Barr Beacon School is a larger than average-sized secondary school. It converted to an academy
on 1 July 2011. When its predecessor school, Barr Beacon Language College, was last inspected
by Ofsted it was judged to be good.
While the majority of students are from White British backgrounds the proportion of students
from minority ethnic backgrounds is above average. The largest group of these students is of
Indian heritage. The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is
The proportion of students supported by pupil premium, which in this school provides additional
support for looked after children and students known to be eligible for free school meals, is
About one fifth of students in Year 7 benefit from the nationally funded catch-up programme,
which is for students who did not achieve the expected Level 4 in reading or mathematics at the
end of Key Stage 2.
The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported
through school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a
statement of special educational needs is well below average.
The school does not use any alternative off-site provision. The school provides support for Grace Academy, Darlaston, Willenhall E-ACT Academy, Walsall
and Etone College, Nuneaton.
The school exceeds the government's current floor standards for secondary schools, which set
the minimum expectations for students' attainment and progress.
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