personalities, interests and passions and they progress on to some of the best senior schools in the country. We seek to find the potential in each boy at Davenies, whether in Maths, French, Music or outside the classroom walls. Our extra-curricular programme is as varied as it is fun and offers innumerable opportunities for boys to be involved before, during and after school. Learning something new, honing an existing skill or enjoying some recreational time with friends – there is something for everyone. From Fencing to Photography, Lego to Ocarina, Cubs to Jazz Band, and Podcasting to French Cinema Club, our own staff offer the boys nearly 50 extra-curricular activities each term.
Safeguarding - Davenies is committed to providing the best possible care and education to its pupils and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people whilst offering a supportive and flexible working environment to all its members of staff. The School recognises that, in order to achieve these aims, it is of fundamental importance to attract, recruit and retain staff of the highest calibre who share this commitment. Child protection screening applies to all staff appointments within the school, including Enhanced DBS Certificate, Barred Lists check, and checks against the Teacher and Management Prohibition Lists.
Staff - With over 75 employees, the body of Teaching Staff and Teaching Assistants are supported by a team of office staff, a site team led by the Facilities Manager, and a dedicated School Nurse. Catering and cleaning are outsourced, with external contract staff working onsite to provide term-time services. In addition, the School hosts a range of visiting music, LAMDA and extra-curricular activity tutors. In addition to a competitive salary, staff can expect to benefit from discretionary school fee remission awards, childcare voucher provision, iPads for teaching staff, membership of group pension scheme for non-teaching staff, and complimentary tea, coffee, and school dinners.
Facilities - Centred around a Grade II Listed Farmhouse, the school comprises a mix of traditional and modern buildings, with the latest, the RIBA award-winning Jubilee Building housing the Pre-Prep and Junior School, having been completed in September 2015. With purpose-built drama, design & technology and IT amenities, amongst many other subjects, the school is renowned for its sporting facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, sports hall, astro-turf and sports pitches.
Location - Situated midway between the Old and New Towns of Beaconsfield in South Bucks, there are excellent transport links with a direct train line into London just 5 minutes’ walk from the School, and Junction 2 of the M40 just a few minutes away.