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High March School
23 Ledborough Lane, HP9 2PZ, UK Beaconsfield
+44 (0)1494 675186

High March School
Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire


  Sue Clifford
  Sue Clifford

Welcome to the High March School web site. As you browse through the site I am sure that you will find that High March is a school where, to quote the school song, 'kindness and friendship is the rule.' Since the foundation of the school by Miss Warr and Miss Perkins in 1926 and its subsequent purchase by Mr and Mrs Anderson in 1948, the school has engendered a warm and happy atmosphere where the children thrive and blossom into confident, articulate young people. A family school in every sense, High March fosters a love of learning together with attitudes of consideration and respect for each individual member of the school community.

High March is privileged to have a talented and dedicated team of teachers who achieve high academic standards across a wide curriculum. The "whole child" is educated with music, art, drama and sport each receiving full value in the life of the school. High March is a school where the children are cared for and valued for their individuality, and where their strengths are encouraged and their weaker areas are supported.

As Headmistress of High March I seek to work, with our Governors and our school management team, to maintain all that is best in our traditions and our reputation for strong academic results, while continually moving forward to upgrade the facilities and technology that the school is able to offer and to keep abreast of current educational developments. Recent additions to the school include a new music block and a fully networked suite of computers.

A web site can only give you a snapshot of life at High March and there is no better way to get to know our school than to visit and see for yourself. I am always pleased to meet prospective pupils and parents, and to give you a tour of the school. Please do contact us to make an appointment and I shall look forward to welcoming you to High March.

Sue Clifford
Sue Clifford


An Invitation
This page gives a brief glimpse of life at High March. However, as it cannot cover all the questions you might have, the Headmistress is always delighted to meet prospective parents and to arrange for them to be shown round the School. Please click here if you would like us to post you a prospectus or to telephone you, or else telephone the Admissions Secretary on 01494 685743.

Our Situation
The School was founded in 1926 and is situated in Ledborough Lane, Beaconsfield, adjoining Penn Road, and on the edge of woods and open country, in three attractive houses with purpose-built classrooms. There are about four acres of grounds, comprising a tennis and netball court, an all-weather playing area, lawns and flower gardens. Excellent playing fields and swimming pools are within easy reach and are used on a regular basis.

Since its foundation, the School has expanded steadily and now includes a large well-equipped Gymnasium, a Science laboratory, a dedicated Art and Technology suite, a suite of Music rooms, an ICT room and specially equipped play areas.

The School is within five minutes walk of Beaconsfield Station. Travel time to Marylebone (Bakerloo Line) via the Chiltern Line is 25 - 30 minutes. The School is five minutes' drive from Junction 2 (A355) of the M40. A location plan can be found on the inside back cover of the prospectus.

Our Aim
A Preparatory School for girls aged 3 to 12 and boys aged 3 to 4 years High March is a Preparatory School for girls aged from 3 to 12 and for boys aged from 3 to 4 years. The aim of the School is to provide a happy environment and the means for full development for each child under its care, and to establish a sound basis of knowledge on which further educational experience may be built. Great attention is paid to all details affecting the progress and happiness of each child.

The Structure of the School The school is divided into two sections with children aged between 3 and 7 located in Junior House and children aged between 7 and 11 forming the Upper School. There are two classes in each year group.

Nursery and Reception
High March Nursery and Reception Work in all Junior classes is on Froebel lines and is based on the well-proven educational axiom 'no impression without expression'. Fully trained and experienced teachers are in charge of these classes, assisted by helpers, some of whom are NNEB trained.

There is a specialist Head of the Junior House, who recently won the accolade of runner-up in the Lloyds Excellence in Teaching Awards 2000 for her leadership skills.

The Nursery is for young children from three years of age. It is provided with specially designed nursery toys, occupational equipment and playing areas. The Nursery classes have their own outdoor play area in a garden that is well equipped with special play apparatus. Children are accepted by arrangement on a part-time basis until they gain in maturity and can attend full-time.

Boys are prepared with success for entry to well-known day preparatory schools at 4 years. They are given a good grounding in the development of the early learning goals.

Years 1 and 2
High March Year 1 These classes are primarily in 'Carngray' with their own classrooms, cloakrooms, garden and play area.

Year 3
Year 3 is located in 'Acacia', a bright and modern building, adjacent to the main building of Upper School. The form mistresses are responsible for the teaching of most subjects. RE., French, Music, ICT, Art and Drama are in the hands of specialists. Art and Design Technology and Music are both studied in the newly built suites.

Years 4 - 6
High March Year 4 During these years the teaching of the various subjects comes increasingly into the hands of specialists. The syllabus is closely linked to the requirements of the Common Entrance Examination and to those of the National Curriculum, as well as entry into the County High Schools.

Senior School Entrance
The pupils are prepared for the Common Entrance Examination to the Senior Independent Schools. For many years, all who have taken the Common Entrance Examinations and Individual School Entrance Examinations have been successful. In addition many open Scholarships have been awarded. Excellent results are also achieved in the County Selection Tests. Normally, approximately 80% achieve places in the local High Schools. Senior Schools that have accepted High March pupils.

