Bearwood College - ISSCC - International Education & Study Abroad SpecialistSchool ID: 704
School Name: Bearwood College
School Type: Co-Ed
City: Wokingham, Berkshire
Tuition fee: Junior school (Form 1 & 2): ?,485 , Senior school (Form 3 to 6th Form): ?,780
Residential Type: Day/Boarding
Program offer: Boarding: Age 11-18 (Senior School)
Other Information: Bearwood College offers high quality education and care to children aged from 3 months to 18 years through our Nursery, Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior Departments. We welcome day pupils throughout the College and boarders from age 11 to 18.
Choosing the right school and setting for your daughter or son is one of the most significant, and perhaps the most difficult decisions you will make. At Bearwood College, we value your child's experience within our learning community, right through from the Nursery to Sixth Form and it is a place where individuals thrive. Come and visit us to find out more.
We are pleased to be supported by an active community, which includes the Bearwood Parents' Association (BPA) for parents and guardians of current pupils and the Bearwood Old Royals' Association enabling former pupils to keep in touch.
The Academic curriculum is varied and challenging, from the First Form, through GCSEs to A Levels. The aim of the wide curriculum that we offer is to enable all pupils to reach their academic potential and achieve the best results they can.
Learning is fun and imaginative. We develop independence of thought and practical skills for the future. ICT is utilised throughout the College and we are forward-thinking in our approach to pupils?use of technology in all subject areas.
Our Music, Drama, Design Technology, Art and Photography Departments flourish alongside the core curriculum and as part of the extra-curricular programme.
We have a magnificent purpose built Theatre, opened by our Patron Her Majesty The Queen. We put on major termly productions in the Theatre, and our Drama Studio hosts more intimate performances. Recent productions include Les Miserables, Julius Caesar, The Wind in the Willows and Treasure Island.
Games and Activities
There are endless opportunities at Bearwood. We offer well over 100 different games and activities. Our extensive grounds and facilities enable us to provide a full programme and ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to exercise a spirit of fair play and competition.
Pupils are encouraged to participate in a wide range of activities, as well as to pursue excellence in areas where they have a special expertise
All Third and Fourth Form pupils participate in the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and are encouraged to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
Adventure Camps, weekend exercises, leadership, first aid and navigation programmes, orienteering competitions, overnight camps, UK and overseas expeditions are all a typical ďlifetime experiences?on offer.
Students wishing to join us from overseas are asked to sit our ESOL Assessment Test which enables us to ensure that a student will be able to cope in a mainstream classroom setting at an English school. A confidential report from the current school is also sought and, where possible, an interview with the Headmaster is arranged.
Lessons are provided by our ESOL Department for students who require further assistance with improving their level of English, either in groups or on a one-to-one basis. An additional charge is made for these lessons.
One termís fees (at the prevalent rate at the time of confirmation) will be added to the first termís fees for International scholars. This amount will be repaid by means of a credit against fees for the final term.
A clothing deposit of ?50 to cover the issue of uniform from the College Shop prior to the start of term. The balance will be charged to or credited on the second termís invoice.
The academic curriculum is based on and exceeds the requirements of the National Curriculum. As an independent school we cherish and exercise our freedom to meet the individual needs of each pupil and challenge them appropriately. Throughout the College, we provide a broad and balanced curriculum comprised of a wide range of subjects. A class size of around 20 is normal, whilst option groups at GCSE are usually smaller than this, with A-level groups tending to be significantly smaller still.
Bearwood College aims to provide all pupils with:
a stimulating curriculum that offers choice, breadth and depth across a wide range of academic and vocational disciplines to equip them with the skills and knowledge required for progression to Higher Education and/or employment
a spirit of enquiry and self-motivation supported by a sense of responsibility and sound habits of learning
the necessary practical, creative and enterprise skills required for lifelong learning and active citizenship
Taught by a qualified staff of dedicated specialists, the curriculum, both academic and non-academic, is broad and stimulating, and offers every pupil the opportunity to excel. We are justly proud of the exceptionally high degree of individual attention afforded to pupils by small teaching groups, the careful monitoring of progress, co-ordinated pastoral support and a close working partnership with parents that enables each pupil to build on their strengths and allow specific needs to be addressed. We set out to tailor a pupilís programme of study to take account of their particular educational requirements.
The academic curriculum is varied and challenging, from the First Form (Year 7), through GCSEs to A levels. Learning is fun and imaginative. We develop independence of thought and practical skills for the future. ICT is utilised throughout the College and we are forward-thinking in our approach to pupils?use of technology in all subject areas. Pupils are actively encouraged to use laptops, and interactive whiteboards are employed to enhance the delivery of a lively and relevant curriculum.
Our Music, Drama, Design Technology, Art and Photography Departments flourish alongside the core curriculum and as part of the extra-curricular programme. They encourage the imaginative talents of all pupils, and foster creativity and open expression.
In response to the ever-changing educational environment and placing ourselves at the forefront of national practice, we have made significant changes to the delivery of the academic curriculum in the context of the College Development Plan.
We operate a 60-period fortnightly timetable with an individual lesson length of 50 minutes.
In the years up to GCSE, we provide a programme which offers choice, breadth of experience and opportunities to develop skills and competencies. First and Second Formers (Years 7 and 8) are provided with two timetabled PAL (Preparation for Adult Life) periods in the week which complement and enhance the core curriculum, including taught modules on:
accelerated learning and critical thinking skills
advanced research skills using ICT
time and study management
In the all-important GCSE years, starting at Fourth Form (Year 10), pupils are given a wide range of subjects, including separate Sciences from which to choose and receive intensive support from tutors to monitor progress in preparation for external examinations.
In the Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13), pupils benefit from greater independence and responsibility for their own learning. They follow AS and A2 courses in small class sizes with a complementary enrichment programme to provide leadership and personal development.
Monitoring academic performance
Each pupil is continually assessed and set realistic fixed-date targets for improvement by subject teachers, in order to maximise individual potential. Academic tutors closely monitor performance and progress against value-added national data produced by the University of Durham (MidYIS, YELLIS and ALIS). At the end of every half-term parents will be given either current levels (at Key Stage Three) or grades (from Key Stage Four onwards) to provide regular updates on effort and attainment.
A specialist Study Support Centre is available for a limited number of able dyslexic pupils and more general SEN requirements. ESOL lessons are similarly available for overseas pupils throughout the College. An additional charge is made for these services
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