Beacon Academy provides opportunities to enrich the curriculum for our students through off-site activities and educational visits. Every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of their learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances. Beacon Academy provides opportunities for visits that support the school’s curriculum and department medium term plans with enrichment trips that enhance a student’s learning experience in a broader context.
The school has a strong commitment to the added value of learning outside the classroom, some of which takes place beyond the statutory school day and beyond the school premises. The value of off-site activities and educational visits is recognised by both the Board of Trustees and Senior Leadership Team and is fully supported throughout the school.
Safety is recognised as paramount so careful planning and adherence to statutory procedures is essential. Please see our Off Site and Educational Visits Policy for full details.
The Board of Trustees has given its approval to the following types of activities to support the educational aims of the school:
- Out of hours clubs, such as drama, sports and homework support.
- School teams, which includes travelling to match fixtures.
- Visits to community areas, for example to Crowborough Town Council Chambers and the Ashdown Forest.
- Day visits to support subject departments, such as trips to Kew Gardens or Brighton for Art and Photography.
- Personal development visits including a personal invitation to our Student Leadership Team to visit the Houses of Parliament.
- Residential visits; our Geography department’s annual visit to Dorset.
We believe that we have a responsibility to help prepare our students for their part in the global community and therefore we strive to develop strong international links. These links are forged through a variety of opportunities within and beyond Beacon Academy - designed to ensure our students understand and explore the concept of being global citizens.
As well as areas of the curriculum taught within the school, we are extremely proud of our links to Africa and our longstanding and ongoing partnership with a region in The Gambia.
This major whole school project started in 1990 and has run continuously since, linking to every level of our community cohesion strategy:
- The school community - our students, their parents, carers and families, Beacon Academy staff and Trustees are all involved in the education of and fund raising for, our annual Gambia trip which is undertaken by our Sixth Form students.
- Our local community - local individuals, groups and businesses support our Gambia projects either through sponsorship or supporting our fundrasing events.
- Local primary schools - our Sixth Form students visit primary school assemblies to raise awareness and encourage students to work with us in support of this vital project.
- The global community - all the above activities help promote understanding of international life in the 21st century and the fact that we are all an integral part of a global community.
For further information please see our Gambia page in the Sixth Form section of our website.
Other international educational trips include
- European trips run by our Modern Foreign Languages Department to Paris, Normandy, Berlin and Boppard.
- Historical trips to significant World War sites, such as our annual trip to Ypres in November.
- The opportunity to experience cultural trips further afield such as a Performing Arts visit to New York.