Admissions

Choosing the right school for your child is an important decision, so it’s essential you feel happy and confident throughout the admissions process. Our experienced and friendly Registrar, Mrs Jane Baines, will support you through this time as we welcome you to our Beacon Community. Please do contact Jane directly with any queries on admissions@beaconschool.co.uk or call on 01494 432764.

There are three main entry points into The Beacon – Reception (age 4), Year 3 (age 7) and Year 7 (age 11). However, places in other year groups do become available from time to time, so please do enquire.

You may register your son for admission at any time after birth. Early registration is advised and we encourage families to visit The Beacon during the School day to see the School in action and to meet our Headmaster, William Phelps.

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Admissions Enquiries during The Beacon Site Closure due to COVID-19

Admissions Enquiries for September 2020 and Future Years during The Beacon School Site Closure

As The Beacon’s School site is currently closed for visits, our Admissions enquiry process has been adapted.

We hope that you have had a chance to explore our School remotely via our website and our Social Media channels (Facebook and Twitter). These will all give you a good sense of the incredible ethos of our School and, more recently, our transfer to #BeaconExcellence: Online – a complete educational and pastoral approach to teaching and learning that is leading the way in Prep School Remote Learning.

Until we can welcome you to our incredible School, the virtual tour will give you some insight into our wonderful facilities. Due to the dedication of our teaching staff, The Beacon has an enviable reputation for academic excellence. Please do look at our destination senior schools, our Buckinghamshire 11+ test results and our boys’ success in gaining entry and winning scholarships in Academia, Music, Art, Drama, Sport and Design & Technology to the very best day and boarding schools in the country.

Open Mornings and Virtual Meetings

We know that nothing can replicate a visit to The Beacon to see our School in action, to chat with our boys and to meet our Headmaster, Will Phelps.

Our Headmaster or one of our Sectional Heads would be delighted to meet prospective parents via video call to discuss your son(s) and our inspiring school.  From Wednesday 22 July, our Headmaster would welcome ‘Talk & Tours‘ on-site to meeting any parents wishing to explore The Beacon.

Please contact Jane on registrar@beaconschool.co.uk to arrange a mutually convenient time for either a video call or our on-site ‘Talk & Tour’.

You may also wish to view our Virtual Open Mornings. We have hosted two events this summer:

  • Whole School Virtual Open Morning with a welcome address from our Headmaster, Will Phelps, followed by a virtual tour from our Year 8 boys and talks from our senior team and Registrar.
  • Pre-Prep Virtual Open Morning to enable you to see and hear about life in Reception to Year 2.  After a virtual tour of the school, it will give you the opportunity to hear from the key members of the Pre-Prep team and a closing address from our Headmaster, Will Phelps.

Alternatively, you can join our Open Morning on Saturday 10 October 2020, when our Years 7 and 8 boys will take you on a full tour and give you their personal insights as to why The Beacon is such an outstanding school.

Availability and Registering Online

Please do contact Jane directly at registrar@beaconschool.co.uk or 01494 432764.  Jane will be able to advise you of availability in all year groups for September 2020 and beyond.

You can also enquire online about a school place for your son, and you may wish to start the Admissions process by registering your son online.

Admissions Procedures for Applications for September 2020

We have adapted our admissions procedures during the School site closure. If you are seeking admission into The Beacon for September 2020 and there is a place available, we will ask you to complete the following steps:

  1. Register your son.
  2. Provide a copy of your son’s last full school report and any mid-term/interim reports, together with copies of any standardised test results (CATs or SATs).
  3. Provide a copy of any reports that you may hold relating to your son’s educational development such as an Educational Psychologist report.
  4. We may request a reference from your son’s current class teacher or invite your son to take part in an informal interview via Skype for our higher year groups.
  5. Following a successful review of your son’s application, an offer letter will be emailed to you.
  6. A scanned copy of your signed Acceptance Form to the Registrar, together with payment of your deposit, will confirm a place for your son for September.

We do understand that you may need further information and advice from our staff and Jane will be happy to arrange calls/video calls with:

Will Phelps, the Headmaster
Ryan Steward, Head of Pre-Prep (Reception to Year 2)
Jemima Elcomb, Head of Lower School (Years 3 and 4)
Stephen Miles, Head of Middle School (Years 5 and 6)
Edward Tenison, Head of Upper School (Years 7 and 8)
Nikki Olhausen, Director of Studies, for advice on 11+ and 13+ and senior school requirements.

