Welcome to our School

Beacon Hill Community School is at the heart of the community in the historic town of Aspatria, situated on the edge of the Solway Plain.  Our strength is our size – our small numbers ensure that we can delivery truly personalised learning, ensuring students develop the academic and life skills essential to be successful, confident and resilient young people, whatever their abilities.

Our Mission

Staff, students, parents and governors work together to ensure that, in a safe and hardworking environment, and with courage and integrity, students can develop skills and abilities to be what they are meant to be; aspirational, independent and confident young adults.

Our Vision

Beacon Hill Community School aims to provide a safe and hardworking environment where every child can be successful, whatever their abilities.

In order to do this we will:

Work hard to ensure everyone can access the right curriculum for them, working in collaboration with partners to provide academic and vocational opportunities for our students.

Promote a caring community based on mutual tolerance and respect; a community in which the unique nature of each individual is recognised, valued and supported irrespective of their ability, gender, faith or background.

Ensure our students, when they leave us, are able to answer the moral, political, economic and social questions that will be asked of them with confidence and understanding. We do this for everyone, regardless of starting point, or academic potential, or aspirations.

Our Values

  • Courage and Compassion
  • Inclusion and Equality
  • Respect and Courtesy
  • Optimism and Perseverance
  • Forgiveness and Tolerance
  • Ambition and Achievement

Executive Headteacher
Judith Schafer

YR11 Revision

GCSE ART exam guide

See Revision Help for loads of GCSE French resources

YR11 GCSE Food

This is the outline time plan that YR11 will be following up until Easter for their GCSE Food.

YR11 FE Open Days

Please click here to download information regarding various post-16 Open Days.


Please note when leaving answer machine messages regarding an absence that we need the following information:

  • Student's name
  • Your name
  • Reason for absence
  • Expected time/day return to school

Be specific about nature of illness or absence e.g. attending A & E due to an injury or stomach bug. We are unable to authorise non-specific messages. Parental contact by telephone or in person is expected by 9.30am on first day of absence and on subsequent days a daily update is required unless a specific timespan has been advised by a medical professional e.g. a hospital stay. If there has been no parental contact the absence will remain unauthorised.

Absence requests in term time
Please note we are unable to authorise ANY absence requests solely for the purpose of a family holiday. Term time absences can only be authorised in exceptional circumstances as outlined on the reverse of the  Absence (Exceptional Circumstances) Request form.

Medical & dental appointments
Routine/non-urgent medical & dental appointments should be arranged for outside the school day or during school holidays. We appreciate that emergency, hospital and orthodontics appointments are sometimes unavoidable within the school day; however please provide us with appointment cards or letters preferably in advance.



  • My time at Beacon Hill provided a massive range of opportunities which have proved valuable not only whilst studying at sixth form and when applying to university, but also in everyday life.
    Former student, 12 A*-C grade GCSEs
  • When I left Beacon Hill I had a career path in mind; I wanted to teach. This was down to 5 brilliant years at the school. I was inspired by my teachers who encouraged and supported me to believe in myself and my abilities.
    Former Student
  • We are impressed with how both of our children have settled in and are progressing though the school. We find staff understanding & helpful.
    Parent Survey
  • Progress is tracked effectively and extra help given quickly to students who need it.
  • The school has developed a really positive culture for learning, as a result of high expectations of both staff and pupils.
    Local Authority
  • The curriculum meets the needs of individual students particularly well [providing] a balance of academic and vocational courses for students to study at GCSE.
  • Students have good attitudes to learning and are keen to succeed.
  • Evidence from pupil interviews, work scrutinies and HMI visit indicates that the Stage not Age curriculum is impacting positively on the quality of learning in the school.
    Local Authority
  • Students benefit from a very wide range of activities which enrich the curriculum… a wealth of field trips, sporting activities and drama productions
  • Teachers know their students extremely well and work is closely tailored to students’ individual needs.