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.

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.

 


YR11 Easter School

Various subjects are offering YR11 practical work or revision sessions during the Easter holidays. Students must sign in/out and  bring their own refreshments and any medication if required. Click here to download the Easter School Timetable.

OFSTED Monitoring Report

Our recent HMI Monitoring visit was extremely positive. The report is very highly complementary of all aspects of Beacon Hill Community School and summarises our progress by stating that ‘improvements to teaching and curriculum planning are raising students’ achievement’.

Science Letters

A variety of letters from the Science department have been placed in Letters Home for years 9, 10 & 11 regarding scientific calculators, GCSE revision guides and GCSE revision sessions.

School Parental Survey

The Leadership Team and Governors are keen to hear your views on a range of school matters, so that we as a school community can evaluate what we do effectively.

On the reverse off this letter is a questionnaire which if you haven’t already completed one we appreciate it being completed and returned to school either by e-mail or through your son/daughter. We will have a sealed box in reception for returned questionnaires; it can be anonymous or named.

Health Advice

Click here to access a fact sheet on detecting and treating head lice.

Illness Absences

If your child is absent from school due to illness, on the first day please ring the school office as early as possible to let us know.

All absences must be followed on their return to school by a note from the parent or carer of the child either in their homework planners or as a separate note.

Email Contact Details

We would appreciate it if you could please let us know a parental email address that we could use for routine correspondence that sometimes gets forgotten at the bottom of your child's bag. Also it is imperative that you inform us as soon as possible if any of your contact details have changed.

 

Whole School

Year 7

 Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

  • The school has developed a really positive culture for learning, as a result of high expectations of both staff and pupils.
    Local Authority 2013
  • Students have good attitudes to learning and are keen to succeed.
    Ofsted 2013
  • A welcoming, friendly atmosphere pervades the school.
    Ofsted 2013
  • Progress is tracked effectively and extra help given quickly to students who need it.
    Ofsted 2013
  • Students and their parents are very appreciative of the good personal support the school gives.
    Ofsted 2013
  • Students receive timely and well-focused help from both teachers and teaching assistants.
    Ofsted 2013
  • Teachers know their students extremely well and work is closely tailored to students' individual needs.
    Ofsted 2013
  • 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 2013
  • Students benefit from a very wide range of activities which enrich the curriculum... a wealth of field trips, sporting activities and drama productions.
    Ofsted 2013
  • The views and talents of individual students are equally valued; discrimination of any kind is not tolerated and all have equal opportunities to succeed.
    Ofsted 2013