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The Beacon School, Banstead

The Beacon School
Established 1989
Type Academy
Headteacher Ms L.M.A. Croke, B.Ed. (Hons), M.A.
Chair Mr P Latham

Picquets Way
 England Coordinates: 51°18′55″N 0°12′55″W / 51.315214°N 0.215144°W / 51.315214; -0.215144

Local authority Surrey County Council[1]
Students 1090[1]
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18

Navy, Gold


The Beacon School, Picquets Way, is a mixed academy school located in Banstead, Surrey, United Kingdom.[1] The school is a specialist media arts college and was equipped with state-of-the-art technology when the school gained its media arts status. The school's current headteacher is Lisa Croke.[1] After several years, the school has elected year 13 students to be school prefects who fit the roles of Head Boy, Deputy Head Boy, Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl for 2011.


The school first opened as the "Picquets Way Schools" in the 1930s. The school consisted of only two teaching blocks, a hall, a library, an administration area, a kitchen, a canteen, a gymnasium and a sports hall. All of the original buildings are still standing and are used today as they once were 70 years ago.[2]

The school population has grown since inception from 500 students to the 1500 students that The Beacon has today.[2]

The Picquets Way School was renamed Nork Park School which was merged with the De Burgh School. In 1989, Nork Park School was renamed The Beacon.[2]


In December 2007, The Beacon received an inspection from Ofsted. Ofsted placed the school in Special Measures. Following the inspection, the school was the subject of a lot of negative media attention and the school's long standing headteacher, John Darker, resigned.[3] Following his departure, Jennifer Thomas was asked to act as the school's interim headteacher and to begin a school improvement programme.[3] When Ofsted returned for their first monitoring visit in May 2008, they concluded that the school was making 'satisfactory progress'.[4] Due to this result, Mrs Thomas was asked to remain as the permanent head of the Beacon to continue improvement.

On 6–7 November 2008, nearly a year on from the inspection that the placed The Beacon under Special Measures, Ofsted conducted their second monitoring visit. The inspectors believed that the school had made such progress that they turned the monitoring visit into a full inspection. As a result of this, The Beacon was removed from Special Measures.[5]

The 2008 GCSE results proved that the Beacon is a school on the up with 52% A*-C grades which is the school's best ever result.. In 2010 45% of pupils gained A* - C grades.[6]

Head Teachers

  • Mr J M Darker—retired December 2007
  • Mrs J Thomas—January 2008 - August 2010
  • Ms L Croke- from September 2010


Uniform for boys consists of black trousers, white shirt, tie, and navy blue pullover with the Beacon logo. Girls' uniform consists of black knee-length skirt or trousers, Beacon blue and white striped blouse, and navy blue pullover with Beacon logo. Students are not allowed to wear unusual hairstyles or jewellery.[7]


External links

  • The Beacon School
  • Ofsted reports

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