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Overview

We are an ambitious, outward-looking school. Our aim is simple: we believe that all of our students deserve the best possible education. This is underpinned by our clearly stated values – ‘We care, we aim high, we achieve together, we lead the way’. We are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment in which students can thrive, both academically and as young British citizens who contribute positively to society. Above all, we aim to equip all students with the knowledge, skills and resilience they need to be happy, successful and fulfilled. As Principal, I am resolute in my belief that students from all backgrounds and starting points should be supported and challenged to make the best progress they are capable of, to prepare them for the next stage of their education, employment or training.

At The Beacon, we have an excellent and dedicated staff who work relentlessly to ensure that our high standards are maintained and built upon. Our curriculum is innovative and broad, providing a range of courses tailored to students’ needs. We challenge students to work hard, stretch their thinking and achieve. Our unique enrichment programme offers a range of exciting learning opportunities beyond the classroom, inspiring our students and developing their talents. Our House system is well-established and ensures a sense of belonging to the community, as well as some healthy competition! We have a team of School Officials, Heads of House and student mentors who contribute to the high quality pastoral care in the school. The Beacon works collaboratively with many other local primary and secondary schools, to share good practice and raise standards.

We are proud to hold the International Schools’ Award. We have a number of established exchange programmes, including a link with the outstanding Ganquan Foreign Language School in Shanghai. I am proud to lead this school. I believe that we can transform the lives of young people. With over 20 years’ experience in education, it is my firm belief that setting and maintaining the highest expectations of our students is the key to success. Students who arrive on time, dress smartly, behave respectfully and take pride in their achievements are far more likely to be successful. Working in partnership with parents is vital to achieving the best experience and outcomes for our students – we value your support and views. As a school, we will never be complacent; we will always be looking for ways in which we can improve.

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Our mission statement developed by staff, students, parents and Governors guides all that we do: "We are committed to providing an outstanding education where all students achieve academic success.

Our inspirational and challenging curriculum allows abilities to flourish and self-confidence to thrive. Every individual is valued, learning is enjoyed, success is celebrated and responsibility is shared enabling our students to grow into responsible, questioning citizens who play a full and active role in society." Within the school we have four key values: We care We aim high We achieve together We lead the way

Working for us

We hope that the following information will be useful in helping you to gain an understanding of our school: in 2012 Ofsted graded the school as ‘Good’ in all key areas. the school has a high quality, professional development programme.Staff work together in professional learning communities to share good practice. staff have opportunities to gain a range of professional qualifications including NPQML and NPQSL.The school provides part-funding for MA programmes. year on year student progress and achievement increases.In 2015 60% of students achieved 5 A*- C passes including English and Mathematics.Levels of progress in English are above FFTD, putting us in the top 25% of all schools and our value added score in 2014 was 1007.6.We have every reason to be really proud of our students’ achievements.

The school has a thriving Sixth Form with a wide range of A-level and BTEC courses. the school has an excellent enrichment programme for students, providing everything from Archery to Art History. the school is proud to have achieved the bronze Anti Bullying Award. the school has achieved the silver International Schools Award and is working towards Gold in 2015. the school achieved Academy status in December 2011 and is using the Academy freedoms for the benefit of both students and staff. the school works in close partnership with the 14-19 Network and with 11 local primary schools as part of the North Downs Schools’ Partnership. In short, this is an ambitious and forward thinking school, which is an exciting place to work. 

We are focused on how we can continue to improve the quality of education for our students, with the aim of achieving outstanding outcomes. We are looking to appoint outstanding leaders and practitioners to enable us to achieve our aims.  If you feel that you have what we are looking for and want to work in a supportive, dynamic environment, then please submit an application form with an accompanying letter outlining how you can help us achieve goals. So, what are the benefits of working for a school in the GLF family of schools? We are a group of schools rooted in providing the best possible education for children and we are not motivated by ‘making a profit’. This means we enable each Headteacher and their team of leaders to ensure that the work of their school is of the highest standard allowing children and young people to have high aspirations. We continually offer excellent CPD opportunities as well as supported career development across the family of schools. Over the past three years, we have trained and developed 15 leaders who have been promoted to headship, deputy headship, assistant headship and school business managers.

Our family of schools regularly network and collaborate to share insight, expertise and best practice not only within our own family but also beyond. (For example last term, Glyn School hosted an Independent Thinking ‘Big Day Out’, where some of the UK’s leading educational innovators, thinkers, authors and practitioners came together to share ideas, insights and strategies.) 

As a part of GLF Schools, you will have access to a huge network of support including: 

-          Support challenge meetings

-          Data analysis and target setting

-          Ofsted preparation

-          Coaching and support for teachers

-          Leadership development

-          Middle leadership

-          Leadership Review

-          Mock Ofsted

-      Regular Forums

 Headteachers, School Business Managers, Leading Practitioners, Outstanding Teachers, NQTs, English, Science, Maths...and more We welcome teachers of the highest standard, who are enthusiastic, motivated and knowledgeable in order to provide an environment that facilitates developed learning. 

