Beacon Hill Academy
Principal: Mark Thorogood
Ofsted: Inspected November 2015 –
Overall effectiveness – Good
Beacon Hill is located in Woodsetton to the east of Sedgley. It is the largest of the academies in the Trust with over 1,100 learners on roll. It recruits at capacity in Year 7 and draws pupils from a large number of different primary schools in a highly populated area.
A high proportion of learners are eligible for free school meals and there are very few English as an Additional Language learners. The school was judged ‘good’ by Ofsted in November 2015.
One of the advantages of its size is the number of staff who work in learner support and the broad pastoral care system. The academy has its own AS Base, with trained staff on hand to provide the extra support and care that AS learners may require.
Summer 2019 saw an improvement in overall GCSE Attainment. Grade 9-5 results were up in English, Maths and all the Science subjects, especially in Biology.
The curriculum is relevant and responsive, providing opportunities for learners to study a wide range of subjects such as engineering, design technology and expressive arts. The Trust has invested a significant sum of money into brand new computers and networking and carried out extensive work on the fabric of the school.
There is a comprehensive programme of extra-curricular activities ranging from sports and the arts to valuable enrichment experiences that have included visits to Oxbridge Universities, skiing trips to Italy, and visits to the WWI battlefields, China and Silicon Valley.
Attendance is averaging 92.7%.