May I take this opportunity to wish all boys and families all the very best for the coming year and a warm ‘welcome back’ after the festive holiday.  It has been lovely to see the boys return in good spirits, raring to face what will be another very busy term.

With very wintry conditions upon us, it was unfortunate that frozen and snow-covered pitches saw Rugby fixtures scheduled for this week cancelled – the weather is forecast to be very cold again for the coming week so time will tell as to when we can get the season back underway. On that point do, please, ensure your sons are warmly dressed for break times, Games lessons etc., and we encourage all boys to have their coats in school each day – with appropriately applied reflective armbands!

Year 5 have settled well into their new classes and routines and have quickly got up and speed – lockers (for the time being!) are lovely and tidy and form rooms abuzz with chatter in the mornings as new friendships are formed and old pals are reunited.

Year 6 have begun preparations for their traditional Spring Term play taking place later this term, and no doubt scripts and song words will be coming home over the course of the next few weeks. Please encourage him to learn any words and assist where you can.

As always, there is lots going on in the coming week so do read any notices pertaining to The Middle School carefully – if you have any questions or queries do contact either myself or Mrs Harris directly.

Mr Probert
Head of Middle School

Sir Lenny Henry – Friday, 9 February

We are thrilled to announce that Sir Lenny Henry will be visiting The New Beacon on Friday, 9 February.

Please use the link below for more details.

Sir Lenny Henry


Lost Property

On Monday, 15 January, all lost property will be outside The New Beacon Centre.  If your son is missing any kit or uniform, please feel free to piles of lost property. Going forward, please make sure all uniform and sports kit is correctly named so that we can ensure it is returned to its rightful owner.


Following an unexpected flurry of snow on Monday, we are pleased click here for our contingency timetable for snow days for the middle and senior school.  As in previous years, the first day of snow in any one week will be a fun day for the boys to play in the snow, go for walks, read etc.  From the second day we will move to our snow timetable.  As you will see from the timetable each day is a mix of academic lessons, cultural activities and assemblies/form periods.  We would suggest that boys remind themselves how to log onto teams and/or zoom, just in case we have inclement weather in the next few weeks.  All work and links will also be sent by email in case boys have difficulty logging on, and therefore we advise boys to check their school email regularly.

Any issues with logging on or school email should be addressed to Mr O’Prey who will contact you as soon as possible if you alert him to any difficulties.  Hopefully, we will not have to use this timetable.


Big Garden Birdwatch – RSPB Initiative
We are working with the RSPB to encourage the Big Garden Birdwatch.

The Eco Warriors showed an interest in helping the birds through the winter with bird feed, and with birds more generally.

Please click here to register for the Big Garden Birdwatch.  You spend an hour watching the birds in your patch, between Friday 26 and Sunday 28 January, and record the birds that land.

There is no joining fee for taking part although some may wish to donate.  The website above will give you everything you need including:

  • A how to guide
  • Coloured pictures of all the relevant birds
  • A tally form for your results

The Eco Warriors are keen to get as many boys as possible taking part. We will be promoting this to the boys in assemblies next week with details of the importance of this initiative, together with pictures of the relevant birds (around 15) and we hope you will be able to help the RSPB in the world’s largest wildlife survey.  Please let me know if you have any questions –


Boarding House
If your son is going to be boarding at his next school in September or you are considering boarding as an option in the future.  Please do contact Nicola Buckner for further information.  If you would like to look around the boarding house please get in touch.


The New Beacon Sports Survey
I just wanted to introduce myself as the new Director of Sport at The New Beacon.  I have had a fantastic first week and the boys have impressed me with their sporting prowess and how welcoming they have been to me.  I am very much looking forward to getting stuck into Sport at The New Beacon and continue to develop its impressive sporting reputation.

I thought it would be a great opportunity to send out a Parent survey to understand what sporting experiences your son participates in outside of school, so we can utilise this information and provide more diverse range of sport related to the data received and offer more opportunity for your son.

If you can, I would be grateful if you could give up 5 minutes of your time to complete the form shown below to enlighten the PE team in what your son participates in outside of school.

The New Beacon Sports Survey

On another note, if your son has any sporting achievements/news outside of school we would love to hear about it, please email me with all the details –

I very much look forward to meeting you all over the coming months on the sidelines.

Mr Herbert
Director of Sport


Current Y5, Y6  & Y7 – Design & Technology Bologna Trip 2024

In October 2024 the Design and Technology Department of The New Beacon is proposing to take a group of year 6 and 7 boys to Bologna. For more details and a provisional programme of events please click here. Alongside the obvious design and construction elements, boys will explore the flavours of Italy at Fico Eataly World with an ice cream making masterclass. Let’s face it, who doesn’t love gelato!

The proposed departure date would be the 19 October 2024, the start of the October half term. Should you be interested please email Mr Barratt at


Iceland 2024 – Important Notice for all Participants
This is an important notice for boys in Year 6 who will be going on the Iceland Adventure from the 23 – 27 March 2024.

Obtaining visas is the responsibility of the parent whose son is going on the trip. Please visit the following links which may help determine if you will need a visa required.

Do you need a visa?

Iceland Passport, Visa and Health Travel document requirements.


Iceland 2024 – Place Available
Four places have become available for this adventure to Iceland.

Should you be interested in affording your son the opportunity to attend this amazing adventure to the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’, applications will be dealt with on a first-come-first served basis.

Brochure for the Iceland Trip


Reflective Armbands
Your son should still wear his reflective armbands on his school blazer until further notice. It is still dark by the time he is collected from school in the late afternoon.


Reminders: important Spring Term dates for your diary

Y5 Parents’ Evenings
Y5 Parents’ Evenings are being held in The Studio on Tuesday, 20 February (5A and 5B names B-J) and on Thursday, 22 February (5C and 5B names L-W). Parents may arrive from 4:45pm with the last appointments being 7:00pm. Further details will follow nearer the time.

Y6 Play
Y6 will be performing their play on the evenings of Tuesday, 12 March / Thursday, 14 March in the Theatre from 7pm and all current Y6 parents will be invited. Additional information in regard to ticket allocation and drop off / collection times will follow in the weeks leading up to the play. We will be seeking assistance from parents in helping with costumes / make up, etc., so if you are able to assist in any way we will be asking for volunteers nearer the time.