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Academy Contact Details

Academy Name

Bluecoat Beechdale Academy

Postal Address

Harvey Road, Bilborough, Nottingham, NG8 3GP (for Sat Nav purposes please use: NG8 3BB)

Telephone No.

0115 913 5211

Enquiries Contact Name

Amelia Wedge (Office Manager)

Name of Principal

Mrs Sarah Bailey

Name of Vice Principal

Miss Rachael Frearson

Name of SENCO

Mrs Lauren Cassady

For directions to Bluecoat Beechdale Academy please click here.

Admission Criteria

The Academy will consider all applications for places. 

Students, who have a statement of special educational need or Education, Health and Care plan, naming Bluecoat Beechdale Academy, will be admitted first.  This will reduce the number of places available for other applicants.

After the admission of applicants with statements of special educational need or Education, Health and Care Plan where the Academy is named on the statement or Plan, the criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set out below. 

  1. Children in public care and previously looked after children;
  2. Places will then be offered to applicants who have a sibling who will be attending the Academy at the time of the applicant’s admission.
  3. Remaining places will then be allocated to other applicants who live the shortest distance from their residence to the main entrance of Bluecoat Beechdale Academy at the closing date for applications. Distance will be measured in a straight line from the main entrance door to the child’s home to the main reception entrance door to Bluecoat Beechdale Academy.

In the event that such a measure is identical to the nearest metre for two or more children and there are insufficient places available for both or all of them, the remaining place/s will be awarded by random allocation using lots drawn by a person independent of the Academy.

View our Admissions Policy

Exclusions arrangements:

Please see our Behaviour Policy for our exclusion arrangements:

Download our Behaviour Policy

‘This is a GOOD school’ – Ofsted 2017

Less than three years after being sponsored by Bluecoat Academies Trust, Bluecoat Beechdale has received a ‘good’ grading in its recent Ofsted report.  This is a radical change from the last Ofsted inspection which the school, formally known as Hadden Park High School received in November 2013. The report described the school as inadequate and in need of special measures. Weaknesses in the school ranged from outcomes, teaching and learning to leadership and management. This is in stark contrast with the good judgments received for teaching and learning, leadership, outcomes and overall effectiveness in February 2017.

Here are some quotes made by Ofsted:

  • Leaders and governors are passionate about ensuring that pupils receive the best possible standard of education.
  • Teachers have strong subject knowledge. Effective explanations and skilful questioning promote good learning.
  • All adults in the school work as a team to ensure the well-being of pupils at risk of harm.
  • The school supports pupils’ emotional needs well, and most now believe that they can succeed.
  • Relationships between staff and pupils are very positive and support good learning.

To read the full report from our visit in February please click here: Ofsted Report

To read the letter sent out to parents from Mr Elder click here: Letter to Parents 

To read the school Press Release click here: Press Release

The first Ofsted inspection of Bluecoat Beechdale Academy took place in February 2017. We achieved a Good rating. Ofsted state that:

  • The Principal has been very successful in improving the quality of education that the school provides since his arrival in September, 2015. The Executive Principal has provided very effective support to the school.
  • Leaders and governors are passionate about ensuring that pupils receive the best possible standard of education. They give high priority to ensuring that pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities get the opportunities that they should.
  • Teachers have strong subject knowledge. Effective explanations and skillful questioning promote good learning.
  • Middle leaders play a key role in ensuring that pupils make good progress. Previously underachieving groups, such as middle-ability students, are now catching up with others.

Click here to read the OFSTED report February 2017

Bluecoat Beechdale Academy is proud of the improvement in examination results. Staff work together to ensure that students feel supported in their learning and maximise their progress.

You can access our Academy performance tables on the Department for Education website here.

At BBA we offer a broad and balanced curriculum that allows all pupils the opportunity to develop their own interests and expertise. Our curriculum allows all pupils to become:

  • successful learners who enjoy studying and achieve the qualifications that will allow them to progress to the next stage in their education
  • aware of topical issues that affect them and others within society
  • tolerant and accepting of all members of their community and beyond including celebrating cultural diversity
  • confident in working independently or as in a team with the ability to lead others
  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society
  • able to understand the importance of health and safety in each stage of their lives

We operate a one week timetable with 6 lessons that are 50 minutes in length except on Thursdays when there are 4 lessons of an hour each. In addition there are enrichment opportunities after school each day ranging from academic support to broader interests like sport, the arts and the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.

