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.

A Safe and Healthy Return For All

In line with the government’s direction, and following a robust risk assessment process and dedicated work behind the scenes, The Beacon is delighted to safely welcome back all our boys to our School site for the Autumn 2020 Term. Essential measures in place include:

  • A requirement that people who are ill stay at home
  • Robust hand and respiratory hygiene
  • Enhanced cleaning arrangements
  • Active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
  • Formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school to minimise potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practicable. This includes: introducing a one-way system around the site; staggered start, finish, break and lunch times; avoiding contact between groups; arranging classrooms with forward facing desks; and staff maintaining distance from pupils and other staff as much as possible.

Keeping our community and boys safe and accessing the incredible opportunities and pastoral support that is integral to a Beacon education is and will remain The Beacon’s top priority. We are most definitely #RoaringBack in Autumn 2020.

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. Should The Beacon need to close the School site or restrict access to a particular ‘bubble’, we can automatically switch the boys back to our exemplary #BeaconExcellence: Online provision without a break in their learning and care. This would encompass:

  • Timetables for all based on each boy’s normal Beacon timetable
  • 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)

Socially Distanced Open Day

Saturday 9 February  (09:00 – 16:00)

To safely welcome new families to The Beacon and share with them our incredible school, we have adapted our upcoming Open Day to include individual, socially-distanced tours of our school with a member of our team.

To pre-book a tour at our next Open Day, please click here.

Alternatively, you can view one of our two Virtual Open Mornings, which took place before the 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 Registrar.
  • 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 registrar, Jane Baines, 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!”