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

Thank you for your interest in Beacon Academy which offers an exceptional opportunity to teach in a large highly successful, happy, well-resourced, exceptional and non-selective 11-18 school.

Successful candidates will have unapologetically high expectations as well as genuine ambition. They will consistently plan and deliver lessons that inspire, engage and challenge every student enabling them to be enthusiastic about their learning and to make excellent progress.


We are a split site, rural, mixed 11-18 non-selective converter academy with approximately 1300 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. We draw students from over 10 primary schools in Crowborough and the surrounding areas, while also attracting an increasing number of students from outside this traditional catchment area, from Kent and from the independent sector. This wide catchment area generates our truly non-selective intake, both in terms of ability and socio-economic background. 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, 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.   

We are immensely proud and delighted to be celebrating the best ever A-Level and GCSE results in our sixty year history. Despite a decline in national GCSE results, we find ourselves once again significantly above county and national averages. 

These results now place Beacon Academy as the top performing school in East Sussex and one of the top performing schools nationally.

GCSE Success 

We have a vast amount to celebrate in terms of our outstanding GCSE results. These exceptional outcomes are a testament to our phenomenal team of staff and hardworking students. Over 77% of our students have achieved five or more GCSEs including English and Maths at grades 9-4 (the new standard pass – the old A*- C grade and above). 

Some other highlights are:

  • Over 60% have achieved five or more GCSEs including English and Maths at grades 9-5 (a strong pass – the new measure). 
  • More than a quarter of our students have achieved five or more A*- A grades.
  • Nearly half of our students have achieved five or more A*- B grades.

We have also had some truly exceptional subject performances once again this year. 

  • In Mathematics, a third of the whole year group achieved the very top grades of 9-7 (the old A*- A). 85% achieved grades 9-4 (the old grades A*- C and above) and 67% achieved grades 9-5.
  • In English, a quarter of the whole year group achieved the very top grades of 9-7 (the old A*- A). 82% achieved grades 9-4 (the old A*- C and above) and 70% achieved grades 9-5.
  • Biology, Chemistry and Physics all achieved over 95% A*- C grades. 
  • Physical Education and Performing Arts (Drama) achieved 93% and 92% respectively. 
  • Modern Foreign Languages achieved 89% A* - C for French and 84% A* - C for German. 
  • Photography achieved 80% A*- C, Art and Design achieved 78% A* - C and Dance 75% A*- C.

For more information please see our Examination Results document.

A-Level Success 

We secured just under 100% pass rate at A-Level. This was supported by an A*-A rate of 30%, A*-B rate of 59% and an A*-C pass rate of 83%. These results are a further increase on consistently improving results.  Over 89% in Geography, 86% in Mathematics, 75% in Religious Studies, 100% in English Literature 71% in biology, 82% in History and 70% in Chemistry achieved the prestigious A* - B grades. 

This is our highest performance ever across the board with our A-Levels and these exceptional outcomes have ensured that our wonderful, hardworking and determined students have been able to secure their futures at their first choice universities.  Over 95% of our Year 13 cohort who applied to go to university were accepted to their choice and 47% achieved places at the esteemed Russell Group Universities. 

National Teaching School and National Support School 

Beacon Academy is one of approximately 65 schools nationwide that has been selected to become a National Teaching School in the latest recruitment round, taking a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession. I am also one of approximately 75 Headteachers to be appointed to the role of National Leader of Education in the latest recruitment round.

At Beacon Academy, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is expected to be highly effective, enabling all students to make excellent progress. Our performance management systems and associated continuing professional development and learning (CPDL) are tailored to support excellence in teaching, focussing entirely on what good and outstanding teaching looks like in each subject across each key stage. We have a highly acclaimed NQT and ITT programme, recognised as outstanding. Furthermore, we have developed a programme to continue to support teachers in their second and third year with our Recently Qualified Teacher (RQT) programme. We have also developed and deliver an internal Excellent Teacher Programme (ETP) to support colleagues with their CPDL.   

We invest in our staff and this has been recognised through the award in November 2015 of the prestigious Investors in People Silver status. This reflects our leadership, management, communication and training across the school.   

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.  

Beacon Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects staff to share this commitment. Please come and visit us at any time and see for yourself. To arrange a visit please contact the HR Department.

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

I initially joined Beacon Academy as a PE and Spanish teacher in September 2004. I was given the opportunity to develop my skills and understanding on how to become an outstanding teacher from my first year. Before commencing my teaching career I worked as a Personal Trainer in London and have not looked back since. Over the years Beacon have given me many opportunities to develop by professional development having led on many areas such as Head of Year; Head of Key Stage; Head of Department (in two different subjects, Associate Assistant Head of Academy focusing on Progress and Achievement and in my current role as Senior Assistant Headteacher. Beacon Academy is an amazing place to work because of the friendly and helpful staff, there is a strong culture of collaboration and support that allows everyone to develop their practice. The strong focus upon CPD provides everyone the opportunity to learn the latest cutting edge developments in education and this is a major benefit for anyone wishing to further develop their practice. Our facilities and new technology allow us to provide engaging lessons to provide our learners with the perfect learning environment. I would recommend Beacon Academy to anyone wanting to teach in a school that favours aspirational ethics and outstanding practice, because there are so many opportunities for ambitious staff who are keen to collaborate, develop and share best practice in order to progress in their career.

- Keith Slattery: Senior Assistant Headteacher

I started working at Beacon Academy in May 2014. My previous role working with vulnerable young people in Kent gave me the skills and experience I needed to apply for the post. The interview tasks were tough and competition was high, but thankfully by the end of the day, I was informed that I had been successful and would start my new role in a month’s time. From the day that I started, I was made very welcome by staff at Beacon and have joined a fantastic team who support each other and work hard to improve the outcomes for the students in our care. The most rewarding part of my role is building successful relationships with students and their parents in order to support them with any difficulties they may be experiencing at home or in school. I am now eight months in to my new role, where I feel settled and confident within the school. I am still learning and being faced with new challenges every day, but challenges that I enjoy and working within a school that recognize the importance of the Student Support role alongside teaching and learning to support the whole child’s wellbeing.

- Krysten Hicklin: Student Support Services Manager

Having joined Beacon Academy as an NQT, last year, I have been fortunate enough to work alongside a supportive and passionate staff body, led by an exceptional senior team. The School’s vision is clear: every student deserves to reach or extend their potential, and every staff member should enjoy and take pride in their role. There is an emphasis on Teaching and Learning, with a wide array of CPD events, and, opportunities to observe and share outstanding practice. The school has high standards on behaviour, which ensures that students can achieve and excel. Ultimately, it is an environment where teachers can teach, and students can learn.

- Toby Horrocks, Head of History
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