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Getting Ahead – Activities for English 

13 Jul 17

Getting ahead before September will be extremely beneficial for all students with their English study.


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Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award 

11 Jul 17

This year has seen the a huge growth in pupils completing the Duke Of Edinburgh Bronze award here at Barr Beacon.


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Management Games at the University of Birmingham 

6 Jul 17

Report by Year 12 student George Freeth On Wednesday 21st June, the new Senior Team along with additional member for the day, Alex Taylor took part in The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy Sixth Form management game at Birmingham …


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Year 13 Leavers Event 

5 Jul 17

On Friday 30 th June, Year 13 celebrated their 7 years at Barr Beacon School with a Leavers’ event at the ICC in Birmingham.


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CCF Trial Session Five 

4 Jul 17

Last night the pupils practiced their drill for next week’s parade in front of their teachers and leadership.


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Prom 2017 

3 Jul 17

Friday 30th June saw a mix of rain and shine on the beautiful grounds of Hogarth’s Hotel where staff eagerly awaited the arrival of our Year 11 Prom guests.


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First Day Arrangements – Wednesday 6th September 

29 Jun 17

Pupils start back to school on Wednesday 6th September.


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CCF Cadet Session 4 

29 Jun 17

Last night the potential cadets spent 30 minutes practising their drills and then they gathered in their Flights to begin the ‘Glider Challenge’.


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A University of the Future? 

28 Jun 17

A group of 50 Year 7 pupils visited Birmingham City University on Friday 9th June.


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Aspiring Athletes Assemble! 

23 Jun 17

Year 9 and Year 10 pupils have been enthused and inspired by the visit of athlete Daniel Caines.


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CCF Trial Session Three – 19/06/17 

21 Jun 17

Last night the potential cadets practiced parading.


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German Exchange 

21 Jun 17

The group arrived safely in Kleve and have settled in well.


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GCSE Results Day Changes 

19 Jun 17

GCSE results are released to pupils on Thursday 24 th August 2017 The key thing to remember is that this year’s results cannot and should not be compared with those of previous years.


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Year 11 Celebration Assembly 

19 Jun 17

Year 11 had a special celebration to commemorate their five years at Barr Beacon School.


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University Life – ‘USA Style’ 

19 Jun 17

Sixth form student Cameron Langston competed against over 1000 applicants to reach the final stage of the Sutton’s Trust’s programme to encourage academically talented British students to consider studying at American universities.


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Hands-on with the animal kingdom 

16 Jun 17

World Environment Day is celebrated every June.


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CCF Day Two – 12th June 2017 

13 Jun 17

Last night the potential cadets revised the actions of ‘standing at ease’ and ‘attention’ while adding the movements ‘turn to the left’ and ‘turn to the right’.


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Beacon Colts’ trip to Holland 

12 Jun 17

As well as participating in school sports teams, many Beacon pupils are members of out of school teams.


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Wonder Women in Science 

7 Jun 17

The recent release of the film Wonder Woman has fuelled the debate about the underrepresentation of female characters on-screen.


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CCF Cadet Trials 

6 Jun 17

Monday 5th June saw the beginning of Barr Beacon’s Cadet Force.


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Sixth Form Graduation 2017 

26 May 17

Today we celebrated the graduation of our Year 13 students.


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Talking with Children About Terrorism 

26 May 17

As with any ‘sensitive issue’, talking about it is better than ignoring it.


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CCF Interviews 

22 May 17

The interview process for Barr Beacon School’s first ever Cadet Force is in full swing with possible recruits taking part in an interview and team building task before being selected to attend the trial period starting after the May half term.


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Meet Your New Prefects! 

19 May 17

Following our ‘Prefect Launch’ assembly with Year 10 on Friday 17th March, Heads of House have selected their Prefects for 2017/2018.


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Coventry Cathedral Trip 

12 May 17

Year 7 pupils are invited to attend an educational visit to Coventry Cathedral next half term.


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Duke of Edinburgh 

9 May 17

Over the last two weekends, two Bronze Duke of Edinburgh groups have completed their practice expeditions over Cannock Chase.


