At Beacon High we recognise the important contribution we make to the development of our community and, more widely, as part of Islington Futures Federation and the local authority. We continue to work hard to maintain and develop the school as a thriving, achieving and harmonious environment that prepares our young people to play a positive role in the wider community.
Our staff body and Governing Body are diverse and reflect the local community. Many of our staff live within walking distance of the school. We are inclusive in our admissions policy and aspire to be the first choice school for the Tufnell Park area.
We have strong relationships with a wide number of local bodies including the Police (we host the Police Cadets), feeder primary schools and local sports associations. We work in partnership with them to improve the local environment and make it a positive place to live and learn. We provide a wealth of opportunities for our students to develop their self-esteem, confidence and leadership skills and be positive citizens, helping younger students and taking part in activities that benefit both the school and the local community. This involvement helps to keep them on positive paths and builds skills that they can take into the local community outside of school time.
The sports facilities are open to the community after school and at weekends; they are also utilised by our local primary and special schools.
Our relationship with the local community is further enhanced by the school’s work with a number of primary schools in Islington and Camden, as well as with our own Federation of community schools (Islington Futures Federation). Sports events, activity sessions and taster lessons have seen students visit Beacon High regularly. Primary Schools hold their sports days at Beacon High every year.
The school is committed to raising money for a wide range of local and national charities. Each House will adopt a charity for the academic year. This year we have raised money for:
- Macmillan Cancer Support
- The Bobby Moore Foundation
- Make a wish Foundation
- Children in Need
The Ben Kinsella Trust is, and will always be, a close partner of the school.The conflict resolution and awareness workshops continue to be a part of our pastoral programme.
The Ben Kinsella Peace Garden is maintained by our Gardening Club.
We also have strong links with post-16 institutions and in particular The London Screen Academy, Westminster Kingsway and City and Islington College.
Links with Families First ensure that all parents receive additional support if needed. We also work with Family Action, Solace and the Young Carers Project. The Zone Youth Project offers activities and holiday programmes.
Events such as Black History Month, International Women’s Day, LGBT History Month and Holocaust Memorial Day are all commemorated, along with other national days and events.