Diary

You can access our full Calendar here which includes all important dates for the rest of the academic year.

Key Dates

Assessment, reporting & parents evening dates for each year group appear in the Calendar.

School assessments play an important role in measuring your child's overall progress. Part of the key to success in assessment is preparation at home; please continue to encourage your child to revise/prepare at home for all the key assessments, internal/external exams including classroom controlled assessments (YR10 & 11) throughout the year. Internal school exams play an important role in preparing your child for external GCSE's.

Interim reports and profiles (end of year reports) are sent home via students.

Should you wish to discuss your child's progress at any point, please feel free to contact your child's form tutor in the first instance.

Holidays

From September 2013 the Headteacher no longer has the discretion to authorise school absence for holidays within school term time, this means that if you do take your child out of school on holiday during term time there are two outcomes. Your child misses valuable teaching and learning time with the impact that has on their attainment. The absence also has to be unauthorised and these figures may affect a student when applying for further education and training. Parents can be fined for taking their child on holiday during term time without consent from the school.

Headteachers have the discretion to grant leave, but they should only do so in exceptional circumstances. If a Headteacher grants a leave request, it will be for them to determine the length of time that the child can be away from school. Where a family holiday during term time is deemed to be unavoidable, it is vital that it does not coincide with examinations or other important tests that your child has to take. This is particularly crucial in year 10 and 11 when students take GCSE Controlled Assessments throughout the year.

Key Stage 3 - Y7, Y8, Y9 - See school calendar for specific dates.
Key Stage 4 - Y10 internal examinations and Y11 mock examinations - December 2016.
GCSE Examinations - May - June 2017

An Absence Request Form must be completed well in advance.

  • 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 2015
  • 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 2013
  • 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 2015
  • 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