10 REASONS WHY INTERNATIONAL FAMILIES CHOOSE BEESTON HALL SCHOOL
The long-lasting benefits. The effect of Beeston Hall School on its pupils is powerful and long-lasting. Leavers treasure their experience and find it an outstanding preparation for the wide range of national senior schools they go on to, with more than 65% this year winning scholarships or awards in the fields of academic, art, music and sport.
Internationally accessible location. Despite its superb rural setting, Beeston is very well located for services families, being just 35 minutes from Norwich Airport and its uniquely convenient connection to Amsterdam’s international hub (Schiphol). Children particularly like this route because of the small scale and ease of transfer, and KLM’s service for unaccommpanied minors – one of the few airlines still operating this facility. Stansted Airport is two hours away and London 3 hours away. Although there is a train station five minutes from the school we can arrange transport with approved drivers or chaperones to/from these connections, and are happy to make arrangements for transfers on behalf of parents.
All-round education at its best. Beeston Hall is a small, busy school which has a family feel about it, welcoming children of all types and faiths. Every child is noticed and encouraged: each playing sport every day, participating in matches, playing roles in drama productions and taking part in a broad range of activities inside and outside the classroom. Over 90% play musical instruments, many more than one. From sailing to street dance; animation to ballet, fencing and debating, there are over 40 stimulating extra-curricular activities on offer in this outstanding 35-acre location on the beautiful North Norfolk coast, all of which contribute to our children’s all round preparation and success.
Outstanding academic achievement. Differentiated teaching means learning takes place in a range of ways and children find their strengths quickly in small classes of no more than 18. We are a consistently high achieving school with 74% of pupils scoring A-B in last year’s Common Entrance exams. We teach with regard for the UK National Curriculum, focusing on the eight core subjects of Common Entrance and the individual syllabuses of senior schools’ scholarships. There is a nurturing Learning Support Department, which identifies and helps any children who may require it.
We know the personality of each child well. The school seeks to give each child the chance to reach his or her potential against a background of academic excellence, underpinned by a Christian ethos. The Headmaster leads a large body of staff that knows each child well and ensures robust systems are in place for the pastoral care of children. We make links with your nominated educational guardians and help in arranging this as necessary, to ensure that our role ‘in loco parentis’ is complete.
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Throughout the year, all pupils – whatever their strengths – will represent Beeston in a team sport. All children also take part in our annual ‘whole-school’ musical stage production.
All-round pastoral care. There is all-round care for boarders from across the globe. Individual pupil guides are assigned to new children to help them settle in. There are cosy dormitories which the children are free to decorate and an extensive range of creative, drama, sport and cultural activities at weekends. Healthy and balanced menus are prepared on site, using locally-sourced produce and special dietary requirements accommodated. We have a zero tolerance policy towards bullying, with pupils and staff consulted and briefed on how to tackle it and other challenges of growing independence in a fast-changing world.
Valued membership to our school community. Services children and their families from overseas are welcomed at Beeston and, whether attending for three years or three months, are fully integrated into school life. A strong boarding community develops through our ‘buddy’ and ‘shadow’ settling in system, and friendship groups are quickly made.
Punching above our weight in sport. For a small school, we have an unusually large pool of sporting talent. With specialist coaching across all sports, over the last 12 years, our children have achieved 39 sports scholarships to 14 national senior schools.
Our exceptional ethos. The Headmaster is always delighted to meet and talk to parents about the unique experience of Beeston Hall School, where children are nurtured with patience in an atmosphere of kindness and courtesy, moving on with the right blend of humility and confidence to meet challenges of their next stage of schooling.
100% success rate to first choice senior schools. We have 100% success rate in gaining entry to first choice national senior schools for pupils. Recent leavers have won places at: Ampleforth, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Eton College, Gresham’s, Harrow, The Leys, Oakham, Oundle, The Perse, Queen Margaret’s, Rugby, Shrewsbury, Stowe, Tudor Hall and Uppingham.
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We recognise and understand differing needs of overseas boarders and are fully committed to ensuring that your child’s experience at Beeston is happy and rewarding. We offer special arrangements to services and diplomatic families to bring fees within FCO’s CEA ceiling. Bursaries and rewards are available at the Headmaster’s discretion.