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Davenies School
Station Road, HP9 1AA, UK Beaconsfield
+44 (0)1494 685400


Davenies is an extremely busy and purposeful school. We are very proud of what we offer and the way we educate the boys. They benefit from a broad range of experiences, a staff that is dedicated and enthusiastic and an attractive site which offers exceptional facilities.

If you would like to order a prospectus and find out more about the school, please click here.

Should you wish to visit Davenies, we would be delighted to show you around. Please contact the School Office for an appointment.

From the Headmaster

Mr C Watson (email)

Our principal aim at Davenies is to encourage the pursuit of excellence and the development of the whole person in a caring, supportive environment.

We do this by adopting a thorough, expansive and imaginative approach to all aspects of school life We seek to instil in the boys a sense of curiosity and confidence so that they can drive their own learning and make the most of their ability, wherever it lies.

At Davenies we place particular emphasis on developing caring children who do not merely put themselves first, but who know how to behave appropriately and considerately. Ultimately, we recognise that we are not only preparing the boys for successful entry to senior schools, but also for life outside and beyond school.

Education should be exciting and Davenies is an exciting school. The boys find success in many areas, both on the sports field and within the classroom. The facilities are excellent, the class sizes small and the site attractive. However, just as we endeavour to help each boy progress and to make the most of the opportunities available, as a school we are constantly looking for areas where we can continue to build upon the excellent education we offer.



Central to the School Development Plan are the agreed aims for the pupils at Davenies.

School Statement of Purpose

Davenies aims to encourage the pursuit of excellence and high achievement, and the development of the whole person in a caring, supportive environment.

Aims for Pupils

Davenies aims to encourage the pursuit of excellence and high achievement, and the development of the whole person in a caring, supportive environment by working with children to:

  • achieve high standards in all areas of the curriculum according to individual ability
  • develop enquiring minds, thinking skills and a spirit of creativity
  • become highly-motivated independent learners
  • be accomplished in the skills of communication
  • be able to work independently and collaboratively
  • gain advanced technological skills
  • develop a set of moral values, putting the needs of others before themselves
  • seek to extend themselves in body, mind and spirit
  • be happy, self-reliant, confident and well-mannered
  • have pride in their achievements, personal appearance and behaviour
  • have high self-esteem, respecting themselves, others and the environment

Aims for the School

At Davenies, we believe that each child will succeed through experiencing quality in:

  • a broad, exciting and challenging curriculum
  • a secure, happy, safe and caring environment
  • a place where moral values are actively promoted
  • a community where each member is valued
  • an atmosphere of support, challenge and encouragement
  • innovative teaching and an investigative approach to learning
  • positive learning partnerships between school and home
  • an enriching programme of extra-curricular activities and visits
  • a stimulating and attractive learning environment
  • a rich, varied and up to date range of learning resources


Admissions Procedure

Entry points: Entry to the school is at the discretion of the Headmaster and subject to availability of places. These procedures apply at the two main points of entry: Reception (4+) and Year 7 (11+), and also to candidates for occasional vacancies in any other year group.


On initial enquiry parents are sent a prospectus and covering letter inviting them to meet the Headmaster and Head of Pre- Prep (if appropriate) and also have a tour of the school. Entry into Reception is always over-subscribed and so it is important that registration formalities are completed at the earliest opportunity.                  
Prospective parents also receive a Registration Form with their prospectus information which should be completed and returned with a non-refundable £50 registration fee. This is acknowledged and the place (or Waiting List place) is provisionally confirmed in writing.
Twelve months prior to joining Reception (usually less for other years) prospective entrants are requested to pay a fee deposit of £500 (which will be refunded on the final leaver’s fee account) upon receipt of which their places are confirmed as guaranteed, subject to satisfactory completion of assessment procedures set out below.
In the event of a place not being available for the prospective pupil’s name is carried forward on the waiting lists until such time as he can be accommodated, or his name is withdrawn.

