Davenies is a thriving IAPS day school for boys aged 4-13. Our ethos and philosophy enable the boys to make the most of their preparatory years, supported by high quality pastoral care, a broad and stimulating curriculum and numerous extra-curricular opportunities.
Davenies has its own distinct character and from their earliest years children are encouraged to relish the learning experience.
About the school
Our ethos and philosophy encourages the boys to make the most of their preparatory years supported by high quality pastoral care, a broad and stimulating curriculum and numerous extra-curricular opportunities. We value Sport, Drama, Music, Art and Design, and believe that by fostering a wide range of interests and passions we provide the boys with every opportunity to grow in confidence. We strive for each boy to discover and develop what he enjoys as well as cultivating his perseverance, determination and confidence to tackle the areas where he may be less adept. Enterprises such as the unique Davenies Award Scheme and the permeation of mobile computing in our teaching and learning ensure we offer a truly independent educational experience.
At Davenies, our excellent facilities support us in providing a positive learning experience with our own language of learning that nurtures each boy's understanding of how he learns. Technology, modern teaching styles and a commitment to independent learning complement our traditional values. We encourage respectful, tolerant behaviour; politeness and good manners. Davenies boys are friendly and thoughtful with their own distinct characters, personalities, interests and passions and they progress on to some of the best senior schools in the country.
Davenies Big Draw raises vital funds for family bereavement charity
The Davenies community – pupils, siblings, parents, staff and friends – joined Head of Art, Mrs Newell, for an online Big Draw art masterclass and raised over £1,000 in support of Bucks-based family bereavement charity, Teddy’s Wish.
12th February 2021 — The Davenies Big Draw, aimed at 6-12 year olds, saw over 50 logins join Mrs Newell for a live demonstration to create a Davenies bee collagraph. The event was to help raise money for family bereavement charity, Teddy’s Wish.
With only paper, card, scissors, glue, coloured pencils and lots of imagination to hand – all materials easily found around the home – the 30-minute tutorial inspired attendees to create a simple print making process, and yielded stunning results from members of the Davenies community.
Mrs Newell, who’s initiative the masterclass was, said: "A sense of service is important at Davenies.
"We instil in the boys the importance of giving back and helping others."
She continued: "It’s important more so now than ever to create an environment which promotes our children’s well-being and supports their happiness.
"Art is a way for children to switch off from their difficulties and have some fun.
"Life is challenging for all of our children and this was a lovely way to come together as a community for a common purpose: to help each other."
Whilst the tutorial itself was free, attendees were encouraged to make a small donation to Teddy’s Wish, one of the School’s elected House charities for the 2020-21 academic year.
So far, online donations have reached £1,100 and will directly support Teddy’s Wish to give hope and support to grieving families and to fund research into the causes of baby loss.
Jennifer Reid, Co-Founder and Trustee of Teddy’s Wish says of the initiative: "We are humbled and overwhelmed by the generosity of spirit shown by the Davenies community, especially in these challenging COVID times.
"And we are especially grateful to Mrs Newell for organising the Big Draw in support of Teddy’s Wish.
Davenies Teaching Assistant laminates 4,000 face shields for NHS
Answering a call to action to help provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for care workers treating patients with Coronavirus in local hospitals, Fiona Davies, a Teaching Assistant at Davenies, put an unused laminator to good use.
12th May 2020 — Answering a call to action to help provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for care workers treating patients with Coronavirus (COVID-19) in local hospitals, Fiona Davies, a Teaching Assistant at Davenies, put an otherwise unused laminator to good use.
In a short while, Mrs Davies laminated 4,000 laminating pouches to be used as single-use face shields by front line NHS staff at Wycombe and Stoke Mandeville Hospitals, and is now aiming for 5,000! This phenomenal endeavour would not have been possible without the support of parents and friends of the Davenies community who have donated laminating pouches to the efforts of Mrs Davies, who has “been overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity!”
