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. We have an outstanding academic record and were placed 35th in the country in the 2016 Telegraph school league tables. Our Sixth Form is also very successful with over 75% of students gaining A*-B at A2 and this year 6 students took up Oxbridge offers. This year we have commissioned and opened three brand new state of the art science laboratories. 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 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 SMILE and STRIVE 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.
Teaching and learning
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 teaching 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 use of higher order thinking skills and continues to build on creating a dialogue about teaching and 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.
At A level in 2016 AS result saw 81.6% of students gaining an A–B grade (there are no A* at AS Level) and at A2, almost 46* of grades were A* or A, with 75% of all grades A*–B. All of our teachers are subject specialists and teaching classrooms are well equipped. Our sixth form building, completed in 2010, provides outstanding specialist accommodation for A Level teaching and learning.
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.