: procedures for entry into different year groups are as follows:

entrants to Reception are not formally assessed, but the Head of Pre- Prep will visit the prospective pupils at their playgroups/ nurseries to be informed about their suitability for the Davenies environment. If as a result of discussing a pupil with the nursery and seeing him in situ there are any concerns then the Head of Pre- Prep will discuss these concerns with the parents.
For all entrants above Reception level reports from the previous school will be obtained.

Years 1 and 2:
entrants to Pre- Prep after Reception will be invited to spend a day with their prospective classmates where they will meet the Head of Pre- Prep and be asked to do some reading, writing and Maths.

Year 3 to Year 6:
entrants to the school in Year 3 and above will sit short papers in English and Maths. These papers are to inform the school as to whether or not the prospective pupil can work within the parameters of a class at Davenies and where he would later be placed in sets. Applicants will also be invited to spend a day with their prospective classmates.

Year 7 entry and Scholarship:
at the end of Year 6 some pupils will leave to take up places at local Grammar schools and so there are usually vacancies for Year 7 entry. The assessment procedure is as above. The school expects entrants to Year 7 to continue into Year 8 and sit Common Entrance, Scholarship or separate Entrance exams set by senior schools.

Familiarisation and events:
Pre- Prep entrants are given the opportunity of attending various events during the Lent and Summer terms to meet staff and other new pupils and parents. These will include an Open Morning, an Induction Morning and the Pre- prep sports day.


Main Uniform

Items marked* are only available in 'The School Shop':
17 The Highway, Station Road, Beaconsfield.
Telephone (01494) 677710

Davenies also runs a second hand uniform store for items of Davenies school uniform which are in good, saleable condition. It is located in the School House and open several times a term, usually on a Monday afternoon from 3pm to 4.45pm.

The uniform store will be open on the following dates in 2007 between 3 and 4.45pm: Monday 30 April, Monday 14 May, Monday 4 June, Monday 18 June, and Monday 2 July It will also be open on the morning of Tuesday 3 July, the induction day for new boys joining Davenies.


From Year 3

*Waterproof jacket - navy with woven crest
Shorts - long, mid-grey (Pre-Prep throughout the year. Years 3 & 4 in the summer term)
Trousers - long, mid-grey (Optional for Years 3 & 4 in autumn and spring terms)
Shirt - white, long sleeved
*Tie - navy with bee emblem
*Pullover - navy with school colours in V
*Socks - long navy with school colours in turnover
Shoes - black
*Overall for Science, Art and DT- navy, cotton
*School bag - navy with school crest

Optional items
*Scarf - navy blue with woven logo
*Senior scarf- college wrap in school colours (Years 7and 8)
Duffle coat - navy
Fleece - navy, half zip

Summer term only

Shirt - white, short sleeved
Socks - short, mid-grey
*Pullover - sleeveless with colours in V (optional)

From Year 5

Trousers - long, mid grey

From Year 7

*Blazer - to be worn all day
*Senior tie - Davenies crest

*Pullover - navy, long-sleeved or sleeveless, with school colours in V (optional)
*Senior scarf - wool college wrap, in school colours (optional)

Pre-Prep Uniform

Items marked * are only available in 'The School Shop', 17 The Highway, Station Road, Beaconsfield. Telephone (01494) 677710.


*Waterproof jacket - navy with woven crest
Shorts - long, mid-grey
*Polo shirt - white with woven bee
*Pullover - navy with school colours in V
*Socks - long, navy with school colours in turnover
Outdoor shoes - black Velcro
*Book Bag - navy with school logo

*Scarf - navy blue with woven logo (optional)
Gloves - navy (optional)
Duffel coat - navy (optional)

Summer Term only

Socks -short, mid-grey
*Sleeveless pullover (optional)


Reception and Year 1

Items required every term

* Tracksuit - navy, hooded with woven crest
Trainers - Velcro (if possible not the flashing variety, please)
Plimsolls - black, elasticated
Painting overall - blue, Velcro fastened with elasticated cuffs
*Blue drawstring kit bag

Summer Term only

*White polo shirt (with woven bee) [Polo shirt the same as that worn as a main uniform item]
White shorts
White ankle socks
*Davenies navy/gold swimming trunks
*Navy swimming towel, with woven name
Waterproof navy drawstring bag for swimming kit