Headmaster of Davenies, Carl Rycroft comments: "We are all extremely proud of Fiona’s initiative and the example she has set our boys. At Davenies, we actively encourage the boys to adopt a strong sense of service and Fiona’s willingness to help others during such a challenging situation exemplifies this in spades. I was thrilled when she asked if she could borrow the laminator from school and cannot think of a better way to put such resources to good use during these unprecedented circumstances.”
Davenies' charitable donations top £18,000 for 2018/19!
The whole School welcomed representatives from Thames Valley Air Ambulance, Bliss and the Friends of Davenies to help celebrate the previous academic year’s charity achievements.
4th December 2019 — The whole School welcomed representatives from Thames Valley Air Ambulance, Bliss and the Friends of Davenies to help celebrate the previous academic year’s charity achievements. Reflecting on the diversity of the School's activities which helps us to understand and donate to those in need, it was also announced that Davenies' monetary charity donations topped £18,000 for the academic year 2018/19!
Bliss and Thames Valley Air Ambulance gave a heartfelt thank you for their donations of £3,238 and £3,310 respectively. Bloodwise received £3,450 and WaterAid received £3,759.
We look forward to our fundraising and another productive year for this year’s House charities: Hospice UK, Shelter, Tiggywinkles and Greenfingers.
Davenies receives "excellent" judgements by Independent Schools Inspectorate
Davenies deemed to have met all of the compliance standards as well as judged excellent for the headline judgements in the education quality report, following recent inspection by Independent Schools Inspectorate.
7th November 2019 — Earlier this academic year, Davenies underwent a Focused Compliance and Education Quality inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). Part one of the Report is the Focused Compliance Inspection Report for which there is a possible judgement of ‘met’ or ‘not met’ for each of the standards. Part two is the Educational Quality Inspection Report for which there are two judgements awarded, one for the pupils’ achievements and the other for their personal development. The possible judgements are unsatisfactory, satisfactory, good or excellent.
The ISI deemed Davenies to have met all of the compliance standards as well as judged the School excellent with regards to the headline judgements in the education quality report.
Headmaster of Davenies, Carl Rycroft comments: ‘We are extremely thrilled with the findings of the latest ISI report’. Mr Rycroft continues: ‘The report highlights the quality of our pupils’ academic and other achievements as excellent, which is a reflection of the enthusiasm, character, dedication and achievements of both pupils and staff at Davenies. Despite the resounding ratification from the inspectorate, we will not be complacent. We are committed to keep developing as the preeminent provider of boys’ prep school education.’
Davenies Pupil Category Winner in Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Thomas Easterbrook, a pupil at Davenies School in Buckinghamshire, won the Ten Years and Under category at the prestigious Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019 competition.
18th October 2019 — Thomas’ entry, entitled ‘Humming Surprise’, features a hummingbird hawkmoth, which characteristically create a humming sound as their wings beat around 85 times a second.
The competition, open to entrants 17 years and younger from all over the world, judges images on their quality, style and originality, with photographs ranging from animal portraiture, action or behaviour, to those in their wider habitats. Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the largest wildlife competition in the world, attracting tens of thousands of entries each year. Thomas’ entry, along with a collection of the best photographs, will be exhibited at the Natural History Museum, before touring the UK and internationally.
Headmaster of Davenies, Carl Rycroft comments: ‘Thomas’ talent in photography is inspiring.’ Mr Rycroft continues: ‘His determination to capture such an image not only requires immense skill, but exemplary perseverance. Thomas has discovered a genuine passion for photography, and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for such a talented individual.’
Whilst most of the Prep School were in various locations across the UK and France enjoying their residential week, the boys in Year 3 had a Royal treat to look forward to.
19th June 2019 — Whilst most of the Prep School were in various locations across the UK and France enjoying their residential week, the boys in Year 3 had a Royal treat to look forward to this week. Travelling to Great Windsor Park for the Davenies School annual outing, the boys waited eagerly along the Royal Mile to welcome the Queen and her guests to this year's Royal Ascot. Creating their own Union Jacks to wave to the royal procession the boys were thrilled to have the Queen wave to them and to see the Duchess of Cambridge, amongst other family members.
Thank you to our very own Akela for organising a wonderful day out.
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Station Road, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, HP9 1AA