The school has been much quieter than usual this week, with both Y7 and Y8 off on their travels. Y7 have been in and around Paris (rumour has it there has been a visit to Euro Disney!) whilst Y8 have been in Northern France visiting the historic beaches of Normandy as well as numerous other excursions as part of their leavers’ programme. Boys in the Middle School have all this excitement ahead of them and to look forward to in future years – with the majority of the hard work during the school year behind them it is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy some time away form the routine and rigour of the classroom and unwind with their friends during the final part of the term.

Y6, of course, will no doubt be packing their bags for their trip to PGL which departs on Monday – I have linked the important equipment list just in case! Again, this is a lovely way to end to the school year – lots of high energy activities and long days will no doubt see the boys in need of an early night when they return on Wednesday. Y5 parents will have received details of their ‘Camp Out’ taking place next Friday – again an early night on Saturday may be in order…

On more serious matter, Y5 visited Sevenoaks Town Sanctuary yesterday as part of ‘Refugee Week’ – an important time for reflection about those far less fortunate than us. Mrs Brownsdon spoke at length in Chapel at the start of the week about not only how lucky we are, but also the importance of looking out for and doing what we can for others – an important message that the Y5 boys embraced yesterday when they were, once again, a credit to the school.

Finally, please ensure you complete any permission forms as promptly as you can – there are a number of events/trips/activities that require parental permission so do, please, aid my colleagues and I in our planning by returning the necessary permissions when requested. The Y5 Camp Out and Y6 Hog Roast and Leavers’ Farewell are two such examples where food orders need to be placed and numbers known in advance – we don’t want anyone going hungry!

Wishing you a pleasant weekend – I’m now off to brace myself for the ‘fun’ that is PGL..!

Tom Probert
Head of Middle School

Thursday 27 June
With under two weeks till sports day, we are preparing all parents and pupils for this great celebration of athletics at The New Beacon.

We are expecting it to be a great day of sport throughout the school (Y1-Y8) and hope you will be able to join us. Please see more detailed information HERE and some of the generic information below:

  1. We’re hoping the whole school will come together for a picnic on the day. Post-Sports Day for Pre-Prep and Junior school and Pre-Sports Day for Middle and Senior School at 12:30pm. Please bring a picnic lunch for you and your son. Please can you contact if you will need a packed lunch for the day made by school. Boys whose parents aren’t staying will need to be supervised by staff but do let us know if your son will be joining another family for the picnic.
  2. Please ensure your son comes into school in his PE kit wearing a company coloured top (non-football tops where possible), trainers/spikes, water bottle, hat, suntan cream.
  3. Toilets- If you would require the toilets during your visit, please use the toilets provided in the NBC (sports centre).
  4. Spectating: You are welcome to go onto the field to watch your son perform his field activities but please make sure you stand on the perimeter to avoid impeding the events.  In the track events, please kindly stand in the spectator’s area to support your son.
  5. Photography and Filming: Photograph and short films taken by parents should be kept to a minimum to avoid distracting the boys who are performing and members of the audience.  All images should be for personal use only.  In respect of our Child Protection policy, under no circumstances should any images be uploaded onto social or online media of any kind.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Mr Herbert


Join us in support of ‘Save the Rhino International’ a UK conservation charity. It is Europe’s largest single-species rhino charity. A cake sale will be held during The New Beacon Sports Day on Thursday 27 June. We encourage boys and parents to support this worthy cause. 100% of the proceeds will go this initiative.

Please bring along CASH only for your boys to enjoy some yummy treats.

Did you know?
Many of the workbooks purchased by The New Beacon that the boys use in class support Save the Rhino International. Look at the back of your son’s book and you will see their logo.


On Friday 5 July all boys in Middle and Senior School are expected to be in school at the normal time, registering in their form rooms. All MS/SS parents are invited to join our Prizegiving ceremony which will start promptly at 9am. Coffee will be served in the dining room prior to the ceremony if you would like to wait after dropping your son. Prizegiving will finish at approximately 10:30 when the school will be opened for Celebration Day. A detailed programme of events and activities will be shared nearer the time so that you can see the boys engaged in a range of activities around the site and enjoy touring the school with your sons.

