Beacon Bursary Fund

The Beacon Bursary Fund is a registered charity (number 310643) independent of The Beacon but connected with it. It has four trustees; Mrs D.E.D. Robinson, Mrs R.A. Morris, Mr A.C. Tomlinson and Mrs F. Mayhew, and Mr F Muzika serves as Clerk to the Trustees.

The Fund’s purpose is to provide financial assistance for the education of pupils at The Beacon whose parents or guardians run into financial difficulties, and who may otherwise have to withdraw their son from school at a time that might be detrimental to their educational progress. Assistance is usually offered only until the time that a family’s financial stability is sufficiently restored to meet the fees, or until a pupil can be moved out of the independent sector with minimal disruption to his studies, and rarely extends beyond a year. The Fund does have the power to offer assistance to parents of former pupils of The Beacon if they are unable to meet the fees of their secondary school but, as a practical matter, the secondary school itself usually provides appropriate help.

The Fund derives its income from parental donations, gift aid and investment income. For more information on how you can support the Fund please click here.

Applications for Assistance from the Fund

The application procedure is as follows:

  • Enquiries regarding possible assistance from the Fund should be made in the first instance to the Clerk to the Trustees, Mr Frank Muzika, on dfo@beaconschool.co.uk or 01494 736168.
  • Please click here to download the application form. Please be assured that this information will be kept confidential at all times; it will only be seen by the Trustees and their Clerk. If appropriate, a meeting will be set up between you and the Trustees to discuss your position. You will be notified, usually within two weeks of the meeting, of the Trustees’ decision regarding the level and term, if any, of the assistance offered.

The Funding Offer

The offer is made in the form of “a percentage of fees and reasonable extras” for a specified number of terms. “Reasonable extras” usually means that:

  • The Fund will pay for all charges that are driven by the curriculum or which form a necessary part of being at the School. This includes official outings.
  • The Fund will not meet the cost of “opt-out items” such as the School Fees Refund Scheme because parents would benefit from any claim on that insurance scheme. Likewise, the Fund cannot pay parents’ contribution to the Bursary Fund itself.
  • The funding will not cover charges for non-curriculum related items such as the “late stay programme”, Music lessons, books or instrument hire, the replacement of damaged or lost items, school photographs or optional School trips (for example skiing).

Based upon these principles, you will receive at each term end a fee bill listing all charges and showing a deduction of the amount that the Fund will pay, making clear the net amount that remains for you to pay. It is a condition of the funding that all amounts owing by the parents are paid by the due date i.e. the first day of the term to which the fees invoice applies. All terms and conditions of the parent contract as displayed on the School website continue to apply, unaffected by bursary arrangements.

Talk & Tours

Throughout July and August, our Headmaster, Will Phelps, and our Registrar, Jane Baines, are 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.”

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