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The Beacon C of E (VA) Primary School

'Living life in all its fullness' (John 10:10)


1 Beacon Place, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 2SR

01395 264300


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.

Our Admissions Policies and Supplementary Information forms are on the POLICIES page of our website.  We co-ordinate admissions with our Local Authority, Devon County Council.

Bitesize Beacon - helping you find out more mid-pandemic!

We recognise that choosing and planning to start school is having to happen in a very different way due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.  We created Bitesize Beacon to help you find out more about our school. You can find theBitesize Beacon page here.

These two items below are old now, but you might find them interesting.

Click here for our information we shared about transition into Reception.

Click here for the film we made to support transition within our school in preparation for September 2020 (over a year old now!).

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 refer to our admissions policies for further information. To make an application please visit the Devon County Council Citizen Portal.

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.