Curriculum

Beacon Hill Community School provides a calm and ordered learning environment where all students are treated as individuals. This allows the students to enjoy high quality learning and transform their life chances.

Our curriculum allows children to be well rounded individuals, ready to face the world in the future; we aim to give them the necessary skills, confidence and a sense of pride that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

"Beacon Hill Community School has established a positive culture of learning throughout" Local Authority

As all class sizes are much smaller than other local schools so all students receive personalised teaching that meets their needs and are taught at a pace which allows challenge and ensures that they continue to make excellent progress. Our broad and balanced curriculum follows the national model with a very keen attention to the basics of literacy and numeracy underpinning every subject.

"Students receive timely and well-focused help from both teachers and Teaching Assistants." OFSTED

We work towards our goal of accelerated progress for all by placing a strong emphasis on differentiated teaching and resources that ensures each pupil is fully stretched and challenged. Students learn through the enquiry process which develops resourcefulness, reasoning skills and curiosity that enables lifelong learning.

As a Community school we follow the new National Curriculum, this programme is enhanced by RE, Drama, PHSE (Personal, Health & Social Education) as well as Careers Education.  In years 7 & 8 students (key stage 3) are taught in Stage not Age classes, with fluid transition between groups.
Download the New National Curriculum for England Framework

Key Stage 3: Years 7 - 8

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Design Technology
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Modern Foreign Languages - French
  • Humanities (Geography, History, R.E)
  • Physical Education - PE
  • Art & Design
  • Music
  • Personal Development (Citizenship & PHSE)
  • Drama

Key Stage 4: Years 9 - 11

Key stage 4 courses, exam boards & qualifications

All students continue to study a core of subjects:

  • English GCSE
  • Mathematics GCSE
  • Science: Double or Triple Award GCSE or Entry Level Certificate
  • Physical Education-PE
  • Personal Development - Citizenship, PHSE, Careers and RE
  • Design Technology Product Design GCSE or Food Preparation & Nutrition GCSE
  • Computing (integrated across the curriculum)

In addition to compulsory subjects, students choose further courses from:

  • Media Studies-GCSE
  • English Literature-GCSE
  • Design Technology - Level 1/2  Materials Technology Technical Award
  • Physical Education (Sports Science) - BTEC
  • History-GCSE
  • Geography - GCSE
  • Graphic Communication-GCSE
  • Art & Design-GCSE
  • Modern Foreign Languages-French GCSE
  • Foundation Learning (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness)

NB: Subjects for options will depend on demand in any one year and are under constant review.

Post 16

For every student an appropriate transition pathway is carefully planned to a range of Sixth Form, College and apprenticeship providers by our own staff and in collaboration with local careers experts. Students in Year 10 and 11 are thoroughly prepared for their post 16 experience through Beacon Hill's extensive careers programme including work experience, college visits and a careers fair. All students in KS4 also take part in a Work Ready Programme which includes visits and talks by employers as well as an insight into the world of Further & Higher Education.

From Year 8 onwards students receive careers advice and vocational education as part of their Personal Development programme.

The school objectives for careers education and guidance are:

  • Helping to ensure that every student has a curriculum that is broad and balanced and appropriate to his/her career pathway.
  • Helping students to make informed decisions about their future.
  • Helping students to raise their expectations and have ambition.
  • Maintaining readily available and current information on training, jobs and further education.
  • Working with Inspira to provide individual counselling and guidance to students and their parents.
  • To promote equality of opportunity for all students.
  • To be a part of the personal and social development of the student as they prepare for adulthood.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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