School Performance

OFSTED Report

We were inspected by OFSTED in September 2023. We are delighted that inspection judgement was ‘Good’ in all areas and that the report highlights so many of the strengths of the school. To read the report please click the link below.

Ofsted Inspection Report – September 2023

We also received a social care inspection of our boarding provision by OFSTED in December 2023. The inspection judgement was ‘Good’ in all areas with no recommendations for improvement. To read the report please click the link below.

Ofsted Boarding Inspection Report – December 2023

School Performance Tables

The DfE has published provisional Ks4 Performance Tables for 2023. Our Progress 8 score this year placed us within the top 8% of school’s nationally. In addition, our Attainment 8 score also placed us in the top 8% nationally. For information on the school’s performance (available in the Performance Tables) please click the link below.

Beechen Cliff Performance Table Summary 2023

 

 

Upcoming Events

Start of Term

After the Easter holiday the new term begins on Monday 15th April.

 

Introduction to Beechen Cliff

Beechen Cliff is a high achieving state day and boarding school for boys in Years 7-11 with a large, vibrant, academic mixed Sixth Form.

Our vision is to enable our pupils and students to achieve their aspirations and become well-rounded, confident and compassionate individuals who go on to live fulfilled lives and make a positive contribution to society.

We are committed to providing an exceptional, all-round education both in terms of high academic standards and an incredible range of extra-curricular opportunities.

We have high expectations of our pupils in terms of their learning, conduct and appearance and encourage all to take advantage of the opportunities available to them at school.

Our pastoral care is based around both a Year Group system and a House system. Pupils are placed in year based tutor groups within one of four Houses, which enables pupils to feel part of and contribute to their House community. We work incredibly hard to ensure our pupils are known, understood and feel both valued and supported in school.

Our pupils benefit from high quality teaching and pastoral care through working with a committed,  experienced and caring  team of staff, which leads to examination results above the national average and successful progression to the next stage of education.

We aim to develop character and an understanding of values with much of our work based around our Core Values of aspiration, compassion, independence and respect.

We define these Core Values as follows:

Aspiration
Working hard and trying my best at all times, both within and beyond the classroom. Aiming high and challenging myself to fulfil my potential.

Compassion
Showing consideration to others, improving the lives of those around me, and doing the right thing even when no one else is looking. Recognising my own self-worth.

Independence
Organising and taking responsibility for myself, developing my resilience and having the courage to do the right thing.

Respect
Showing an understanding of the feelings, wishes and rights of others through words and actions and by valuing equality and diversity within the community.

We really value working with parents and carers and believe that when all work together we achieve the best outcomes for our pupils.

We are part of the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership Trust and, within this, a member of the Bath Hub. Within the Bath Hub we work closely with Hayesfield Girls School and St Marks School with a common vision to ensure that pupils across the city achieve their personal best.

Mr T D Markall
Headteacher

The benefits of a boys' school

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 or employment.

 

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 often enjoy physical activity, are competitive and enjoy challenges. Lessons are separated by break times and lunchtimes where boys are encouraged to get fresh air and be active. In addition many take the opportunity to play card games, chess or read in Library. Others attend lunchtime clubs such as film club or music rehearsals. Boys enjoy the food available at school and our refectory provides a fantastic variety of hot meals and snacks, which can be purchased at both break times and lunch times.

We know boys often prefer to work cooperatively and understand the rhythm of a boys’ classroom.  Lessons contain a mixture of lively discussion and opportunities to develop oracy skills in addition to periods of focused written work.

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

Our library is crammed with fiction to cater for boys of all 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.

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.  This is based around both understanding and embracing the school Core Values: aspiration, compassion, independence and respect. 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.

Contact

For general enquiries or to contact the Headteacher please email headteacher@beechencliff.org.uk.

To contact the Chair of Governors, Ms H Eastwood,  please email governors@beechencliff.org.uk

Boarding

Currently accepting applications.

For more information please visit our Boarding Website

 

 

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