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Welcome to Beechen Cliff School

Our purpose at Beechen Cliff is to develop the compassion, aspiration, balance and resilience of each pupil.  When pupils leave us we want them to be at ease with themselves, to have a sense of self-worth, to be able to stand up for their beliefs and to be a valuable member of society.

We are proudly traditional in our approach and offer a strong academic curriculum.  Although methods of teaching and expectations of society have changed, the essence of a high quality education remains unchanged.  It is these timeless qualities and Beechen Cliff’s sense of tradition that is valued by generations of parents and pupils.

Beechen Cliff’s strong local and national reputation for excellence stems from a determination to provide the strongest support and guidance for academic success to be achieved.  In both 2011 and 2014 Beechen Cliff was judged as Outstanding.  Nationally our boys’ achievement is within the top ten percent for academic attainment, with 70-80% five good GCSE grades being gained in any given year.

In recent years Beechen Cliff has always been significantly oversubscribed which reflects its popularity in attracting applicants from across Bath and the surrounding areas.

About us

At Beechen Cliff we value all that it means to be a boy. With years of experience, teachers at Beechen Cliff encourage boys to grow and mature at their own pace, using teaching strategies that address learning styles specific to boys. They understand the different and complex worlds of the Year 7 boy and the young man preparing for university.

Understanding and celebrating boyhood

In an age when boys and girls are under pressure to grow up too quickly, an all-boy environment allows the boys to stay as boys for longer. Teachers acknowledge the full range of boys’ emotions and vulnerabilities, broadening their spheres. Without the social pressures of a mixed environment, boys in an all-boy school can explore the full range of their personalities and potential. Avoiding stereotypes, boys discover they have many roles to play as a scholar, athlete, artist, musician, and friend.

How boys learn

Beechen Cliff recognises that boys most often are physically active, competitive, and apt to take risks. Lessons are separated by breaks in which boys are encouraged to be active. We know boys often prefer to work cooperatively and understand the rhythm of a boys’ classroom. Classrooms filled with boys are rarely quiet – we know that successful lessons often introduce a memorable element – learning swordplay can make the text of Romeo and Juliet more interesting and approachable!

Teachers at Beechen Cliff enjoy our boys’ irreverent humour and draw energy from their natural exuberance. Our passion to teach boys requires a commitment to build relationships, craft a curriculum, and lead a classroom that engages each boy in the way he learns best.

Our library is crammed with fiction that is specifically targeted at boys reading interests and abilities to develop their engagement with the written word and a love of reading.

From boy to young man

A zest for knowledge and an enquiring mind are important and we expect all boys to achieve high academic standards, but our view of education is embedded in celebrating all aspects of success – the creative and the physical as much as the intellectual.  We support each boy in developing balance within his life, giving access to such a significant range of opportunities that all can find activities which will develop these attributes.  Our boys pride themselves on their participation and achievements.  Beechen Cliff boys understand the importance of resilience – one who  is confident, optimistic and happy.

Risk takers by nature, boys find a new comfort level with non-traditional subjects and all of our boys are nurtured to become increasingly self-confident without arrogance and to recognise the role that their increasing leadership potential can have on others.  From an early point boys are given the chance to lead and to learn the value of themselves.  At Beechen Cliff we have a key role to play in fostering “emotionally literate boys,” who respond to others with empathy and compassion.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Beechen Cliff School directly.

Last updated date: 10 May 2017

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