The curriculum that we offer at Bluecoat Beechdale Academy reflects its learners; it is diverse, vibrant and driven by a desire for success. It equips our students with the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed throughout their time at the Academy and excel in the next steps in their educational journey, be that at the Sixth Form, college, university, apprenticeship or employment.

At key stage 4, pupils get to choose from a variety of academic and vocational courses and all receive detailed individual advice and guidance to ensure that they choose the right options for them. Assessment in these courses takes place in a variety of forms including assignments during the course and public examinations at the end of Key Stage 4. All subjects and qualifications are carefully selected to provide the best possible range of opportunities for our students and provide a platform for continued study after they leave us.

Our RSHE program has a variety of strands which are delivered to every year group and these include: British Values and Citizenship, Sex and Relationships; Careers; Health and Wellbeing; Drugs Education; Learning to Learn. Further details and timings can be found on the RHSE webpage.


At KS3 the majority of pupils follow the same curriculum and are taught in mixed ability groups. We have a broad and balanced curriculum allowing pupils to study a wide range of subjects from the core to the humanities, the arts, design and sport. We believe that students should be fully prepared for their future studies so we ensure that Knowledge, Skills and Understanding are built upon from year 7.



Core Curriculum

The core curriculum consists of GCSEs in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science (either double award or single sciences) and an Ebacc qualification (Geography, History or a Modern Foreign Language) as well as either a Sport qualification or GCSE Citizenship.

All students will initially study the same content for Science, which will lead to two GCSE qualifications. Those who have shown an aptitude for the subject will be study the subject in more depth and have the opportunity to take GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This means that, if successful, a pupil will leave with minimum of 7 GCSEs or equivalent qualifications just from the core curriculum and those with an aptitude for Science will leave with 8. In addition our most able pupils have the opportunity to study for a Further Maths qualification which is excellent preparation for the transition to A-level.



All pupils study 3 options subjects in Key Stage 4, one of which has to be an Ebacc qualification – Geography, History or Spanish. They may of course choose more than one of these and those thinking of going to university are strongly advised to do so. Beyond this, we believe in giving students a free choice but with the following in mind; this is the first step on the road and it is important that all children choose subjects that will provide them with the best opportunities for their future. For some pupils it will be more suitable to study a vocational qualification, which can lead more directly to a career in that area.

The list below shows all of the subjects that we currently offer and the examination boards:

Course Examination Board
GCSE Spanish AQA
GCSE Geography Edexcel
GCSE History AQA
GCSE Citizenship AQA
GCSE Computer Science OCR
BTEC Art Edexcel
BTEC Business Studies Edexcel
BTEC Construction WJEC
GCSE Design and Technology AQA
BTEC Digital Information Technology Edexcel
Hospitality and Catering WJEC
VTCT Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy VTCT
BTEC Health and Social Care Edexcel
BTEC Performing Arts Edexcel
BTEC Sport, Activity and Fitness Edexcel

If you would like more information about the curriculum please email our Assistant Principal for Curriculum Mr A Freestone afreestone@bluecoatbeechdale.uk.com

Bluecoat Beechdale Academy is built around the three ideas of Belong, Believe and Achieve.

By deliberately helping students to embed this ethos in their character, we equip our students to take this mindset confidently into a successful future.

We encourage students to have self-belief so that they dare to set themselves ambitious goals for their education, career and life as a whole.

Through many things, such as our high standards in uniform, we demonstrate our pride at belonging to the Bluecoat Beechdale Academy community. Our students learn how to build positive relationships so that they will always have the interpersonal skills and confidence to feel comfortable wherever they choose to belong in their adult life. We acknowledge and reward our students for a whole range of achievements – from meeting learning goals, making progress in enrichment activities or demonstrating personal growth and development through improved attitudes to learning. By highlighting the successes our students earn, we believe we will make ‘achievement’ a lifelong habit for them to enjoy.

Our staff are role models of our ‘Belong, Believe, Achieve’ mantra. They live out our ethos every day through their unswerving commitment to our students and their determined approach to continue to learn and develop themselves as a team.

Having witnessed the rapid progress made at Beechdale, with the support of our Bluecoat sponsors, I have the utmost belief that Bluecoat Beechdale Academy is the ideal place for children to belong so that they may achieve their true potential.

Sarah Bailey
Bluecoat Beechdale Academy

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To view our Governor Information please click here

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Contact Us

Bluecoat Beechdale Academy
Harvey Rd
NG8 3GP (for Sat Nav purposes please use: NG8 3BB)

E-mail: office@bluecoatbeechdale.co.uk
Tel: 0115 913 5211

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