Children join us in Reception from a wide range of local nurseries. The boys enter one of three Reception classes, with a maximum class size of 15 children. Oakway, our dedicated Reception building, has bright, stimulating and spacious classrooms, all of which are linked to our inspiring Outdoor Learning Area to allow free flow. Each class benefits from a fully-qualified teacher as well as its own experienced teaching assistant.

Reception Curriculum

From its earliest stages in Reception, our curriculum aims to foster a life-long love of learning and curiosity in our boys. They enjoy a broad and varied programme of study, with topics that typically inspire boys, such as dinosaurs and bears. These lessons involve both practical and play-based learning. We have daily Maths and Literacy lessons, and all teachers are specifically trained in Read Write Inc. Phonics, which teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. This system also helps our boys to form each letter, spell correctly and compose their ideas step by step. Our Maths curriculum is based on the Abacus Maths scheme that we believe inspires a genuine love of Maths and helps all our boys to master Mathematical concepts. Specialist taught subjects, such as Games, PE, Outdoor Learning and Music & Movement, are spread throughout the week and complement the core learning that takes place in the classroom.

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.”

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