Belhaven Hill School
East Lothian, United Kingdom
About Belhaven Hill School
Belhaven is a happy and thriving co-educational prep school, with a unique atmosphere and ethos. It has a roll of around 125 pupils, aged between 7 and 13. Currently, the school is full, with a roll of 124 pupils (7 of whom come from families living abroad), comprising 62 girls and 62 boys. Founded in 1923 as a boys’ boarding school, it has been genuinely co-ed since 1995. Over the last ten years, while other schools in the north have closed or reduced their boarding to weekly or flexi-boarding provision, Belhaven has grown in size and strength and remains a ‘full-boarding’ school, which welcomes day pupils. Almost all the children board for the last two to three years at the school. At present, 80 of the pupils are boarders on a fortnightly cycle, where they go home every two weeks from Friday lunchtime/afternoon until Sunday evening or Monday morning.
The main school building is a handsome listed mansion, dating from 1760. Five large rooms and an additional storey were added in 1900 and there have been further extensions in recent years. Boys have their dormitories in the main building and there is a separate girls’ house across the lawn. The girls’ house has evolved since the turn of the century and is particularly warm, comfortable and welcoming. The main house has been undergoing a rolling programme of refurbishment and redecoration in recent years; enhancing dormitories and common rooms and creating a new library and computer room. A new classroom block, music school and art building have all been created since 2000. Many of the teaching staff live within the lovely grounds which extend to 20 acres, with accommodation in either the old stable block or the south lodge. There are fine playing fields, a small astroturf pitch, a sports hall, a heated outdoor swimming pool, grass tennis courts, a croquet lawn, putting green and children’s gardens within the walled garden. Between the rear of the school and the sea is a golf club, of which the senior children can become members and play rounds in the evenings and at weekends.
The school is a charitable trust run by a Board of Governors. The Head reports to the Governors and attends meetings of the full Board and its sub-committees.