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Colour Run 2017 

27 Apr 17

Our Sixth Form Students have been out again raising money for their three charities: Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Macmillan and the Michael Lewis Foundation.


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Norway 2017 

24 Apr 17

Norway – What an amazing time Barr Beacon School had exploring the wilderness of Norway.


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Sixth Form Senior Team 2017/18 

24 Apr 17

We are proud to present our new Senior Team for 2017-18.


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Helping the Homeless 

7 Apr 17

Recently, I, alongside Raychel Keyes (12B1), have been volunteering in a group called Have a Heart, Help the Homeless, a charity seeking to feed and befriend the unfortunate ones who suffer daily through the cold and, sometimes, the violence of our …


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Diana Award Winner – Olivia Iqbal 

7 Apr 17

Several Barr Beacon students have received Diana Awards for their altruistic behaviour and Olivia Iqbal is our latest, exceptional recipient.


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Sixth Formers’ Super Quiz 

6 Apr 17

On Thursday 6 th April 2017, students from Years 7-11 competed in a quiz, ran by Sixth Form students, during their PSHE lesson.


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Understanding Your Child’s Report – Year 7 

30 Mar 17

Watch the video below for more information and help for understanding your child’s Year 7 report.


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Sicilian Exchange Project 

27 Mar 17

Our Sicilian exchange students have arrived! Monday 27th March: They left Sicily yesterday lunchtime and spent the evening with their host families.


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Red Nose Day 2017 

24 Mar 17

Barr Beacon staff and pupils have been taking part in ‘something funny for money’ in aid of Red Nose Day 2017.


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Year 10 HS2 – Head Quarters Visit 

22 Mar 17

Pupils AT HS2 are taking part in exciting activities, from designing a ‘whirly bird,’ to using the iterative design process in improving their ideas and planning.


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New Build – Pupil Visit 

14 Mar 17

I applied to see the site as I used to be very passionate about architecture and I saw it as a great opportunity to get myself back into it.


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Beacon’s LGBTQ+ Bake Off 

14 Mar 17

Following LGBT History month, Barr Beacon’s after school Food Club celebrated diversity with LGBTQ+ awareness by creating a multi-coloured, icing coated, rainbow-layered sponge cake.


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Osmington Bay Field Trip 

7 Mar 17

As part of our A Level Geography course, we were provided with the opportunity to learn more about our coasts during a 4 day visit to Osmington Bay, Dorset.


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Year 8 Pathways Options 

3 Mar 17

Below you can find the Year 8 Pathways Option Booklet and a parental information powerpoint.


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Stop & Read – World Book Day 

3 Mar 17

Wouldn’t it be great if we could all take a few minutes out of our busy daily lives just to drop what we are doing and read? Well that’s exactly what Barr Beacon School has been doing to celebrate World Book Day this year.


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The Beacon BAFTAs 

3 Mar 17

On 1 st  March 2017 Barr Beacon School held their very first ‘BAFTA’ awards evening.


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Year 11 Study Hall 

3 Mar 17

Since Monday 30 th January, we have been running a space exclusively for Year 11 to work after school.


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Activities Week 2017 

21 Feb 17

Activities Week 2017…


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Saltmine Theatre Company 

14 Feb 17

On Thursday 9th February, Saltmine Theatre Company were invited into school to work with Year 8 pupils to raise awareness of how to keep themselves online.


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Year 7 Performing Arts Evening 

8 Feb 17

On Wednesday 8th February pupils from Year 7 took to the stage to showcase some of their stunning performing arts talent.


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Pathways 2017 

3 Feb 17

Below you can find more information on the new GCSE Grading system and find the Year 9 Pathways Option Booklet.


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Press Pass with the Albion Foundation 

24 Jan 17

Two groups of students were invited to flex their journalistic muscles during two different West Bromwich Albion games.


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The ‘Perfect Score’ – Mensa Results 

6 Jan 17

Five of our Year 7 pupils are celebrating ‘genius level’ results, and have been invited to join MENSA following a recent IQ test.


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Staff Pantomime – Beauty & the Beast 

16 Dec 16

Oh no we didn’t…Oh YES we did.







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