Welcome to Beal High School

Information about our community 2016/17 (Figures taken from School Census Collection: Autumn 2016)

Beal High School is at the heart of the Beacon Multi Academy Trust. We are committed to working in partnership with The Forest Academy, The Beacon Business and Innovation Hub and NELTA – North East London Teaching Alliance and SCITT – to provide high quality learning experiences for all students

  • Beal is a mixed, community comprehensive for students aged 11 – 18 (including a small number of 19 year olds in Yr 13)
  • Our examination results consistently place us in the top 20% of schools for achievement and progress; we have been awarded Artsmark Gold five times
  • We are a large school with 2173 students on roll including 516 in the Sixth Form. Students are divided into 12 forms on entry. We have three more years of expansion, reaching a steady state of approximately 2,500 in September 2018. We will then be one of the largest secondary schools in the UK
  • The vast majority of our students come from the catchment area. The number of students in receipt of free school meals is below average at 10.36 %.
  • The gender balance of students fluctuates but all year groups have more boys than girls; some significantly so
  • The local community is ethnically diverse and this is reflected in our intake.
  • 939 students have English as their first language and 48 languages are registered as first language across the school
  • Included on the Beal roll (and in outcomes) is the Beacon Communication School for students with a range of social communication difficulties including Autism and Asperger’s syndrome. This is heavily oversubscribed and has developed post 16 provision. Many of the students are integrated into the wider school community for academic and social experiences throughout the week.
  • Attendance is above the national average. Our aspirational attendance target is set at 96%. Current attendance figures suggest that we will meet this target again this year
  • Exclusion rates are below the national average with only two students permanently excluded since 2002
  • Our timetable is designed around the choices made by students at 14 and 16 and the grouping arrangements best suited to the needs of all students. The Sixth Form curriculum offer is designed to suit as many students as possible and to ensure balanced class sizes. Most students select the equivalent of four subjects to study.
  • Each curriculum subject has an intended maximum class size depending on the type of activity involved. In more practical subjects this number is between 20-23. . In special groups this number can be as low as 5. The more popular “book‐based” subjects can reach class sizes of 28 but this is considered to be overly large and is avoided if at all possible. Students currently study English, Mathematics and Science for 6 hours over a fortnight; Science then increases to 9 hours in KS4. We are constantly reviewing our curriculum offer, especially in light of new GCSE specifications (9-1).
  • Year 7 to 9 follow a compulsory curriculum. The majority of classes are mixed ability with setting according to ability in Maths (Year 7-9), and in Science (if desired) in Year 8 and 9.All classes in year 7 (except maths) are generated using a sophisticated Student Sorting Program. The classes are truly mixed, in terms of gender, ethnicity, ability, feeder primary school and behaviour based on information received from students’ primary schools
  • The characteristics of the Sixth Form are similar to the rest of the school. It is heavily oversubscribed and inclusive with the flexibility for accessible entry criteria and personalised progression routes. Results are outstanding and retention rates are high, far exceeding national figures. The vast majority of students go onto Higher Education

The Beal campus also hosts The Beacon Business and Innovation Hub – an Alternative Provision Free School – which opened in September 2015. Students access a specialist curriculum through personalised timetables with ‘wrap around’ pastoral care and coaching