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Beechwood Park is a co-educational independent prep school providing a high standard of education for children aged rising 3 to 13, located in extensive parkland in the Hertfordshire countryside. The school has its own onsite nursery: Woodlands Nursery which opened in September 2015 in a state of the art, purpose-built building nestling at the edge of the woods.

The most recent review by The Good Schools’ Guide summarises the school as follows; “Going places. With its dynamic new head and, in the words of one happy parent, ‘feel good factor’, Beechwood should definitely be on the list of parents who want the certainty of a quality end destination for their child without compromising the joy of the journey.”

The school is organised into four areas; Woodlands Nursery, Junior, Middle and Senior departments.  The school is situated on the edge of Markyate village in a delightful parkland setting just 15 minutes drive from Harpenden and 20 minutes from St Albans from whose stations London St Pancras International can be reached (direct) in under 30 minutes.  The school runs an extensive coach service to number of local towns and villages and is located just 5 minutes from Junction 9 of the M1.

Woodlands Nursery prepares pupils for a smooth and stress free transition to Reception, when they join the the Junior department until Year 2. The Middle department is for children from Year 3 to 5. Pupils at the top of the age range (Years 6 to 8) are in the Senior department.  Pupils go on to a range of excellent secondary schools, many with scholarships. There are fantastic sporting facilities including an indoor pool complex, large sports hall and extensive playing fields. A large variety of sports are on offer as well as the traditional ones (rugby, football, hockey, netball, cricket (boys’ and girls’) such as martial arts, fencing, sailing and orienteering.

There are also many opportunities to enjoy drama with annual school productions and performances and also music where there are a number of very popular choirs, ensembles and orchestras. Many children learn a musical instrument. The CS, art and DT departments are very active and the school is lucky enough to have its own pottery room, complete with kiln, in the cellar. Making full use of its stunning surroundings, there is well-established Forest School, complete with a new outdoor classroom.

Flexi-boarding is available from Year 5 and is a very popular option. The boarding house hosts many fun evening events and activities for the children in addition to ensuring that homework and music practice is done.Open Mornings are held each term, and individual visits are also encouraged by appointment. Please see website for details.

Latest news

08 Sep 2021

Beechwood Park Equestrian Team Success at NSEA Showjumping Champs

Beechwood Equestrian Team competed at the National Schools Equestrian Association Show Jumping Champs at Hickstead in August and placed in the Top 10 in three categories.

08 Sep 2021

Beechwood Park Equestrian Team Success at NSEA Showjumping Champs

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BEECHWOOD PARK EQUESTRIAN TEAM FOR SOME INCREDIBLE RESULTS AT THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS HELD AT HICKSTEAD IN AUGUST.

The Team, consisting of Maya (Top Form) and Prince, Rory (Year 6) and Crispie and Teddy, John (Year 7) and Rolo, and Penny (Year 6) and Morgan, spent three days at Hickstead competing in three different categories - the 75cm, the 70cm and the 60cm Classes.

After some fantastic rides, the team placed 8th in the 75cm class, 7th in the 60cm class and a fantastic and very flamboyant 5th in the 70 cm class.

During the course of the three day competition, all team members rode brilliantly and displayed wonderful team spirit, nurturing and encouraging each other through the inevitable nerves that come with riding at this high level in a National Competition.

The School is very grateful to our dedicated team of parents who have facilitated the success the team is now enjoying; it takes hours of hard work, training and dedication to get these young riders to this level and as a school, we are incredibly proud of the whole team - riders, parents and ponies alike - and of what they have achieved.

Beechwood Park Head, Ed Balfour said "The Equestrian Team has done us proud! Their placings at Hickstead are an amazing achievement and I am so proud of them for representing the School so strongly in this competition. I thank our parents for their hours of dedication and care put into supporting the team, travelling to events, loading and unloading horseboxes and so much more - it is an inspiring team effort!"

The Beechwood equestrian team goes from strength to strength, with more pupils now signed up, and we look forward to competing at grassroots competitions through the next few winter months.

