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Ofsted praises Beacon Hill Academy for ‘going the extra mile’

Beacon Hill Academy received a ‘good’ rating in all areas in a recent Ofsted inspection. The report praised the school for being a place “where everyone goes the extra mile for their pupils”.

The report, published following the inspection on 8th and 9th May 2024, further highlights the school’s increasingly ambitious curriculum which is taught with high levels of consistency. It recognises the respectful culture of the school which is reflected in the positive relationships between staff and pupils.

Ofsted also commended the school’s effective provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities who are supported by a dedicated and highly knowledgeable team.

The report recognises the impact of the school being part of Dudley Academies Trust, which has provided “effective support and challenge” to the school. Inspectors commented that pupils are attentive and supportive of each other and are polite and courteous.

“We are delighted with the outcome of our Ofsted inspection, which reflects the hard work and dedication of our staff, pupils, parents, and governors. We are very proud of our school community and the positive culture we have created together. We are grateful for the support and guidance we have received from Dudley Academies Trust, which has helped us to improve the quality of education we provide. We are determined to continue our journey of excellence and ensure that every pupil achieves their full potential.”

- Sukhjot Dhami, Principal at Beacon Hill Academy


“This is a fantastic result for Beacon Hill Academy, which has made significant progress since joining the Trust in 2017. The school has demonstrated its commitment to providing high-quality teaching and learning for all pupils, regardless of their background or ability. The school has also embraced the Trust’s vision and values, which aim to inspire, motivate, and empower learners. I would like to congratulate Sukhjot and his team following the outcome of this extremely positive inspection.”

- Jo Higgins, Chief Executive Officer at Dudley Academies Trust


“I am very pleased that Ofsted has recognised the strengths and improvements of Beacon Hill Academy, which is a key member of our family of schools. The school has shown great resilience and determination in overcoming the challenges posed by the pandemic and ensuring that pupils receive the best possible education. The school has also benefited from the collaboration and support within the Trust, which has enabled it to share good practice and access resources and expertise. I look forward to seeing the school continue to flourish and excel in the future.”

- Lowell Williams, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Dudley Academies Trust

The Ofsted inspection report states that:

  • Beacon Hill Academy is a school where everyone goes the extra mile for their pupils.
  • The school has designed an increasingly ambitious curriculum which is taught with high levels of consistency.
  • Thanks to extensive checking for understanding, assessment is used very effectively to identify and close any gaps in pupils’ learning.
  • Relationships between pupils and staff reflect a positive and respectful culture.
  • The school analyses behaviour patterns across the school closely, enabling leaders to act promptly to support individuals.
  • The school has worked extensively on attendance. With the support of the trust, this is a well-resourced priority with a significant strategic approach.
  • The trust supports leaders well with resources and external review.
  • Governors are highly committed and knowledgeable about the school and its position within the community.

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