It has been another frosty week and although the rumoured snow has not made an appearance, I am sure icy windscreens have added to the enjoyment of the early morning school run. However, as I write the sun is blazing across the Upper trying to warm the pitches and the prospect of slightly warmer weather next week awaits. Thankfully, many boys were able to enjoy the first matches of the season this week, albeit reverting to touch rugby to enable play. Well done to those who participated.

This week has seen the start of the activities programme for the term. It is excellent to see the boys engaging in a wide variety of clubs, but as always it is also important to ensure that the boys also get a good amount of rest in their busy daily schedules.

It is the time of year when we begin to see the trickle of Senior School places being offered for Year 6 boys. We understand how important and, at times stressful, this can be for boys and parents alike and so are here to offer support when needed.

The term continues to be busy so please do read the notices below with care.

Georgia Harris
Assistant Head of Middle School

Friday, 9 February – Sir Lenny Henry
Please do ensure you have completed the below form if you wish to order any additional books by Sir Lenny Henry by 5pm Thursday, 25 January. As part of the visit each child will be allocated a signed copy of Sir Lenny Henry’s newest book The Clash of the Superkids which will be added to your end of term bill.

Please use the link below to find out more details visit to the school by Sir Lenny Henry.

The Clash of the Superkids


Planners, reading books and pencil cases
Please can we remind the boys that is it vital they have the relevant equipment for their lessons, this should always include planners, a reading book and correctly stocked pencil cases. The instances of boys not having everything they need is becoming a habit for some. It may well be that some pencil cases need replenishing.


Y6 Interview refreshers
Whilst the majority of Y6 boys have visited their chosen senior schools for their interviews, a number of boys are yet to attend such days and therefore the school will always offer a ‘refresher’ session to those wishing to visit Mrs Brownsdon in advance of any impending interview. You will recall that all Y6 boys had interview practice with The Head in the Autumn Term, but that seems like a lifetime ago so do keep Mr Probert / Mrs Harris up to date with any senior school visits and whether you’d like your son to have this refresher.

Additionally, with a number of senior schools offering places to boys, please inform Mr Probert / Mrs Harris if you intend to accept an offer to ensure we are able to keep our records up to date. Some schools are better than others at keeping us informed!


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

The Eco Warriors have shown an interest in helping birds through the winter with bird feed, and with birds more generally. The following link will take you to the relevant site where you can 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 have promoted this to all boys in assembly in the Pre-Prep and Junior School with the details of the importance of this initiative, together with pictures of the relevant birds (around 15) and showing them how to identify the birds by their colour, size, song and beaks.  Middle and Senior school are also participating.  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 –

Charles Hutchison


Cold Weather Clothing
As the colder weather sets in, it is crucial for the boys to stay warm and comfortable. On this note, please make sure boys are dressed appropriately for the chilly temperatures and have their hats, scarves and gloves with them every day.

Please ensure the hats and scarves are The New Beacon branded ones and the gloves can be either black or navy blue.

Boys can wear blazers, duffle coats or the New Beacon fleece-lined coats.


Off Games
We would just like to remind Middle and Senior School (Years 5-8) parents, that if boys are ‘off-games’ they should either email the Form Teacher or write a note in their son’s planner to show the Form Teacher.  If a boy becomes unfit for games during the school day, Mrs Hoffmann, our First Aid Lead, will take them ‘off games’.  Boys who are ’off games’ report to Mrs Hoffman and then join the ‘off-games’ group where they can read, do their prep, or catch up on work.  The exception to this is on a Wednesday afternoon when they can join the full and varied activity programme.

Boys who are ‘off-games’ do not usually go home early unless specific permission has been given by Mrs Brownsdon.  Exceptions to this would be if a boy is returning after an extended period of illness and/or surgery or is newly injured. In such a case, please email the Form Teacher with the time and arrangements for collection.  If necessary, the Form Teacher will seek permission for a pupil to leave early from Mrs Brownsdon or Mrs Yeats-Brown.


Model Club – Tuesday, 23 January CANCELLED
Middle School Model Club will be cancelled this coming Tuesday (23 Jan.) due to after school staff training. Boys are welcome to stay for the prep session on Tuesday should parents not be able to collect their son at 4:00/4:30pm – and apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.


Summer Fete – Please Save the Date!
The NBPA are really happy to announce that The New Beacon Summer Fete 2024 will be held on Saturday, 8 June from 12pm to 3pm. This is a wonderful family and friends fundraising event with all kinds of activities. Including, game stalls, inflatables, tractor rides, food, live music, the Year 8 Tug of War, Junior and Adult raffle, and the famous Year 7 Long Bar, where we get to relax and enjoy watching our children having lots of fun! Look out for more details over the coming months.


Please click on the following links to catch up with the past week’s highlights 

Early Years’ Highlights


Years 1-8 Highlights