The Beechwood Education Trust, the trust responsible for running the Cambridge Campus, was formed in 1994 to provide assistance to Christian parents who were home-schooling their children. Initially, this assistance was in the form of arranging examination entries, providing books and courses, and small amounts of tutorial support with subject specialists where parents felt unable to manage themselves. Over the next decade there was steady progress with increased tutorial support through a wide range of subjects and with small group tutorials, including group excursions to support history and other lessons.
In September 2003 Beechwood School commenced in temporary premises at Mill Lane, Whittlesford, with 28 secondary age students, becoming registered with the DfES in August 2004, gaining examination status in October 2004 and OFSTED approval in June 2005. The school continued in this location until September 2006, when it moved to its current location in renovated farm barns originally built in 1850. By this time Beechwood School was affiliated to the Focus Learning Trust, which was set up in 2003.
In September 2007 Beechwood School gained a new department, New House, providing education for primary age children from 8 – 11. This was an exciting development, which, in addition to improvements in the secondary school buildings, meant the facilities Beechwood School offered were an increasing advantage to the local community. During 2007/8 Beechwood School also formed close links with another very small FLT school in Copenhagen, Denmark – the Copenhagen Study Centre – providing tuition support and social contact for the students. This international connection increased in 2009/10 as Beechwood School forged links with Haus des Lernens in Hamburg, Germany.
During 2011-12 the Focus Learning Trust became part of the global OneSchool education system, and from September 2012 Beechwood School (including the primary unit) changed its name to Focus School – Cambridge Campus to come into line with the other 40 Focus Schools throughout the UK and the international OneSchool set-up.
Focus School – Cambridge Campus is small, but expanding every year. The staff is the school’s greatest asset, with teachers that are expert in their subject, having a wide variety of experience and very willing to assist in all areas. The school now operates an independent style of learning, with teaching becoming less ‘front of the class’ as pupils progress through the school, to enable pupils to learn how to learn. The school has a varied curriculum that caters for students of all abilities, providing extra support and guidance as needed.
‘Virtual Classroom’ is also used to widen the choice of subjects available even further, especially for the Sixth Form students, and to assist other smaller or isolated FLT schools, including those in Europe. The Cambridge Campus believes in maximizing a student’s options, giving them access to a wide range of expertise and resources. The Cambridge Campus aims to listen and respond to individual needs.