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Pastoral care is central to the ethos of The Beacon. We are a happy school with a strong pastoral system involving a multi-disciplinary team who meet on a regular basis to discuss and address whole-school issues. The welfare and wellbeing of the boys is the primary focus, but the team play a significant role in how we can demonstrate our Beacon values.
Boys are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions and words, behave with integrity, work hard to achieve their best in all aspects of school life, learn how to deal gracefully with setbacks whilst building the resilience, courage and confidence that will sustain them through the changes and challenges of modern life.
Our core message of ‘Be kind, be kind, be kind’ is a simple yet effective school ethos, which is communicated regularly at all levels.
The health and care of your child is of utmost importance at The Beacon. Our Medical Centre is permanently staffed by qualified nurses between 08:00 and 18:00. All our staff are first aid trained, and the Medical Centre and Early Years staff are Paediatric Level 3 first aid trained. We ask the parents of all new joiners to The Beacon to fill out a contact and medical details form. This ensures that the Medical Centre staff are aware of any past and current medical history, so that your child receives the highest standard of care possible at The Beacon.
Our School Counsellor is Mrs Caroline Yolland. She is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP); she is also a qualified teacher with many years’ experience of working in pastoral care and counselling.
The Beacon’s pastoral ethos is that early intervention and prevention is the key element in supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. It is of vital importance that they are given the time to feel able to talk about their emotions and feelings from an early age without stigma. Children and young people need to feel that they have permission to share feelings and emotions in a non-judgemental environment and our supportive counselling service offers this in a consistent and caring way to our boys.
The Beacon’s House System is used to encourage hard work, good manners and resilience through healthy competition. Boys are placed in one of four houses in Year 3, with siblings joining the same house. The four houses are named after lighthouses – Cromer, Eddystone, Portland and Trinity. There are inter-house competitions in sports, debating, Design & Technology and general knowledge. The winning house members enjoy a house treat at the end of term, such as a pool party or film night. The houses are led by Year 8 boys and a House Master. House Assemblies take place every fortnight and involve team-building activities such as treasure hunts, quizzes and charity events.
The School Council comprises representatives from each class who are chosen to represent the views of the boys. The School Council enables boys to raise issues and concerns and to suggest ideas for making improvements to our School, environment and local community. The boys take part in half-termly meetings, where they hold discussions and bring along their forms’ suggestion boxes.
By teaching mindfulness from Reception upwards, we are helping our boys to build a sense of self-awareness through paying attention to the present moment. Allowing a few minutes every day to experience and connect with how they feel, in a non-judgemental way, enables them to slow down and self-regulate their emotions. Learning this invaluable life skill from a young age helps them manage the ever-increasing pace of life as they grow and develop.
A new initiative at The Beacon is our mentoring system. Our Year 7 and 8 boys have the opportunity to extend their leadership skills by mentoring our younger boys in Lower School. The mentors organise games and discussions and offer support during break and lunch times.