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Successfully Re-Accredited as a SCITT!

Barr Beacon SCITT is incredibly proud to announce that it is one of the eighty Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers to have been successfully re-accredited by the Department for Education (DfE) to continue to deliver ITT leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from September 2024 onwards. 

This achievement allows us to continue our commitment to develop the very best classroom practitioners who will go on to inspire, influence and shape the lives of future generations for years to come. The accreditation process was designed to ensure that providers are able to deliver high quality teacher training against a set of new Quality Requirements and we are delighted that our provision has met this benchmark. 

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Thank You and Goodbye

After up to 7 years for a lot of us, we are saying goodbye to Barr Beacon School. It has been our home from 8:30am until past 3:00pm every Monday to Friday and has become a building that will hold many memories and be the centre of the stories we tell as we get older.  

Years 11 to 13 has been a rollercoaster with highs and lows for each and every student in Sixth Form but we have nearly made it! It is a bittersweet goodbye as we leave teachers, classrooms and friends behind. Nevertheless, it is exciting to look forward to all that awaits us, whether that is university, an apprenticeship or a gap year. Whatever our next steps are, we would not have got to this point without all of the support we have received from the staff here at Barr Beacon School and for that we will forever be grateful. For the unseen work of our teaching staff, at home and staying late or arriving early, we thank you all. Individually and collectively you have, once again, impacted on the lives of another cohort of students.  

Whilst some of us may want to go back and change some things – like the student who wishes they had taken more BTECs; another who wishes they had taken more photographs to savour the memories of a fleeting two years; another who wishes revision was taken more seriously much earlier on – there are others who are looking back and are grateful for their conversations and even baking experiences with Mrs Osborne! Although part of our time was spent online (the sound of Teams notifications will probably stay with us forever), within it all there are memories we will carry forward and cherish.  

In years to come we will want to come back and relive it all. Unless time travel becomes a possibility, it will be through our wonderful memories that we continue to live our sixth form years. So again, we say thank you and goodbye to the school that has helped us to grow into the people we are today and set a foundation for the people we will be in the future. 

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The Great Big University Tour

Year 7 pupils have been out visiting local universities and getting a taste of university life. Pupils have visited University of Birmingham and Aston University, getting to tour the universities, meet their students and take part in activities to learn all about the benefits of higher education. Pupils on the recent visit to Aston university were able to get an exclusive sneak peek into the university accommodation on their tour. In the coming months, more pupils will venture out to Staffordshire University, Birmingham City University and Newman University. 

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Wisepay Notice

We are aware that some parents are experiencing difficulty adding money to their Wisepay Accounts.  This matter is being investigated.  For parents wishing to pay for the Year 11 hoodies, please place the order via the paper form and submit to reception.  The deadline for payment has been extended to Thursday 19th May 5pm.

 

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Beacon’s Got Talent 2022

Our annual show – Beacon’s Got Talent is back this year. On Wednesday 25th May our successful performers will take to the stage and battle it out to be crowned winner of BGT22.

You can grab your tickets on Wisepay. Doors open from 6pm and the show will begin at 6:30pm.

Tickets will not be available on the door so please ensure they are purchased via Wisepay.

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Award Winning Mathematicians

Exciting news of a mathematical nature! Two pupils from Year 10 have been selected for impressing with their mathematical reasoning and ability.

Maria R, having previously achieved a Gold award on the UKMT Intermediate Challenge, has been invited to a Summer School with the UKMT. Whilst Zach T-S has won an award from the University of Southampton Mathematics Challenge! Congratulations from a proud Maths department!

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Head Student Hustings 2022

Well done to all applicants who delivered their manifesto speech in the Year 12 assembly this morning.

Students and staff enjoyed listening to what each of the 14 applicants had to offer as they shared their vision for the role of Head Boy and Head Girl.

Next stage: panel interview.  We wish them all the very best of luck!

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Ukraine Fundraiser

Pupils raise £849.97 for UNICEF Ukraine appeal with an image from the following and then link to an article below

Pupils called for us to take action in support of other young people facing unbelievable hardships. As a school we responded, led by the Beacon Values representatives who came up with a fantastic programme of fundraising activities, designed to ensure that as many people as possible could get involved. 

Following a brilliant assembly in which Beacon Values Representatives articulated what young people in Ukraine were going through, pupils were enabled to take part in a multitude of ways. 

Everyone involved: Consideration for others     

All form groups created sunflowers, the national symbol of Ukraine and our hope for their brighter future. Pupils wrote messages of solidarity to the young people of Ukraine. 

All form groups were tasked to collect small change in bottles! The form raising the most will receive a prize, but all of our pupils must be commended on their generosity and thoughtfulness. They have done us proud! 

Pupils also had the chance to take part in a ‘Guess how many sweets in the jar’ competition. The proud winner will soon be announced, but this raised a whooping £76.45.

Participation to support UNICEF 

As well as the opportunities above, some pupils elected to take part in some fundraising activities including a large scale art installation, human sized sunflowers, a swimming gala and a walk around the school field.  

This also raised well over £100 to add to our grand total. 

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Lit in Colour Programme

Barr Beacon is proud to announce that due to the school’s commitment to diversity we have been successful in being awarded position as ambassadors to Pearsons Lit in Colour programme!

Pearson, the world’s learning company, has joined forces with Penguin Random House UK and race equality think tank The Runnymede Trust to become part of the Lit in Colour programme.

As the UK’s largest awarding body, Pearson will work with Penguin and 100 secondary schools to offer support and resources to encourage the integration of English Literature set texts by writers of colour at both GCSE and A Level.

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Aggreko Challenge

Year 10 pupils who took part in a workshop from Aggreko are the proud winners of a competition to design their own renewable home. 

Pupils first took part in a workshop where they discovered more about Aggreko, their renewable energy solutions and their power delivery for big events like the Commonwealth Games. Following this pupils were tasked with creating their own renewable home and presenting their ideas to the group. Pupils were not only competing against other Barr Beacon teams, but also other local schools.  Four pupils impressed Aggreko so much that they won the competition! They have each won tickets to Edgbaston Cricket Ground this summer to watch a Commonwealth Games match. Congratulations to Lewis, Mataeo, Kuran and Arjan!

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Old Hall Lane
Aldridge, Walsall
West Midlands
WS9 0RF

T: 0121 366 6600
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