Our specialist staff are also happy to contact parents to provide further information about our Music, Drama and Sports provision – all of which we are incredibly proud of at The Beacon.

We look forward to welcoming you – remotely and, eventually, in person – to The Beacon. Our very best wishes to you and your family at this time.

Jane Baines – Registrar

Admissions Procedure for Pre-Prep Entry (Reception to Year 2)

Visit The Beacon

We encourage families to visit our School at an Open Morning or arrange an individual meeting with our Headmaster, William Phelps, combined with a tour of the School.

Registering Your Son

Please register your son using our online registration form, which requires a non-refundable registration fee of £125. Registered boys are then placed on a waiting list in order of date of registration.

Offer of a Place

Reception Place: A year prior to entry, we invite prospective Reception boys to an informal play session with our Head of Early Years, Mrs Claire Sharp, to ensure he is ready to start Reception the following September. Offers are sent in order of date of registration.

Years 1 and 2 Place: Boys are invited to a taster day in the term prior to starting. The boys experience an interactive day at The Beacon, touring the facilities, sharing a delicious lunch, attending lessons such as PE and Music and meeting the teachers and current boys. This allows your son to familiarise himself with the School and to see for himself what it might be like to be a Beacon boy. During the day your son will be assessed, using a verbal and non-verbal standardised test.

Joining The Beacon

For boys joining Pre-Prep in September, a moving-up morning for boys and an information meeting for parents are held in the Summer Term prior to joining. The information meeting provides parents with valuable information, such as uniform lists and daily routines, and gives parents the opportunity to meet their son’s teacher. We give you access to our Parent Portal, which includes the joining packs and School Handbook.

Uniform

Both the School Shop and the Second-Hand Uniform Shop are located adjacent to the North Car Park and are open during the term time, moving-up mornings and on a number of days during the holidays. Private appointments with our uniform supplier, Stevensons, can also be made by contacting them on beacon@stevensons.co.uk or 01727 224139.

Opening times for the School shop during term time are:

  • Mondays: 08:00 – 09:00 and 15:00 – 17:00
  • Thursdays: 08:00 – 09:00

Opening times for the Second-Hand Uniform Shop during term time are:

  • Mondays: 08:05 – 08:45
  • Tuesdays: 08:05 – 08:45
  • Thursdays: 08:05 – 08:45

Due to COVID-19, our Stevensons Shop and Second-Hand Uniform Shop are currently closed on-site. All uniform can be ordered online by visiting Stevensons, who are offering a free 120 day return policy. During this unprecedented time, all orders should be placed by 17 July to guarantee delivery before the start of the September term.

The Stevensons Shop will be open to book private sizing appointments for new joiners only from Monday 6 July to Thursday 30 July. To book an appointment, please register and log in to the Stevensons website and select appointments. Following the appointment, new joiners will need to visit Stevenons online to place their uniform order.

We hope (Government guidance permitting) that our shops will be open as per normal hours when the new term starts in September, operating a ‘one in, one out’ policy.

Admissions Procedure for Lower School Entry (Years 3 & 4)

Visit The Beacon

We encourage families to visit our School at an Open Morning or arrange an individual meeting with our Headmaster, William Phelps, combined with a tour of the School.

Registering Your Son

Please register your son using our online registration form, accompanied with a non-refundable registration fee of £125. Registered boys are then placed on a waiting list in order of date of registration.

Assessment

For Year 3 Place: In the October prior to entry, registered boys are invited to attend our Year 3 Assessment Day. The boys experience a fully-interactive day at The Beacon, touring the facilities, sharing a delicious lunch, attending lessons such as PE and Music, and meeting the teachers and current boys. They are assessed by the Head of Pre-Prep and Lower School through observations made during the day, verbal and non-verbal reasoning tests and reports from current schools.