*Sun hat - with woven crest (optional)


Year 2

Items required every term

* Tracksuit - navy, hooded with woven crest
Trainers - Velcro (if possible not the flashing variety, please)
Plimsolls - black, elasticated
*Blue drawstring kit bag
Painting overall - blue, Velcro fastened with elasticated cuffs
*White polo shirt (with woven bee) [This shirt will also be used for PE lessons]
White shorts
White ankle socks

Autumn and Spring Terms only

*Navy/gold reversible football shirt
Gold football socks
Navy shorts
Football boots

Summer Term only

*Davenies navy/gold swimming trunks
*Navy swimming towel, with woven name
Waterproof navy drawstring bag for swimming kit

Sun hat - with woven crest (optional)

Sports Kit


Items marked* are only available in 'The School Shop', 17 The Highway, Station Road, Beaconsfield. Telephone (01494) 677710

Items required every term

*White polo shirt with team colours in collar and arm flash (with woven crest)
White shorts
White ankle socks
White trainers
*Davenies navy/gold swimming trunks [For use under rugby/football kit when not used for swimming]
*Navy towel (with woven name)
*Blue drawstring kit bag
Waterproof bag for wet kit/swimming trunks

Autumn and Spring terms only

*Navy training top (with woven crest)
*Navy tracksuit trousers (with woven crest)
*Navy/gold reversible football shirt
Navy shorts
Gold socks
Black football boots

Summer term only

*White cricket jumper with Davenies colours (optional in Year 3)

White cricket sun hat - optional
White cricket boots - optional

Members of 1st XI, Colts A, and Under 10A cricket teams will be expected to wear long white cricket trousers.


Please sew the extra large name tapes onto the outside of the sports uniform as detailed below:

Navy/gold reversible football shirt:
On left breast on gold side of shirt and right breast on reverse, navy side (i.e. the name tapes are back to back)

Navy shorts:
Along bottom seam of left leg

Navy training top:
Above Davenies crest on left breast

Navy tracksuit bottoms:
Above Davenies crest on left leg

Gold football socks:
On outside of each turnover

New Davenies tracksuit top (optional item of sports kit):
Above Davenies crest on left breast

White polo shirt with team colours:
Above Davenies crest on left breast

White PE shorts:
Along bottom seam of left leg

Swimming trunks:
Beneath waist band on left side of trunks



Head of Pre-Prep: Mrs J Rush (email)

Boys join us in the Davenies Pre-Prep in the academic year in which they turn five. This very important part of the school consists of two parallel classes of twenty in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. All our classes consist of mixed ability pupils, with the average age in each of the year group classes being roughly the same. We are fortunate in having generous levels of staffing; boys are taught by form teachers, who are all supported by teaching assistants. Academic progress is carefully monitored and, where necessary, boys are given extra individual tuition.

In the Pre-Prep, we believe firmly in the importance of building solid foundations for a child's future education, by ensuring that sound habits of learning are developed when they are young. Structured class teaching and creative play are important aspects of the learning process in the early years, together with the personal and social development of each boy. As the children develop, increasing emphasis is placed on the more formal elements of literacy and numeracy, as well as the all-round development of each individual. Art, Music Sport and Drama are also an integral part of the curriculum in the Pre-Prep. In a warm, friendly, cheerful environment, the boys' confidence is nurtured and achievements, however small, are recognised and rewarded.

The Davenies site is spacious and secure; a separate, wooded play area incorporating two large climbing frames, a basketball net and two 'springers' enable young boys to develop their fine motor skills, while enjoying the company of their peers at playtime.

Curriculum Notes

Year 3 Autumn Term
Year 3 Lent Term
Year 3 Summer Term
Year 4 Autumn Term
Year 4 Lent Term
Year 4 Summer Term
Year 5 Autumn Term
Year 5 Lent Term
Year 5 Summer Term

Year 6 Autumn Term
Year 6 Lent Term
Year 6 Summer Term

Year 7 Autumn Term
Year 7 Lent Term
Year 7 Summer Term
Year 8 Autumn Term
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