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Supporting Bursaries

We have two bursary funds that create educational opportunity and broaden access to The Beacon; The Headmaster’s Bursary Fund and The Beacon Bursary Fund.

The Headmaster’s Bursary Fund

We are proud of our tradition of offering means-tested bursaries to bright and talented boys who we know will thrive at the school. The Headmaster’s Bursary Fund supports boys from less-advantaged backgrounds, and gives them the chance to access an exceptional education here at The Beacon, and to benefit from the many varied opportunities that such an education provides.

Bursary places at our school are life-changing for the pupils who receive them. We are so grateful to the parents, Old Beaconians and supporters whose donations help us to broaden access and ensure that The Beacon remains a true centre of excellence open to all.

We really appreciate each and every gift, no matter how large or small, as together they have a huge cumulative impact.

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The Beacon Bursary Fund

The Beacon Bursary Fund is a registered charity (number 310643) that runs independently of the School. It provides financial assistance for the education of pupils at The Beacon whose parents or guardians run into temporary financial difficulties, and who may otherwise have to withdraw their son from the school at a time that would be detrimental to their educational progress.

The Fund derives its income from parental donations (made as a voluntary contribution on the termly fee invoice), Gift Aid and investment income.

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Transforming Young Lives

If you are in a position to give the gift of education to a child, please contact us. For most people, this is beyond reach during their lifetimes, however, a legacy of property or shares could help to make a very real difference to the life of a child in the future. To find out more about how to leave a legacy to The Beacon and give the gift of education in your Will, please click below.

Leave a Legacy

To discuss a gift in support of bursaries, please contact our Head of Development, Charlotte Buswell, on 01494 736167 or at

“Without the bursary scheme, I would not have been able to take part in the unique opportunities or access the incredible facilities and experiences that made my time at The Beacon so special and helped shape who I am today. It’s vital that such schemes exist to allow all with potential to thrive regardless of their circumstances, and I will always remember my years at the school with fond memories.”

2016 Bursary Recipient Leaver

“Above all, The Beacon experience has given our son an inner confidence and steel to know that when he steps out of the school gate and into the wider bubble of society, he can walk with his head held high, thoroughly believing he can make a difference for the better. Without even knowing it, he is a role model amongst our family and friends, his school teachers and peers and to his wider community.”

Parents of a 2020 Bursary Recipient Leaver

“The Beacon has shaped the foundation of my life and has given me the best start to a school life that anyone can imagine.”

Headmaster's Bursary Recipient 2020 Leaver

“The generosity the school has shown through the bursary scheme has allowed our son opportunities that he would otherwise not have been able to experience, and has without doubt given him a fine grounding from which to continue his education. I cannot say how grateful we are for this. It has been a revelation to watch our son grow from a quiet, reserved child who arrived in Year 3, to a confident boy who looks to the future with excitement as opposed to trepidation.”

Parents of a 2019 Bursary Recipient Leaver

“The Beacon’s bursary was quite simply a game-changer.  It gave my son the opportunity to flourish in the nurturing and stimulating atmosphere created by the dedicated and caring staff of this marvellous school, helping him to develop both personally and academically, so that he was ready in every way to move on successfully, when the time came, to the next stage of his education.”

Parent of a 2010 Bursary Recipient Leaver
Early Years’ Stay & Play – Tuesday 21 May

We are delighted to welcome families with boys aged 2-4 to our Stay & Play sessions on Tuesday 21 May – click here to book.

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