The curriculum is suitable for all ages and abilities and prepares pupils well for the next stage of their education.

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Academic Life

Welcome to The Beacon curriculum pages. Here you will find a brief curriculum outline or philosophy for each department.

The school prides itself on the breadth of education which it offers its pupils. The enthusiasm and commitment of the staff ensures that an enormous number of opportunities are made available to the boys.

The curriculum is organised so that it more than satisfies the requirements of the National Curriculum in all subjects. It is also designed to equip our boys with skills and experiences which will prepare them for their future lives.

In the Foundation Stage (Reception) the boys participate in activities that encompass the seven areas of learning; Communication and Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Expressive Arts and Design, Understanding the World, Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Physical Development. From Year 1 all boys take Mathematics, English, Science, Geography, History, RS, Music, Art, CDT, ICT and PSHEE. International Studies is taught to all boys from Years 2 to 4.  Boys in Year 5 study French and Spanish and then decide at the end of the year which of these two languages they will study in Years 6 -8.  Latin/Classics is taught to all boys from Year 6.

In Reception there are two specialist taught sessions of PE and games and in Years 1 and 2 there are three. In Years 3 and up there are three sessions each week for Games and one session for PE.

During Years 7 and 8 boys are prepared for entry to public school through the Prep School Baccalaureate (PSB) and Senior School entrance exams and scholarships. The PSB follows the CE syllabus for academic subjects, but it also encompasses all non-academic subjects, including a leadership aspect. All boys will be prepared for their chosen Senior School.