Year 9 Admissions for September 2017
Why should you consider a move for your daughter at this important stage?
Year 9 is expanding at Beaconsfield High and, for September 2017 only, your daughter has the chance to apply for a place in our very oversubscribed girls’ grammar school.
At BHS, your daughter will have the opportunity to discover and develop her potential in a remarkable learning environment. Our academic results speak for themselves, but more importantly we pride ourselves in getting to know each and every one of our students and supporting their individual needs.
Support for students that move school is incredibly important for a successful transition and this is a focus for us at Beaconsfield High School. When girls join us in Year 9, or any other year for that matter, we ensure that they have the necessary support to get to know others quickly and establish new friendship groups. For 2017 we will create a tailor made induction package, including a ‘getting to know us day’ and extend our very successful buddy system that will help to integrate our new starters. Our wonderful pastoral team will get to know your daughter really quickly, understand her interests and help her to find additional enrichment activities and clubs to join. Our tutors and specialist counsellor are also available for her to talk to if she feels a little insecure in the first few weeks.
Academic performance is, of course extremely important and our results speak for themselves. . However, without the breadth and depth of wider learning, we would not be such a popular and successful school. All teachers are dedicated specialists in their curriculum areas. In September 2016, we completed the building of three brand new science laboratories that will, with the rest of the school, make increasing use of digital literacy to engage and promote progress. We talk more of progress rather than attainment and ensure that all girls have realistic but aspirational targets for their time with us. Wonderful staff see each girl as an individual. We aim to build independence, resilience and an understanding of how the skills we teach will be essential for the rest of life.
Our students achieve fantastic results and as a ‘remarkable’ grammar school, we do all that that we can to ensure the enrichment programme will help support and broaden all of the teaching that takes place. Across all of the year groups there are chances to travel; initially to Europe and then much further afield. Battlefields, theatre trips and visits to places in the UK also feature on the list of trips. If your daughter loves sport then we provide many fun experiences. If she is particularly gifted then we also offer the very best for elite sportswomen; the chance to be taught by the very best external coaches from nationally accredited clubs and then compete at national and some at international levels in netball, hockey, gymnastics and others such as table tennis and swimming are also available. Music, Drama and Dance are very special aspects of the school and give all of our girls a chance to get involved in something creative whatever their ability.
Since becoming Head in April 2015, I see, every day, the special nature of the experience that is locally known as ‘Becky High’. Although a high achieving grammar school, supportive and caring staff manage to maintain an atmosphere that incorporates fun and security with aspiration and determination with our amazing students. We recognise that making a transition to a new school at this stage may be stressful but we are confident that our exceptionally supportive environment will enable new students across all year groups to settle and flourish with us quickly.
NB: Please note that if your child is already attending a Buckinghamshire Grammar School and wishes to apply for a Year 9 place at BHS from September 2017, you will need to complete the online application process but your child will not be tested.