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This is a classic boys’ prep, set on the edge of green Chiltern beech woods yet just down the road from the Metropolitan line. ‘Lovely’ teachers and a very caring feel, say parents. Newish director of pastoral care is overseeing a structured programme of PHSE lessons throughout the school. ‘You can get exam results and win matches, but unless you help boys understand themselves and learn how to deal with pressure, you’re not doing your job.’ The new programme includes developing emotional intelligence and well-being, and talking honestly about issues.

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The Beacon is a lively boys' prep school situated in Buckinghamshire. From the moment your son arrives at The Beacon, he will be encouraged, educated and enthralled by a dedicated team of staff who have one aim: to make every day at school a memorable one.

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Headmaster

Since September 2015, William Phelps, previously head of the British International School in New York. Theology degree from King's College London and PGCE from Oxford; taught at Aldenham and Abingdon before heading to the Big Apple in 2010.

Entrance

Now three reception classes. Non-selective in the early years, mildly selective from year 3 upwards: ‘We want to make sure that they’re going to fit in with what we’ve got, and that we can deal with their needs’. Also takes some five to 10 boys into year 7, including boys from state primaries who have not got places in the local grammar schools, as well as ‘those whose parents think they would benefit from two years at the top of a prep school rather than at the bottom of a secondary school’.

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Special Education Needs

The Learning Support Centre at The Beacon exists to help those boys who are experiencing difficulties with academic work by providing assistance on several levels: support to the boys, staff and parents. Most of the difficulties come into the category of mild to moderate specific learning differences, such as dyslexia. We have a team of qualified specialist teachers, a specialist support assistant and a visiting Speech & Language Therapist. We also work closely with the School Counsellor. Our main aim is to identify boys who need help as early as possible and to put interventions in place at this stage. Research has shown that the best outcome for all is when intervention is in place early in the child's life. We keep up-to-date with current research within the field and aim to improve the boys' literacy and numeracy skills. We use multisensory methods to try and help the boys to achieve their full potential. We ensure that teachers in the school are aware of the importance of identifying, and providing for, those boys who have specific learning differences. The learning needs of the individual boys are also made known to all those who teach them. All staff have had access to training in specific learning difficulties. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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