Barr Beacon School

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Barr Beacon School
Motto 'Proud to Succeed, Proud to Lead'
Type Academy
Headteacher Dame Maureen Brennan
Location Old Hall Lane
West Midlands
Coordinates: 52°33′40″N 1°54′54″W / 52.561109°N 1.914953°W / 52.561109; -1.914953
Local authority Walsall
DfE URN 136885 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 99 and counting
Students 1,525
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses Malvern, Wrekin, Clent, Bredon
Colours Burgundy and Gold
Website Official school site

Barr Beacon School, formerly Barr Beacon Language College, was a mixed secondary school in Walsall, England, which acquired Academy status in 2011, when it readopted the school's original name: Barr Beacon School. It takes this name from the adjacent hill, Barr Beacon. The school was designated a specialist Language College in September 2003 and, although it does not have this designation today, it continues to value the place of modern foreign languages in the curriculum. It has over 1500 pupils, including a sixth form of approximately 200.[1]

The school, led by headteacher Dame Maureen Brennan, was rated 'Outstanding' in its Ofsted inspection of January 2014.[1]


The school was built to serve the adjacent Pheasey Estate,[2] and opened in 1958 under the same headmastership as Aldridge Grammar School. In 1960 it had its own headmaster, Mr. Tyas, Deputy Head, Mr Brown as an 11-15 plus 1 year GCE O Level secondary modern school for 300 pupils before converting to a 13-18 comprehensive in September 1972 under the reorganisation of schools in Aldridge-Brownhills, there urban district that was absorbed into the Metropolitan Borough of Walsall in 1974. However, it reorganised into an 11-18 school in September 1986, and has retained that age range ever since.


  1. ^ a b "Barr Beacon School Inspection report" (pdf). Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  2. ^ Hammond, Joyce (1994). I Remember Pheasey. Walsall: Walsall Local History Centre. ISBN 978-0-946652-33-4. 

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