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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

22 May 2023

Beechwood Fencers Bring Home Medals from IAPS Championships at Millfield

The Beechwood Fencing Team had a successful trip to Millfield for the IAPS Fencing Championships, fielding teams in the U11 and U13 Boys and U11 Girls, bringing home a Gold and the Bronze Medals

22 May 2023

Beechwood Fencers Bring Home Medals from IAPS Championships at Millfield


The Under 11 and Under 13 boys were in large pools, and demonstrated their sheer determination and stamina in a long day of fencing bouts. Congratulations to all who, when it came to the quarter finals, took points off England and National Fencers.All in their first IAPS Champs, Under 11 boys, Jonah H finishing 8th, Joseph S 12th and Jonas S (a year young!) 20th out of 25 fencers.

The Under 13 boys were fantastic, Will J being the veteran of the competition was an incredible support to all the other fencers in the team. A role model in his fencing too, composed and tactical, finishing an impressive 4th, narrowly missing out on a bronze medal, with the medallists all having previously competed in national and international vents.

Issac G, showed tenacity and perseverance, a year young in the competition, taking 5 points out of 10 off a current England Fencer to just miss out on the semi-final stage. Finishing 8th, he did himself and Beechwood proud!

The first time at the champs a year young, Matthew F fought until the very end, adapting tactically and a dogged attitude taking his final match to the wire. Finishing a very respectable 17th out of 21.

The Under 11 girls, were an army in the competition, warming up in the preliminary round and supporting each other throughout. In the knockout stages they had nerves of steel and gave it their all. Final results, Uju took the GOLD in a tense bout vs. Belmont Mill Hill Prep School. Josie D and Scarlett B took the bronze and Georgie H, Katherine T and Malin S-L finished 5th, 6th, and 7th respectively.

Congratulations to the whole Fencing team, you smashed it and we are all incredibly proud.

Thank you to the coaches and staff from Paul Davis Fencing Academy for their unending support and encouragement, and to the parents and staff who accompanied our fencers all the way to Millfield.

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26 Apr 2023

Beechwood Park Team Crowned National Debating Champions

A team of Year 8 pupils from Beechwood Park School, Markyate, has been crowned National Champions at the Rotary Club of Great Britain and Ireland’s’ Youth Speaks Competition.

26 Apr 2023

Beechwood Park Team Crowned National Debating Champions

Youth Speaks:A Debate is organised and promoted by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, and is a four stage competition designed to support and encourage the development of effective communication skills in children aged 11 to 17.

The competition aims to offer young people:

  1. Experience in speaking on a public platform as a member of a team;
  2. An incentive to formulate ideas on topical subjects and to put these forward while being in opposition to another speaker;
  3. Discipline in dealing with a topic in a limited time;
  4. The opportunity of learning and practising high standards of expression, presentation and appearance;
  5. Impartial feedback and assessment of performance by experienced adjudicators.

Teams of three pupils prepare and deliver a short debate on a topic of their choice in front of an audience.

The Beechwood team, composed of Aidan Burger (12), Josh Davies (13) and Tommy Hubback (13), and guided by Beechwood English Teacher, Helen Beavis. had fought their way through local, district and regional qualifying rounds, before travelling to the Lawrence Sheriff School in Rugby to take part in the National Finals on Sunday 23 April.

In the final, the boys debated against teams from Rookwood School, Andover, Redmaids High School, Bristol, King Edward VI School Brimingham, Kyle Academy, Ayr and Ysgol Treffymon, Holywell, North Wales. Debates centred around topics as varied as “Let’s Ban Fairy Tales'' to “Should Schools Uniforms be Compulsory?” and “Private Schools Should Be Abolished” and ”Authentic Casting Is Necessary In The Acting Community”. The Beechwood Team’s topic centred around the Monarch and whether or not it should be abolished, a relevant topic as the country approaches the Coronation of King Charles III next month.

Confidently chaired by Aiden, Tommy and Joshua then eloquently and articulately argued for and against this motion, combining a confident delivery and well-reasoned arguments with touches of wit leaving, the audience both impressed and entertained. Despite strong competition from the other schools, the judges were unanimous in their decision that the Beechwood boys should lift the 2023 Intermediate Youth Speaks trophy. Not only did the team win the overall competition, but Aiden was also named Best Chairperson, and Joshua Best Opposer.

This win goes one step further than the 2022 Beechwood Debating Team who won the Regional Final last year, in a year when no National Final was held.

Of the achievement, Beechwood’s Interim Head, Maureen Cussans, said

“The whole school is incredibly proud of this phenomenal team performance by Aidan, Tommy and Josh. They have worked hard to get to this level, supported the whole time by the indefatigable Mrs Beavis as she has tirelessly coached and nurtured them to this outstanding success. Taking part in competitions such as Youth Speaks is just one of the many opportunities, both within school and beyond, that our Beechwood Top Formers (Year 8 pupils) are able to engage in, and this year, the boys’ success will, I have no doubt, act as inspiration to many pupils lower down the School. As all three boys move on from Beechwood to take up 13+ academic scholarships at their chosen senior school in September, they go safe in the knowledge that they have more than left their mark on Beechwood with this resounding success"

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