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Young Photographer of the Year 

14 Jun 18

We were delighted to host the Rotary Club’s Young Photographer of the year competition.


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Art, Textiles and Food Exhibition 

14 Jun 18

It was a resoundingly successful evening for the Art, Textiles and Food Exhibition on Tuesday evening.


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New Books in the iCentre 

14 Jun 18

We have lots of new books in the ICentre, including some brilliant LGBTQ+ themed titles.


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Flash Fiction Success 

14 Jun 18

As part of their enrichment, Year 12 students have been having a go at crafting ‘flash fiction’ – that is: complete stories using the fewest possible number of words.


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A Guide To Eid 

13 Jun 18

By Zahra and Aminah in Year 12 What’s happening this week? Eid is a festival celebrated by Muslims around the world, twice a year.


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Year 11 Final Assembly 

8 Jun 18

It was an emotional morning for Year 11 as we said farewell to them.


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Exhibition: Year 11 

6 Jun 18

Exhibition: Work produced by Year 11 Art, Textiles and Food pupils We are hosting an evening on Tuesday 12 th June for pupils, parents, carers, universities and organisations to come and view the fantastic work produced by Year 11 Art, Textiles and …


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Reading Challenge Competition Winners 

24 May 18

Four of our avid year 7 readers were rewarded for their commitment to reading with prizes on Wednesday.


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General Data Protection Regulations 

18 May 18

As you are no doubt aware, General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) comes into force on Friday 25 th May.


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Precious Lives – PC Rob Pedley’s inspirational message 

18 May 18

PC Rob Pedley knows how just one choice can make a huge difference to your life.


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Colour Run 2018 

10 May 18

Sixth Form find a colourful way to raise money for charity Sixth Formers came up with a novel way to raise money for their three chosen charities: a sponsored run.


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Senior Team 2018 

2 May 18

We are delighted to announce our new Senior Team.


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Coventry Cathedral Year 7 Trip 

1 May 18

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


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Matrix Performing Arts Show 2018 

1 May 18

This year the prestigious Matrix Academy Trust performing arts show was held at Bloxwich Academy.


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Competing for his country at Karate 

27 Apr 18

One of our pupils has been selected to compete for England at karate! Jack in Year 10 fought off 4 opponents in the Walsall competition and in August will represent his country in the 2018 Wadokai All Nations Championship.


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Women Who Change The World 

27 Apr 18

On Tuesday 24th April, 60 girls in Year 7 and 8 enjoyed workshops exploring women who change the world.


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Sicily Exchange – 19-23rd March 

24 Apr 18

The Sicilian exchange has completed: Another successful project between the 2 schools with both sets of pupils and staff delighted at the success.


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Combined Cadet Force – 2018/19 Applications 

20 Apr 18

Combined Cadet Force – Parental Evening Presentation – HERE ‘I want to become a cadet, so how do I apply?’ 1.


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Careers and Apprenticeship Week Winners 

18 Apr 18

Sixth Formers were challenged to produce a long-form essay on an aspect of gender inequality in the workplace.


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Year 11 Return to Oxford University 

18 Apr 18

On the 23rd March, three of our Year 11s returned to Oxford University.


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BBC: Smart Revision Advice 

17 Apr 18

This year, we have devoted a regular Year 11 assembly slot so pupils actively practise the right revision techniques – the things which are proven to work.


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How long should I devote to revising over Easter? 

28 Mar 18

How much time do top-performing students devote to revising for their GCSEs and A levels over the Easter break? Although it’s important to unwind (and we have done lots of assemblies on how to achieve a balance and deal with exam pressure), the …


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You must remember…. 

15 Mar 18

Pupils doing GCSEs need to remember a lot of information.


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Braving the ‘Beast from the East’ 

9 Mar 18

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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Careers and Apprenticeship Weeks 2018 

9 Mar 18

Tackling gender stereotyping in the world of work “It is Who You Meet” On Wednesday 7 th March a selection of pupils from years 7/8 attended a ‘speed dating’ type of careers event.


