Welcome to Beechwood

Beechwood Sacred Heart School is set in 23 acres of beautiful parkland in the centre of Tunbridge Wells, less than one hour from London. The school is centred on a grand Victorian Mansion built in 1855 in the style of Osborne House, Queen Victoria's home on the Isle of Wight.

Beechwood is a co-educational independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 -18, which comprises a Pre-Prep, Preparatory and Senior School. It is a thriving, happy and purposeful place where excellence and a love of learning are nurtured.

The children at Beechwood are at the heart of everything that we do. Their enthusiasm and passions are nurtured by a dedicated team of teachers who inspire our students to give of their very best both in and outside the classroom, at school and at home.

Our international day and boarding community for boys and girls aged 3-18 is set in 23 acres of beautiful parkland in the centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells. With 23 subjects at A Level including Photography, Art, Textiles, DT, Drama, Music, Psychology and Business Studies as well as the more traditional subjects we allow students at all levels to play to their strengths and study the subjects that really excite them.

We are always happy to welcome visitors to our school where students conduct guided tours of the facilities and you will have the opportunity to meet either myself or the Head of the Prep School.

I look forward to your visit.

COVID-19 and School Re-opening

Considerable planning has been going on over the summer to ensure the return to school is as safe as possible for pupils, staff, and families. We can expect several changes to our normal routines, but I have no doubt we will quickly adapt just as we have in other areas of our daily lives.

Much like the varied approaches adopted in different regions of the UK, you will find the way schools have implemented the guidelines will differ slightly because of their individual circumstances. We appreciate the challenge this presents for those families with siblings at other schools because the differences can be confusing. We will, of course, reinforce the key messages with the pupils when they are in school: frequent washing of hands, social distancing, keeping to bubbles, and the now well-established approach to sneezes and snuffles of ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’.

We have aimed to implement control measures that are balanced, measured, and follow the fundamental set of principles laid down to minimise risks as described in the Government guidance.

It is most important that your child doesn’t attend school if they are unwell, or if a member of your household is displaying symptoms. Equally, if your child falls ill during the day, we ask that you collect them swiftly from the school. I appreciate the logistical challenges it may cause to collect your child during the school day but thank you, in advance, for helping us to maintain as safe an environment as possible for everyone.

We will continue to monitor and review these arrangements and will follow any new guidance as it emerges. We aim for a smooth and safe return to school and look forward to being together as a community once again in September. As the new Head, I look forward to meeting you all and am excited for the start of the new academic year. While it will be different, I am confident the new routines will quickly become good habits, and while some aspects of the school day will out of necessity be different, we will be working hard to devise safe, pragmatic ways to work around the issues and enable our pupils to enjoy as many normal school activities as possible.


Mr Nick Waite
Headmaster
Beechwood Sacred Heart School

School Inspection 2018

A team of three inspectors from the ISI spent two days at Beechwood on 31 January and 1 February assessing everything from the health and welfare of students to the quality of the management of the school. This type of inspection is called a Regulatory Compliance Inspection (RCI). ISI inspectors confirmed that Beechwood meets all of the standards in the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014, the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools 2015, and relevant requirements of the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage demonstrating the outstanding education offered at Beechwood.

Read the full report

Section 48 Denominational Inspection 2020

A team of inspectors designated by the Education Commission of the Diocese of Southwark spent two days at Beechwood on 10 January and 11 January 2020 to look at the Catholic life of the School.
There is commentary about the ‘tremendous sense of care and community’ in the school. Our ethos is firmly based in delivering this sense of ‘care and community’ to children of all faiths or none, so to receive these comments focussed on the Catholic Life of the School and the impact of our wider school community is extremely encouraging. The report serves to confirm that we meet extremely well one of our key aims: “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”.

Beechwood s.48 Directors Letter Feb 2020
Beechwood Sacred Heart s.48 Report Feb 2020

We have the following key aims and objectives:

  • 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

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Aims and Ethos
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