Welcome to Beechwood

Beechwood 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.

Please take a look at the Beechwood Highlights Newsletter


COVID-19 and School Re-opening

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. The wearing of face masks in senior school is currently not mandatory but students and staff may use them if they wish.  We continue to reinforce the key messages to our pupils when they are in school: frequent washing of hands and the now well-established approach to sneezes and snuffles of ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’. 

It is most important that we all test regularly for COVID, and if your child displays any symptoms they do not attend school unless they have tested negative. 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. While school life is not quite back to pre-Covid times, I am confident our pupils brilliant adaptability to 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 Justin Foster-Gandey

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.
ISI Inspection 2018

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 Christian Church