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Regardless of where children are from, I believe the answers to what parents want from a prep school education are pretty simple and straight forward. Parents want a school where their child/ren feel happy, safe, and valued in a nurturing environment where each of them can flourish.
Whilst we now live in a world that changes almost daily – the influences of IT/mobiles/communication etc. – the core world of any child remains constant: family, home, friends, school, teachers and holidays – what’s important is the family at home and the family at school. What, therefore, are we preparing them for? A world we don’t yet know. We don’t even know how the world will have changed in 2-3 years, yet alone in 5, or 10 years.
We are, therefore, preparing our children for the world of work which is exciting and unknown and the acquisition of new knowledge is moving so fast that we need all children to leave school loving the excitement of learning and being given the foundations to be life-long learners.
That means providing a really strong core of knowledge, skills and understanding (excellent English/ Maths, excellent written and oral communication skills) coupled with a passion for new learning. That means children who are risk takers (with their learning), knowledgeable, inquisitive, skilled, independent, and driven by an inquiry based thirst for new learning.
School should be defined by their moral values – kindness to each other; responsibility; honesty; respect; care for others, particularly those less fortunate; treating others as you would wish to be treated; being a good friend and having character; character to know what’s right, to say when something is wrong and to be able to act accordingly. I believe that if we stick to these core guiding principles then the children at Beeston, when they leave us at 13, will be exceptional young people.
A visit to Beeston will tell you much more about the facilities, the classrooms, the curriculum, the music, the art, the drama, the ICT, the design technology, the grounds, the food, the dining room, the scholarships the House and tutor system, the beautiful church we worship in, the pastoral care, the matrons, the boarding houses, the range of extra-curricular activities on offer, the sport and so on.
Investing in your children’s education is one of the most important and life changing decisions you are likely to make. It is a huge financial commitment which you want to make sure you get absolutely right. I firmly believe that parents need to know where we stand. What do we stand for? What are we trying to do?
Pupils need to know what’s expected of them. What value system do we want for them? What should their priorities be? We need to know so that we can support each other, plan for the future and feel informed.
The relationship between school, parents and child is a unique one based on mutual trust and respect, and on the understanding that we will work together to provide the best possible environment in which your child can flourish. And here’s the key – we want every child to flourish, to make the most of their talents, to be inspired and to inspire, and to lift their, and our, spirits.
I believe that schools will always cater for those the exceptionally talented, the very able – the scholars – and, at the other end of the spectrum, those who need extra support and help – and it is absolutely right that they continue to do so. We must not forget the ‘middle band’ – those who if we are not careful drift through school without really being noticed and leave us at 13 years without having made their mark, or found something they have really been able to succeed in and enjoy. Perhaps even a life -long passion.
Lastly, we shouldn’t forget that we are in education for the long run, not for the quick fix. Some children take longer to get to where they want to than others; I believe the mark of an exceptional school is one which allows each child to get ‘there’ at their own pace provided they have all the support, opportunities and encouragement along the way. Investing, therefore, in top quality staff, teaching or otherwise, is fundamental to the success of the school.
Our shared vision is to see Beeston Hall School recognised as an outstanding school which fulfils all its aims and objectives in providing an excellent all-round education to the children enrolled at our school.
‘It’s a very happy school with a really really good system for providing pastoral care as well as getting the best academic standards out of the children too. Thank you for all the support and for making us thankful we chose Beeston!’ - A Parent
' Thank you so much again for your hard work and dedication to this very special school. Beeston Hall has far exceeded our expectations, you should be very proud’.- A Parent.
' We're so happy for you all to share with us in celebrating Arabella's success which owes much to the encouragement, guidance and inspiration of all the staff at Beeston Hall.' - A Parent.
‘He left Beeston with so many lovely friends, all of whom are polite and nice to have around – a real credit to Beeston and you all’. - A parent
"When I presented them their medals, they all smiled, looked me in the eye and said 'thank-you'. I was really impressed by their manners and engagement. I would be very happy to host pupils from Beeston Hall on any other occasion." Head of a Prep School