Brighton Hill Community College
|Mottoes||Committed to Excellence.|
|Chair of Governors||Mr Lawrence Jolly|
United Kingdom Coordinates:
|Local authority||Hampshire County Council|
|DfE URN||116441 Tables|
|Houses||Athens, Barcelona, Montreal, Rome, Sydney, Tokyo|
|Colours||Navy blue and yellow|
Brighton Hill Community School (known locally as BHCS) is located in Brighton Hill, Basingstoke in the county of Hampshire in the south of England. The Headteacher is Mr Charlie Currie, and the school has specialist status as a Sports College.
Brighton Hill has run exchange trips with Marienschule, a school in Basingstoke's twin town, Euskirchen. It runs sport-related trips, as well as trips for other subjects. It holds annual Gifted and Talented events for Sports students.
Brighton Hill Community School is a Training School.
Students at the school begin their GCSE subjects in year nine, which allows them to complete some GCSEs at the end of year ten and spend year eleven studying a different subject. There are some options that have double the amount of lessons. The school has a two-week timetable, which include compulsory English, Maths, Science, Physical Education, Key Skills Qualification ICT, Citizenship, Religious Education and Personal Social and Health Education (which is referred to as 'Prep 4 Life') for all students.
All Key Stage 3 students also study French, German, Geography, History, Philosophy, Ethics and Beliefs, Food Technology, Textiles, Woodwork, Graphics, Music, Art and Drama. From Year Nine, students choose up to four courses to continue studying, including all of the above courses, Business Studies, Pre-Vocational Studies, Separate Sciences and Health and Social Care. The school also offers a variety of Out of Hours programs, including French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Drama and Critical Thinking AS level.
Brighton Hill uniform consists of a daffodil-yellow shirts and blouses, black trousers or skirt, a navy blue jumper, a navy blue blazer and a yellow, blue and green tie for the guys. This uniform has locally earned the students a nickname of "Yellowbellies". The Boy's P.E kit consists of either a white polo shirt and blue shorts (indoor P.E) or a yellow and blue (interchangeable) rugby shirt and socks (yellow and white) and yellow top, blue shorts for the girls.
In 2010, a yellow polo shirt was introduced for summer uniform, compulsory for the academic year 2010/2011.
In 2005/06, Brighton Hill changed its tutoring system by introducing mixed-year tutor groups. This change led to subsequent pupil protests that were covered in the regional news. The college also changed its house system, consisting of the houses Austen, Dickens, Kingsley, Adams and White, to a community system with communities called Athens, Barcelona, Montreal, Rome, Sydney and Tokyo. In a recent Ofsted inspection, the school was highly praised. Although it was criticised for poor communication with parents. In recent years, the school has constantly ranked above local and national averages.
In June 2008, the college was featured again in the local newspaper after over 200 pupils were suspended following a protest on the field against an extension of 20 minutes to the school day, and the plans to force the entire school of 1,300 students to queue all at once. The strike was started by a small group of Year 10s before the beginning registration of the day. These students quickly spread word about their plans and after between 1–2 hours there was about 200 students on the far side of the field from the main school Buildings. Many children came and went throughout the day due to a warning issued by the headmaster that for every missed lesson a student must suffer one hours detention, and if the whole day is missed the student will be suspended for the rest of the week which happened to be the last week of school for the year.
Once the day had finished the senior members of staff forced the students off the field before other students finished their lessons to avoid difficulties. The next day all students turned up as normal. A teacher was waiting at the school gates with a list of 117 names of those who were to be sent home as they were excluded for the rest of the week. This caused complaints from parents because of the disorganisation and inconvenience caused by the school towards all of the parents and students.
Half way through the school summer holiday all 117 excluded students were sent a letter saying that the expelled students had had the punishment erased from their records, as discussed between the Headmaster and the School Governors.
Mr David Eyre became Headteacher at Brighton Hill Community College in 2005. He was previously Head at Desborough School. Previously, the Headteacher was Mr Andy Kilpatrick. Other past headteachers are Mr Lawrie Shaw and Mr Bill Wright. Mr. David Eyre was on secondment as acting Executive Headmaster for another school in Hampshire, so Mrs. Wendy Small took over as acting headmistress for one year (for academic year 2009-2010). David Eyre announced his resignation at the end of the academic year 2010-2011, leaving the space for a new headteacher for the 2011/2012 academic year, with Mr Charlie Currie serving as interim head teacher for two terms. Mr Charlie Currie was then appointed as permanent Headteacher
- Brighton Hill's Ofsted Information
- Shake-up drives pupils to protest
- "Brighton Hill Community College". Ofsted Report.
- "BBC News, School league tables 2007, Hampshire LA". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-04-26.
- Head bans over 100 pupils after protest