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.

 


Season's Greetings

Beacon Hill Governors, Staff & Students would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and to thank you for your continued support throughout 2014.

Spring Term

Spring term begins on Tuesday 6th January.

Please note: correct school uniform must be worn including polo shirt, jumper, tailored trousers and black shoes. Full list of statutory uniform and order forms can be found on the school website under parents/general information/uniform.

Mock Results Day - Tuesday 13th January 2015 1.30pm

Each year we hold a very successful ‘mock results’ afternoon for all our year 11 students. We believe that this strategy has in the past enabled students to understand the importance of revision and its consequences before the real exams in June 2015.

In order to do this we will be allowing students from the other year groups 7-10 to leave slightly earlier at 1:35pm. Unfortunately, the buses that bring students to school are unable to accommodate the change of finish time.

Private study facilities will be available for students who need to wait for the normal bus departure time or for any student who is unable to leave early. All students will be expected to complete home study work and will be given tasks by their subject teachers.

Reply slips are required to let us know if you are able to make alternative arrangements to get your child home or if you wish for your child to remain in school until the normal finish time of 3:15pm. See letters home or click on the link above.

 

  • 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