Beacon Academy

East Sussex, United Kingdom

Location: East Sussex, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 18 years

About Beacon Academy

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We are a split site, semi-rural, mixed 11-18 non-selective converter academy with approximately 1630 students, including over 250 students in our Sixth Form. We are situated centrally in Crowborough on the outskirts of the Ashdown Forest, an area of outstanding natural beauty. We are close to Tunbridge Wells and the South Coast. The vast majority of our staff travel to Beacon from a variety of destinations within the South East, including Brighton, Eastbourne, Lewes and Tunbridge Wells. ​

Our catchment area generates our truly non-selective intake, both in terms of ability and socio-economic background. We are an oversubscribed school. We draw students from more than 10 primary schools in Crowborough and the surrounding areas. We also attract applications from an increasing number of students outside of our catchment area, however, due to our oversubscription we are generally only able to offer places to those within our pre-defined community area. ​

Our sixth form provision is accommodated entirely at our Green Lane site, an 800m five-minute walk from our main Beeches site which accommodates years 7-11. We are immensely proud that we retain a high proportion of our Sixth Form students from Beacon Academy as well as recruiting students from other local and international schools.​

Vision, culture, expectations and outcomes​

Our vision is to provide the best possible education for all of our students and to be ambitious for excellence in all we do. Whether a member of staff, trustee (governor) or student, we all work relentlessly to inspire and believe in one another to achieve our ambitions and succeed in life.​

​At Beacon Academy there is an expectation that as staff and students, we will work hard, be ambitious, self-motivated, inquisitive, resilient and determined to succeed.  Our students work incredibly hard, are polite, respectful, well behaved, well presented and ready to learn. They are expected to be caring, considerate and tolerant in lessons, social time and whilst travelling to and from school. These areas are reinforced and adopted positively by staff and students alike – there is a tangible sense of pride in being part of Beacon. Our students are meticulously supported by our experienced, loyal, highly skilled and highly effective team of staff. This includes a dedicated, non-teaching Student Support Team consisting of a Head of Year (teaching staff) and an Assistant Head of Year (non-teaching staff) for each year group who support them throughout their time at Beacon Academy. ​

The rigorous focus on all of our students as unique individuals is paramount. There is an unprecedented determination and commitment from everyone who works at Beacon that they will succeed. We work diligently on our unapologetically high expectations and standards, allowing us to foster exceptional relationships in an environment that is consistently calm, safe, happy and orderly. I have no doubt that the combination of this with our broad, balanced curriculum and outstanding teaching contributes significantly to our sustained improvements across the board. Our latest A-Level and GCSE results are testament to this and to the teamwork of our phenomenal students and staff.​

Exam Success ​

We are thrilled to share that our commitment to excellence in education continues to yield outstanding results, as evidenced by our outstanding Progress 8 score for 2023, which stands at 0.43. This achievement underscores our consistent track record of surpassing national averages, reflecting the significant value we add to our students' progress in achieving their final GCSE grades compared to their peers of similar prior ability across the country. For our outcomes in 2019 and 2022, we take immense pride in being recognised as 'well above average' among the top 6% of schools nationally. As a non-selective, non-denominational, non-fee-paying school, this distinction underscores our commitment to providing exceptional education and achieving outstanding results within a diverse and inclusive learning environment.

This continued success is a testament to our unwavering vision and determination to provide the highest quality education for all our students. We are not only shaping young minds but also contributing to the broader educational landscape both locally and nationally. As we strive to become an exceptional school for our community, we are grateful for the ongoing support that enables us to maintain and enhance our position as a beacon of excellence in education.

We are incredibly proud of our Sixth Form students. In 2023, 100% of students who applied to University were successful in meeting the requirements for an offer, with 33% of those students leaving to attend a prestigious Russell Group University.


Beacon Academy takes a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession. We invest in our teachers through our Early Career Teacher (ECT) programme and have chosen to partner with UCL and Sussex Schools Alliance for the delivery of the Early Career Framework and currently with Brighton & Hove Education & Enterprise Marketplace as well as Wandle Teaching School Hub as our Appropriate Bodies. High-quality professional development is a priority

In 2019, Beacon Partnership was selected by the Chartered College, the professional body for teaching, to deliver the prestigious Chartered Teacher (CTeach) Programme in East and West Sussex, Kent and Brighton and Hove. We are currently supporting several staff on the Chartered College of Teaching Certificate of Evidence-Informed Practice and NPQs from UCL Institute of Education in partnership with Sussex Coast Schools Alliance.

Beacon Academy is on an exciting journey towards becoming an exceptional school. We are judged to be a good school with outstanding leadership. Ofsted and our results confirm this. Trustees, staff, parents and students know this. We have a rigorous, relentless and uncompromising focus on ensuring that all students leave Beacon with the best set of qualifications possible, equipping them for our rapidly changing, highly competitive but exciting world.

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Address: Beeches Site, North Beeches Road, Crowborough, East Sussex, TN6 2AS, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1892 603000
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