Welcome from the Headmaster of Beechwood, Mr Aaron Lennon

Beechwood is a co-educational independent school for boys and girls aged 3 - 18, which comprises a Nursery School, Preparatory School and Senior School. Founded by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart in 1915, Beechwood retains its Catholic tradition, but today welcomes pupils of all faiths.

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 pupils.

 "I am extremely proud to have been appointed as Head of Beechwood Sacred Heart School. Beechwood is known for its genuine family atmosphere and tangible sense of community, where every pupil is known, supported and encouraged. I believe that young people learn effectively only when they feel happy and secure, and it is my aim as Head to ensure that we achieve this goal for all the boys and girls in our school."


"Beechwood has an excellent reputation for developing the potential in every pupil regardless of their academic starting point or ability and as Head, I will continue this work. For me, every child is important and has something to offer - it is the job of a good school to unlock potential through support, inspirational teaching, opportunities and experiences, so that all our pupils leave school with confidence, a sense of ambition and purpose."

"As Head at Beechwood, it will be my job to shape the future of the school and inspire the next generation of Beechwood pupils to achieve their very best."

Aaron Lennon BA (Hons)



Welcome from the Head of Preparatory, Mr Patrick Gush

It's an exciting time to be a part of this community. Welcome to the Prep School.

Your children, under our care, will flourish as happy confident individuals who will become independent life-long learners. We will prepare them for the future, emotionally, socially and intellectually.

The Prep School's broad, stimulating curriculum provides the essential academic rigour, balanced with challenges and opportunities for the students to discover who they are and what they can do. The children are supported by an outstanding team whose passion and dedication will foster resilience, persistence and motivation in your sons and daughters.

Well-being, self esteem and emotional intelligence are pivotal to positive learning experiences and so our curriculum enables all children to achieve and blossom academically, creatively and physically. We take pride in having high standards in all areas of school life and we value the precious time that is childhood.

Together we can make a real difference. Visit us and see what Beechwood has to offer: it really is a hidden gem well worth exploring.

Patrick Gush BEd (Hons)
Head of Preparatory School

Mission Statement

To be a vibrant, caring school, providing an education rooted in our Catholic Christian faith and in the Sacred Heart tradition where each person is known and loved.

To enable all who study here to discover their strengths and make the most of their talents within a nurturing and supportive community.

To foster spiritual and personal development and a sense of social responsibility.

To create an educational environment that nurtures creativity, encourages flexibility and embraces independence of thought

To equip our pupils with the values, skills, and habits of mind that will help shape their future in a wider world.

In order to achieve these overall aims, we have the following specific intentions:

To provide for all pupils a curriculum that is broad, balanced, coherent and relevant

To assist all pupils to acquire the knowledge and skills which will enable them to lead fulfilling lives at School, at home and at work, through academic and personal development opportunities.

To enable all pupils to become confident, independent, self-disciplined adults, able to co-operate with others in a responsible and considerate manner

To assist all pupils to appreciate human achievement in all forms: art, drama, literature, music, science, technology and physical pursuits and to encourage participation in these fields as appropriate

To enable all pupils to gain a knowledge of and respect for people of other races and nationalities and their beliefs, cultures and ways of life, and to encourage them to live together harmoniously

To develop in all pupils a care and concern for others

To encourage all pupils to contribute to the life and community of the School through a culture of service and participation in activities and events.

To promote in all pupils respect of religious and moral values and in particular those of the Catholic Church



School Inspection Report shows excellent achievements

Following the school inspection in February 2014, Beechwood received a pleasing report with many aspects assessed as EXCELLENT including pastoral care, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, health and welfare, boarding, curricular and extra-curricular provision and the Early Years Foundation Stage. The inspectors also recognised the high quality of teaching and learning saying "Pupils throughout the school have positive attitudes to their work and their involvement in activities. Largely self-motivated, they apply themselves to their work, study hard and with enjoyment"

A letter has been sent to all parents - that and the inspection can be viewed by clicking below:

Catholic Ethos

Beechwood is a Catholic School, founded in 1915 by the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Heart, which warmly welcomes pupils of all faiths. The society was founded by Madeleine Sophie Barat in 1800 whose insights and vision have inspired certain goals of Sacred Heart education. Beechwood shares these goals with other Sacred Heart Schools in the UK and around the world.

The Goals of Sacred Heart Education

Schools of the Sacred Heart commit themselves to educate to

Goal I:  a personal and active faith in God
Goal II: a deep respect for intellectual values
Goal III: a social awareness which impels to action
Goal IV: the building of community as a Christian value
Goal V: personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom

We benefit from close links with the local parish of St Augustine; the Parish Priest, Father Peter Stodart, is the school's Chaplain. All the major feasts in the Christian calendar are marked by sharing in the celebration of Mass in the School's Chapel or Auditorium.

We are proud of the tradition set by the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Heart - a tradition which can be summed up beautifully in our school prayer.

Let us pray that our school may be
Where Christ is at the heart of the community
Where every member of the community is valued
Where every pupil is known and loved
Where compassion, forbearance and forgiveness are practised
Where co-operation and consideration are preferred to competition
Where success is shared
Where there is prayer
Where the presence of Christ is celebrated

First Holy Communion Preparation

The Prep School is delighted to offer preparation classes for children who wish to make their First Holy Communion when they reach Year 3 or above. Classes are held after school during the week and run from January to June. Our First Holy Communion catechist is linked with our local parish St Augustine's and happily liaises with other priests and parishes too. Children from the local community are also invited to attend our classes.

School Information Handbooks

To view the handbook with all essential information about the Prep School and Senior School, please click the link below

Pastoral Care

Everyone is special at Beechwood. Small classes and a high adult to pupil ratio ensure that each child receives individual care, support and attention, within a happy, 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 into 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.


Beechwood Preparatory School is highly successful in preparing pupils for the secondary stage of their education wherever that may be. Many pupils move on to Beechwood Senior School, and others to other schools in the local area or further afield. Some pupils choose to sit the 11+ Kent Selection Tests and if successful they may opt for one of the local Grammar Schools.

Breakfast Club - New for September 2016

From September 2016 we will be offering a breakfast club for children in the Preparatory School.

The service will be availble from 7.15am Monday to Friday. Children can be dropped off at the front of the school where they will be met by a member of staff and taken to the Refectory. There will be a small charge of £3.00 per day to be booked on a termly basis.


A vareity of hot and cold foods with be availble for your children including:

Cereal/porridge/croissant/toast/yoghurt/fruit and hot food. Water, milk and fruit juice will also be available.

If you are interested in this service or have any questions, please contact the Facilities Manager, Mrs Deirdre Peachey on facilities@beechwood.org.uk