Welcome

Welcome to the boarding pages of the Beechwood website. We offer boarding for girls and boys of age 11 -19. Girls' boarding is in the main school building in School House. From September 2014 boys will occupy newly designed accommodation in a separate wing known as Loreto House. Both boarding houses are supervised by residential, experienced house staff.

 



Boarding Newsletter

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Boarding Inspection Report




Pastoral care in boarding

Beechwood is a friendly school and new girls quickly settle in and get to know each other, helped by Sixth Formers who act as "big sisters".

Experienced boarding staff undertake the care of the girls, under the guidance of the Head of Boarding.

 

 

Common Rooms

Each age-group has its own Common Room with television, music and a kitchen area, where drinks or snacks can be made.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medical care
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.



Accommodation

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 two bedded rooms, older pupils have single rooms and 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:




Studying

Each evening there is a supervised study session for junior and middle division, and girls 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 in the ICT suite.



Free Time

After school and at weekends, there is a rich and varied programme of activities and outings to places of interest and for shopping.

The girls 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. There is also a School Fair Trade Tuck Shop which opens daily during the week. 

Middle division boarders can visit the town in groups after school on certain days, with the approval of their housemistress.

Sixth Formers may visit the town on any day between the end of school and supper.

ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME
There is a comprehensive programme of activities and outings for boarders at the weekends, in addition to after school clubs which are organised from 4 - 6pm every weekday.



Location

Boarders at Beechwood live in the main school building, an elegant Victorian house built in 1855. The house was originally built as a home and still feels like a home for our boarders whose rooms are on the top floors.

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