About Us The Beaconhouse group has over 200,000 fulltime students in nine countries and is possibly the largest school network of its kind in the world. Established in November 1975 as the Les Anges Montessori Academy with 19 toddlers, Beaconhouse has since grown into an international network of private schools, imparting distinctive and meaningful learning to students all the way from birth – through its partnership in Pakistan with Gymboree Play & Music – to post-graduation, through the Beaconhouse National University in Lahore.
Of these students, over 84,000 study at the group’s flagship network, the Beaconhouse School System, while the remaining are largely enrolled at The Educators, a parallel school network operated by the group with over 111,000 students. Other students are in Beaconhouse schools overseas.
The Beaconhouse of today is thus much more than just a stand-alone school. Through distinct and independent divisions in the UK, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Oman, UAE, Pakistan and Bangladesh, it caters to the education and training needs of a large and diverse group of individuals of varying ages, socio-economic backgrounds, and nationalities, with its activities also extending beyond education in some countries.
Beaconhouse has always laid tremendous emphasis on the development of human capital. From its initial association in the 1980s with The Moray House Institute of Education in Scotland to its more recent teaching training links with the University of Bradford and MARJON, Beaconhouse has institutionalised in-service teacher training like no other school.
So, with rigorous standards that demand up-to-date teaching skills and a range of challenging programmes, Beaconhouse School System brings success within the reach of every student.
Beaconhouse aims to provide quality education of an international standard. We aim for excellence through quality management, quality training and quality teaching, bringing benefit to our students, the community and the wider world.
1975 Les Anges Montessori Academy established in Lahore
1979 Beaconhouse Public School opens in Lahore
1979 Beaconhouse opens a school in Karachi
1982 Beaconhouse expands to Islamabad
1984 The 10th Beaconhouse school opens
1986 Beaconhouse builds its first purpose-built campus in Hyderabad
1988 The 25th Beaconhouse school opens
1993 Teacher Training Program initiated with Bradford University
1993 The 50th Beaconhouse school opens
1994 Mahmud Ali Kasuri Welfare Trust established
1996 IFC, The World Bank’s private investment arm, finances campus construction
1997 The 75th Beaconhouse school opens
2002 Discovery Centre opens
2002 The Educators Schools System launched
2002 Beaconhouse National University opens in Lahore
2002 Beaconhouse Estates launched
2003 Beaconhouse Educational Services Ltd. established
2004 Beaconhouse School System enrolment exceeds 50,000 students
2004 First school opens outside Pakistan, in Malaysia
2005 First school in Philippines
2006 The 100th Beaconhouse school opens
2006 First school in Bangladesh
2006 First school in Oman
2007 TNS Beaconhouse opens in Lahore
2007 Beaconhouse acquires Cherub Nurseries & Pre-Schools and Pocklington Montessori in the UK
2007 The 125th Beaconhouse school opens
2008 First school in Thailand
2009 Beaconhouse enters into public private partnership with Abu Dhabi Education Council
2009 Beaconhouse acquires Newlands School in the UK
Nasreen Kasuri is the Chairperson of the Beaconhouse School System, which she founded in 1975. The Beaconhouse School System is now the largest school system of its kind in the world, and it recently opened its 125th school.
Apart from playing a significant role in developing the private education sector in Pakistan, Mrs. Kasuri has also played an important role in women’s empowerment in the country. Sixty-two percent of Beaconhouse employees are women. This includes a very high percentage of women in upper management.
Mrs. Kasuri is also actively involved in a number of non-profit and charity organisations. The non-profit Beaconhouse National University is Pakistan’s first liberal arts university. She also sits on a number of boards including Queen Mary College for Women; National College of Arts; Education Advisory Board, Pakistan; Pakistan Chapter of the World Wide Fund; Sanjan Nagar Education Trust; and Punjab Education Foundation.
Mrs. Kasuri earned a Bachelor’s in Applied Psychology and History from Kinnaird College, Lahore, and an MBA from TRIUM, the graduate programme of New York University, London School of Economics, and École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Paris.
Beaconhouse is a socially responsible organisation committed to providing community services through educational projects.
Beaconhouse National University
Beaconhouse has contributed $6 million in seed money to establish the not-for-profit Beaconhouse National University in Lahore. While Beaconhouse is the original sponsor of the university, other stakeholders, public and private, have also contributed money and resources.
Beaconhouse National University (BNU) opened in 2003 as Pakistan’s first broad-based liberal arts university comprised of schools of Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, Media and Communications, Education, Architecture and Design, Visual Arts, and Information and Computer Technologies. BNU faculty come from a range of countries, including England, Holland, Canada, France, Germany, and Pakistan.
