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.

Since becoming the Headteacher in September 2004 I have seen the school develop into a vibrant and exciting learning community and I am proud and privileged to lead the dedicated and hardworking staff and students.

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.

Mrs J. Richardson

YR11 Easter Revision School

Revision Classes Timetable

In addition to the above timetable of revision classes organised during the Easter holidays for YR11, Mr Rajput will also hold a Science session open to all year 11 students on Tuesday 15th April from 11am to 3.30pm. Year 11 students find themselves very close to their GCSE examinations and must ensure that they are revising hard.

French Trip Meeting

All parents/guardians and students are invited to an information meeting on Thursday 24th April at 6pm in the French classroom. During the meeting there will be an opportunity to ask any questions, find out more about the French trip (Thursday 15th - Tuesday 20th May 2014) and meet the staff accompanying the trip.

Read for My School

Read for my school has now closed.  A grand total of 339 books were registered as having been read by year 7 & 8 students. Well done to all who have taken part. Any student who has read 8 or more books will be registered to be included in a national draw to win a prize.

Parent Governor Vacancies

We currently have 2 parent governor vacancies - an exciting opportunity to play a part in the running of our school. Governors spend on average 3 hours per school month either at meetings or related activities such as preparatory reading. Interested please contact Mrs M Batchelor, Clerk to the Governors via the school.

Homework. Too little? Too Much?

Our homework policy is up for renewal and we plan on making some changes.  We would like to hear your views about homework particularly the amount set and the frequency. These will then be taken into consideration when we review the policy.  If you would like to contribute to this discussion please let the school have your views before the end of May either in writing or by email.

Parent View

Parent View gives you the chance to tell us and Ofsted what you think about your child's school. Parent View asks for your opinion on many different aspects from the quality of teaching, to dealing with bullying. By sharing your views you will be helping your child's school to improve. You will also be able to see what other parents have said about your child's school.  Or, if you want to, view the results for any school in England.

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