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The Beacon


School Description

The Beacon is a multi-site, all-age school (3-19 years) offering 380 pupils with complex needs, profound and severe learning difficulties and physical and sensory impairments a wide range of educational experiences. We currently work across four sites: the main site is Park Farm Road, Folkestone, a small 10 place satellite provision hosted by Castle Hill Primary School, Beacon+ College for 19-25 year olds based in the town centre and our new satellite provision in Walmer.

The Beacon has a strong cooperative ethos and culture, building on personalised learning to ensure all students thrive within school and beyond. Learning at The Beacon offers a child-centred ‘needs led’ curriculum, which incorporates elements of the EY Foundation Stage, National Curriculum and external accreditation as appropriate, including Life Skills and Social Skills.

We will also continue to provide training and support for mainstream schools through the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service team managed by the school. This team offers support, training, outreach advice and guidance to our mainstream colleagues. In addition, the Beacon has both conference and meeting facilities and regularly hosts nationally renowned speakers on its courses.

The Beacon also hosts a MultiAgency Support Hub. This is one of four centres across the County that brings NHS colleagues, paediatricians, speech and occupational therapists, and nursing services, alongside children’s social services and portage colleagues into one cohesive centre. We are proud of the strong partnerships this brings to benefit the children and families of Shepway.

At The Beacon, we are driven by our shared moral purpose to do all that we can to improve educational outcomes and life chances for all our young people. We believe strongly that the best way to do this is through the partnership, collaboration and a commitment to work together to achieve excellence in all we do. We expect the highest possible standards of ourselves and all stakeholders, believing that in this way we can maximise learning and develop a truly reflective learning community.

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A tour of the Beacon School Folkestone, illustrating our well resourced, fantastic facilities.


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Vacancies at this School

Support Jobs

Teaching Assistant - Beacon Plus / Post 19 Folkestone - Term Time

The Beacon Folkestone

Pay:KS3 plus SENA Ref:KCC886-7043-232S

Start Date:January 2021 Advert Close Date:10/12/2021View Job

Facilities Assistant - Full Time

The Beacon Folkestone

Pay:KR3 Ref:KCC886-7043-231S

Start Date:ASAP Advert Close Date:14/12/2021View Job

HLTA - Routes to Employment - Term Time

The Beacon Folkestone

Pay:KR6 Ref:KCC886-7043-230S

Start Date:TBC Advert Close Date:09/12/2021View Job

Administration Assistant - Term Time

The Beacon Folkestone

Pay:KR4 Ref:KCC886-7043-229S

Start Date:ASAP Advert Close Date:07/12/2021View Job

The Beacon



Park Farm Road
CT19 5DN

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