Barr Beacon School, Old Hall Lane, Aldridge, Walsall, WS9 0RF
Telephone: 0121 366 6600
Heateacher: Ms Lynsey Draycott
Our SENCO, Miss R Beards can also be contacted via the links above.
Barr Beacon School is part of the Matrix Academy Trust. Details and contact information for the Trust can be found at www.matrixacademytrust.co.uk
The School Admissions Policy can be found at About > Admissions
Latest Ofsted Report
The latest report can be found HERE
Key Stage 4 Results
The information below is updated from the currently published validated results.
Progress 8: -0.06
Attainment 8: 46.1
% of pupils achieving a strong pass in English and Maths: 44.3%
% of pupils who continue in education or training, or moving on to employment at the end of 16-19 study: 94%
Further results information can be found on the School Performance Tables published by the Department for Education -
Key Stage 5 Results (2019)
A level progress score: -0.31
Average result: C-
Academic qualifications progress score: -0.3
Applied general qualifications progress score: +0.10
Students staying in education or employment for at least 2 terms after 16 to 18 (level 3) study: Not released yet
Our curriculum provides pupils with the knowledge and experiences which will interest and empower them to thrive in the workplace and make informed contributions to our democratic society.
Year 7 and 8 are assessed against subject specific objectives tied to knowledge and skills represented HERE.
All of our teaching programmes reflect the depth and breadth of the National Curriculum: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-inengland-secondary-curriculum
Curriculum maps available HERE.
At Key Stage 3 pupils currently study the following:
- English, mathematics, science, art, dance, drama, geography, history, ICT, modern foreign languages (French, German, Spanish), PE, PSHE, religious education, technology, computer science, media
Although we do not teach Key Stage 1 phonics, selected groups of Year 7 pupils follow the Fresh Start reading scheme.
At Key Stage 4 pupils follow a personalised pathway.
- All pupils take the core subjects of maths, English language, English literature, PE (not examined), PSHE and Double Science Award OR separate sciences (biology, chemistry, physics).
- Option subjects are: French, German, Spanish, Italian, history, geography, child development, citizenship, dance, drama, DT textiles, DT food, PE, sociology, psychology, computer science, media studies, philosophy and ethics and religious studies.
We also offer BTEC First Awards in business, digital media production, ICT, health and social, media, sport and the built environment and hospitality.
Information about Key Stage 5 courses can be located HERE.
The school behaviour policy (including rewards) can be found on our Publications > Policies HERE
Careers information including how we deliver careers guidance, a summary of the programme, who to contact about careers, how we measure and assess the impact of our careers provision and lots more can be found HERE
Details of our plan for pupil premium spend and a review of outcomes along with the school action plancan be found under About > Pupil Premium.
Catch-Up Premium Statement
can be found under About > Catch Up Premium Statement
The SEND policy can be found HERE
Miss R Beards
0121 366 6600
The Chair of Barr Beacon Schools Governance Advisory Board is Dr Deborah Park. She can be contacted via the school either via:
firstname.lastname@example.org or on the usual contact number, 0121 366 6600.
The school is part of Matrix Academy Trust.
The Trust head office is at
Matrix Academy Trust, Leamore Lane, Bloxwich, Walsall, West Midlands WS2 7PS,
Governance information can be found at About > Governing Body.
Complaints & Whistleblowing
The Trust Complaints Policy and Whistleblowing Policy can both be found HERE
Charging and Remissions Information
The Charging and Remissions Policy is part of our Financial Procedures manual - the relevant extract can be HERE
The belief that everyone deserves to be treated equally, including having the same opportunities, is central to everything we do at Barr Beacon.
Our Equality Objective can be found HERE.
Ethos & Values
As an Outstanding school, we work hard to get the best for every single one of our pupils. With our Teaching School status we are called upon to share our expertise with other education providers to help them get the best for their learners too. We are always focused on making sure we secure the best possible future for the next generation and, being a SCITT, this extends to our high quality teacher training.
Whilst forward-facing in many ways, we hold onto the best bits from the past. We are unabashedly traditional when it comes to discipline, courtesy and good manners. These values never go out of fashion and they underpin our drive for academic success.
Our school community is proudly diverse and we do not tolerate bias, prejudice or discrimination of any kind - whether conscious or unconscious - and we instil in our pupils nothing less than the urge to go out into the world and make it a better place.
I am immensely proud to work with so many supportive governors, dedicated staff and delightful young people. It is a privilege to be the Headteacher of Barr Beacon School.
For more about our Beacon Values click HERE.