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.



The new academic year begins for students on Monday 7th September. Please note the school day will begin at 8.45am and finish at 3.05pm. School transport has been notified and will adjust pick up times to 10 minutes earlier than at present.


An evening which provides the opportunity for you to see first hand our excellent school. There will be an introduction to the school in the main hall followed by guided tours of our facilities & work of our students. If you are unable to attend the open evening please ring to make an appointment to see the school in session.


Beacon Hill Community School students celebrated some excellent GCSE results this August with many students achieved strong grades across many subjects.
Headteacher Dave Millne said: "I am delighted to say that progress results for both English and Maths are outstanding. Our students have shown great resilience over the past two years, at a time of great change in education to achieve at such a high level. Results in many other subjects such as Technology, French and English Literature were also superb.
As always, parents and carers should be really proud of the efforts and achievements of our young people and I am grateful for all of the hard work put in by the staff at Beacon Hill.”
Students and staff have worked very hard to achieve these results and with the help of a supportive parent body our students are now best placed to take their next step in life. We wish them all the very best of luck and success in whichever path they choose to take next."

The way the government measures results is changing, and we are part of a pilot scheme which uses this measure. This "progress" measure places much more emphasis on the amount of actual progress the student has made from KS2 through to their final GCSE grade - a much more valuable measure which measures the efforts made in a more realistic way rather than a pure pass or fail.

In English, the Progress measure works out at 74% of students making expected or better than expected progress, and the same measure for Maths is 71% - these are outstanding when compared to the national picture, and give us a set of results we can be proud of.

The old method of measuring gives us overall 45% achieving 5 A*- C grades (including English and Maths).

55% achieved 5 A* - C grades when English or Maths is not added.

70% of students gained a GCSE in Maths at grade C or above, and 54% gained English at grade C or above, with 86% gaining English literature at A*- C

Other notable success was in French where 64% gained C or above.

In Design Technology (Product Design) 71% of students achieved C or above, 42% made better than expected progress and 36% were awarded A or B grade.

Whole School

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  • 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