Our Vision & Values
Studying at Beaconsfield High School unlocks a child’s future, providing the skills and aptitude to enable them to thrive in the competitive worlds of higher education and work.
Our curriculum intent is to support a happy, high achieving learning community enriched by the opportunity to discover talents and passions. We plan and build our curriculum so that academic knowledge, enrichment and life skills match the high aspirations of our learners and allow them to make the strongest progress over time. This will prepare them to be the best they can be in school, as citizens in their community and in their future.
We understand the pressures of studying in a high achieving learning environment. The reason ‘happy’ is one of the first words in our Vision is because we try our hardest to help students and staff with strategies that allow them to understand why they feel so pressured and in doing so, find the skills to manage this pressure.
The school has been delivering a highly successful academic culture for more than 50 years, and is now recognised as an Exceptional School. Students are challenged by remarkable teaching standards and benefit from the attention and respect of highly proficient, dedicated and conscientious staff. Leadership, respect, humility and morality, creativity and physical activity are just some of the additional life skills and behaviours that are taught on a daily basis.
Meet our Headteacher
Our community is vibrant, friendly and dynamic and we are proud of the open and supportive relationships between our staff and the students.
Having achieved the Exceptional Schools Award, Governor Mark and yet again some of the highest examination results in the county, we continue to develop our academic culture and the ethos of independence, resilience and confidence.
Over the next three years we will support our community's success with the Getting Life Ready programme as we recognise that mental health, wellbeing and personal confidence are key for our students' lives now and in their futures. I believe this will continue to provide an immediate advantage in the competitive worlds of higher education, degree-level apprenticeships and the workplace.
Beaconsfield High School students thrive in our environment; creatively, individually and academically and my staff reinforce the value of leadership, respect and independence. The Exceptional Schools Best Practice Network recently stated, "BHS states they aim to have 'talented students and develop them into rounded, successful and remarkable young adults in a modern, diverse, inclusive and dynamic school, a centre of excellence in and out of the classroom, and a happy community' and this was reflected in everything we saw on the audit day."
Despite being a grammar school, we are not an exam factory. Creativity is not squeezed out in the push for the traditional view of academic success and our music, drama and art departments are thriving. You can read more about our approach to the arts in my article for the Chartered College of Teaching.
We are rightfully proud of the supportive and caring pastoral system that complements the wealth of learning and extra-curricular activities provided by the dedicated staff. Our common goal is to help our students grow and develop into successful young adults, with a pride in their school, and in themselves.
I invite you to visit our school, where you will see and feel what makes us remarkable.
Hear from the Head Girl
When looking back at my time at Beaconsfield High School, I can’t help but feel a sense of warmth and gratitude towards this happy, inclusive community that strives to shape us into the best versions of ourselves, equipping us with the tools necessary to pursue our future ambitions in a modern world of ever-increasing change.
The rigorous academic curriculum, which focuses on the step from knowledge to inquiry, fosters creative, effective and truly innovative thinking that gives a sense of purpose to our learning; extending our education beyond the walls of the classrooms, so that we as students understand why what we learn matters.
Passionate and enthusiastic teachers are dedicated to creating a supportive and collaborative learning environment, in which we are encouraged to view mistakes as opportunities for growth and development. Individualised approaches to teaching, as well as the willingness of staff to use their free time to help us, ensures that we all receive a unique educational experience tailored to our specific needs. Their love of learning inspires us to aim higher, work harder and achieve more, fulfilling both our personal and academic potential.
From sports tournaments and drama productions, to music concerts and debating conferences; this school harnesses the broader dimensions of learning, allowing us to explore and diversify our interests and unlock passions we were unaware we had. Engaging in a wide range of volunteering opportunities and charity endeavours has enabled us to broaden our perspectives of the world. Throughout the school, values of tolerance and respect are championed, and cultural and religious diversity are welcomed and celebrated.
Underpinning all this is the Getting Life Ready program, which aims to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and skills to real-life situations, and has been crucial in establishing that all-important link between taking risks, curiosity and the power to make substantial changes upon leaving the school as confident, determined and driven young adults.
Here at Beaconsfield High School we are encouraged, not only to think of ourselves as students, but as active citizens of a global community. Over the next year, as Head Girl, I look forward to working with staff and students alike to further enhance the school’s wider impact and to use our education to visibly improve the lives of others. To be a representative, an ambassador of such a positive and nurturing school is an absolute honour.