The University’s Vice Chancellor, Sartaj Aziz, is a former Finance Minister of Pakistan, and its board of governors includes Beaconhouse Chairperson Nasreen Kasuri, social activist Parvez Hassan, industrialist Hussain Dawood, and Shahid Kardar, another former finance minister of Pakistan.
Currently housed in a temporary campus in Lahore, the University will start relocating to a permanent, purpose-built campus on a 35-acre estate on the outskirts of the city this autumn.
Beaconhouse acted urgently after the October 2005 earthquake that devastated Pakistan’s northern areas. It immediately donated Rs10,000,000 to the President’s Earthquake Relief Fund; of this sum Rs3,000,000 was contributed by Beaconhouse staff who donated a day’s salary. Furthermore, by mobilising its staff and students to organise school-based activities throughout the country, Beaconhouse has so far raised a further Rs30,000,000 for the reconstruction of a school in earthquake-hit areas.
These funds have been used to build a government school in Chinari, a village that was very badly hit by the earthquake. The school has been built and transferred to the Government of Azad Kashmir.
Aid for IDPS
More recently, Beaconhouse donated Rs 10 million towards the relief of IDPs. In addition, staff members contributed one day’s salary amounting to a total of Rs 5 million and our students’ fundraising activities raised a total of just under Rs 10 million. Beaconhouse also initiated a relief operation for the internally displaced persons at the camps in Mardan, targeted at providing assistance to between 3,000 to 5,000 families, and spearheaded by over 120 senior employees and teachers.
Beaconhouse has forged a culture of community service. Recent initiatives include supporting NGO and government schools in teacher training, and also an ongoing programme of donating computers, furniture, books, and other equipment to underprivileged schools. Senior students in Beaconhouse are also actively encouraged to participate in local community service programmes.
Beaconhouse students study in a range of educational programmes depending on their location, national laws and school requirements. The Beaconhouse School System has also developed its own internal curriculum modelled on Scotland's curriculum and on the UK's National Curriculum.
Curricula in Beaconhouse are split along the following lines:
1. Early Years (Nursery and Pre-nursery)
2. Primary (Grades 1-5)
3. Secondary (Grades 6-13)
|The school year is divided into two terms in all the three Regions:
Exact dates for the beginning to the end of term vary from year to year and from region to region, and parents are informed accordingly. The school office may be contacted for further information.
For well over a decade the Beaconhouse School System has entered candidates for the University of Cambridge GCE O Level examinations and for the Matriculation examinations offered by local Boards. Schools in Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Jhelum, Hyderabad, Faisalabad, Multan, Gujranwala and Wah Cantt also offer A Level programmes for students. Subjects offered in these examinations vary slightly from school to school, according to local and regional requirements.
Contact Us Please contact us at the Beaconhouse Corporate office or at the relevant regional office:
Beaconhouse Group Corporate Office
10-11 Gurumangat Road, Gulberg IIILahore, Pakistan
(t): +92 42 111 232 266(f): +92 42 571 2027(e): firstname.lastname@example.org
Beaconhouse Regional Office North Pakistan
Capital View Road, Mohra Nur, BanigalaIslamabad, Pakistan
(t): +92 51 207 7610 – 30(f): +92 51 261 2412(e): email@example.com
Beaconhouse Regional Office South Pakistan
12 Jinnah Cooperative Housing Society. Block 7 & 8Karachi, Pakistan
(t): +92 21 111 232 266(f): +92 21 455 9867(e): firstname.lastname@example.org
Admission and Registration
The admission procedure begins with registration, which in itself does not guarantee admission. Dates for registration are announced individually by each school. A registration fee is charged to cover clerical and administrative costs and, on payment of this fee, the school office issues a receipt and a registration form for completion by the parent or guardian. The Beaconhouse School System prospectus is also provided.
Registration will usually be done if it is thought probable that a vacancy may exist in the appropriate class at the expected time of admission. The school reserves the right to accept or refuse admission without assigning a reason.
Normal ages of pupils at the time of admission
Pre-Nursery (Montessori) 3+
XI / O Level 16+
A Level first year 17+
Admission test/interview timings
Admission tests and interviews are normally held in February/March of each year. Admissions are confirmed latest by April/May to successful candidates who are required to join the school in the following August or September. Parents of successful candidates will be asked to call at the school office to collect the first fee 'challan' form. The first fee 'challan' form will include charges for a security deposit (refundable at the time of withdrawal only), admission fees, two months’ tuition fees and any other incidental charges. Methods of payment will be explained by the school office. When this procedure is complete the child’s name will be entered in the admission register and the child may join their class.