The school day will end at 1pm, before lunch, however afternoon provision will be in place for any boys who can’t be collected at 1pm. When leaving school, please sign your son(s) out with a member of staff before leaving the site. Alternatively, please let us know if you would like your son to go home with someone else.

For any boys staying from 1pm for the afternoon, lunch will be provided, and boys can be collected at their usual collection times. There will be no clubs, however  Prep will run as normal along with the after-school club provision.

Our Year 8 Leavers’ picnic, cricket match and Chapel service will all take place during the afternoon.


Hopefully, you will have received the order information for your son’s class photograph and whole school photograph. A proof card was given to the boys, so if you have not seen it yet, you may need to rummage in their book bags. To place an order for the class photograph you will need to visit and enter the login and password listed on the card.

Please click HERE to order the whole school photograph.


Next week the whole school is celebrating National Diversity Week. We are asking the whole school to wear one item of multicoloured clothing on Friday.


Please find a final reminder of Mr Woodard’s letter pertaining to all things PGL

PGL Details


Monday 8 July at 12.30pm
We are looking forward to welcoming many of you to the Y6 farewell hog roast and picnic on Monday 8 July.

The event will be held on the Head’s Lawn, and will begin from 12:30pm. Parents are welcome to arrive from this time onwards, and set up their picnic equipment on the lawn. Picnic blankets and chairs are most welcome. The school will be providing the majority of the food for both parents and boys, but we encourage you to bring other foodstuffs should you wish.

The afternoon will begin with food/drinks at approximately 1:00pm and then both myself and Mrs Brownsdon will say a few words, wishing our leavers a fond farewell. The picnic usually finishes around 3:30pm, after which you are welcome to take your sons home.

I would appreciate you completing the form on the Reach More Parents App, letting us know how many of you will be attending (please include your son in this total) and any special dietary requirements no later than Wednesday 3 July. If you are unable to attend the picnic afternoon, your son will be well looked after until the usual collection time.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in touch:



Y5 will make their annual pilgrimage to the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, on 9 July to see ‘for real’ many WWI tanks and aircraft they have learnt about in their History lessons this year. There are also a wide array of WWII and Cold-War-era exhibits as well as those from the more modern era. It is a fantastic ‘boys’ day out’ and further details can be found HERE.

Please complete the permission form on the new Reach More Parents app by Friday, 5 July.


A reminder to complete all the necessary permissions for the Camp Out taking place on Friday 28 June – do refer to my letter sent earlier this week. If you have any questions regarding this fun evening/night, do get in touch. We are looking forward to seeing all of Y5 have a final hurrah and fun evening – Mr Vincent has even promised to get his guitar out for a sing-song around the camp fire!



A space has become available for the following trip.  If you are interested please contact Mr Barratt at

The Design and Technology Department of The New Beacon is taking a group of current Y5, 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!


(Current Y4-Y7)
If you are interested in boarding for your son from September, please use the Reach More Parents App for the booking form by Monday 1 July with the nights you wish your son to board. Once I have received all the requests for boarding, I will be able to confirm places.  Please see the link below for more details.

Boarding 2024-2025



If your son is applying for a school that requires the ISEB pre-test, please be advised that it is responsibility of the parents/ guardians to register via ISEB portal. The portal opened on 10 June 2024.

If your son is applying for several schools, please note that registration only needs to be done once.

Please click HERE for further information and to sign up to the Pre-Tests 2024-2025 mailing list.

Dates for the ISEB pre-test are Wednesday 13 / Thursday 14 November 2024.

Mr Vincent


28 June 2024
Mr O’Prey has an opportunity for Year 6 boys to join him at Chipstead Sailing Club on Friday 26 June for a sailing taster day.  The Year 5 boys will be on a campout, so Mr O’Prey is offering their places to any interested Year 6 boy who wants to come to see what sailing is all about!

Open to all boys in Year 6, whether or not they have ever sailed before.  Places are limited so first-come-first-served, although priority will be given to boys who have never sailed with the school.  Please email Mr O’Prey for more details.