Pastoral Support

Pastoral Team:
Mrs A Pearce - Pastoral Manager
Mr P Esslemont - Pastoral Lead

The Pastoral Team deal with pastoral issues that are a concern to either students or parents. If you have a query about Attendance or a concern about the well-being of your child you should contact the Pastoral Office for advice and support.

Transition- Moving On

Transition for children from Primary school to Secondary school can be very exciting and quite worrying. The most common fears are getting lost, being bullied and is the work going to be too hard. Despite these fears most children find the transition a positive experience.

In our school we do all we can to ensure that your child feels happy and confident when they enter Beacon Hill.

The Pastoral Team works closely with all local primary schools, children in year 6 are met in the autumn term and again at the start of the summer term. We will visit them in their own environment to answer questions and explain how secondary school life works. YR5 pupils also have the opportunity to attend various transition activities at Beacon Hill.

All year 6 students will attend a transition day at Beacon Hill in July to experience the routines of secondary school and meet staff, this helps to prepare them for their start in September.

The Pastoral team will offer more intense transition work for some children.

The transition support continues until the children have successfully settled into Beacon Hill.


  • 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.