Academic Learning Mentor: Key Stage 4

I am Mrs Esther Gigli, Beacon Hill's KS4 Academic Learning Mentor. I have been at the school since June 2013 and my main role is to mentor all the Year 10 and 11 students, helping them to achieve the best grades they possibly can.

I am also responsible for offering and coordinating Careers advice and work with Inspira to find information tailored to each individual student. I assist in finding education or training for all students post-16. I work with Year 11 on Further Education placements and with Year 10 students for Work Ready Week and Work Experience.

I am happy to work with any student who needs support and if you feel that this would benefit your child, please don't hesitate to contact me. I am based in the Academic Mentoring office on the top floor.

Education to Age 18
Nowadays, all young people in England will have to continue in education or training until their 18th birthday. This does not necessarily mean that you have to stay in school, and there are a number of options that you can choose:

• Study full-time such as in a school, college or with a training provider;
• Full-time work or volunteering combined with part-time education or training;
• An Apprenticeship

Student of the Month (Key Stage 3 & 4)
Every month, all staff in school vote for one student in Key Stage 3 and one student in Key Stage 4 that they feel has made outstanding academic progress during the previous month. The student in each key stage with the highest votes receives the accolade of being our ‘student of the month' for their Key stage and they receive a certificate and prizes.

Mock Results Day (Year 11)
Every January we run a ‘Mock Results Day' where all Year 11 students attend in the afternoon with their parents/guardians during which they are given their mock results in envelopes. This replicates the experience they will have at the official GCSE results day in August. Based on their mock results, each student talks to their teachers who help them develop targets, which will help them focus towards their GCSE target grades.

Beacon Hill Careers Fair
In partnership with Inspira Cumbria, we hold a very successful Careers Fair early in the Spring Term, for our Year 10 & 11 students. We have the fantastic support of local post-16 providers: Sixth forms, local colleges, the Army, RAF, Apprenticeships and Training Providers. The purpose of this event is to show students the variety of options available to them locally when they leave Beacon Hill and give them the chance to talk to the providers directly.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Students have good attitudes to learning and are keen to succeed.
  • 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
  • Teachers know their students extremely well and work is closely tailored to students’ individual needs.