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
Headteacher

 






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.

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 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.

 

 

  • 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 2015
  • 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 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
  • 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 2015
  • 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