Beechwood joins Alpha

9 December 2020


7 December 2020

Beechwood joins leading UK schools group, Alpha Schools

We are delighted to announce that Beechwood Sacred Heart School (Beechwood) in Tunbridge Wells has been acquired by Alpha Schools, a leading UK independent schools group. This is following a thorough strategic evaluation by the Board of Governors.

Constance Williams, Chair of Governors at Beechwood explains:

“Beechwood has been in existence since it was founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1915.  As times change and the school begins its second century we are delighted to have secured an exciting future for Beechwood by becoming part of the impressive Alpha Schools group.  This will ensure that the school has the support and security needed to flourish, especially in such challenging times.”

“Like us Alpha Schools is committed to providing a happy environment in which pupils can meet and exceed academic expectations.  The Alpha team has demonstrated a keen local knowledge as well as an impressive track record of helping similar schools to Beechwood fulfil their potential.  I am confident Beechwood will go from strength to strength under the stewardship of our new Headmaster, Nick Waite, the Prep Headmaster, John Coakley, and the Alpha Team.”

Alpha Schools is one of the key operators of independent schools in the UK and is consistently placed in the higher echelons of academic benchmarking, including the Sunday Times Schools Guide “Best Performing Schools Group” 2018, 2019 and 2020.  Founded in 2003, the group is led by Mr Ali Khan, a former Headmaster with close to 20 years’ experience in education.  Under Mr Khan’s leadership it has grown to be one of the largest operators of independent schools in the UK, running 14 schools.

Mr Khan, founder and owner of Alpha Schools, says:

“I am delighted to welcome Beechwood to the Alpha Group.  Our approach is to develop a swift understanding of the history and character of each individual school so we can provide tailored support and direction. We bring a depth of knowledge and expertise from our network of schools, which will provide Beechwood’s team with opportunities for fruitful collaboration and support.  Beechwood is a vibrant school in a stunning setting with two impressive Headteachers and I am very much looking forward to working with them in the coming months.”

Nick Waite, the Headmaster, adds:

“I am excited to have joined Beechwood at a pivotal moment in its history and am impressed with the enthusiasm that Mr Khan has shown to support this fine school.  Beechwood has happy pupils, committed teachers, a beautiful site and a community of which we are proud.  We look forward to forging links with other schools within the Alpha Group and building on recent 11+ and other exam successes. I welcome all who want to experience what we have to offer at Beechwood in the future.”

Beechwood School is a Co-Educational Independent Day School and Boarding School for children between the ages of 3 and 18 situated in 23 acres of parkland in Tunbridge Wells.  For further information please call 01892 532747 or email


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