About Us

Beech Lodge School Limited is a not-for profit organisation, a registered charity (1151323) and is registered as an Independent School with the Department For Education (868/6021).


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Lucy was born and brought up in Maidenhead, she attended Maidenhead College School and then gained a BA (Hons) from Wolverhampton University, in European Studies and French. After graduating, she worked initially in publishing and then went on to obtain her Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Roehampton University in 1993 and has worked in education ever since, including some time teaching at a bilingual school in France.

She has taught in Primary Schools in Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead and Wokingham, holding a number of senior roles across the schools. Whilst working for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, she was selected by the borough  to work with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority on developing aspects of the English National Curriculum. She then went on to work for Slough Education Action Zone  where she provided support to a number of schools to improve standards across the curriculum. She was appointed Deputy Head teacher at Lea Infant School in 2004 and subsequently appointed Head teacher in 2006. She gained the National Professional Qualification for Head teachers in 2008 and prior to working at Beech Lodge was Head teacher in Slough from January 2009.

She has a special interest in Nurture Groups and the support of children with additional educational and/or  social and emotional needs.



Beech Lodge School was set up by Daniela Shanly, Emma Barklem and Lucy Barnes (Headteacher) who all shared a vision for an alternative approach to learning that truly allows those children whose needs are not being met in Mainstream School to flourish. Driven by an enormous amount of passion and dedication they are proud to have opened the school to the first cohort of children in January 2013


Daniela Szmigielska Shanly - Proprietor
Adoptive parent to two children, Daniela recognised through her own personal experience that it is vital for some young people to have an alternative approach to learning in order to maximise their educational potential, wellbeing and increase self esteem. All of which motivated her to set up Beech Lodge School._MG_0475 (2)

She has a strong personal commitment to the needs of vulnerable children and is actively involved in adoption and children’s charities. Daniela is a Governor at the BCA Further Education College and is a Member of Forest Bridge School in Maidenhead. Daniela’s background is in Advertising and as a Theatrical Literary Agent.

Daniela takes overall responsibility for the effective running of the school. She works closely with the Headteacher and is present at the school on a daily basis so pupils and parents know her well. She places high importance on the welfare and health & safety of pupils and staff, has undertaken Safer Recruitment training and is trained to Child Protection Level 3. Daniela also heads up the Fagus development team.


Advisory Board

The School has an Advisory Board which oversees the work of the school and helps secure the school's aims. The Advisory Board under the Chairmanship of the Proprietor comprises a team of people who all have a connection with the school. The Advisory Board meets regularly and keeps abreast of its responsibilities. It is strongly involved in strategic planning so that resources, both human and material are best used to meet the needs of pupils.

Emma Barklem - Co-Founder, Director, Therapist and Beech Lodge parent
Emma is an experienced therapist, having worked predominantly with children and young people in a variety of educational settings. With four children of her own she believes strongly in creating an environment that values an individual approach to learning whilst maintaining a sense of community to develop essential social skills.

Becci Best - Director - Beech Lodge School
Becci is the co-author of the Fagus educational resource. She graduated with a First-Class Psychology degree from the University of Manchester in 2012. She has worked within schools as a Mentor, Learning Support Assistant, Assistant Speech and Language Therapist and Researcher. Becci has a particular interest in studying the effects of early childhood trauma and disrupted attachment on children’s emotional and social development. In the future, she hopes to continue working with teachers to enhance their knowledge of emotional and social development in order to improve outcomes for children with additional needs. Becci is currently undertaking a doctorate in Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Patrick Burrowes - Bursar, Bradfield College
Originally a Criminal Lawyer, Patrick spent the majority of his career in the Financial world including leading management positions in Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Credit Suisse and most recently as Head of EMEA Cash Equities at JP Morgan Cazenove. In 2014 an opportunity arose to pursue a long-held passion for education and he took on the role of Bursar at Bradfield College - a 760 pupil co-educational Independent secondary school with a significant annual turnover. Patrick is also responsible for the delivery of operational functions, regulatory compliance, strategic direction of the company and management of 500+ teaching and non-teaching staff. His main interests are his wife and two teenage sons.

Helen Huntley - Executive Headteacher Haybrook College
Helen began her teaching career in 1983 and has taught in both non-selective and comprehensive secondary schools in Slough and Maidenhead in a variety of roles including Senco and Assistant Headteacher. She has also been a deputy Headteacher in an all age generic special school. She is the Slough secondary Head representative on the Slough Local Safeguarding Board.
Since January 2008 she has been the Executive Headteacher of Haybrook College in Slough. They provide an alternative education for over 200 young people with complex social, emotional and behavioural difficulties who have been permanently excluded or at risk of exclusion from local mainstream schools.

Sue Leach - Parent Adviser
Sue is adoptive mother to Katie (16 ) and Joe (14). She lives in Brill, a small, rural village between Thame and Bicester and works from home in partnership with husband Jeremy. Prior to having children Sue was employed in marketing for the BBC and toy manufacturer Hasbro after graduate traineeship with Boots. Sue has a degree in Russian and French and loves language and literature - her favourite author being John Irving - who can read The Cider House Rules and not weep!
Sue is passionate about education and the rights of children, especially those with additional needs and those affected by early years trauma. She spent several years sitting on the Adoption Approval panel and is now absolutely delighted to be associated with the transformative Beech Lodge School.  Sue loves to ski, ride and read and great believer in the power of family, friendship and laughter.


Don Tucker - Financial Adviser and Trustee of the Shanly Foundation
Don started his working life on 13th September 1971 with Thorn EMI. Throughout his career he undertook roles within Finance, Senior Financial and Senior Management. For the last 23 years Don has been a director of the Shanly Group (private residential and commercial property development company ) initially as Finance Director and for the last 13 years as Group Managing Director. Now semi-retired he is a non-executive director with the Shanly Group and Trustee of the Shanly Foundation as well as Financial Advisor to the school.

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