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In Middle School (Years 5 and 6), your son will continue to grow in independence and responsibility at The Beacon. His ability to reflect, to communicate and to collaborate with others will expand. Our tutor system is introduced, which provides the boys with excellent pastoral support and personal development. Boys in our Middle School thrive in the happy, motivating environment where every boy can grow.
Further specialist teachers in all subjects are introduced in Year 6, including Geography, History, Classics and Latin and French or Spanish, sharing their love and knowledge of their chosen subject with their classes. Boys have a vast array of academic opportunities open to them in these years, such as school debates, our Sky News Day, author workshops, Maths challenges and cross-curricular trips.
Life in our Middle School provides a wide variety of opportunities for our boys to discover and develop their talents and interests, allowing them the greatest range of options for their futures. Whether it is Warhammer, drama or hockey, there is a wide range of extra-curricular activities available to suit every boy. All boys in Middle School also experience playing as part of a sports team against other schools, which promotes self-esteem and confidence, helping the boys build strengths in perseverance, resilience, teamwork and leadership.
Boys in Years 5 and 6 take part in the Middle School Diploma. Throughout the year, the boys are encouraged to participate in a wider curriculum and take part in community events. This includes fund-raising activities outside of the School, reading with the boys from Pre-Prep, taking part in the planning of assemblies, and participation in clubs, drama productions, sports matches and trips. The boys’ confidence and maturity grow with this involvement in the wider Beacon experience.
Your son will leave Middle School at The Beacon ready for the next stage of his education, either at one of the local grammar schools or joining our superb Upper School, which prepares boys fully for independent senior schools and beyond. Your son will continue to build on the solid foundation he has laid down at The Beacon and will flourish as he progresses in his future education.
Steve Miles – Head of Middle School