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Beechwood Sacred Heart School
12 Pembury Road, TN2 3QD, UK Tunbridge Wells
+44 (0)1892 532747

Welcome from the Headmaster

In today’s world, many institutions seem large and impersonal; by contrast, at Beechwood, we are proud of our caring family atmosphere, where every pupil is known and valued. Our friendly staff and pupils show mutual respect and consideration for each other, and pupils can be assured of the support and guidance they need.

In our small classes, teachers stimulate pupils to excel in what they are good at and build confidence in areas they find difficult, from the youngest child in the Preparatory School through to our oldest Senior School girls. Our academic record is strong: Beechwood is one of the most successful schools in the county at A-level and in value-added measurements at GCSE.

Beechwood pupils benefit from a broad curriculum which is aimed at enriching their experience beyond examination requirements.  Our website provides details of a wide range of activities and outings designed to enhance and expand our pupils' education and cultural values.

We warmly welcome you to visit us to see for yourself what we are able to offer.


About Beechwood

Beechwood Sacred Heart School is an independent GSA day and boarding school for girls aged 11 - 18, with its own integral Preparatory School for boys and girls aged 3 - 11.

The school is located in twenty three acres of landscaped grounds, close to the centre of Tunbridge Wells, less than one hour from London and within easy reach of main airports. 


Founded in 1915 by the Society of the Sacred Heart, Beechwood retains a special family quality, underpinned by standards and values derived from its Catholic tradition.


The school now welcomes pupils of all creeds, from this country and from overseas. 


Beechwood pupils enjoy a happy relaxed atmosphere. A strong partnership between family, staff and pupils encourages every child to develop and to excel at their individual talents. Small classes allow for individual pastoral care with effective, careful monitoring of academic and social progress. 


Pastoral Care
Playground pals make playtime happy

Everyone is special at Beechwood. A high adult to pupil ratio ensures that each child receives individual care, support and attention within a family atmosphere.


The older children in the Prep School are very much a part of our pastoral care. Year 6 Prefects are assigned to each class and, amongst other duties, are responsible for escorting younger children in to school after they have been dropped off in the morning.  


Year 5 children take part in a Playground Pals scheme, where they encourage younger children to play games and participate in group activities at playtimes.

In the belief that happy and confident children learn best, the Preparatory School always seeks to encourage a genuine enthusiasm for learning. Our friendly, caring environment will help to build your child’s confidence in his or her own ability so that they can realise their full potential.

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Happy days in the Nursery
In well-designed accommodation with its own secure garden, Beechnuts Nursery provides a happy, family atmosphere in which girls and boys can flourish. 
Our professionally trained staff work with small groups to ensure that the skills needed to reach the Early Learning Goals are developed effectively. The children enjoy the wide range of toys and other activities provided, both inside and outdoors. 
The Nursery opens from 8.30am until 3.30pm, with after-school care available until 6pm if required. A healthy lunch and snacks are provided.

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Reception is the bridge between the Nursery and Key Stage 1.  The children are taught in a similar way to those in the Nursery, following the Foundation Stage curriculum and its six areas of learning.
By attending assemblies, and having playtime and lunch with Key Stage 1 children, the Reception children are gradually integrated more into the Prep school. 
They are also included in the extra curricular activities that take place throughout the year, so that they become very familiar with all the routines of Key Stage 1 and get to know the staff who will teach them.

Creepy Crawlies

Creepy Crawlies were the order of the day when Zoolab visited the Nursery and Reception class. 

The children learnt about animals that hibernate and life cycles. 

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Key Stage 1

In Key Stage 1 the children are taught by their form teachers most of the time, and they build a close relationship with them. They have specialist teachers for subjects such as PE, Music, French and RE.

At Beechwood, we follow the National Curriculum, with the addition of extra subjects such as Swimming, Cooking and French. 

We also enhance the curriculum in many ways: we celebrated World Book day by dressing up as book characters, a local children’s author read and talked to the children, and a visit to Godstone Farm proved to be an exciting way to bring to life the topics we had learnt about in Science.

Preparatory Environmental Day

On Friday 16 March, the Prep school were blessed as the sun shone all day, allowing all the children to be outside exploring the wonderful grounds of Beechwood.

This special day was organised to celebrate ‘National Science Week’ by a team of ladies from The Kent Wildlife Trust and Mrs Dooley. 

Throughout the day the children had opportunities to take part in scientific activities, such as pond dipping, classification of trees, leaves and mini-beasts

Key Stage 2

War Time Diet for Year 6

Year 6 have been experimenting with recipes and food which would have been eaten during the Second World War. 

Lots of tasting and trying took place after pupils had been busy cooking various dishes at home. 

We sampled corned beef and onion pie, oat and syrup biscuits, stoneground bread, flapjack, carrot cookies and scones.  Well done and thank you to all our young chefs who brought flavour into our History lessons.

Magical Midsummer Mayhem in the Woods

On Monday Year 6 and Year 7 went to see a hit musical theatre adaptation of a Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Assembly Hall. 
Year 6 all enjoyed the performance and were particularly impressed by Puck who was really funny, especially when he made fun of his master.  The last part of the play was hilarious with the audience shrieking with laughter. 

 Trip to Hampton Court

The court of Henry VIII came to life when the Year 4 children visited Hampton Court on 31
January.  It was decided that it was better to avoid the plot and intrigue of court life and keep your head on!  It was a most interesting visit and one the children will remember.

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Music is a popular part of the curriculum, led by a specialist teacher.

In addition, many pupils take extra-curricular instrumental lessons and join in activities such as choir, string ensemble, ocarina club and rock group.


