Head of Preparatory Division, Mr Patrick Gush

Patrick GushIt’s an exciting time to be a part of this community. Welcome to the Prep School.

Your children, under our care, will flourish as happy confident individuals who will become independent life-long learners. We will prepare them for the future, emotionally, socially and intellectually.

The Prep School’s broad, stimulating curriculum provides the essential academic rigour, balanced with challenges and opportunities for the students to discover who they are and what they can do. The children are supported by an outstanding team whose passion and dedication will foster resilience, persistence and motivation in your sons and daughters.

Well-being, self esteem and emotional intelligence are pivotal to positive learning experiences and so our curriculum enables all children to achieve and blossom academically, creatively and physically. We take pride in having high standards in all areas of school life and we value the precious time that is childhood.

Together we can make a real difference. Visit us and see what Beechwood has to offer. It is an educational adventure in stunning surroundings.

Patrick Gush BEd (Hons)
Head of Preparatory Division


Mission Statement

  • To be a vibrant, caring school, providing an education rooted in our Catholic Christian faith and in the Sacred Heart tradition where each person is known and loved.
  • To enable all who study here to discover their strengths and make the most of their talents within a nurturing and supportive community.
  • To foster spiritual and personal development and a sense of social responsibility.
  • To create an educational environment that nurtures creativity, encourages flexibility and embraces independence of thought
  • To equip our pupils with the values, skills, and habits of mind that will help shape their future in a wider world.

In order to achieve these overall aims, we have the following specific intentions:

  • To provide for all pupils a curriculum that is broad, balanced, coherent and relevant
  • To assist all pupils to acquire the knowledge and skills which will enable them to lead fulfilling lives at School, at home and at work, through academic and personal development opportunities.
  • To enable all pupils to become confident, independent, self-disciplined adults, able to co-operate with others in a responsible and considerate manner
  • To assist all pupils to appreciate human achievement in all forms: art, drama, literature, music, science, technology and physical pursuits and to encourage participation in these fields as appropriate
  • To enable all pupils to gain a knowledge of and respect for people of other races and nationalities and their beliefs, cultures and ways of life, and to encourage them to live together harmoniously
  • To develop in all pupils a care and concern for others
  • To encourage all pupils to contribute to the life and community of the School through a culture of service and participation in activities and events.
  • To promote in all pupils respect of religious and moral values and in particular those of the Catholic Church