Well done Team Beechwood!


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08 Sep 2021

Woodlands Nursery at Beechwood Park named in Top 20 Nurseries in East of England

Woodlands Nursery at Beechwood Park has been recognised by www.daynurseries.co.uk as one of the Top 20 Nurseries in the East of England based on reviews from parents/individuals responsible for a child at each nursery.

08 Sep 2021

Woodlands Nursery at Beechwood Park named in Top 20 Nurseries in East of England

WE ARE INCREDIBLY PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT DAYNURSERIES.CO.UK HAVE INCLUDED WOODLANDS NURSERY AT BEECHWOOD PARK IN THEIR TOP 20 NURSERIES IN THE EAST OF ENGLAND 2021!

The daynurseries.co.uk annual Nursery Awards 2021 recognises 20 of the top rated nurseries in each region of the UK based on reviews from parents/individuals responsible for a child at each nursery.

Reviews about Woodlands included comments like:

"The staff are so nurturing and it is a truly magical place. The children learn through play and thrive in this wonderful setting"

"The staff are the best I've ever seen at a nursery, they really get to know each individual child and tailor activities to their needs and interests"

"Children are very happy and feel safe at Woodlands. They thrive in this environment and effortlessly gain the confidence and structure needed to be successful in future years"

"Woodlands Nursery at Beechwood Park School is the best place you can dream of to take your child. All the teachers are outstanding, the facilities are excellent and the whole learning environment is superb!"

Head of Woodlands, Shirley Hayman said ‘The dedicated Woodlands Team are so delighted to have had their commitment and creativity recognized in this way. Thank you to all our parents who took the time to submit a personal review, and to our children who inspire us every day. As a relatively new provision and having just worked through all of the lockdowns, we are confident that we have even more to offer and develop in Woodlands"

Head of Beechwood Park School, Ed Balfour, added "Woodlands Nursery represents the start of a Beechwood pupil's educational adventure, and no parent could hope for a better introduction for their child. Shirley Hayman and her team combine innovation with experience, and child-initiated learning with structure to ensure that every child that passes through their caring, capable hands is in the very best place to undertake a smooth transition to Reception. I am delighted that all of this has been recognized and that Woodlands has been named in the Top 20 nurseries in our region"

To read more reviews like the above, click here

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02 Jul 2021

Beechwood Park 'Best Set of Entries' in Minimus Mythology Competition

Beechwood Park scoops a First and two Third Prizes, as well as the school's entries being named the 'best set of entries' in this year's biggest-ever Minimus Mythology Competition.

02 Jul 2021

Beechwood Park 'Best Set of Entries' in Minimus Mythology Competition

STOP PRESS! Beechwood Park School just learnt that it has won 'best set of entries' as a school in this year’s biggest-ever Minimus Mythology Competition (KS2 level).

What’s more, they were delighted to learn that Jacob in Year 6 scooped First Prize in the Arts category with his meticulously drawn cartoon (seen in the attached image) and Amy and Ezra, both in Year 5 took joint Third Prize in the Animation category with their creative animated films.

This prestigious international competition is run by the Primary Latin Project, and the theme for this year’s competition was the Greek Myth ‘Pandora’s Box’. Beechwood submitted ten entries into the competition and evidently wowed the judges with their pupils’ creative and entertaining work.

Helen Beavis, Minimus teacher and Michele Anderson, Head of Classics at Beechwood were both 'over the moon' with the news and commented "The Minimus Mythology Competition provides such an exciting opportunity for our pupils to explore well-loved Greek Myths, bringing them to life through their creativity. We had trouble narrowing down our entries to the final ten, which we submitted. The results reflect the high standard of work and imagination of our talented classicists".

The organisers received a record-breaking number of entries in 2021, with many new schools taking part. Congratulations go to Beechwood's ten amazing entrants, who were up against 41 schools from all over the world.

A full report available on this year’s competition is available on the Primary Latin Project’s website here

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