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The Beacon School

The Beacon School

15 Amersham Road, Chesham Bois, Amersham, HP6 5PF, Buckinghamshire

01494 432764



The Beacon School
School type Boys' Day Preparatory & Nursery
Founded 1933
Headmaster Mr Nick Baker
Boys Age Range 3-13 years
Number of pupils 510
Day fees per annum £4,525 - £7,275 per term
Nursery £1,980 per term (5 mornings)
Associations ISC

About Us

The Beacon is an Independent Prep School for boys aged 3 to 13 located within 18 acres of beautiful Chiltern countryside in Amersham. The school is renowned for academic excellence and a wide range of opportunities offered. Small class sizes and dedicated teachers ensure learning is personalised, with no boy being overlooked. The school fosters an inclusive, family atmosphere and strong community.

Set within its original 1933 site, The Beacon blends historic charm with modern amenities. Boys leave the school to attend some of the best senior schools in the country, fully prepared for the next step in their educational journey.

The Arts

An impressive array of opportunities enables boys to explore their creative talents. The Beacon boasts a 220-seated theatre plus a more intimate venue in the Old Barn. Drama thrives with three major productions annually, multiple concerts, workshops and a bi-annual performance at Edinburgh Festival Fringe. There is a well-rounded Music offering with a full orchestra, choirs, and instrumental ensembles.

An Art Studio is equipped with pottery, painting, and printing facilities. The Design & Technology workshop features top-of-the-range equipment, and the Cooking & Nutrition room is set to undergo an outstanding refurbishment in 2024. Boys from Year 4 onwards embrace a love for cooking, with weekly lessons and an annual MasterCook Competition adjudicated by award-winning local chefs.


Beacon boys thrive academically with learning tailored to individual needs. Many are offered scholarships at top Senior Schools.

A love of learning is ignited through exceptional specialised teaching expertise. The facilities constantly evolve with developments, such as a recently refurbished ICT room equipped with cutting-edge technology and an Interactive Augmented Reality Sandbox to enhance Geography.

As a founding school of the Pre-Senior Baccalaureate (PSB), The Beacon offers a cross-curricular approach combining academic learning with a tailored transformative experience developing core learning skills of Communication, Collaboration, Leadership, Reviewing and Improving, Independence, Thinking and Learning.

Specialist programmes are available for different Year Groups, including the Future Sparks for Middle School and the Upper School Shining Future programme, both of which focus on enriching pupils' lives with lifelong skills.


The ethos at The Beacon is 'Sport for All'. From Nursery, boys receive coaching from specialist teachers. From Year 3 onwards, boys represent the school in team matches and enjoy lessons in football, hockey, cricket, tennis, rugby, basketball, cross-country, swimming, HIIT and athletics.

Pastoral Care

The Beacon has a nurturing and supportive pastoral system that strives to encourage all boys to feel happy, secure and confident. A dedicated School Counsellor provides invaluable support to boys and their families in addition to a full-time Wellbeing Coach, Mental Health First Aiders and a team of 16 trained Mental Health Champions across the school. Furthermore, the Medical Centre is staffed by qualified nurses.


Little Beacons is an educational Nursery for boys aged 3 to 4. Set within the school grounds, there is a range of stimulating activities led by fully qualified teachers, teaching assistants and subject specialists. The boys enjoy sessions from Maths, Phonics, French, Cooking, IT to engaging activities in PE, Swimming, Music, and Art. Weekly Welly Walks offer a dedicated Outdoor Learning Area sited within the school woodlands.

The Head

Headmaster Nick Baker joined The Beacon in 2022. With over 20 years' experience in education, he has brought his expertise and passion to the school.

Nick has already overseen the successful implementation of several new and exciting initiatives. He has steered the school from strength to strength and looks to guide the school to continued and greater future success.

Wrap-Around Care

The Beacon provides comprehensive wrap-around care, with Breakfast Club at 07:30 and Late Stay until 18:00. There is also a diverse range of after-school clubs, from chess and Lego Robotics to coding and mindfulness.


Extensive transport routes cover High Wycombe, Beaconsfield, Chorleywood, Chesham, Gerrards Cross and surrounding villages. There is also a chauffeured under 6 car service. Additionally, the Amersham to London Marylebone train journey takes 35 minutes.

Beyond the Classroom

Learning does not end in the classroom. Boys are inspired in many ways through experiential activities to enhance their learning.

School trips are an important part of Beacon life. Boys experience a variety of fun and educational outings from Nursery upwards, ranging from UK day trips to residential trips abroad. Most recently, Beacon boys took part in a cricket tour to South Africa and a team of ski-enthusiasts competed in the IAPS Ski Championship in Italy.

All boys enjoy Outdoor Learning in the surrounding woodlands, developing valuable skills such as survival techniques.

The Beacon is committed to providing nutritious, exciting, well-balanced food, using fresh and locally sourced ingredients. On-site chefs host 'taste buddy' sessions, exposing boys to different flavours and exciting new tastes.

Immersive learning brings topics to life, engaging boys in themed days to enhance their learning of Romans, Vikings, Tudors, WW1, and Ancient Egyptians. Pupils are transported back in time for the day with exciting, themed activities.

Senior Exit Schools and Scholarships

The Beacon sees a large majority of their boys go onto some of the leading schools in the country. Over the last three years, 50 scholarships and exhibitions were awarded. There is also an outstanding pass mark into the local grammar schools.

Rated Excellent by ISI

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) Report in 2022 rated The Beacon 'EXCELLENT' in all areas.