Lighthouse Bourne End

What is Lighthouse?

Lighthouse is a Christian holiday club for primary-school aged children which gets the summer holidays off to a great start. Lighthouse started in Great Missenden in 1987 and has continued to grow. There are now 14 Lighthouses - Beaconsfield, Bletchley South, Burnham, Cressex, Great Missenden, Hazlemere, High Wycombe, Langley,  Loudwater, Mansfield, Marlow, Princes Risborough, Shelswell and of course Bourne End.

What goes on at Lighthouse?

At the start and finish of the day everyone is together for worship, teaching, games, etc. In between, children have a programme of sports, activities and craft, plus sessions to explore the day's theme.

Where and when?

Lighthouse Bourne End takes place on the first full week of the summer holidays:

The planned dates in 2022 are Monday 25th to Friday 28th July.

It is held at St Paul's C of E Combined School, Stratford Drive, Wooburn Green, Buckinghamshire, HP10 0QH

What’s different about Lighthouse Bourne End?

Lighthouse Bourne End is Jesus meeting children where they’re at! 

It is designed specifically, but not exclusively, for children with certain types of Special Educational Needs (SEN) and/or additional needs. 

We have made a number of environmental changes which will allow your child’s needs to be met, and therefore provide them with the opportunity to thrive and make the most of their week. 

The type of SEN and additional needs that Lighthouse Bourne End aims to support include:

  • Anxiety 
  • Attachment Needs 
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder 
  • Challenging Behaviour 
  • Language Needs 
  • Pathological Demand Avoidance 
  • Sensory Processing/Integration Difficulties 
  • Working Memory Difficulties 

 However, at LHBE, we don’t just look at diagnosed needs. We recognise not only that the assessment process can be long, but also that it is not always possible or appropriate to obtain a diagnosis for a particular need your child has. Therefore, at LHBE a decision will be made about whether LHBE is right for your child based on the information given in the application form, as opposed to looking simply for diagnoses.  

Is Lighthouse Bourne End right for my child?  

Whilst many children with Special Educational Needs are able to be supported at other Lighthouse sites, the Bourne End site aims to support children whose needs cannot be met within the typical Lighthouse format. 

 When thinking about whether Lighthouse Bourne End is right for your child, it may be helpful to consider the following questions: 

Does your child… 

  • Have difficulties regulating their emotions? 
  • Find it difficult to follow or remember instructions? 
  • Have difficulties with social skills and building relationships? 
  • Experience sensory overloads? 
  • Display challenging behaviour? 
  • Ever show physical aggression towards themselves or others? 
  • Ever destroy property? 
  • Use verbal aggression? 
  • Attempt to abscond? 

Do they benefit from… 

  • An increased level of routine and structure? 
  • Adults explaining the social information in their environment? 
  • Receiving short and repeated instructions? 
  • Receiving information in a visual format?  
  • Reduced sensory information in the environment? 
  • Smaller group sizes/Higher adult ratios? 

 If you answered yes to some or all of these questions, then it is likely that LHBE would be the right environment for your child. 

Lighthouse Bourne End has a different admissions policy to other Lighthouses as we do not run on a first-come-first-served basis. Please refer to the Admissions Policy at the bottom of the page.  

Who is in charge of the children?

Lighthouse Bourne End is run by volunteers, the majority of whom will be 16+. Children are placed into smaller groups of 7-8 children, and we aim for a 1:2 ratio of helpers : children.

Children are placed in groups according to need, rather than age. 

We also have specialist teams to help with craft, sports and other activities. We take up references for all helpers and police check adults.

How much does it cost?

To run Lighthouse Bourne End costs £50 for each child. (which we think is fabulous value!).

Although we do not charge a set amount for children to attend, (as we do not want to deny any child a place) we do rely upon your donations and those of local churches, businesses and other generous benefactors so Lighthouse can continue each year.  Details of how you can support Lighthouse Bourne End will be sent with tickets and you can look at our donations page. Donate here

We want to provide a great experience for your child. Please support us. Every donation, great or small, makes a difference. Thank you!

What happens next?

When applications open in May please complete the on line application form in full. Child Place application. The more information that you can provide, the better. Please tell us as much as you can about your child so that we can ensure we have put the necessary provisions in place to meet their needs. 

Lighthouse Bourne End Policies

Because of the specialist nature of Lighthouse Bourne End it has a number of specific policies which contain useful information for both volunteers and parents.

Admissions Policy V1 February 2019
Behaviour Management V2 July 2021
Child Protection Policy V3 July 2021 (1)
Fire Policy V1.2 July 2021 (1)
Lockdown Policy V1.2 July 2021 (1)
Lost Child Policy V2 July 2021 (1)
LHBE Covid 19 Risk Assessment Version 1 (2)


Lighthouse Bourne End is a registered charity No. 1180779