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.
Meet our Head Girl, Grace
As Head Girl, I feel honoured to be an ambassador of Beaconsfield High School and am extremely proud to represent such a positive and welcoming school. I truly value my time here; it has nurtured my love for learning and given me the confidence to take risks.
At the heart of our school is our passionate and creative learning community, which supports students in becoming happy, high achieving individuals. Curiosity and ambition are fostered with unique attention from spirited teachers, as we are encouraged to work collaboratively and with initiative to expand our thinking and challenge ourselves. Opportunities to experience the curriculum beyond the classroom environment abound, giving students the ability to fulfil their potential and approach the ever-changing future with confidence.
Thus, over the past six years, our school has given me the opportunity to learn the vital skills required to be a critical thinker and an independent, proactive, learner - preparing me for this role and my future beyond secondary education.
Integral to our school is an awareness of the nature of learning as an exploratory endeavour, hence why students are encouraged to approach a ‘mistake’ or ‘set-back’ as a chance to practice resilience.
Values of respect: for self, for others, for learning and for the environment, are strongly advocated, and we take pride in our community being inclusive, tolerant and welcoming of all.
I look forward to working together with students and staff alike during the coming year! My team and I will be focusing specifically on how we can support our school community by offering a ‘helping hand’.
You can meet our Deputy Head Girls, Presha and Kirsty, and the rest of our Senior Prefect team here!