Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”
Joseph Addison

The school library is open during the school day from 8.00am through until 4.00pm including before and after school for  independent study.

Ofsted deemed that the  'Library is the hub of the school'.

Students may visit the library individually, in small groups or as a whole class during lessons. The library is a quiet area for homework, research and leisure reading which is adequately stocked with relevant resources for both the curriculum and students' leisure needs including monitored access to ICT facilities.

“High quality paired reading, where older students team up with younger ones, is very successful in improving students' reading skills and helping them to read fluently and with expression and meaning.”

Throughout the academic year a variety of hopefully interesting and stimulating activities are held in the school library with the aim of improving literacy, developing a life-long love of reading for pleasure and promote the library as a centre of learning:

  • Library induction for both incoming year 6's and current year 7's
  • Weekly library sessions for KS3 students
  • Fortnightly whole form sessions during morning registration
  • Reading Buddies ~ paired reading matching KS3 students up with KS4 trained volunteers
  • Student librarian training scheme for volunteers
  • Readathon ~ sponsored reading in aid of children's cancer charities
  • Celebrating national days such as World Book Day and National Poetry Day
  • Regular competitions
  • Scholastic Book Club on a monthly basis
  • Displays celebrating students' work and achievements


  • 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.