Express Yourself Challenge

Express Yourself: Week commencing 22nd February

For our Express Yourself challenge, pupils are spending three afternoons away from their screens, taking part in creative activities designed by our teachers. There are activities related to each subject.

Here are some of the outcomes:

This is a great and useful diagram completed away from the screen: Superficial Surface of Human Heart by V. Sahdev in Year 7

K. Nicholls in Year 9 has made ‘Pain Au Chocolat’ using one of the activities from the modern foreign languages department.

Here is some history creativity from K. Owen in Year 10.

She created the trench system as a personal project, which was linked with her study of her Conflict and Tension topic, as well as her own passion for history. She did apologise for the castle being made of Duplo as this was the only ‘Lego’ available! She is currently creating history resources in the form of a ‘game’. We look forward to seeing her resources from this. 

Here is some more brilliant history modelling of trench warfare – this time from Year 10 J. Martin.

I decided to some litter picking in my local community. When I got home I did some research  about the local area. Here is what I found out:

The word ‘barr’ is Celtic for hill. Barr Beacon is the highest point in the West Midlands. Perry Barr was once kown as ‘little barr’ but was renamed.

Great Barr was documented in the Doomsday Book as ‘Barra’. It was one of many hills where fires (beacons) were lit to warn of enemies.

Doe Bank Lane was a field boundary from the royal borough of Sutton Coldfield. It was a ditch with one side higher than the other and was used to stop deer from leaving hunting grounds.

Bridel lane was a very rural rack that went from to Walsal, to Sutton Colfield and further on to Liechfeild.

In WW2, Americans soldiers were stationed in the Pheasy Estate. Most of their equipment was buried in the fields near dobank park.

With her fascination with wolves, G. Askey in Year 10 has created an amazing papiermâché wolf using newspapers as part of her creative piece for the Express Yourself Challenge. She did a fabulous job! 


Safer Internet Day 2021

On Tuesday, 9 February 2021, we will celebrate the 18th edition of Safer Internet Day with actions taking place right across the globe. With a theme once again of “Together for a better internet”, the day calls upon all stakeholders to join together to make the internet a safer and better place for all, and especially for children and young people.

Read on to find out more about practical ways in which you can get involved in the celebrations. Whether you are a young person, a parent or carer, a teacher or an educator, a policy maker, or whether you represent an organisation or industry, everyone has a role to play in creating and maintaining a better online world.

And, noting the global reach of the Safer Internet Day campaign, on this site you’ll also be able to discover more about the planned actions of European Safer Internet Centres, global Safer Internet Day Committees and a range of organisational and industry supporters – we’re progressively updating profiles for the 2021 campaign, so please check back often for the latest updates.



Year 7 Birmingham University Science Lectures

Just before the end of 2020, 90 of our Year 7 pupils participated in online Science lectures delivered by Birmingham University staff. These lectures combined topical science with Christmas and so the sessions were entitled ‘Pandemics, past, present and future’ and ‘Is Santa Claus a super spreader?’

The lectures explained the science behind global pandemics and the development of the Covid-19 vaccines. These festive lectures were full of  Christmas themed analogies. Barr Beacon pupils submitted 8 questions to the experts, all of which were answered, and our pupils were singled out for praise due to these contributions. 

Our pupils certainly seemed to enjoy the lectures:

  • 96% said the lectures were interesting.
  • 83% said that the lectures made them want to go to university when they were older. 
  • 100% said they learned things they didn’t know before. 

What our pupils said:

“It was really interesting and I enjoyed it immensely. I hope to do more lectures in the future” 

“I found the lecture very interesting and I learnt a lot of new things”. 

“It includes fascinating facts, and I would have never thought about how a virus affects our bodies. We also learnt that rabies is more likely to kill you than you surviving/recovering from it. I would have wanted to go to university anyways but now I am more excited to go!”

“I think it was very interesting as it taught me things I didn’t know before and it was about a similar subject to something that is currently happening.”

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Annual Awards Evening 2020

On Wednesday 2nd December we held our Annual Awards Evening. This year it took the form of a virtual event, however the significance of the event remained the same. We joined together to celebrate the achievements of our pupils during the last academic year and celebrate their successes.

Our Guest Speaker was Dr Dan Perry, a former Head Boy of Barr Beacon School in 1997, who is now a Children’s Orthopaedic Surgeon at Alder Hay Children’s Hospital and a clinical trial lead for the British Orthopaedic Association. Dan gave an inspirational speech which would have provided great motivation to our pupils.

We were also joined by Mr Mills, who had taught at Barr Beacon School for over 45 years, to present an awarded named in his honour to our most outstanding Mathematician.


Remembrance 2020

Tyne in Year 11 produced this poem to commemorate Remembrance

Close your eyes,
Take a breath.
Just for a minute that’s my request.
Pay your respect to those who fought,
To give us the freedom we were brought.
To those who fell,
Those who cried,
Those who tried but sadly died.
So close your eyes
Take a breath.
Remember our heroes:
That’s my only request.

For our Remembrance Commemorations this year our Cadets performed a special ceremony which was introduced by our Flight Lieutenant (and Director of English) Mrs Muller.

Then Cadets read the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. The Last Post, played by music teacher Miss Chater, heralded the silence and her performance of Reveille concluded it.

The Kohima Epitaph was then read by a Cadet ahead of the wreath being laid by our Head Boy and Head Girl. The ceremony was broadcast to all form groups.


English Speaking Assessments

In order to pass GCSE English language, each pupil needs to be assessed on their speaking ability. This assessment will take place during school time. Although it does not form a part of their GCSE grade, they will receive a separate grade for this element: either Pass, Merit or Distinction. This result will be reported on the GCSE certificate in addition to the grade 9-1.

For Year 10 only we are required to provide audio-visual recordings of the presentations of a sample of candidates. These recordings will not be shared with anyone other than the exam board and secured in accordance with GDPR regulations. Year 11’s assessments will not need to be recorded.

Each pupil has received a lesson about how to prepare and what to include in their assessment but, should they have any questions, they can ask their teacher or contact Mrs Kapcia or their English language teacher on Teams. We have also produced a video explaining how to prepare for the assessment, which is available here:

You can also view below some speaking and listening videos featuring pupils from other schools (these are materials sent out by the exam board).

This assessment was awarded a Distinction

This one was awarded a Merit 

You may want to support your child by helping them practise their presentation.

If you have any queries about these assessments, please contact Mr Lowbridge-Ellis, Deputy Headteacher.


Work Hard, Get Rewarded

Every week, teachers are nominating pupils who they know have been working the hardest. 

We will be giving House points to everyone nominated and entering their names into a weekly prize draw for online shopping vouchers.

Let your teacher know what work you are doing through Microsoft Teams or your school e-mail address.

Parents/Carers: if you want to share what work your children are doing at home you can tag us on Twitter @barrbeaconsch

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