Results Day Information

A Level Results Day – Thursday 17th August 2023

Year 13 results will be available from 8:00am. Arrival from 7:45am

GCSE Results Day – Thursday 24th August 2023

Year 11 results will be available for collection between 8.00am -9.15am

Sixth Form Applicants should go to the Hall. If pupils have not applied to the Sixth Form, they should go to the Sports Hall.

Applicants from other schools: If you wish to take up your place at our Sixth Form, please bring your examination results and either your birth certificate or passport (original documents only) to school between 11:30am and 12:30pm.


Matrix ‘Far From Home’ – Turing 2023-24

Sweden, Italy, Peru

We are delighted to announce that, for the third year running, Matrix Academy Trust has had another successful Turing bid.

The Turing Scheme is the UK government’s programme to provide funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world. It supports Global Britain by providing an opportunity for UK organisations from the higher education, further education, vocational education and training and schools sectors to offer young people  life-changing experiences.

This year, pupils in Year 8 from across Matrix schools will be visiting Sweden. Year 10 will be exploring ancient history in Italy. Year 12 students will be travelling around the world to Peru.

We chose ‘Far From Home’ as the name of our 2023-24 Turing project because we are committed to promoting an international outlook with our pupils. For our young people to be successful, we need to do whatever we can to broaden their horizons – and one way of doing this is to take them ‘far from home’. We will be making sure the pupils who are selected to go on these visits will be those that will benefit most from them.

More information about these opportunities will be shared in September.

Read our report on last year’s Matrix visit to Japan here:

Find out more about the Turing scheme here:


High School Musical JR

Actor? Singer? Dancer? We have the perfect opportunity for you!

Barr Beacon School will be showcasing ‘High School Musical Junior’ this Summer. 

If you would like to audition as a dancer only, please come to the Dance Studio to audition on Monday 7th November from 3:15 – 4:15pm.

Main cast auditions will be held in the Dance Studio on Wednesday 9th November from 3:15 to 4:15pm.

If you are interested, please collect an audition pack from the drama studio (main cast audition only).

Show dates will be 20th, 21st and 22nd June. Cast members must be available for all three performances.


Sixth Form Induction Week

It was a pleasure welcoming back over 120 of our Year 11 students to take part in the Sixth Form Induction Week.  They had taster sessions for their chosen courses, allowing them to get a feel for post-16 life.  We shared information about the mindset required to enjoy success in our Sixth Form, including a strong work ethic, developing into independent learners and always having the highest expectations of themselves.  Our current Year 12 students shared their experiences and offered some valuable advice.  The week ended with a day of Team Building activities which encouraged them to develop their confidence, communication skills and logical thinking. The tasks they took part in were Swamp Cross, Night Rope, Barrel Move, Human Knot and Sheep Herd.  The students enjoyed their week and found it helpful in preparation for September.  The ice-lollies on Friday were very much appreciated too!  We are looking forward to them starting their Key Stage 5 journey with us in September.

Comments from students:

“I learnt that I need to organise my revision early.  Also, I need to take up opportunities in Sixth Form as these will be beneficial for my UCAS application.”

I like how the teachers treat us more like adults and that there is more freedom in the way that we can learn and revise.  I find having smaller classes also makes it easier to engage with the teachers and ask for help.”

“I enjoyed how interactive the lessons were and how they gave a very clear idea about what life in Sixth Form will be like and what A levels are about.”

“It is good to have an understanding of what we will be taught over the years and to have had the chance to cover some of the content this week.”

“I enjoyed the activities that we did as they helped to create a more insightful experience of what next year will be like.”

 “I now know that there is a large amount of wider reading that I will need to do in order to be fully prepared for my option choices, ready to start in September.”

“I understand that I need to be very organised from day 1 to prevent feeling overwhelmed and stressed out.”

“I enjoyed exploring the subjects I have picked in more detail and speaking to the current Sixth Formers who were really helpful.”

“Thank you for the enjoyable Team Building Day.”


Loughborough University Residential

Ten lucky Year 10 Barr Beacon pupils are attending a four day residential at Loughborough University. The girls are working in teams of 5 with undergraduates and professors from Loughborough university to design a solution to contemporary global problems. This is a challenge that Ford Motor company give to their own engineers and designers. It all takes place in Loughborough’s state of the art STEMlab.

The girls have been attending lectures about the engineering behind harnessing renewable energy, robotics and other topics. The pupils then apply this information to their own designs and will present their solutions to their global problem at the end of the week. The girls have also had time for lots of fun including a campus treasure hunt, movie nights and a Barbecue.


Year 13 Leavers’ Ball

Year 13 students marked the end of their examination period, and indeed their journey with us, by celebrating at the Leavers’ Ball which was held on Friday 8th July 2022. 

They have found their way through the challenges that the last couple of years have brought and fully deserved to let their hair down and party hard!

The evening consisted of a drinks reception, a Tex Mex style Street Food buffet, a chocolate fountain, a photobooth and a new feature this year – a 360 degree video booth.

After the awards section of the evening, the disco was in full swing with different genres of music – bhangra, R n B and some of the old time favourites! It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening!

We are looking forward to seeing the students on Results Day (Thursday 18th August 2022) and celebrating with them again as they receive the results they need to progress on to their next steps.


Year 11 Prom 2022

Year 11 celebrated the end of their exams on Friday 1st July at Nailcote Hall.  Our pupils went all out with some amazing dresses and suits as well as fabulous heels.  Everyone had a great time dancing the night away ending the evening with a spectacular firework display.  Despite the many challenges this brilliant year group have come up against, they have been exceptional in their effort and commitment.  Here’s to the summer!


InComm Training – STEM Activity Day

A group of Year 10 pupils visited InComm Training to experience a day in the life of an apprentice. They started with a tour of the facilities and learnt all about the apprenticeship pathway into engineering careers. They then split into competing teams, taking part in a practical workshop. Pupils designed, built and tested their own mechanical devices, examining the use of fluid power to lift and move objects. The project not only allowed pupils to experience what it might be like to work as a future engineer, but it also gave them the opportunity to develop key employability skills of teamwork, communication and problem solving. The winning teams’ mechanical arm is pictured.  


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. 


Colour Run – Charity Event

On Wednesday 30th March, the bitter wind, downpours of rain and hail showers did not deter some of our Year 12 and Year 13 students who took part in the Colour Fun Run.  They thoroughly enjoyed the event that was organised to raise money for the three charities that Sixth Form are supporting this year:  Young Minds, Barnados and the RSPCA.

Here are some comments from students after the event:-

“I loved it!  It was great fun for a Wednesday afternoon.  I think the weather made it better!  Thank you for organising it”

“Thank you so much for organising the colour run.  It was so much fun even though my ears are still a little bit blue!”

“Thank you for organising the colour run this afternoon.  I really enjoyed it,”

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