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



General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Beacon Hill School is committed to protecting the rights and privacy of individuals in accordance with its legal obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which come into force on 25 May 2018. Our GDPR Policy and our Privacy Notice are available on our Parents page under Policies

The Privacy Notice will help students and parents/carers understand how and why we collect personal information, and what we do with that information.

Uniform Orders

Please note the deadline for ordering uniform for delivery before the end of this term is July 1st.

A Proposal to Federate

Please click here to download a letter from the Chairs of Governors from Beacon Hill and Solway Schools regarding a proposal to create a Federation between Beacon Hill and Solway.  A consultation document may also be accessed here which outlines the reasons and benefits for forming a Federation between our schools.

We would welcome your feedback on the consultation, and encourage you to respond either via the feedback form on the consultation document or at our Consultation Meetings at both schools.

We look forward to hearing your views.

YR11 FE Open Days

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

ATTENDANCE

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.

 

 

Introduction

To help with your revision why not try out some of these Revision Websites and general revision advice. Also check out the exam board sites for detailed syllabus information and sample exam papers.

Many of you like using the internet for revision but it is vital that you use specific subject related websites recommended by your teachers as the general revision websites (e.g. BBC bitesize) won't give you the in-depth revision that you need! Listed below the websites or resources recommended by subject teachers marked by an * - please note that some teachers don't recommend specific websites in which case you need to use your notes and any text/work books that they have given you to revise from!

Brain Boosting Tips

Getting Organised (Powerpoint file) or have a look at Common Revision Frustrations (pdf)

Individual Subject Resources & Advice

*Art

Exam planning guide

*Design Technology

There are help pages with activities, videos,  information and revision notes for each of the 2 DT subjects on www.technology student.com

Resistant Materials: the exam topic is Seating in Public Areas click on the link to access the specific section for this. Also look on the same website under the 'Resistant Materials' section on the home page for more general  materials and revision cards.

For Product Design the exam context is Design Problems associated with a A Children’s Day Nursery and materials to prepare for this can be found via the hyperlink. Also look on the same website under the 'Product Design' section on the home page for more general  materials and revision cards.

*English

  1. A Christmas Carol
  2. An Inspector Calls
  3. Macbeth

*Food Preparation & Nutrition: Students have been given all the materials they need to revise. Some materials can be found under 'pupils global' in the GCSE Food folder which may be printed at school and taken home by students.

*French Revision Resources:

Speaking Conversation questions PowerPoints:

Listening

Reading

Writing

*History:  revision folder on school system to which all Y11's have access contains a PDF of every topic, 25+ exam questions with model A* answers and a relevant revision resource (i.e. acronym / mindmap.) All of the past papers and mark schemes are also in this folder. All students have been given (and they are on the system) - a set of flash cards with all of the subject knowledge they need. In the revision resources folder that Mrs Saunders downloaded there is a revision book (OK) and text book (very good).

*Maths: Maths now follows the new grade 1-9 syllabus which involved more content and more problem solving questions than previously. Optimum revision is best achieved through repeated practice of past exam papers. As the exam is in it's infancy there are very limited past papers so the students have been given access to a number of specimen papers that closely model the real thing.  These can be found under 'pupils global' in the GCSE maths folder. There are 15 papers at each of foundation and higher tier along with answer schemes. These can be printed at school and taken home by students.

Online Revision Resources

GCSE

  • BBC Bitesize - All subjects, very helpful and useful
  • GCSE Guide - the chance to revise and test yourself in English and Maths.
  • GCSE help - Mainly Maths, French, Physics and English. Includes practice tests, jokes, and revision tips.
  • Project GCSE - Covers many subjects including Maths, English, Science, History and French.
  • Revision Centre - Here you will find revision notes, links, tips, and many other resources to help you make the most of your revision and get through those exams!
  • S-Cool - provides high quality GCSE revision material and revision tips.
  • Skoool - GCSE revision for Maths and Science
  • Schoolsnet - offers GCSE revision help in most subjects.
  • Topmarks - Links to help in most subjects.

Individual Subject Web Links

Exam Boards

  • 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.
    Ofsted
  • 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.
    Ofsted
  • Students have good attitudes to learning and are keen to succeed.
    Ofsted
  • 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
    Ofsted
  • Teachers know their students extremely well and work is closely tailored to students’ individual needs.
    Ofsted