Boys and girls take part in a wide variety of sports in lessons and clubs at lunchtime and after school, perhaps competing in a House or School team.

Swimming is taught from Reception and our outdoor pool is popular in the Summer Term. Plans are underway to make this an indoor facility in the future.

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Extra-curricular activities

An after-school programme, from 4pm to 6pm every day, includes many activities such as athletics, drama, crafts, modelmaking and gardening. Private lessons are available in judo, tennis and ballet.

Chess has proved popular at all ages.

Check mate champion







Life in the Senior school

At Beechwood we educate in a happy relaxed atmosphere, with values based on traditional Christian principles. 

Our small classes keep everyone involved, and individual attention ensures that each pupil achieves to the best of their abilities.   

On these pages you will find a flavour of the activities of the different subject departments and some information about the pastoral structure and curriculum. More detailed information is in the Parents' Handbook which you can view by clicking the link.

Pastoral Care

Beechwood is a caring and supportive school. We believe that pupils who are happy will have the confidence to fulfil their potential, making the most of every day's opportunities.

At Beechwood, each individual is important and our pastoral structure is there to make sure that all our pupils thrive in the happy, family atmosphere that we are so fortunate to enjoy. 

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Taking a closer look in Biology
A broad curriculum is followed throughout Years 7, 8 and 9 with a wide range of choice of subjects at GCSE and A-level.

The core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science always receive due emphasis, as we aim to provide a balance that can stimulate the talents of every pupil. Religious Education, Physical Education and Personal, Social and Health Education are also compulsory subjects for all Year groups. 

The Performing Arts of Music, Drama and Dance are an important part of life at Beechwood. More than half the pupils have extra lessons in instrumental Music and opportunities to perform are wide and varied. Pupils of all ages and abilities are encouraged to take part in a variety of dramatic activities and Theatre Studies is a popular and successful choice for many girls both at GCSE and A-level.

Languages also have a dominant place in the curriculum, with French, Spanish and German available at GCSE, AS- and A-level.

Information & Communications Technology is timetabled as part of the curriculum up to Year 9 and techniques acquired in lessons are quickly used as tools for projects and coursework in all subjects. Our recently installed whole-school wireless network provides Internet access in all classrooms, further enhancing teaching and learning. ICT is available as a full-course or short-course option at GCSE and at AS- and A-level.
In Year 10 and 11, girls normally study the core subjects of English (Language and Literature) and Mathematics together with four optional subjects. All girls study Biology, Chemistry and Physics, leading to Science and Additional Science GCSEs, or they may take three GCSEs in the separate Sciences.

Religious Education
Modern Languages
Food Technology
English as a Second Language
Personal, Social and Health Education
Parents' Handbook


Letter from a Sixth Former

At Beechwood, Sixth Formers enjoy a feeling of independence whilst still appreciating the support and encouragement of staff and fellow students.

A letter from a Sixth Former about life at Beechwood

"Dear Prospective Sixth Former,

Even though I had been at Beechwood since I was very small, I found that coming into the Sixth Form was like entering a new world. 

Everything seemed friendly and familiar and yet there was something refreshingly different, as our relationships with teachers and the whole approach to study suddenly became much more grown up."

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Breaking the ice
The headmaster, Mr Beesley, is the chef for the beginning of term barbecue, which is followed by games to break the ice.
The Prefects' Course and a Team Building Day enable new Sixth Formers to get to know each other at the start of the year.
To see more pictures from the start of the year

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Academic matters

The Sixth Form is an important part of the school, in which we prepare our students for life at university and beyond. Our first priority is to provide the support and good teaching that they need to excel in their A-level subjects.
Small classes and an excellent rapport between teachers and students ensure that each student achieves her aims. Our record of A-level results is remarkable with many girls surpassing their expectations, and almost all students gaining places in higher education at universities, including Oxbridge.  You can view our A-level results on the examination results page.

To find out about our A-level courses:

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A-level booklet
You can view the most recent A-level booklet, which includes details of all A-level subjects and other aspects of the Sixth Form, by clicking the link.

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Personal Development

A School Council Meeting chaired by the Head Girl
We treat our Sixth Formers as young women, giving them certain privileges and opportunities for greater independence.

They respond by being excellent role models for the school and we rely on them for the smooth running of the school day, as well as on important school occasions.

We believe that being a Sixth Former at Beechwood prepares our students well for the lives that they will lead in the world outside school. 

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Enrichment Programme

Current Affairs lessons, the Beechwood Cookery Skills Course, a varied Fitness Programme and a look at religions and ethical issues around the world are just some of the ways in which we give a broader education to our Sixth Formers.
We invite speakers to run workshops on a variety of topics, such as "First Impressions" (image and style), "On Trial" (the work of magistrates), and Table Etiquette. 

We also organise a range of cultural and social events.

The National Gallery tour was followed by a Sixties film at the National Film Theatre
Sixth Formers let their hair down at the annual May Ball.

We attend social functions at other schools and invite them back to our own Sixth Form May Ball, an annual formal Ball which is always eagerly anticipated by everyone.

Fitness Programme
Common Room
Careers Advice
Destinations of leavers


Boarding Life

Beechwood is a home from home for boarders.

Beechwood is truly a home from home for boarders.

An elegant Victorian house, built as a family home: it retains a special atmosphere and gives everyone a very real sense of belonging.

Beautiful landscaped grounds of twenty three acres overlook open countryside, yet Beechwood is within walking distance of the centre of the town of Tunbridge Wells, with its extensive entertainment and shopping facilities. 


To find out more about the life of boarders at Beechwood
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What pupils say
Boarding Information Booklet

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