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Dear Parent/Carer,

High Beech is a unique learning community committed to providing a Christian based education for all its pupils. This is a school where children develop caring, confident and tolerant attitudes. It has a strong network of staff, parents, governors and children who work together to make the school a happy and vibrant place .

Our vision is to provide a high-quality education where children are able to realise their full potential and to secure their future as life-long learners. The beautiful forest setting offers an exceptional hands-on educational experience using the outdoor environment as a classroom to develop confidence and self-esteem .

This prospectus will tell you a lot about our school and I hope you will find it useful and informative.  If there is anything else you would like to know please do not hesitate to contact or visit us.

Mrs Sarah Roffey

Headteacher, High Beech Church of England VC Primary School

Admissions Procedure

The published admissions number at High Beech 2020-21 is fifteen .

The admission criteria to be used if there are not enough places for all those who have expressed a wish to have their child admitted to a particular community school will be:

  • Looked after children and previously looked after children(as defined in the Primary Education in Essex 2020/21 booklet).
  • Children with a sibling attending the school.
  • Children living in the priority admission area.
  • Children living outside the priority admission area but within Waltham Abbey (defined as residence in the priority admission area of one of the following schools; High Beech CE Primary, Leverton Primary, Upshire Primary, Waltham Holy Cross Primary and Hillhouse Primary schools) .
  • Remaining applicants

In the case of over subscription in any one category ‘straight line’ distance between the pupil’s home and the nearest pupil entrance to the school, the pupils living closest will be given priority.

School History

The school was founded by the Church to provide education “according to the principles and practices of the Church of England” . The first entry in the earliest log book states, “Miss Liddiard took charge of the school on January 8th, 1866”. The incumbent of the Parish at that time was the Rev. Josiah Norton and the school was situated in Church Road.

The oldest part of the present school building dates back to 1882. The School Log shows that: “The New School Rooms, erected at Mr . Baring’s expense, were opened on Monday morning, 5th June 1882”. The next major building project took place in 1962, when water-borne sanitation was installed and a new classroom was built. A further classroom was added in 1965 and a demountable unit completed in December 1973, this has since been demolished.

Work on building a new hall started in 2002 and this was finally completed in April 2003 . In May 2006 a new double demountable class base was added and an existing classroom was remodeled; this houses a library, SEN/ICT room and staffroom.

The school is set in attractive woodland grounds. There is a small hard-surface play area, which is being developed into a quiet area and a brand new all weather play pitch .

The school is a Church Foundation School and is owned by Trustees. It is controlled by the Local Authority, which has full financial responsibility for its maintenance.

The Church remains represented on the Governing Body. The Governors help with the smooth running of the school and foster links between the school, the Church and the local community .

School Organisation

The school is organised into three mixed-age classes and one foundation (reception) class.


Key Stage One 

  • Acorn Class – Foundation children 
  • Willow Class – year one and year two children  

Key Stage Two

  • Oak Class - Year Three and Four Children
  • Silver Birch Class - Year Five and Six Children

Governing Body 

  • Mr P Walker - Trust (Chair of Governors)
  • Mrs S Roffey - Head Teacher
  • Mrs A Hodgkinson -Foundation 
  • Mrs S Phillpot -Staff
  • Mrs M Maloney  Parent
  • Mrs J Webber - Clerk
  • Rev Jane Yeadon - Foundation 
  • Mrs B MacWilliam - Parent
  • Miss H Dyke - Trust


High Beech School School Prospectus