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.
Rachel Smith, Headteacher
Meet our Head Girl, Sophie
In taking on the role of Head Girl, I feel incredibly privileged to be stepping into a position which is responsible for uplifting and supporting the voices of all of the incredible students at this school. It’s an honour to be able to represent a school which I know to be such a welcoming and enthusiastic community.
Over the last five years, the school has helped to build my confidence, encouraged me to think independently and most importantly, shaped me into the person I am today. Our school community is committed to fostering an environment in which students feel able to voice their concerns, speak out about issues they are passionate about and think critically about the ideas being presented to them.
Within the classroom, students are encouraged to collaborate with their peers, challenge themselves and above all, to take risks. Intrinsic to this philosophy is the idea that a mistake is not a failure and rather, it is a chance to try again in a different way. This ethos creates a culture of resilience as well as compassion, as students are encouraged to help one another to achieve their goals.
Opportunities to advance the students’ learning outside the classroom are also readily available and the wide range of extracurricular clubs allow students to try new things and gain experiences that they perhaps hadn’t even considered beforehand.
Through our term as Prefects, my team and I hope to continue working to improve the wellbeing of the school community as well as maintaining our external links and projects within the wider community. In particular, we want to focus specifically on what we can do to help students decrease stress and enjoy these formative years of secondary school.
Above all, at Beaconsfield High School we want to create a happy, fulfilled community where students are able to develop a love for learning, form a sense of identity beyond the classroom, and leave this school feeling prepared to take on whatever the future may bring!
Sophie Davies, Head Girl
You can meet our Deputy Head Girls, Yasmin and Grace, and the rest of our Senior Prefect team here!