The Beacon’s COVID-19 Response

During these unprecedented times, The Beacon continues to light the way for our boys and our Community.

Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been multi-layered, flexible and innovative and we continue to adapt our response with the safety of our entire Community always as our number one priority.

Ability to Switch to Exemplary Online Education

From the start of the Summer Term 2020, The Beacon introduced a new online phase of our School’s teaching and learning and pastoral care provision – #BeaconExcellence: Online. Following the second closure of School sites, announced by the government on Monday 4 January 2021, we immediately switched all our boys (from Reception to Year 8) back to our exemplary #BeaconExcellence: Online provision without a break in their learning and pastoral care. This encompasses:

  • Timetables for all based on each boy’s normal Beacon timetable, including Games, PE and DT
  • Live lessons in Microsoft Teams combined with a comprehensive range of pre-recorded lessons
  • Additional activities in Music, Drama, Cooking & Nutrition and Art
  • Live Tutor Time each morning where boys receive important pastoral support
  • Daily interaction with class and subject teachers, Form Tutors and, importantly, fellow classmates
  • Assemblies, videos and podcasts from our Headmaster and Heads of Sections each week
  • Access to our in-house counsellor every day (available to boys and their families)

Virtual Open Day – Saturday 6 February 2021

As we find ourselves in unprecedented times, The Beacon School is proactively finding ways to operate as normally as possible. Our next Virtual Open Morning will take place on Saturday 6 February and will feature a live welcome address from our Headmaster, Will Phelps, followed by a virtual tour video, talks from senior team members and a live Q&A.

To register your interest, please click here.

Alternatively, you can view one of our two previous Virtual Open Mornings, which took place last summer, from the safety and comfort of your own home.

  • Whole School Virtual Open Morning with a welcome address from our Headmaster, Will Phelps, followed by a virtual tour and talks from our senior team and Director of Admissions.
  • Pre-Prep Virtual Open Morning to enable you to see and hear about Beacon 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 followed by a closing address from our Headmaster, Will Phelps.

Please contact our Director of Admissions, Pippa Pearson, with any queries on or call on 01494 432764.


“Our son isn’t very sporty, however he loves the inclusive sport at The Beacon as he gets to play for his team against other Schools. This is such a vital skill in life!”


“How incredibly impressive and smooth the shift to online learning has been. It is truly exemplary.”

Beacon Parent

“There can be few Prep Schools with opportunities as diverse as The Beacon’s…and facilities to match!”

Virtual Open Morning

You are warmly invited to join our Virtual Open Morning on Saturday 6 February to find out more about The Beacon.

Please click here to register and for more information on our Virtual Open Mornings.

“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 lifestyle website Muddy Stilettos.