Scholarships and Fees
Beaconhouse offers a scholarship scheme that covers a number of circumstances based on merit and means. Each school is allocated a certain number of scholarships to be given annually, therefore the decision of the school in the awarding of scholarships is final. Further information can be obtained from the Regional Office in your area. The school reserves the right to withdraw the scholarship scheme at any time and/or amend the rules governing the scholarship scheme at its sole discretion.
There are variations in the fee structure at different schools within the system. Information can be obtained from the school of your choice.
School fees and other charges shall be paid every two months in advance, through a local bank. This is payable for all twelve calendar months. The school has the discretion to review and increase the school fees and all other fees, charges and deposits ancillary thereto, without prior written notice. No concessions can be provided in the case of two or more siblings attending any school in the Beaconhouse School System.
Extra curricular Activities
Good education must encompass more than the standard academic subjects. The Beaconhouse schools provide a range of co-curricular activities as part of the timetable, appropriate to the ages of the students.
Art and Design
The Art and design programme offers opportunities to stimulate children’s creativity and imagination, develops their understanding of colours, form, texture, and pattern, and their ability to use materials and processes to communicate ideas and feelings. Through study of the arts, students learn about artistic traditions of their own and other cultures. They learn to link the study of the arts with the study of history, geography, language, culture and human interaction, and gain an appreciation of the great importance of the arts, both as sources of enjoyment and as means of communication in cultures around the world.
The first aim of music lessons at BSS is to foster an appreciation of music among students. Music is a part of our rich culture and tradition and all children deserve access to the joy and enrichment which music can bring. Music helps to develop a child’s listening skills, and understanding of rhythm, sequence, phrase and pitch.
Physical Education and Games
Beaconhouse places great importance on sports in the curriculum, and of course it is now universally accepted as being an integral part of an all-round education. We are intensifying our efforts to further promote sports beyond what is already in place. Physical education is part of the regular timetable for all students up to Class VIII and the games played do depend to some extent on the physical environment of the school. However, where the school grounds do not offer enough space, many schools are able to make arrangements for games to be played at local playgrounds.
Students, both boys and girls, are encouraged to participate in outdoor activities like scouting, trekking, rock climbing, skiing and water sports, for which arrangements have been made with leading organisations in the country offering these services and facilities. Besides providing fun and enjoyment, these activities serve the useful purpose of survival training for the young people. In 2001, the Beaconhouse Outdoor Education Programme (BOEP) was introduced which aims at combining outdoor experience with learning. This programme has been developed solely for the benefit of students. A dedicated staff has been hired with the necessary expertise in the field of conducting outdoor excursions for children. The cost of the infrastructure and facilities (buses and equipment) required to implement this programme is borne by Beaconhouse, while the students pay for the cost of the trip, which includes meals and/or accommodation, transportation and nominal admission charges for entry into parks, museums etc.
Inter-School and Inter-Regional Competitions
Athletics, cricket, table tennis, badminton, debating and quiz competitions are annual events and are held in different regions by rotation. They provide an opportunity for students to display and develop their skills and to meet their contemporaries from Beaconhouse schools in other parts of the country. As a result of these competitions, Beaconhouse has produced some outstanding sportsmen and sportswomen who have participated in national and international level competitions at home and abroad.
BSS schools organise outings and field trips at intervals throughout the year to places of interest and educational value. These places are chosen for their suitability for the age of the children concerned. Apart from the interest they arouse, they are of value in reinforcing work done in school.
School Clubs and Societies
We encourage a variety of other extra-curricular activities, including participation in Boy Scout and Girl Guides programmes, Anjuman-e-Urdu, debating, drama and many other activities. The range of extra-curricular activities varies from school to school, depending on local conditions, the age of the students, and availability of transportation, etc. These activities usually take place after school hours.
We welcome visits to schools by a wide variety of people. Lecturers, politicians, authors, business people, and sports personalities are all among the people who visit schools to talk to the students. Younger students have greatly enjoyed visits by local tradesmen and craftsmen, sports personalities and even fighter pilots! Meeting such people gives them a broader perspective of the world around them, and a variety of learning opportunities.
School Newsletters and Magazines
All BSS schools produce regular newsletters. Their main purpose is to keep parents informed of current activities and forthcoming events at each school.
The production of school magazines allows senior students to become familiar with various aspects of publishing, whether as writers or editors. Magazines have both English and Urdu sections, and students of all ages are encouraged to contribute to them.