Welcome to our School

We are a very small, happy learning community set on the West Coast of Cumbria. Learning is at the very heart of everything we do and we work really hard to make sure that all our students are excited and curious about the world about them and develop the life skills they will need to be happy, successful, confident and resilient young people.

Since becoming the Headteacher in September 2004 I have seen the school develop into a vibrant and exciting learning community and I am proud and privileged to lead the dedicated and hardworking staff and students.

At Beacon Hill we consider that the success of the school lies in striving for the very highest achievements - 'Reaching for the Stars' - and we set high expectations, encouraging all our students to go further in all areas.

We are very proud of our inclusive approach and our excellent pastoral care based on strong student identity and friendship. Our students enjoy coming to school, have positive attitudes, participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities and many achieve more than they first thought possible!

Behaviour in and around the school is good and we expect nothing less! Our aim is to encourage responsible, cooperative behaviour and self-discipline for everyone.

Our students are taught in small classes with excellent facilities and follow a traditional curriculum enabling them to leave school at sixteen with the best choices, whether that is a local sixth form, apprenticeship and or college. We are proud that we have the lowest NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) figure in the area and have achieved this over the last ten years!

Our success depends on providing inspirational teaching and learning, highly skilled learning support staff and in the close working relationships that we have with our parents. We do all we can to develop and encourage this.

We believe our school is outward looking and it is our vision that all young people at Beacon Hill will benefit greatly from the strong partnerships and sense of common purpose which the school has developed with our parents, local and regional communities.

This website contains important information about our school, our policies and our expectations of our students. We hope that it will provide you with useful information whether you are a student, parent, member of staff, governor or a member of the public simply interested in finding out more about our unique school.

Mrs J. Richardson


Annual Awards Evening

photo-Headteachers-Award-winner-2014We held our annual whole school awards evening on Tuesday 18th November, where students, parents, guests and staff come together to celebrate the successes of our students and also say a final fond farewell to our Leavers of 2014. We were all thoroughly entertained throughout the night by various student performances from an excerpt from our summer term production of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to a lively performance from our very own cheerleading troupe, the Beacon Bosses. The speeches were very eloquently presented by prefects Martin & Lauren Bell. Click here to see the full programme and the list of award winners. 

Private Candidates

Please be advised that we no longer accept Private Candidates at this centre.

Read On, Get On

Recently, Save the Children published an important report about literacy, Read On, Get On,  highlighting the links between poor reading skills and later unemployment and low pay. Last year a quarter of all children left primary education without reading well each year. The Save the Children report is also significant in that it shows the gender gap between the reading skills of boys and girls which in England is one of the widest in the developed world: boys are twice as likely to fall below even a very basic reading level.

It also argues for parents and carers to promote reading to their children at home – 10 minutes reading every day can make a difference.

Save the Children through their Read On, Get On campaign have set a goal for ALL children to be reading well by the age of 11, by 2025.

More information and advice can be found at www.readongeton.org.uk.

  • The school has developed a really positive culture for learning, as a result of high expectations of both staff and pupils.
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  • Students have good attitudes to learning and are keen to succeed.
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  • A welcoming, friendly atmosphere pervades the school.
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  • Progress is tracked effectively and extra help given quickly to students who need it.
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  • Students and their parents are very appreciative of the good personal support the school gives.
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  • Students receive timely and well-focused help from both teachers and teaching assistants.
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  • Teachers know their students extremely well and work is closely tailored to students' individual needs.
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  • The curriculum meets the needs of individual students particularly well [providing] a balance of academic and vocational courses for students to study at GCSE.
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  • Students benefit from a very wide range of activities which enrich the curriculum... a wealth of field trips, sporting activities and drama productions.
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  • The views and talents of individual students are equally valued; discrimination of any kind is not tolerated and all have equal opportunities to succeed.
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