Local Area

Located in north east Surrey, close to London but surrounded by countryside, Banstead is in one of the most picturesque corners of the Reigate and Banstead Borough.

It has over 100 shops spread along its long High Street and a major supermarket, yet has retained its village charm. There are few national chains and the shops offer a selection of independent boutiques, gift shops and more.  The town’s coffee shops, tea rooms and patisseries, many with outside seating, give the High Street a continental feel in the Summer. There is also plentiful on-street parking.

Banstead is surrounded by a number of attractive villages with their quintessentially British pubs.

The earliest recorded mention of a place within the Borough is that of Banstead in an Anglo Saxon charter of King Edgar's time dated AD967, a century before the Domesday Survey of 1086.  In that survey Banstead (referred to as Benestede) had a Manor with two ploughs, 28 villeins and 15 cottars (people with a small cottage but no land) with 15 ploughs.  There was also reference to a church and a mill and the whole manor was valued at £8.

The town's name appears to have been derived from the Anglo Saxon words bene, meaning bean, and stede, meaning place.

Banstead Downs, which for many centuries meant all the open land stretching from Epsom to Croydon, became well known for horse racing in the 17th century and were honoured by another Royal visit on 20th November 1683 when the King and Duke of York attended a race meeting close to present day Banstead.

Banstead still retains a village feel and has a number of buildings of historical interest, including the parish church with its sturdy tower and medieval spire. Built in the 12th and 13th centuries this interesting building was restored in 1861 by the noted church architect Street.  The Old Well was a public well used by the people in the village until the arrival of pumped water. The 18th century wellhead cover which still houses the elaborate winding gear is a listed building.

Teaching & Learning at The Beacon

Every lesson will contain the following key aspects to secure the best learning from our students:
 
1.  Positive teaching approaches
 
2.  Positive learning behaviours in our students
 
3.  Environment for learning (including resources, space, display, seating arrangements)
 
4.  Clear Learning Objectives

5.  High challenge and low stress
 
6.  Differentiated activities to meet the needs of individuals
 
7.  Engagement of every child
 
8.  Maximum use of time

9.  Progress checks and feedback to all students
 
10.  Regular assessments of the learning

GLF Schools

To view the GLF Schools microsite, please click here.

GLF Schools aspires to create a group of academies that have a reputation for delivering an outstanding education for all children and students.
Whilst operating as a part of a family, each school exists in its own right maintaining its own unique characteristics and individual identity.
Whilst each school serves to meet the needs of its local community, all are united in their core purpose of providing an outstanding educational experience.

We are confident that GLF Schools has the capacity to support any school in its improvement journey, no matter its present context. We are passionate about helping schools achieve the best possible outcomes for their children and young people. In addition to being an approved Academy sponsor, we are able to offer a range of value-for-money services. These services range from full academy conversion with GLF Schools through to collaboration and support regarding school improvement, HR, business and finance management services, behaviour support, bespoke training or assistance with governance.

GLF Schools holds an ambitious vision for education. Its academies are committed to our core remit of providing an outstanding educational experience so that:

 1. all children will enjoy their learning, attain high outcomes and be helped to become confident individuals and responsible citizens whilst making excellent progress in all respects;

 2. all children will benefit from an inclusive ethos, excellent teaching and a broad and balanced curriculum underpinned by strong leadership, in a local school;

3. all children will be supported and encouraged to lead healthy and active lives developing the legacy of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

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Headteacher's Welcome

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Welcome to The Beacon School, an inclusive and thriving learning community which prepares students for life by giving them the qualifications, skills and confidence that they need to be successful in the wider world.  

We are an ambitious, outward-looking school and we believe that all of our students deserve the best education.

Our core purpose at The Beacon School is to strive for exceptional learning. We are a values driven school and these behaviours are a constant in what we expect of ourselves, students and families: from September 2018 our values are Excellence – Respect.

As an Academy within GLF Schools and part of the GLF Teaching School we work closely with our partner schools to benefit from giving and receiving shared resources, facilities and wider support for the school.

We have high expectations of all students. We expect them to arrive on time, dress smartly, behave respectfully, be able to take pride in their achievement and to learn. Our curriculum is innovative and broad, providing a range of courses tailored to students’ needs. We challenge students to work hard, stretch their thinking and achieve. We have an excellent and dedicated staff who work relentlessly to ensure these high standards are maintained and built upon.

Good exam results are important to us, but we strongly believe in the importance of a well-rounded education where enrichment activities and wider student development are equally valued. Our unique enrichment programme offers a range of exciting learning opportunities beyond the classroom, inspiring our students and developing their talents.

Our students and staff are proud of the school and we would be delighted to meet you at one of our open events. We are also happy to make individual appointments for prospective parents/carers, students or members of the community to visit us.

 

Keith Batchelor

Headteacher

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