For Year 4 Place: Invitations to attend an Assessment Day are sent out to parents of boys who are registered for Year 4. The boys are assessed through online verbal and non-verbal reasoning tests, reports from current schools and observations made during the day as they attend lessons and informal interviews. We hope the boys will enjoy their fully-interactive day at The Beacon, touring the facilities, sharing a delicious lunch, attending lessons such as PE and Music, and meeting the teachers and current boys.

Offer of a Place

Following the Assessment Day, offer letters are sent out to parents of boys who have been successful.

Joining The Beacon

For boys joining the Lower School in September, a moving-up morning for boys and an information meeting for parents are held in the Summer Term prior to joining. The information meeting provides parents with valuable information, such as uniform lists and daily routines, and gives parents the opportunity to meet their son’s teacher. We give you access to our Parent Portal, which includes the joining packs and School Handbook. All boys in Years 3 and 4 who are joining in September are also invited to an induction afternoon the day before the start of the Autumn Term to meet their Class Teacher and enjoy a fun treasure hunt to help familiarise themselves with the School. The afternoon culminates with refreshments in our dining hall for parents, boys and teachers.

Uniform

Both the School Shop and the Second-Hand Uniform Shop are located adjacent to the North Car Park and are open during the term time, moving-up mornings and on a number of days during the holidays. Private appointments with our uniform supplier, Stevensons, can also be made by contacting them on beacon@stevensons.co.uk or 01727 224139.

Opening times for the School shop during term time are:

  • Mondays: 08:00 – 09:00 and 15:00 – 17:00
  • Thursdays: 08:00 – 09:00

Opening times for the Second-Hand Uniform Shop during term time are:

  • Mondays: 08:05 – 08:45
  • Tuesdays: 08:05 – 08:45
  • Thursdays: 08:05 – 08:45

Due to COVID-19, our Stevensons Shop is currently closed on-site. All uniform can be ordered online by visiting Stevensons, who are offering a free 120 day return policy. During this unprecedented time, all orders should be placed by 17 July to guarantee delivery before the start of the September term.

The Stevensons Shop will be open to book private sizing appointments for new joiners only from Monday 6 July to Thursday 30 July. To book an appointment, please register and log in to the Stevensons website and select appointments. Following the appointment, new joiners will need to visit Stevensons online to place their uniform order.

Our Second-Hand Uniform Shop will be open on select days over the summer holiday, please email admissions@beaconschool.co.uk for more details.

We hope (Government guidance permitting) that our shops will be open as per normal hours when the new term starts in September, operating a ‘one in, one out’ policy.

Admissions Procedure for Middle School Entry (Years 5 & 6)

Visit The Beacon

We encourage families to visit our School at an Open Morning or arrange an individual meeting with our Headmaster, William Phelps, combined with a tour of the School.

Registering Your Son

Please register your son using our online registration form, accompanied with a non-refundable registration fee of £125. Registered boys are then placed on a waiting list in order of date of registration.

Assessment

Invitations to attend an Assessment Day are sent out to parents of boys who are registered for Years 5 and 6. The boys are assessed through online verbal and non-verbal reasoning tests, reports from current schools and observations made during the day as they attend lessons and informal interviews. We hope the boys enjoy their day spent at The Beacon, seeing the facilities and meeting the teachers and boys.

Offer of a Place

Offer letters are sent out to parents of boys who have been successful following the Assessment Day.

Joining The Beacon

For boys joining the Middle School in September, a moving-up morning for boys and an information meeting for parents are held in the Summer Term prior to joining. The information meeting provides parents with valuable information, such as uniform lists and daily routines, and gives parents the opportunity to meet their son’s teacher. We give you access to our Parent Portal, which includes the joining packs and School Handbook. All boys in Years 5 and 6 who are joining in September are invited to come to an induction afternoon the day before the start of the Autumn Term to meet their Tutors in their rooms, locate their lockers and familiarise themselves with the School.

Uniform

Both the School Shop and the Second-Hand Uniform Shop are located adjacent to the North Car Park and are open during the term time, moving-up mornings and on a number of days during the holidays. Private appointments with our uniform supplier, Stevensons, can also be made by contacting them on beacon@stevensons.co.uk or 01727 224139.

