At Beechwood we offer boarding for girls and boys (age 11 -19).
School House (for girls) and Loreto House (for boys) are located in separate parts of the main school building. Both boarding houses are supervised by residential, experienced house staff.
Here are some of the comments made in the Independent Schools' Inspectors' report (2014).
"The quality of boarding is excellent"
"Relationships within boarding are warm and genuine; there is a real sense of community"
"Boarders are happy, confident and articulate. They have very positive attitudes to boarding life and appreciate the opportunity for independence that it offers."
"Behaviour in the boarding area is exemplary. Boarders celebrate cultural differences and help each other".
"Boarders integrate well with day pupils. They are well prepared for life beyond school".
To view the current newsletter from boarding, please click below
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- Boarding Newsletter - Spring Term 2016
- Boarding Newsletter - Spring Half Term 2016
Pastoral care in boarding
Beechwood is a friendly school and new students quickly settle in and get to know each other, helped by Sixth Formers who act as mentors.
Experienced boarding staff undertake the care of the girls and boys, under the guidance of the Head of Boarding.
Each age-group has its own Common Room with television, music and a kitchen area, where drinks or snacks can be made.
Medical care is supplied by our own School Nurse and the School Doctor. Together they provide an excellent medical service, closely monitoring the health of all pupils.
Beechwood was originally built as a family house and today our girl boarders live comfortably, in School House, upstairs in the main school building. Boys boarding is in a separate wing called Loreto House. Younger pupils share 2/3 bedded rooms; Sixth Formers (Years 12 & 13) have single study bedrooms.
To see photos of the new boarding area go to the photogallery.
Each age-group has its own Common Room for relaxing and watching television. Sixthformers have a kitchen where they can prepare drinks and cook and eat snack meals.
What pupils say
You can read some testimonials from current and recent boarders by clicking on the links below:
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- Testimonials from Nigeria, Hong Kong and Italy
- Testimonials from Russia
- Testimonials from Hong Kong
Each evening there is a supervised study session for junior and middle division, and students can also use the library and ICT rooms at any time. Younger pupils are encouraged to develop good work habits. Wi-fi is available in the boarding area until bedtime.
Sixth Formers work in their study bedrooms or in the Sixth Form Study Centre each evening. They can use their own lap top computers or take advantage of the facilities provided.
After school and at weekends, there is a rich and varied programme of activities and outings to places of interest and for shopping.
The boarders can also socialise in their common rooms and in the school grounds, or use the school's sports, library and ICT facilities.
Junior boarders are taken on a weekly supermarket shopping trip so that they can stock up on essentials.
Middle division boarders can visit the town in groups after school on certain days if parental consent has been given, and with the approval of their housemaster or housemistress.
Sixth Formers may visit the town on any day between the end of school and supper.
There is a comprehensive programme of activities and outings for boarders at the weekends. After school (4-6pm) and at lunchtimes on weekdays there are 50 clubs to choose from, or pupils may do supervised homework.
Activities and outings for boarders:
Championship Football Match (Brighton)
Bike Riding at Bedgebury
China Town and Covent Garden Shopping
Segwaying at Leeds Castle
Theatre Trip to London
Weekly Swimming and Gym trips
Harry Potter World
The school sits in beautiful, landscaped grounds of over 20 acres which overlook open countryside. A short walk or taxi ride takes you into the centre of the town of Tunbridge Wells, where you will find coffee shops, good shopping facilities and other entertainment.
Tunbridge Wells is an historical town and destination for tourists who come to admire the impressive Pantiles and the Chalybeate Spring. You can find out more about Tunbridge Wells by clicking here