Barr Beacon School – Ofsted

Barr Beacon School rated Ofsted ‘Good’.

The full report celebrates the many strengths of Barr Beacon School and captures the essence of our school accurately characterising our staff who ‘go above and beyond’ to help pupils with their work. We are particularly proud of the comments from Inspectors who reported that pupils ‘take pride’ in being part of the community of Barr Beacon School. During verbal feedback, the Inspection team noted that the Beacon Values run through our pupils ‘like a stick of rock’ finding our learners to be ‘polite and welcoming’ and ‘resilient’. We feel that the Inspection Team captured the essence of what it is like to be a pupil at Barr Beacon School and observed the very best examples of behaviour from our pupils.

We are particularly delighted with four areas of the Inspection which were each graded as
outstanding.

Read More HERE.

January 2023

Welcome to Smestow Academy & Wednesfield Academy

We are very excited to announce that two new schools have joined our trust. Smestow Academy and Wednesfield Academy are both in Wolverhampton and have joined Matrix to share in our vision of Education Without Exception.


The keys and flame on the new Wednesfield logo are taken from the Wolverhampton coat of arms. The torch is a visual representation of Wolverhampton’s famous motto, ‘out of darkness cometh light’. The keys have a connection specific to Wednesfield, recalling the town’s rich history of lock-making. In the centre, the book represents the power of knowledge to transform our pupils’ lives. The new logo looks backwards and forwards, honouring the heritage of the local area while simultaneously looking forward to the successful futures of our young people.


Smestow is named for Smestow Brook, the nearby tributary of the River Stour. The name Smestow has Anglo-Saxon origins, originally meaning ‘place of the smiths’. During the Industrial Revolution, the brook was an important source of water and power for local factories. The school is located on Windmill Crescent, represented by a windmill on the new logo.

January 2023

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