Starting School and Transitions
It is always our aim that children feel happy and that they belong in their new class or school before the summer holidays.
Are you thinking about a place for your child from September 2021?
We are creating a web page for you! It's going to be here very soon, please come back and have a look. In the meantime, do have a look through our website and at the information shared with parents who joined us this year (see below).
Unfortunately we don't expect to be able to hold tours during lockdown, but please do contact us for a chat, or email us with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.
Transition into The Beacon
We aim to make your child's start at The Beacon as easy as possible for you and your child.
- We hold a parents' meeting in May so we can share ways in which we will help your child settle quickly and share information you will need.
- We invite your child for 4 mornings in June/July so they can meet staff and other children who will be in the class. This tends to lessen any worries, before the long summer break, for both parents and children.
- In September your child may start either full time, or initially stay for mornings, then for mornings and lunch before starting full days during the second week.
We want to make sure your child’s successful transition is the start of a long and trusting partnership between parents/carers, your child and our staff team so we can all feel confident that your child is happy and secure in our school.
Please note that due to the COVID Pandemic, a variation was made to our Admissions Policy for 2021 - 2022.
The 2021 policy was varied on 30 October 2020. The variation added the following to the school’s admission arrangements and supplementary information form (SIF):
“In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these [admissions] arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship”.
Transition to Secondary School
We actively seek to make transition to your chosen secondary school successful for your child. Most of our pupils transfer to Exmouth Community College. Throughout the years and especially in Year 6 there are numerous opportunities for visits, including those to take part in Maths challenges, sample lessons and library familiarisation visits. In the last week of the summer term, pupils attend welcome days where they get to meet their future tutor and other pupils in their tutor group. Transition arrangements are strong and prepare our pupils well.
For those pupils who transfer to other schools, for example Colyton Grammar School, arrangements are also made for visits and contact.
Transfer applications for children moving to secondary school are open from 1 September to 31 October during their Year 6. Applications submitted after 31 October each year can not be considered above those received on time. If your preferred school is oversubscribed, this may mean no place can be offered and transport to any alternative will be the parents' responsibility. You can read about this in The Step by Step guide on the Devon County Council website.