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NEWS: @SunderlandAFC and #FoundationofLight are supporting the @KnowTheScoreUK campaign to raise awareness of Bowel… https://t.co/IqEBhU5lmZ

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WELL DONE to our friends at @Esh_Group who have been recognised by the Queen for their outstanding work in supporti… https://t.co/hA1Lw8ahzc

13 hours ago

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We are PROUD to support the @FA's #GirlsFootballWeek by engaging hundreds of youngsters in exciting coaching sessio… https://t.co/UKqdk1xvdH

14 hours ago

CONGRATULATIONS to Sport Development Officer @Cazza7, who completed the #LondonMarathon yesterday! 🏅 https://t.co/jv4oAaCZ1A

Apr 22

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Apr 22

@Tanni_GT Our Sports Development Officer @Cazza7 is running, number 8274! #GetInspired #LondonMarathon

Apr 22

Best of luck to our Sport Development Officer @Cazza7 who is running the #LondonMarathon today! #GetInspired https://t.co/GfimUmuwdu

Apr 21

RT @SunderlandRTC: Well Done Girls 👏🏻 Both Squads showing character #DevelopPeopleDevelopPlayers As nearly 100years collective of players t…

Apr 21

Today winning #GrandinYourHand Lottery number is 2️⃣6️⃣2️⃣7️⃣! If you have that number, you’re £1,000 richer! #SAFC https://t.co/LDgXTZjcE5

Apr 21

RT @PLCommunities: One 👏 Year 👏 On 👏 A big thank you to everyone who has played a part in an extraordinary first year of #PLPrimaryStars.…

Apr 21

RT @SunderlandRTC: Final League game for U14&U16 Squads as we travel away to @ManCityWomen RTC 🚎👊🏻⚽️ Hopefully the ☀️ will stay out

Apr 21

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Apr 21

RT @SunderlandAFC: ⏰ HALF TIME: #SAFC head into the break in the lead thanks to Paddy McNair's 34th minute strike... #HawayTheLads https:…

Apr 21

RT @SunderlandAFC: 34' #SAFC take the lead... McNair slams the ball home! https://t.co/G2VeoHptht

Apr 21

RT @SunderlandAFC: Chris Coleman has made 3⃣to #SAFC's starting XI ahead of this afternoon's game v @burtonalbionfc... https://t.co/u0Iy1Oe…

Apr 21

The ☀️ is out and so are our lottery sellers giving you the chance to #WIN a #GrandinYourHand at today’s game! Look… https://t.co/glWYtcw0VN

Apr 20

HUGE THANKS to #SAFC players Duncan Watmore, Lee Camp and club legend Kevin Ball who attended our #MakingMoves coa… https://t.co/RLzEHq9Z2K

Apr 20

RT @SRTRC_England: Congratulations to prize winner Jack from Whitburn School who was lucky enough to meet @Ethan_robson8 and @tybrowning as…


The Beacon of Light curriculum is focused on providing a range of experiences that will engage, motivate and develop transferable skills in the areas we know employers want here at the Foundation of Light, alongside the essential qualifications required to equip our students for a brighter future — including pathways to further and higher education.

We offer the highest quality academic and vocational routes, supported by prestigious employers and endorsed by business. By aligning workplace qualities within a curriculum context, all our students acquire valuable skills as their ‘employability passport’ so that they are fully prepared for the next exciting stage of life’s learning journey.

Our syllabus includes English, Maths, Science and IT as core elements, a vocational offer linked to the world of work, and a personal development curriculum – all of which will be tailored by staff to meet the differing needs of our changing cohort of students. All our students acquire new skills and a positive way of thinking to help them reengage with a constructive and affirmative education experience and pathway. Our curriculum options provide students with the opportunities to progress along a number of possible pathways as they move into education or training post-16.

Our goal is to offer every young person a chance to shine and help to find their way back into long-term education. We aim to return students to their commissioning school and reasons for referral will be addressed through tailored programmes to support their reintegration. For example, communicating with adults, building resilience, reflecting on their behaviour, with a focus on individual programmes to support their social, emotional health and wellbeing.

All of which fits perfectly with our shared Foundation and Beacon of Light values of Learn more, Do more, Be more.

For a more detailed curriculum information, view our Curriculum Offer or contact our Assistant Principal, Dave Hewson on 0191 55159191 or email dave.hewson@beaconschool.org.uk.

Our goal is to offer every young person a chance to change and help them find their way back into long-term education.

Our curriculum offers a balanced combination of challenge and choice. Students have regular on-going and structured access to the core subjects of English, Maths and Science which are delivered creatively and in varied contexts.

The paramount aim of the curriculum at our School is to ensure a non-compromising focus on core learning (English, Maths, Science & ICT) and to support students make positive additional curriculum choices to nurture a love for learning.

Through its affiliation with Sunderland Association Football Club, the School places a strong emphasis on Sport and PE. Additionally, we work with our partners to promote other curriculum areas such as motor vehicle, hair and beauty and construction.

Schemes of Work are designed to differentiate for a range of abilities allowing students the ability to move faster or slower according to individual profiles. We measure progress regularly and allow students a weekly opportunity to assess this with their tutor.

At KS4, our students have the opportunity to work towards at least 5 GCSE qualifications or equivalent.

The Beacon of Light School encourages students to achieve Level 1 & 2 outcomes in order to open a variety of pathways for their future.

All students will study:

  • GCSE AQA English Language & English Literature
  • GCSE AQA Mathematics
  • GCSE AQA Science A
  • OCR Cambridge National Award in ICT
  • All students will work towards a L1/2 vocational qualification of their choice in either Motor Vehicle, Hair and Beauty, Construction or Sport
  • ASDAN Award in Employability
  • OCR L1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Business and Enterprise
  • ASDAN Certificate in Personal and Social Development/Award of Personal Effectiveness
  • NOCN 3-credit Award in Understanding Healthy Living

Subject to availability, the Beacon of Light School can also offer certificates in:

  • FA Leadership through Football Award
  • Sport Leadership, Coaching and Management

Although not offered as a separate subject, Religious Education is delivered as part of the Culture & Community programme in all year groups.

In order to allow students to access qualifications in subjects previously studied in their mainstream school (but not offered at the Beacon of Light School), some students may be disapplied from some subjects in order to undertake supervised independent study.

All subjects will identify barriers established whilst in mainstream education; using experiences from our core body of staff, we will draw on knowledge to identify strategies to support students in accessing all areas of the curriculum. Individual learning styles are addressed, further assisting in overcoming barriers once faced in a mainstream setting.

A life-changing school where education and opportunity lead the way to a brighter future. We inspire, encourage and nurture all our students to learn more, do more and be more.

Beacon of Light School ethos

The style of delivery from our team ensures participants receive opportunities to develop their game and decision making skills aided by age relevant coaching

Ian Dipper, Evening and Weekend Coordinator.