Beachborough School is one of the country’s oldest preparatory schools having been founded by Fred Chappell in 1910. Originally established in Surrey, Mr Chappell first set down permanent roots in Folkestone, Kent. However, the Second World War intervened and the school was forced to move to Stockbridge, Hampshire. It finally arrived in Westbury in 1942 and has since enjoyed over 70 years in this idyllic location.
The Manor House is set in 30 acres of stunning grounds and woods and has been complemented by an ambitious building programme. It may be 17th century on the outside but we are blatantly 21st century within. All classrooms, ICT suites, music rooms, laboratories and the performing arts theatre have been given an aesthetic and technical makeover so pupils learn in a well-resourced and inspirational environment. From digital editing facilities, to email and a wealth of electronic learning resources, all pupils benefit from this modern, safe, networked environment. Parents and pupils have secure access to the intranet from home.
In 2010 Beachborough celebrated its centenary and to mark the occasion, a new 700m2 sports hall has been built; with its 5 a-side football pitch, badminton courts, trampoline, cricket and archery nets, it complements the Astroturf, tennis and netball courts and acres of grass pitches outside. The original school gym has been re-developed into a full time drama studio in which plays and musical performances take part.
The school grounds inspire a love of learning both in and out the classroom. Here, in woodland dens, streams and wide open spaces, children in boiler suits and wellingtons have unapologetic fun. The adventure playground is a place in which pupils learn to balance and climb. The beautiful front lawn provides space for all to play as well as many outdoor celebrations. Forest School provides a safe, outdoor environment where children are freely allowed to explore, discover and learn in our secure area of woodland and outdoor classroom. The children are introduced to skills, knowledge and ideas using resources and activities such as building dens, weaving hurdles, managing the woodland, understanding the seasons, art and drama, counting and measuring wildlife.
From Forest School to family campouts, the rolling grounds provide the backdrop for a very Beachburian education.