Welcome from the Principal

Thank-you for taking the time to visit our school website and I hope you find the information useful.

As Principal of Belmont Castle Academy since January 2008, I feel very proud to be associated with what is a very successful and innovative school, one which has been graded ‘good’ in the previous three Ofsted inspections. Whilst we are a good school we aspire to be a great one and I truly believe that this is reflected in everything we do.

Key to the success of any school, I believe, is the appointment of really high-quality staff who are passionate about making a difference to every child in their care. At BCA we have a very effective, highly motivated and hard-working team, who are all committed to achieving this aim, indeed this is reflected both in terms of the high-quality learning environment and also the quality of teaching and learning evident right throughout the school. We are also in a fairly unique position, in that through careful deployment of personnel, we haven’t had to rely on agency staff for cover for over five years now, thus ensuring our children only receive ‘first-quality’ teaching on a consistent basis. Collectively this has really helped to raise standards year on year.

We take the care and support of our children and especially their emotional health and well-being very seriously at BCA, recognising that in order for them to thrive and achieve to their full potential, they firstly need to feel happy and safe in school. In addition to all staff receiving regular and thorough Safeguarding training every year, we also have highly effective and proactive Pastoral Support, SEND and Pupil Premium teams, who not only pride themselves on how well they know the children, but who have also forged excellent relationships with some of our most vulnerable families. We also have good systems in place for those new to our school, which helps to ensure that that they are able to settle in really quickly.

There is a shared commitment at BCA to ensuring that every child, regardless of their starting point, should receive as exciting and stimulating educational experience as we can possibly offer. This is one of the key reasons why we took the decision a few years ago to introduce our ‘Book Focused’ curriculum, as we believe it is through this approach that we are able to realise one of our key aims of ‘developing a love of reading within our children’. Our curriculum is enriched in many ways; we offer children first-hand experiences wherever possible, through trips and inviting visitors into our school, this also includes regular author visits, with the most recent example being  Ross Welford. We are also fortunate in having our very own specialist Spanish teacher, a professional water colour artist working in the school three days a week, a steel pan orchestra, as well as good links with Greenwich University.

An initiative which is clearly having a significant impact on pupil’s attitudes to learning and their progress in lessons was the introduction of IPad technology throughout the school a few years ago. A range of carefully thought through Apps is really helping to enhance and deepen children’s learning in really creative and imaginative ways.

We also run an extensive range of after-school clubs for the children, with the intention being to try to provide them with as wide range of opportunities as possible including; ones linked to sport, music, drama and also more academic subjects. In addition to which many of our older children have excellent opportunities to take on additional responsibilities as; Head boy or girl, Team Captains, Junior Librarians, Peer Mediators, Playground Buddies or School Parliament representatives.

Furthermore, our school has achieved a significant amount of sporting success over the last few years not only at Borough level but also County and beyond. In 2019 for example, we became Essex County champions in three separate competitions: Gymnastics, Key Steps Gymnastics and In-door Athletics.  Furthermore, our Year 2 children went on to become Regional champions in the Key Steps Gymnastics final, again in the same year.

One of our proudest moments in the school’s recent history has to be securing the prestigious Diversity Mark ‘GOLD’ award in 2018. Samson DeAlyn, senior Director of the Awards Panel, who led our assessment, said of our school ‘many aspects of the school are now outstanding in terms of our approach to inclusive practice’.  Achieving this award meant a great deal to us, acknowledging all the good work we do to promote BCA as an all-inclusive environment for learning.

In 2013, we took the decision to become a ‘stand alone’ Academy because we felt that we really understand what our children needed in order for them to be able to grow into confident and enthusiastic learners and we have shaped our curriculum accordingly to meet their needs. In short we wanted to retain our individuality and everything that is special and unique about our school, Belmont Castle Academy.

I hope you enjoy visiting our website and if you do require any further information about our school, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me, either through the school office; 01375 373601 or via email: principal@belmontcastleacademy.org.

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Mark Jones

Principal

TWITTER

Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock RetweetedThe2Johns @JohnsThe2, Jan 23
We really enjoyed returning to #BelmontCastleAcademy in #Thurrock today where we had the pleasure of talking to all the children, teachers and parents about #onlineChildExploitation
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Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jan 23
Thanks to the 2 Johns for another very useful and informative day on how to help keep our children safe when they are on-line. https://t.co/GsrtXTOFuS
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Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jan 20
This is an event not to be missed as it provides invaluable info on how to keep your child safe whilst on-line. Please contact the school office to reserve a place but hurry as there aren’t many spaces left. https://t.co/tqOcea8NVO
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jan 20
Message to all our parents that there are still spaces available for tomorrow night’s Safeguarding event run by the 2 John’s. Please note that the contents is different from previous years and includes important information about County Lines and on-line grooming.
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jan 16
Just google Belmont Castle Academy
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jan 14
A message for parents of pupils in year 6. All the powerpoints from last nights Grangewater and SATs information session are now on the website.
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Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jan 14
Another reminder about our upcoming internet safety session for parents. Please contact the school office if you would like to attend this really informative evening. There is no cost to attend. https://t.co/62ySUVPlnn
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jan 8
It was great to have Steve and Cheryl back in school to present them with our cheque for £460. Thank you to everyone who made a donation to this wonderful cause. We are looking at ways we can continue to support Thurrock’s homeless, watch this space for further info.
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Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock RetweetedTeam FOELH @TeamFOELH, Jan 8
Today we were invited back to Belmont Castle Academy after there very kind donations to our Christmas Rucksack Appeal the teachers and students had done other various fundraisers and raised a further £460.61 thank you all so much......Much Love Team FOELH 💖 @BCA_Thurrock https://t.co/kRueRY6U75
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Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jan 8
Please see attached an invite to our Messy Church activity which is taking place after school today. Children are welcome as well but must be accompanied by a parent or carer. https://t.co/VL0EfsqhYp
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jan 7
We have just received confirmation from the LA that it is safe to re-open the school tomorrow, 8th Jan. Sorry for any inconvenience caused today and thank you for your support.
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Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock RetweetedBBC Essex @BBCEssex, Jan 7
Schools in West Thurrock, Purfleet and Chafford have been advised to close today following a chemical leak at an industrial site on Stonehouse Road. Belmont Castle Academy has confirmed it is closed today. https://t.co/j40k0ozOFY
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jan 7
SCHOOL CLOSURE! Due to the major chemical incident in West Thurrock overnight we have been advised to close today, Tuesday 7th Jan, whilst they conduct tests of air quality around the vicinity of the school. Expect the school to be re-open on the 8th unless you hear otherwise.
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Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jan 6
Please see details about a really good forthcoming E-safety event. We have had the 2 John’s in our school now a few times and they have been excellent, their talks being well received by pupils, parents and staff alike. https://t.co/yZa8TSxxke