The award-winning Beech House is a school which makes a difference

A unique education, as individual as each child, is provided at Beech House School.

This independent co-educational day school in Rochdale has class sizes averaging 12 students – allowing room galore for youngsters to learn, grow and succeed as they progress through their academic journey to excellence.

Beech House, whose awards include being named Independent School of the Year in 2020, takes children from as young as two and nurtures their full potential through their primary and secondary education.

Despite its small size, or maybe because of it, the school is bursting with academic, sporting, and extra-curricular success, which helps shape its students into independent learners.

Principal Kevin Sartain said: “What sets us apart is our academic success and our achievements, which are amazing considering the size we are. We look at each child as an individual, as they progress through Beech House.

“We¹re a school that has a broad spectrum of students from every social and economic background, including students with special educational needs.”

The independent co-educational day school takes children from as young as two

Mr Sartain says that part of its success lies in operating “a little differently” to other Independent schools.

The selective entrance interview, which only occurs in the Senior Department, focuses not only on academic standards but also how well the child will become a valued member of the school community.

Alongside this, all children, regardless of their abilities, are encouraged to take part in a broad range of activities as a way of building confidence and discovering new talents.

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“We operate a policy of inclusiveness; we’re not just picking the best but ensuring everyone is performing together,” said Mr Sartain.

“By not putting extra pressure on our students, they actually get better results. This also brings a ‘School Spirit’ which can be absent from other schools. It teaches the pupils, that it is the taking part that counts, and success is a bonus.”

The family-oriented school has a holistic approach to education and pastoral care. There is a continuity of teaching staff with children potentially having the same specialist subject teacher in Year 1 as in Year 11, which helps establish better relationships between children and staff.

By starting school at an early age, youngsters build up an appetite for learning and are comfortable with the coeducational environment and studious ethos the school promotes.

There is a cooperative ethos across the age ranges
There is a cooperative ethos across the age ranges

Mr Sartain said: “We are a caring environment that the children come into with students looking after each other. There is a cooperative ethos across the age ranges. Year groups don¹t matter so much between older and younger children, as they all get along and help each other.

“With small class sizes and a willingness to learn, the teachers themselves are proud to work at Beech House School. We¹ve got talented teachers getting the best out of each child and our students go on to great things such as attending Oxford University or becoming international athletes.”

The bonds built during their time at the school last long after the students have left.

Mr Sartain said: “There is a real affection among former students for their time here and it is not unusual for us to teach generations of the same family.

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“The wonderful thing about Beech House School is that we can change a person¹s future just by them coming here. We give students opportunities they might never have had.”

For more information about Beech House School, which is at 184 Manchester Road, Rochdale OL11 4JQ, visit

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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