Welcome to our School
Whether you are a prospective student, parent or a member of the wider community interested in finding out more about our thriving school, we hope that our website will provide you with a new insight into the life of Beacon Hill Community School.
We are a small, dynamic learning community in the historic town of Aspatria situated on the edge of the Solway Plain.
Personalised learning is at the very core of everything we do, ensuring students develop the academic and life skills essential to be successful, confident and resilient young people.
At Beacon Hill Community School we provide a calm and ordered learning environment which allows students to enjoy high quality learning experiences that transform their lives.
Mr D Millne
GCSE GRADES ARE CHANGING
GCSEs in England are being reformed and will be graded with a new scale from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade. English literature, English language and maths will be the first subjects to be graded in this way from August 2017. The subjects with the highest numbers of candidates (e.g. arts, humanities, languages) will follow in 2018 and most others in 2019. This is happening as GCSEs are being reformed to make them more challenging, to keep pace with employers’ and universities demands. In the first year each new GCSE subject is introduced, students who would have got a grade C or better will get a grade 4 or better. Students who would have got a Grade A or better will get a 7 or better in the first year. Grade 9 will be more difficult to achieve than a grade A*. The extra top grade will also make it easier for employers and universities to distinguish between the most able students To see how the numbered grades compare to the current A* to G system, click here or Google "ofqual 9 to 1 postcard". More information about when subjects will switch to the new grades is available on the Ofqual website here.
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 aren't able 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.
ROUTINE DENTAL CHECK-UP APPOINTMENTS
Routine appointments for dental check-ups should be arranged for outside the school day or during school holidays. We appreciate that emergency and orthodontics appointments are sometimes unavoidable within the school day; however please provide us with appointment cards or letters.
- Christmas Carol Service Dance
- Data Collection Covering Letter
- LA absence in term time letter
- End of term Head teacher's letter
Year 7 & 8
Here you will find Beacon Hill's newsletters. Please contact us if you have any material that we could include.
- Summer 2016
- Spring 2016
- Autumn 2015
- Summer 2015
- Spring 2015
- Autumn 2014 Christmas edition
- Autumn 2014 1st edition
- Summer 2014 Bumper edition
- Spring 2014
- Autumn 2013 2nd edition
- Autumn 2013 1st edition
- Summer 2013 2nd edition
- Summer 2013 1st edition
- Spring 2013
- Autumn 2012 Christmas edition
- Autumn 2012 1st edition
- Summer 2012 2nd edition
- Summer 2012 1st edition
- Spring 2012 Bumper Edition
- Christmas 2011
- Autumn 2011 1st edition
- Summer 2011 - Bumper Edition
- Spring 2011
- Autumn 2010 2nd edition
- Autumn 2010 1st edition
- Summer 2010 2nd edition
- Summer 2010 1st edition
- Spring 2010
- Autumn 2009 2nd edition
- Autumn 2009 1st edition
- Summer 2009 2nd edition
- Summer 2009 1st edition
- Spring 2009
- Autumn 2008 2nd edition
- Autumn 2008 1st edition
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.
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.
We are impressed with how both of our children have settled in and are progressing though the school. We find staff understanding & helpful.
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.
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.
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.