The New Beacon curriculum is tailored to the needs of the pupils and their future aspirations. While the National Curriculum is a useful starting point, departments adapt and enhance their programmes of study to ensure that every pupil is motivated, inspired and challenged, and individual learning needs and requirements are met.

The main subjects taught are English, Mathematics, Science, French, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Classical Civilisation, ICT, Design and Technology, Art, Drama, Music, CPSHE and Physical Education. Latin is introduced in Year 6 for the streamed form. Reasoning skills have also been introduced to the curriculum to cater for the increasing complexities of senior school entry requirements.

Staff are enthusiastic, dedicated and flexible and use a variety of teaching strategies. The curriculum is supplemented by a carefully planned programme of visits and trips, and learning is supported by regular and relevant preps. In Years 7 and 8, with many schools no longer requiring CE as an entry requirement, a revised, broader, largely non-exam led curriculum was introduced in 2019.

Careful planning, monitoring, assessment and recording are essential to ensure that each child receives a broad, balanced and appropriate curriculum for them and that their individual needs, strengths and any difficulties are quickly identified.

Our approach is designed to ensure that the boys are:

  • actively involved in the learning process;
  • exposed to a broad and balanced variety of learning strategies based on their individual and diverse needs;
  • safe and supported in an environment where their contributions are respected and valued.