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Host an International Student 

9 Mar 18

Host an international student for 2 weeks and earn £280 To find out more information regarding hosting an international student for 2 weeks in the summer term and getting paid to do so, please come and join our talk at the school on 13 th March 2018…


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Revising maths at home: Online resources 

7 Mar 18

Our maths department have collated this handy list of resources your child can use to revise maths.


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Mimi Thebo – Author Visit 

6 Mar 18

For this year’s World Book Day , we welcomed author Mimi Thebo into school for the day to work with a number of pupils in years 7-10.


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Year 8 Visit Oxford University 

6 Mar 18

On Monday 5 th March, a group of Year 8 pupils visited The University of Oxford.


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Exam Countdown 

5 Mar 18

The Countdown is on.


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The Mayor and Mayoress go back to school 

27 Feb 18

On Tuesday 27th February, Barr Beacon School was excited to welcome its two newest pupils: the Mayor and Mayoress of Walsall.


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Girls Football Festival 

16 Feb 18

On Thursday 15 th January the Year 7 and 8 girls’ football team competed in the University of Birmingham Football Festival.


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Cadets take to the skies! 

16 Feb 18

After a disappointing first attempt in January and a tenuous wait on the 13 th of February, Barr Beacon School Cadets finally took to the skies.


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Welcome to the Mayor & Mayoress 

9 Feb 18

Barr Beacon School has been invited to challenge the Mayor and Mayoress of Walsall.


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Battlefields Trip 

8 Feb 18

Friday 2 nd February to Monday 5 th February saw M.


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STEM Day 

1 Feb 18

Year 9 pupils spent a day working in teams to enhance their understanding of, and aptitude for, problem solving, creativity, design and engineering.


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LGBT History Month 2018 

29 Jan 18

For LGBT History Month this year we are celebrating 15 years since Section 28 was repealed.


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Holocaust Memorial Day – Talk 

26 Jan 18

‘To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on Saturday 27th January 2018 our A Level History students joined a webinar to hear the inspirational story of Janine Webber BEM, a Holocaust survivor, as she retold her experience.


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British Basketball League – Go Wolves! 

25 Jan 18

On Friday 19 th January, ten Barr Beacon pupils were taken to Worcester University Arena to watch a highly competitive British Basketball League fixture between two of the league’s best teams (Worcester Wolves Manchester Giants).


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School Performance Tables 

25 Jan 18

How does Barr Beacon compare with other schools? We have a Progress 8 score of +0.33, which means our pupils achieved, on average, a third of a grade more than the half a million Year 11s who sat their exams in other schools across the country.


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Hardwick Hall – GCSE History Trip 

24 Jan 18

11A1, 11A2 and 11C1 are attending on the Wednesday.


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We are GOLD for careers! 

22 Jan 18

Barr Beacon School has retained its Gold Quality Award from education and career service provider Prospects, which is awarded to organisations that offer exceptional support in providing Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) An …


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Prevent Workshops 

17 Jan 18

Prevent workshops were held for the whole of Year 9 in December and focused on raising awareness of radicalisation and extremism.


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Peter Panto 

21 Dec 17

This years pantomime was a huge success with a variety of staff helping to portray a fantastic version of the famous Peter Pan.


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The Christmas Bake Off 

21 Dec 17

The Sixth Form ended the year with a festive Christmas Bake Off.


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Christmas Assembly 2017 

21 Dec 17

Pupils were treated to a fun filled afternoon yesterday for our annual Christmas assemblies.


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Sicily Exchange 2017 

13 Dec 17

The first part of this year’s Sicily Exchange showed yet again how wonderful Barr Beacon pupils are.


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Celebrating Women in Mathematics 

4 Dec 17

On Tuesday 28th November, 15 Year 10 girls went to Wolverhampton University to take part in a fantastic event: Celebrating Women in Mathematics.


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Cadets – Cosford Air Museum 

30 Nov 17

This week saw the Cadets go on their first field day.


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Read along with your child: English literature GCSE 

28 Nov 17

Read along with your child: English literature GCSE We have had several requests from parents and carers to publish the list of set texts for English literature GCSE.







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