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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 Director of Admissions, Pippa Pearson, will support you through this time as we welcome you to our Beacon Community. Please do contact Pippa directly with any queries or to arrange a tour on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01494 432764.
There are four main entry points into The Beacon – Nursery (age 3), 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.
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.
You may register your son for admission at any time after birth, which requires a non-refundable registration fee of £125. Registered boys are then placed on a waiting list in order of date of registration.
A year prior to entry in the Autumn term, we invite prospective Nursery and Reception boys to an informal play session with our Head of Early Years to ensure he is ready to start at The Beacon the following September. Offers are then sent in registration date order.
Boys are invited to a Taster Day in the term prior to starting to enable your son to experience life as a Beacon boy. During the day he will enjoy a variety of lessons, lunch and have the opportunity to meet his teachers and boys. During the day boys will be assessed using a verbal and non-verbal standardised test, and offer letters will be sent out a few days after a successful Taster Day.
In the October prior to entry, we invite registered boys to our Taster Day. They enjoy a fun, interactive day enjoying lessons, Games and Drama while being assessed through observations. The boys complete a verbal and non-verbal assessments (in Years 4-8 these assessments are online) and for older boys in Years 7 and 8 an informal interview. In addition, we ask for a school reference or current school report.
For families joining The Beacon in September, boys take part in a Moving-up Morning in July prior to starting and an Induction Afternoon (Years 1 to 8) the day before term starts. We find this really supports new joiners settle in at The Beacon. For parents, we hold an Information Evening 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 joiners’ packs and School Handbook.