Welcome to Beal High School

Information about our community (Figures taken from School Census Collection: Autumn 2018)

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 place us in the top 25% of schools for achievement and progress and the top 20% of Sixth Forms

• We are a large school, with over 2,600 (September 2018) students on roll including over 800 in the Sixth Form. Students are divided into 12 forms on entry. We are one of the largest secondary schools in the UK.

• The vast majority of our students come from the catchment area and most are from socially economically secure homes; although the pattern of social deprivation is changing. The number of students in receipt of free school meals is below average at 17.6% but increasing each year

• 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. The vast majority of students are from minority ethnic groups

• 908 students have English as their first language and 51 languages are registered as first language across the school

• There are currently 14 Looked After Children; 17 Children in need; 3 adopted from care; 10 Special Guardianship/ Residence Order

• There are currently 5 students seeking asylum; 7 refugees and 2 travellers

• Ability on entry suggests an average profile (Key Stage 2) but CATS results are slightly above average with Numeracy levels significantly higher. There are fewer high achieving students on entry as there is loss to local selective and faith schools. Our intake is changing as we expand with an increasing number of students with more complex needs. There has also been a decline in literacy levels

• There are 226 students with SEN – Education, health and care plan (E) 20, Statemented (S) 89, SEN support (K)117

• 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. A number of BCS students who make excellent progress within the provision are reflected in school results as they are unable to access even Level 1 provision

• Attendance is above the national average. Our aspirational attendance target is set at 96%.

• Exclusion rates are below the national average. Fixed term exclusion rate has fallen.

• We have a broad, balanced curriculum offer that responds to pupil need and success not the most recent national progress measure. The 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.

• 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 Student Sorting Program. The classes are mixed – gender, ethnicity, ability, feeder primary school and behaviour based on information received from students’ primary schools

• Each subject has an intended maximum class size depending on the type of activity involved. In more practical subjects this number is 20. In special groups containing students of very low ability 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 large and is avoided where possible. Class sizes have increased in response to reduced funding. Students study English and Mathematics for 6 hours over a fortnight and Science for 9 hours.

• Year 9 students select 40% of their KS4 curriculum from a wide variety of courses, following very thorough Information, Advice and Guidance. The Year 12 curriculum offer for this academic year 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. This is a free choice ( subject to entry requirements) and can contain AS/A2 Levels, BTECs or a mixture of both

• Beal Sixth Form has now merged with TFA, combining the best strength and practice of both schools. It is popular 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 mainstream lessons through personalised timetables with ‘wrap around’ pastoral care and coaching