New Beacon School
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|Motto||Dare Exfumo Lucem
(Give light out of darkness)
|Headmaster||Mr. Mike Piercy|
Red and Navy
The New Beacon Preparatory School is a fee-paying preparatory school, or prep school, located in Sevenoaks, Kent, United Kingdom, which caters both for day-boys and boarders, in the age range 4-13. Currently there are about 400 pupils.
The school was founded in 1882 at St John's Hill in Sevenoaks and was known as the Beacon. In 1900 it was relocated to its current location on Britains Lane and renamed the New Beacon.
The New Beacon is situated in 21 acres (85,000 m2) of gardens and playing fields. Upon starting at The New Beacon, pupils are put into one of four "Companies"; Nelson (blue), Drake (Yellow), Marlborough (green) and Wellington (red). There is a strong Company tradition at New Beacon, with competition between the companies including Company rugby, cross country, shooting, cricket, football art Athletics and quiz competitions.
Junior prep boys wear a grey shirt, grey shorts (a recent development has been that in winter, the Junior boys do not have to wear shorts and may wear trousers), a red and blue tie,this however can be replaced with other ties which are awarded for numerous reasons: librarian, captain of shooting, 1stXI, 2ndXI, Middle and senior school choir, etc. ([Originally supplied by Harrods]), long grey socks with red and blue stripes, black shoes and the classic New Beacon cap - Navy Blue with a Red star on the top. The blazer is navy blue and has the school crest and the motto- "Dare Ex fumo Lucem". The school uniform is now supplied by Horncastles of Sevenoaks, Kent.
In the middle and senior school boys wear the aforementioned except for grey trousers. Boys who receive 1st's Colours are awarded a navy blue tie with two thin red stripes. The highest achievement awarded is 1st's Colours reawarded in any of the major sports, i.e. you have managed to play 2 seasons at first-team level. First's Colours are a red and gold band around the school crest.
Games kit consists of plain red or blue rugby shirts, tight fitting rugby league style blue elasticated shorts, long navy blue socks and black football boots. For hygiene reasons, the head of sport dictated that all boys are required to wear regulation navy or black swimming trunks.
Sport plays a large role at the New Beacon with teams ranging from Under 9 Es to the 1st XV. School colours are awarded for different teams above Colts B level. The School's 1st XV rugby team wear a red, gold and blue striped jersey. After playing for a season at 1st XV level, the members are allowed to keep their shirts. Boys who score a half century or a hat trick in cricket receive a cricket ball in chapel. Anyone who scores a century receives a cricket bat on Open day.
The school's principal function is to prepare boys for the Common Entrance examination, used by British public schools to select pupils, and each year many of the school's pupils succeed in gaining places either at Sevenoaks School or Tonbridge School - both consistently ranked amongst the top fee-paying secondary schools in the country in terms of A-Level/IB performance and Oxbridge entrance. Over the years ex-Beacon Boys have gone on to attend some of the country's oldest and most famous public schools, including Eton College, Harrow School, Winchester College and Westminster School. Other notable schools we also send boys to are Notre Dame, Lingfield; Worth; Eastbourne; King's, Rochester; King's, Canterbury; Sutton Valence; Caterham and Cranmore.
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