Aims and Ethos

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 and none.

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.

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.

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. All the major feasts in the Christian calendar are marked by sharing in the celebration of Mass in the School’s Chapel, and each Year group has an opportunity to prepare and participate in a Liturgy of its own during each academic year.

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


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