Opening times for the School shop during term time are:

  • Mondays: 08:00 – 09:00 and 15:00 – 17:00
  • Thursdays: 08:00 – 09:00

Opening times for the Second-Hand Uniform Shop during term time are:

  • Mondays: 08:05 – 08:45
  • Tuesdays: 08:05 – 08:45
  • Thursdays: 08:05 – 08:45

Due to COVID-19, our Stevensons Shop is currently closed on-site. All uniform can be ordered online by visiting Stevensons, who are offering a free 120 day return policy. During this unprecedented time, all orders should be placed by 17 July to guarantee delivery before the start of the September term.

The Stevensons Shop will be open to book private sizing appointments for new joiners only from Monday 6 July to Thursday 30 July. To book an appointment, please register and log in to the Stevensons website and select appointments. Following the appointment, new joiners will need to visit Stevensons online to place their uniform order.

Our Second-Hand Uniform Shop will be open on select days over the summer holiday, please email admissions@beaconschool.co.uk for more details.

We hope (Government guidance permitting) that our shops will be open as per normal hours when the new term starts in September, operating a ‘one in, one out’ policy.

Admission Procedure for Upper School Entry (Years 7 & 8)

Visit The Beacon

We encourage families to visit our School at an Open Morning or arrange an individual meeting with our Headmaster, William Phelps, combined with a tour of the School.

Registering Your Son

Please register your son using our online registration form, accompanied with a non-refundable registration fee of £125. Registered boys are then placed on a waiting list in order of date of registration.

Assessment

Towards the end of the Autumn Term before entry, invitations to attend an Assessment Day are sent out to parents of boys who are registered for Year 7. The boys are assessed through verbal and non-verbal reasoning tests, an informal interview, reports from current schools and observations made during the day as the boys attend lessons. We hope your son enjoys their day spent at The Beacon, seeing the facilities and meeting the teachers and boys.

Offer of a Place

Offer letters are sent out to parents of boys who have been successful following the Assessment Day.

Joining The Beacon

For boys joining the Upper School in September, a moving-up morning for boys and an information meeting for parents are held in the Summer Term prior to joining. The information meeting provides parents with valuable information, such as uniform lists and daily routines, and gives parents the opportunity to meet their son’s tutor. We give you access to our Parent Portal, which includes the joining packs and School Handbook. New Year 7 boys are also invited to come to an induction afternoon the day before the start of the Autumn Term, to meet their Tutors in their rooms, locate their lockers and familiarise themselves with the School.

Uniform

Both the School Shop and the Second-Hand Uniform Shop are located adjacent to the North Car Park and are open during the term time, moving-up mornings and on a number of days during the holidays. Private appointments with our uniform supplier, Stevensons, can also be made by contacting them on beacon@stevensons.co.uk or 01727 224139.

Opening times for the School shop during term time are:

  • Mondays: 08:00 – 09:00 and 15:00 – 17:00
  • Thursdays: 08:00 – 09:00

Opening times for the Second-Hand Uniform Shop during term time are:

  • Mondays: 08:05 – 08:45
  • Tuesdays: 08:05 – 08:45
  • Thursdays: 08:05 – 08:45

Due to COVID-19, our Stevensons Shop is currently closed on-site. All uniform can be ordered online by visiting Stevensons, who are offering a free 120 day return policy. During this unprecedented time, all orders should be placed by 17 July to guarantee delivery before the start of the September term.

The Stevensons Shop will be open to book private sizing appointments for new joiners only from Monday 6 July to Thursday 30 July. To book an appointment, please register and log in to the Stevensons website and select appointments. Following the appointment, new joiners will need to visit Stevensons online to place their uniform order.

Our Second-Hand Uniform Shop will be open on select days over the summer holiday, please email admissions@beaconschool.co.uk for more details.

We hope (Government guidance permitting) that our shops will be open as per normal hours when the new term starts in September, operating a ‘one in, one out’ policy.

Head’s Talk & Tours

Throughout July and August, our Headmaster, Will Phelps, is inviting future Beacon families to safely meet with him on our School site for a socially-distanced tour of our incredible school and an informal talk about your son and his education. Please click here for more details.

“The largest single sex Prep School in the UK, The Beacon still has an impressively inclusive, family feel to it, with a focus on pastoral care and turning out well-rounded boys.”

For a genuine insight into The Beacon, see our recent review from Muddy Stilettos.