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.

Exemplary Online Education

From the start of the Summer Term, The Beacon introduced a new online phase of our School’s teaching and learning and pastoral care provision – #BeaconExcellence: Online:

• 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)

Safe Return to the School Site

Following Government guidelines, The Beacon were delighted to offer all boys in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 the chance to return to the School site from 1 June. We are also looking forward to welcoming all boys back on the school site for their reconnect day before the end of the term. In self-contained ‘pods’ of up to 15 boys, our Pre-Prep boys enjoy face-to-face teaching and learning with some of their familiar Reception and Year 1 teachers and teaching assistants, while our Year 6 boys continue to access their #BeaconExcellence: Online provision within their pod’s classroom, overseen by a familiar pod leader. All boys enjoy safe and fun outside sessions either outside our Reception’s Oakway building, on our Astro or on Willsfield – our 16 acres of playing fields overlooking the Chiltern Hills. We look forward to welcoming back all our boys in September.

Virtual Open Mornings

Until we are able to safely welcome future families to our School site, we have hosted two Virtual Open Mornings to enable visitors to see and hear all about The Beacon from the safety and comfort of their own homes.

  • Whole School Virtual Open Morning with a welcome address from our Headmaster, Will Phelps, followed by a virtual tour from our Year 8 boys 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.

Throughout July and August, our Headmaster, Will Phelps, is 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. These individual Talk & Tours will take place every Wednesday from 22 July until 26 August and will follow all health and safety guidelines. Please contact our registrar, Jane Baines, with any queries on or call on 01494 432764.

Increased Community Support

The Beacon’s strong ethos of ‘be kind, be kind, be kind‘, is more important than ever through these challenging times and we have been so proud of the incredible ways our Beacon Community have reached out to help those in need. To read more about all the many ways our boys, staff and parents have embodied our School values of kindness and respect, please visit our news pages.

Our wonderful counsellor, Caroline Yolland, who offers support if needed to both to our boys and staff, has also shared her insightful advice in The Telegraph recently on how to prepare children pastorally for a return to school. We are delighted that she was able to share her guidance with all parents.

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

Beacon Parent

“How passionate the teachers are in how they present. That is something as parents we never normally get to see!”

Beacon Parent

“How brilliantly today went. My son was able to be self-sufficient almost straight away and loved being “live” with his friends and teachers!”

Beacon Parent
Head’s Talk & Tours

Throughout July and August, our Headmaster, Will Phelps, is 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.”

For a genuine insight into The Beacon, see our recent review from Muddy Stilettos.