New Beacon School

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The New Beacon Preparatory School
Motto Dare Exfumo Lucem
(Give light out of darkness)
Established 1863
Type Preparatory School
Headmaster Mr. Mike Piercy
Founder John Norman
Location Brittains Lane
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN13 2PB
England England
Coordinates: 51°12′00″N 0°16′35″E / 51.200070°N 0.276450°E / 51.200070; 0.276450
Students c. 400
Gender Boys
Ages 4–13
Colours

Red and Navy

         
Website http://www.newbeacon.org.uk/

The New Beacon Preparatory School is an independent all-boys preparatory school, located in Sevenoaks, Kent, United Kingdom, which serves both day students and boarders, in the age range 4-13. The school was founded in 1863, had 62 students by 1913, and grew to 400 students around 2008.[1]

Overview[edit]

The school was founded in 1863 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. Pupils are put into one of four "Companies"; Nelson (blue), Drake (Yellow), Marlborough (green) and Wellington (red), and inter-company competitions take place in disciplines such as rugby, cross country, shooting, cricket, football art, athletics and quizzes.

Companies[edit]

Nelson Day Navy Blue     
Drake Day Navy Yellow     
Marlborough Day Army Green     
Wellington Day Army Red     

Results[edit]

The school's principal function is to prepare boys for the Common Entrance examination, used by British public schools to select pupils; many of the school's pupils go on either to Sevenoaks School or to Tonbridge School; others have gone on to attend public schools such as Eton College, Harrow School and Winchester College.

Notable alumni[edit]

Controversy[edit]

In 2014, the Charity Commission for England and Wales urged New Beacon School to apologise to a former pupil in respect of statements made by the school to the Press.[3] The statements related to allegations made by the boy against Paul Woodward, a former music teacher, for abusing him at the school between 2005 and 2006.[4] In 2013, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) made an award to the boy in compensation for the abuse the CICA found he had suffered. The Sevenoaks Chronicle reported that Woodward, who was convicted of sexual misconduct offenses against other children and sent to prison indefinitely had been suspended from his post at the school during a previous police investigation involving allegations of sexual abuse but had been allowed back to work by the headmaster, Mr Constantine.[5] The school apologised to the child in 2015, and applauded him for his bravery in bringing Woodward to justice. The child said that after seven years, the apology came "too late".[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "School History". New Beacon School. Retrieved 2015-08-31.  (The school's History webpage suggests Constantine was headmaster from 1976 and served 32 years, so when "numbers grew to reach four hundred with excellence at Common Entrance and Scholarship examinations being maintained" that would be 2008.)
  2. ^ "First World War journals of Tunbridge Wells poet Siegfried Sassoon go online", Kent & Sussex Courier, 4 August 2014. Accessed 16 Feb 2015
  3. ^ Doug Kempster (24 October 2014). "Charity body urges The New Beacon School to reconsider apology over "predatory paedophile"". Sevenoaks Chronicle. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Music teacher at prep school jailed for sexual abuse of boys". The Telegraph. 12 Nov 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "This is Kent" (November 13, 2008). "Teacher was suspended then allowed back to work". Kent and Sussex Courier. 
  6. ^ Doug Kempster (April 30, 2015). "Sevenoaks school apology for sexual abuse 'too late' for teacher's victim". Sevenoaks Chronicle. Retrieved September 3, 2015. 

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