The Headmistress is pleased to advise on the possibility of Scholarship entrance to Senior Independent Schools.

The Headmistress is supported by a Senior Management Team that is comprised in Junior House of the Head of Junior House and her Assistant, who is also the co-ordinator and SENCO for the Foundation Stage. Members of the Senior Management Team in Upper School are the Deputy Head, the Curriculum Co-ordinator, the Director of Studies, the Director of Music and Activities and the Director of Communications. All of the staff at the school are well qualified and experienced teachers, who have proved their ability and dedication in their service to the School.

The calibre of the staff, combined with small classes, ensures a high standard of academic work, as well as careful and thoughtful supervision of the children at all times. Many of the staff are specialists and the teaching combines traditional and modern methods.

The following subjects form part of the curriculum:

Optional music lessons at High March Optional lessons include Piano, Recorder, Guitar, Flute, Clarinet, Violin and other orchestral instruments as required, Dancing, Ballet, Tap, and Speech and Drama.

Religious teaching is non-denominational but is based on the tenets of the Church of England. Assembly begins each morning with prayers.

Qualified help is available for children with dyslexic tendencies and specific learning difficulties.

The timetable is arranged so as to ensure that exercise and recreation are enjoyed by the children each morning and afternoon. When weather permits, classes are sometimes held out-of-doors.

School Hours



9.00 am to 12 noon

Reception & Year 1


9.00 am to 3.30 pm

Year 2 to Year 6


8.40 am to 3.40 pm

Reports are sent to parents at the end of the Summer Term. Regular Parents' Meetings are also held in the Autumn and Spring terms and a Parent Representative attends Governors' Meetings whereby close contact is maintained between school and home.


The documents listed below are available to download in Microsoft Word 'doc' format or, where indicated, in Adobe Acrobat Reader 'pdf' format. After you have viewed or printed a document please click your browser's 'Back' button to return to this page.

Autumn Term 2007 Calendar

Future term and holiday dates

Beginning of Term Newsletter September 2007

End of Term Newsletter July 2007

Half Term Newsletter May 2007

Small Ads

Homework timetables

Upper School Parents' Handbook

Junior House Parents' Handbook

Ofsted inspection report of the Nursery (pdf file 270kb)

Uniform list

Leave of Absence application

DCHS Instrument Sales List

Lunch menus

Click here to download the lunch menus (pdf file 86kb).

The menus run on a four week cycle, commencing

5 September - week 1
10 September - week 2
17 September - week 3
24 September - week 4
1 October - week 1
8 October - week 2
15 October - week 3
22 October - half term
29 October - week 4
5 November - week 1
12 November - week 2
19 November - week 3
26 November - week 4
3 December - week 1
10 December - week 2

Bulletin Board
Click here for current notices and news. If you would like a notice posted please email it to Mrs Halford at

Note: If you are using a recent version of Microsoft Internet Explorer you should find that clicking on a link will download the document and then automatically open it in Microsoft Word ready for you to print or read on-screen. If this does not happen with your browser then click your right-hand mouse button and select 'Save Target As...' from the drop-down menu that appears. Next choose a location to save the file after it has downloaded. When you see the 'Download Complete' message click on the 'Open' button.


Form Pages
Click on the form links to see girls' work:
4B Page
4M Page
5K Page

Year 6 visit to St Omer May 2007
Click here for accounts and photos of the Year 6 visit to France.

High March Netball
Read the girls' reports of netball matches:
Reports 2006/2007

High March Swimming
See reports of swimming matches
Heatherton House

Art Gallery
Work by girls in Years 4, 5 and 6.

Resources for Pupils
Here are documents that can be downloaded and printed. Click here to see a list of what's currently available.

Poetry Page
Poems by Year 5 pupils on objects observed through a magnifying glass can be seen on the Poetry Page.


The High March Social Group exists to arrange social events for parents of High March children to meet informally and get to know each other, social events for the children and also seeks to raise funds for the school and for the school’s charities. It is made up of volunteers from amongst parents and is supported by the activities of the Form Parents throughout the school. Members of the Social Group generally serve for 2 years on the group with around half the group members standing down every year. The Group always welcomes more parents getting involved – please contact one of the current Social Group members listed below.

Please click here for the list of Social Group members and their e-mail addresses.

Form Parents

Each form has one or two Form Parents who may be asked to help in a number of areas, such as supporting new families as they join the school and arranging parents to join the form for a school trip and supporting the school in welcoming new families as they join High March. Form parents also generally arrange one or two social events during the term for the parents in their class to get to know each other and build networks.

The Social Group works very closely with Form parents to ensure that all parents are aware of its social and fund raising activities and also to ensure that all good ideas for socialising and fund raising can be brought to a central point for consideration.

Social Group Events

For the Social Group list of events please click the link below
Social Group Events

Social Group Report 2005-6

Click the link below for the Social Group report on the
year 2005-6
Report 2005-6

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