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 2013
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 May 2013
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 & 9 students are taught in Stage not Age classes, with fluid transition between groups. In year 9 students begin preparation for examination specifications at Key Stage 4.
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Key Stage 3: Years 7 - 9
- Design Technology/Home Economics
- Modern Foreign Languages - French
- Learn 2 Learn Humanities (Geography, History, R.E)
- Physical Education - PE
- Art & Design
- Personal Development (Citizenship & PHSE)
Key Stage 4: Years 10 and 11
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 or GCSE Hospitality & Catering
- Computing (integrated across the curriculum)
In addition to compulsory subjects, students choose further courses from:
- Media Studies-GCSE
- English Literature-GCSE
- Design Technology - Resistant Materials-GCSE
- Physical Education (Sports Science) - BTEC
- 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.
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.