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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


Our school office hours are 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday during term time only. Summer 2020 dates are: 14 April- 22 May and 1st June – 22 July. Emails during school holidays and weekends are not regularly monitored


Please note that in trying to provide as much information and support for our families as we possibly can, this page is regularly updated.

On this page you will find links to useful information held elsewhere on our website and on other websites nationally.

Prime Minister’s briefing on Sunday 24th May: this does not change the information we shared before half term.  We will be open to Key Workers’ children, those with EHCP and vulnerable children (prioritising in that order).  We are not yet able to open to Reception, Year 1 or Year 6.

Planning for possible re-opening after half-term.

Please complete the relevant survey below.


Please complete one survey per family- if there are differences between siblings return needs/preferences please clarify in the text fields or email us.

A response is required from all year groups whether you intend to send your child/ren back or not. Whilst the Government has initially advised the potential wider opening to include Years R, 1 and 6 we would like to have an idea for all year groups in case that guidance changes. 

These surveys were posted on Monday 18th May. Please would all families complete the relevant one (all children in the household together).

Survey for Key Workers only (including those in years R, 1 and 6) please complete whether intended to send your child(ren) in to school or not.

Survey regarding children with EHCP (not key workers)

Rest of school (all year groups who do not fit in to the categories above) 

This survey (below) was posted on Friday 22nd May and should be completed by Key Workers who will be at work on Monday 1 June and have no alternative option. We have only got 15 places available on Monday 1st June and will need to prioritise these places for families where all adults in the household are Key Workers who will be at work.

Request for Key worker child place on Monday 1st June- survey now closed.  We have contacted families to confirm if we are able to allocate your child a place.

Phased re-opening of school from 2nd June - letter sent 22nd May

Click here to see a film about what school looks like and how we’re preparing for phased re-opening

Can my child come to school?  

Updated information from Downing Street published on 11th May - ABOUT THE RE-OPENING OF SCHOOLS which might begin from 1st June 2020

The information below is from the start of the school closure, 23rd March 2020.

Please see the letter we have sent home about this.

“...the government has asked parents to keep children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.”

The Government published ‘the list’ of KEY WORKERS.

The Government's Information for parents and carers about School Closures and Childcare Provision in Schools.

The Beacon' Booking Forms for Childcare for Key Workers and Vulnerable Children 

Childcare for children of key workers 

  • Where it is possible for the child/ren to stay at home, they must.
  • Where there is a parent/carer at home who is not a key worker, the child will be with that person and not in school wherever possible.
  • Where both parents/carers or a single parent/carer is a key worker, the child/ren may attend the childcare provision at The Beacon for the hours where the parent/s / carer/s are travelling to and from work and are at work only, it is expected that children will be at school for the minimum possible time.

Childcare for vulnerable children including those with ECHPs 

  • Where it is possible for the child/ren with EHCPs to stay at home, they must.  Anne Billington or Ellen Kumar will be in touch with parents and carers of children who have an EHCP to discuss this.
  • Children who have a Social Worker should be attending school - this information changed with effect from Tuesday 14th April.  If this applies to you, your child's Social Worker and school will be in touch with you to make arrangements.
  • Vulnerable children who do not have a social worker: Anne Billington, or her nominated representative, will have a conversation with parents/carers about the reasons for the vulnerability of the child. An offer of care may be made in exceptional circumstances.

Information about learning during the period of school closure

Information about Home Learning

Things to Enjoy - a page we hope will bring a smile!

Free learning resources & sites we often use in school

Our class learning pages have links to their weekly learning through this period of closure.

Reception learning

Year 1 learning

Year 2 learning

Year 3 learning

Year 4 learning

Year 5 learning

Year 6 learning

Other places you could go to for more ideas.

Support and information for families 

Pupil Premium applications 

Against Domestic Abuse.  If you are suffering domestic abuse you are not alone, there is help.  If you feel you can't contact us at school for help, there is advice from the Government and established charities Remember, if you are in danger, phone 999 and dial 55 from a mobile if you can't talk.

Martin's Money - moneysaving expert, lots of advice that's updated regularly

Devon Children's Safeguarding Board

Contact details for Early Help, Children's Social Work, MASH - Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub - if you have concerns about a child

Parenting support and ideas to help your children to cope with these unusual times

Devon/Babcock update page

Financial Advice free offer

Devon County Council Coronavirus update page

Key Workers can register for an alternative place for your child if The Beacon Childcare is not able to open.

Talking with children about Coronavirus

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have re-created lots of their favourite characters in a new series of images set to new rhyming text.

A book illustrated by Axel Scheffler about the Coronavirus

Coronavirus Easy Read, information presented in a way that's easy to read online and easier to understand than in some other websites.

Reassuring children about coronavirus - available in multiple languages

Pandemics and the Coronavirus - to help children to understand what's happening and why we are all having to live differently at the moment.

Autism Speaks resources to support parents and carers to explain about Coronavirus to their children. Available in multiple languages.

Easy to read information about Coronavirus from Mencap

Mental health and well-being - taking care of yourself and your family

The thought of facing a long time without our usual routines is daunting.  

Make sure you set a routine for your day. We know children thrive on routine - they are used to having a daily routine in school and it will help you at home to do the same.

Click here for our information page about Mental Health and well-being (coming as soon as we can!)

MIND have created a page about looking after your well-being during the coronavirus pandemic.

Calming Cornavirus Anxiety in Children - from Special Needs Jungle.

Our Jigsaw PSHE scheme of work is offering access to some of their families resources for free. These stories align with the Jigsaw PSHE Dreams and Goals and Healthy Me Puzzles and are suitable for children aged 5+.


The website is a useful resource of Emotional Literacy Support. The following link takes you to 20 relaxation cards for children. These can be downloaded for free.


 Resources we use in school - Mrs Hughes' group - are available on our Home Learning page, a lovely set of Big Life Journal activities to work through. Scroll down the page to find them.


How to contact us through the time of schools being closed

I want to contact the Admin Team or Mrs Billington

I want to contact my child's teacher (scroll down to the bottom of the linked page)

I want to contact the Safeguarding Designated Lead

School emergency phone number if the building is closed (Mrs Billington) +44 7867 561182   

National information and update pages

Information for Parents and Carers about opening schools from 1 June

What can / can't I do from 13th May 2020 (changes to the lockdown explained)

Key information from the National updates on 10/11 May 2020 

National Coronavirus update page

The Prime Minister's Office is publishing scripts of the Daily Coronavirus Briefing (scroll down the page for the most recent updates.

The BBC daily Downing Street Coronavirus briefings are available on BBC iPlayer you must have a TV licence to view this.

Signhealth, the Deaf Health Charity have signed all the Government briefings and updates.

You can subscribe to ITV news on You Tube to watch the Government's daily Coronavirus Briefing. 

The Government's Help primary school children continue their education during coronavirus.

The Government's What parents and carers need to know about schools and education during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Government's advice around Safeguarding / Online Safety Remote education during coronavirus.

National advice to help parents and carers ensure their children Stay safe online.

The Government's Help children with SEND continue their education during Coronavirus.

The Government's advice Help children aged 2 to 4 to learn.

Secretary of State for Education's briefing (includes latest information about schools) Sunday 19th April

Prime Minister’s Briefing Monday 23rd March

Prime Minister's Briefing 18th March 

School newsletters and other information shared with families

Newsletters and other updates sent home this term and in previous terms

How to access School Jotter - this is our main form of communication with families

Booking forms for parents and carers

Free learning resources

Some companies are offering free or reduced-price access to their online learning resources during this Coronavirus pandemic.

Do have a look!