Some ex­cit­ing news from Bee­ston Hall School head Fred de Falbe

Norfolk - - Education -

We are in the midst of mak­ing a film about the life-chang­ing ef­fect Bee­ston has had on gen­er­a­tions of OBs (Old Bee­sto­ni­ans) who have ben­e­fit­ted from the school – in this case one cur­rently play­ing hockey for his coun­try. The mes­sage that runs through is of­ten one of seiz­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and mak­ing friends.

One of the lines from Bee­ston’s fab­u­lous in­spec­tion re­port ear­lier in the year was ‘the chil­dren have out­stand­ing so­cial skills’. This might, from some an­gles, seem slightly su­per­flu­ous to the core pur­pose of ed­u­ca­tion. How­ever I would main­tain it lies at the cen­tre of what we do ev­ery day.

How­ever, I would main­tain it lies at the cen­tre of what we do ev­ery day. Not only does it add to the gen­eral at­mos­phere of hap­pi­ness, it also has a pow­er­ful ef­fect to those start­ing at Bee­ston – and I note this be­cause there have been so many start­ing this year.

New chil­dren, wel­comed in through the door by smil­ing friends-to-be, im­me­di­ately be­gin to re­lax at what can be an anx­ious time. Be­ing swept along by a busy and var­ied timetable can be help­ful too.

The rea­son for my point is wider still: the so­cial skills that de­velop at school would seem to last a life time. Let me ex­plain.

The Bee­ston Hall School stand was at the Ayl­sham Show in beau­ti­ful Au­gust sun­shine, where we spent the whole day be­set by vis­i­tors. Some were po­ten­tial par­ents con­sid­er­ing us as an op­tion, but many more were past pupils and par­ents want­ing to catch up, ask about what has changed and share their news.

Whether teacher, farmer, en­tre­pre­neur or artist, ev­ery­one had a story. Many of these had helped set up the show; all, in the spirit of warmth and friend­ship, were smil­ing ex­am­ples of what I hope our present Bee­ston chil­dren be­come.

All these fac­tors come to­gether in our most re­cent ini­tia­tive - launch­ing the Bee­ston Foun­da­tion, in which we have set out our goals to place Bee­ston at the cen­tre of Nor­folk’s fu­ture. Firstly, to pro­vide bur­sar­ial funds to widen ac­cess to this out­stand­ing ed­u­ca­tion and, se­condly, to en­sure the growth and de­vel­op­ment of the school and its fa­cil­i­ties con­tinue so we de­liver con­tem­po­rary ed­u­ca­tion through­out the 21st cen­tury and be­yond.

In this way we will have gen­er­a­tions more drop­ping by Ayl­sham Shows, ex­plain­ing cheer­ily what a won­der­ful and life-chang­ing im­pact the school has had.

Bee­ston Hall has an Open Morn­ing on Satur­day 14th Oc­to­ber from 10am. Please call 01263 837324 to ar­range a visit for this, or any other day.

Fred de Falbe, head­mas­ter at Bee­ston Hall School, West Run­ton bee­ston­ 01263 837324

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