Beech Hall School

Beech Hall School Shortlisted for Major Award

Beech Hall School is celebrating its shortlisting for the ‘Whole-school Community Initiative of the Year’ award in the highly-coveted and prestigious Tes Independent School Awards 2020.


The most outstanding individuals and institutions that the independent sector has to

offer have been recognised in these much-anticipated awards, with the Macclesfield-based school commended for its momentous work with, PAPYRUS, a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.  

The school has been singled out for its impressive achievements and dedication to raising significant awareness and funds for the locally-based charity, in memory of a pupil. 

In conceiving the idea for the initiative, a group of Year 10 pupils were challenged by the headmaster, James Allen, to complete a personal triathlon event and consider an appropriate charity to fundraise for. The winning cause was PAPYRUS for which the pupils strenuously canoed the vast 11-mile length of Lake Windermere, cycled the 100 miles from Kendal to Disley, and arduously walked the remaining 13 miles back to Beech Hall. Throughout the group’s dedicated training, it was evident that this was both an initiative and a charity that particularly resonated with the other pupils, families and staff members at the school.

In their committed efforts to reach their impressive £25,000 goal, the school community continued with its fundraising throughout the academic year by participating in initiatives such as a charitable auction organised by the Parents’ Association, a sponsored yoga session and gruelling 24 hour swimathon. 

Jessica Hill, Fundraising Officer at PAPYRUS commented, “From the beginning Beech Hall School took to fundraising for PAPYRUS like nothing else. It was clear that whilst the challenge was initially run by 10 pupils, it became a whole school initiative with parents, friends, families and communities getting together to support PAPYRUS.

“The impact that Beech Hall School has had for PAPYRUS can be measured two-fold; through their fundraising, and through their incredible awareness raising.” 

Headmaster James Allen commented, “We are delighted to be announced as a finalist in our category for this highly-regarded and most prestigious award scheme. The competition would have been incredibly strong and I am thrilled that our school community has been recognised for its exceptional work for a very deserving cause. 

“Beech Hall is a small school of 123 pupils and I am proud of the efforts of the Triathlon Ten, and our wider school community for the manner in which they have combined to raise money for this fantastic charity.”

The winners will be revealed at a gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House, Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 7 February 2020.