Many London parents, often with Norfolk connections or after holidaying in Norfolk, look longingly at Beeston and imagine it as a location for their children’s education. So what attracts them?
35 wonderful woodland acres near the expansive beaches of the North Norfolk coast, Beeston is arguably one of the most idyllically located prep schools in the country. Indeed, for many former pupils, the charming homeliness of Beeston set as it is against the backdrop of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty figures vividly in the memory long after they have left.
We make the most of our stunning coastal location with children taking part in sailing, kayaking and surfing, amongst the many other outdoor activities on offer. Such a location provides less tangible benefits too. As adults, we know that the quality of our environment can have a profound impact on our productivity and well-being. The same is true of our children. Beeston’s coastal environment provides space for thinking, concentration and creativity.
As the only stand-alone independent prep school in Norfolk, Beeston continues to prepare children for public schools around the country – those best suited to your children. We are a non-selective school and are particularly proud of the outstanding academic attainment of our pupils. 100% success rate to their first choice Senior Schools; 65% of Leavers awarded scholarships – that’s 72 academic, sport, music and art scholarships won to 24 different Senior Schools in the last 6 years.
Beeston is the most prolific feeder school in Norfolk to the broadest range of Senior Schools. It does so with a genuine commitment to children being allowed to grow up as children. No mobile phones, no crowding, fresh air and plenty of outdoor learning – children have an elemental relationship with their landscape.
While we are competitive – on a national scale in many areas – we are all about inclusion; our family feel and the ethos of mutual encouragement means we add value in every case and children surprise themselves and astonish their parents with what they can achieve, without the relentless pressure of a city education.
The values we espouse, with a focus on our relationship to the environment, learning from it as well as in it, are of renewed interest and relevance to all. The seismic rearrangement of how families operate the work-life balance, resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, means that we have seen a surge in enquiries.
With three children, the whole family was worn down by the London school routine: the long day, the daily travelling and the impossibility of spontaneity whilst trying to fit it all together. At Beeston, our children explored every activity they wished, represented their county in both hockey and athletics, won scholarships to top tier senior schools, discovered the joys of the Norfolk coast, and in effect, had a sleepover with friends each night. An extraordinarily brilliant school, and with so much heart.
Mother of three Beestonians
Travelling to and from school
Despite its rural location, Beeston Hall is very well located for children living further afield. Children enjoy accompanied rail journeys at exeats and half terms to meet families in London or at airports.
The nearest train stations are Sheringham, which is less than 5 minutes by car from School, and West Runton, which is a 10 minute walk from School. Both of these have a direct link to Norwich. From Norwich there are regular services to London Liverpool Street (a journey of just under 2 hours with stops at Stowmarket, Ipswich and Colchester), to Peterborough (which has direct links to all parts of the country) and to Cambridge.