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Beech Hall School Riyadh Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 3 - 14
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Beech Hall School Riyadh
Al Khuzama
, ages 11-14 | | Day

Secondary

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Based on the 100-year heritage and educational excellence of Beech Hall School in the UK, this recent opening is groundbreaking for Saudi Arabia. Of the 44 international schools in Riyadh, it is the only non-selective, all-inclusive, co-ed choice for parents – so a real revelation. The first launch by Chatsworth Schools’ new international division, Blenheim Schools, it had its inaugural intake of pupils in August 2022. A senior section was added in September 2023, catering for boys and girls up to Grade 9.

Where?

Designed in collaboration with UK agency Space Zero, specialists in rethinking traditional learning environments, the school is housed in a contemporary purpose-built building in Riyadh that eschews clinical classrooms and avoids sensory overload – spaces are light and airy, with blond wood tables and a warm, calming colour palette. Crucially they are flexible too, so they can be adapted to the curriculum and children’s interests. There are soon-to-be-completed specialist classrooms for design technology and science, computing labs for coding, a theatre, a pool and sports playing courts. The playground is fully equipped with a sandpit, climbing frames, toys and tricycles.

Head

Executive Principal Clemmie Stewart took up her role in September 2023, tasked with overseeing the strategic development of the whole school, as well as heading up the Primary and Senior Girls’ sections. Previously Director of Learning and Teaching at Chatsworth Schools, she’s been involved with Beech Hall Riyadh right from the start, helping to set up and establish the school.

Admissions

The school is mixed up to Grade 6, and then it's single sex from Grade 6 upwards, as per the Saudi rule. The idea is to grow from primary upwards, with a total capacity of 1,300. As a non-selective school, there is no entrance exam or assessment, and Beech Hall School Riyadh will accept children needing any degree of learning support (to a maximum of 25 per cent of pupils with additional learning needs enrolled at any one time).

Academic

When pupils reach secondary school, they will have the choice of following the IB programme or the American High School Curriculum for an American High School Diploma. As with the rest of the school (and others under the Chatsworth Schools umbrella), the international curriculum is overlaid with the bespoke Beech Hall School Riyadh Tapestry – essentially six strands that the school believes are crucial to turning out globally minded citizens and ensuring a skills-based learning experience. These include mindset, wellbeing, entrepreneurship, sustainability and digital literacy. The majority of teaching will be in English. There is a no-homework policy in all years (we can practically hear pupils cheering from here), which the school believes makes for a better school-family balance.

Beech Hall Riyadh’s highly experienced Head of Inclusion Faiza Mubeen and her team ensure that all children at the school with mild to moderate SEND needs receive additional support as part of their education here. Speech and language specialists are on site as well as a school counsellor, so there is lots of support – classroom help, individual support, peer support, study-skills help and independent-learning guidance – and EAL for those who need it. There are dedicated areas in the school for occupational therapy, emotional and behavioural support, physical therapy and sensory support. There is also an enrichment programme so high-achieving pupils can be stretched to reach their full potential. 

Co-curricular

With a 500-seat auditorium and music rooms, facilities are in place for a strong performing and creative arts programme. Sports classes offer pupils the chance to take part in gymnastics, dance, fitness and mindful yoga; swimming lessons are held in the on-site pool.

Children discuss with staff what clubs they'd like to be run during and after school, and a full programme is offered throughout the year.

School community

All teachers are keen to develop the ethos of the school, believing that with the backing of the Crown Prince, the approach to education in the country is changing. Parents are an international crowd with a broad mindset, many drawn back to Saudi Arabia from abroad due to the current investment drive. Health and wellbeing have been a priority from the outset and take a steer from Happy Space, a mental health and wellbeing charity, on how to ensure that pupils develop their minds and resilience.

And finally....

This school might still be finding its feet but it stands out from the educational crowd for its unique non-selective, inclusive approach.

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  • Admissions

    Admissions are ongoing; siblings receive priority places
  • Sports

    Athletics
    Basketball
    Dance
    Netball
    Soccer
    Swimming
    Trampolining
    Yoga
  • Fees

    Day fees per annum
    From 65,000.00 Saudi Riyals







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  • SEND

    Sen co-ordinator: Faiza Mubeen
    inclusion@beechhallschoolriyadh.com

    This school currently supports the following kinds of learning needs, health needs and physical disabilities:
    The school is able to support most needs.

    This school currently delivers the following interventions to pupils in class and outside class to support their learning, health and/or physical needs:
    They can provide LSA support and a range of services to families.

  • Transport Links

    Nearest international airport: King Khalid International Airport
  • School Updates

    • We are thrilled to announce our upcoming Stay & Play event at BHSR Kindergarten!

      Join us for a fun-filled day where you and your child can experience firsthand the warmth and vibrancy of our kindergarten community.
    • Blenheim Schools is delighted to announce Mr David Ardley as the Founding Principal of Beech Hall International School, Saudi Arabia

Essentials

Address
4036 Al Baldah, 7490, Al Khuzama, Riyadh 12581 Saudi Arabia

Contact
admissionsbhr@blenheimschools.com
+966 (011) 2776425

Website
beechhallschoolriyadh.com/

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