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



Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Feb 3
Well done to this week’s attendance winners 5JP. https://t.co/GrJRokiYkZ
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Feb 3
This week’s Attendance winners EYFS - R2 90% KS1 - 2GK 97.5% KS2 - 5JP 98% https://t.co/jurnMgCrGF
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Feb 3
Well done to all the children who took part in the borough swimming competition today. We don’t as yet know the result but according to all our staff who took them, they did really well. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Feb 1
Good morning parents just to let you know we are fully open today.
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jan 27
Many congratulations to 2DM and 5JP for being joint attendance winners. https://t.co/dTJs99DeGI
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jan 27
Last week’s Attendance winners EYFS - R1 93.7%% KS1 - 2DM 99.3% KS2 - 5JP 99.3% https://t.co/BObjOK5tM7
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jan 27
Some great news to round off the week, in that we have once again achieved the Music Mark award. Thank you to Thurrock Music Services for putting us forward. https://t.co/phP4ySm5s9
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jan 27
These wonderful masks were made in the SEN Arts and Crafts club. The club is run by Mr Minns. https://t.co/ELCLJUji7n
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jan 24
Last week’s Attendance winners EYFS - R3 94.4% KS1 - 1EF 100% KS2 - 3SB 99.2% https://t.co/TVU1OdPGK8
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jan 20
We still haven’t had the final results yet but well done to all the children who took part in today’s indoor athletics competition competition. We are proud of each and everyone of you. Great job 👏🏻 👏🏻👏🏻
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock RetweetedThurrock SSP @ThurrockSSP, Jan 20
A fabulous year 5/6 sports hall athletics event today with 21 schools taking part!! Our top 3 schools were 🥉@WoodsideSport 🥈@HPAMA_PE 🥇@BCA_Thurrock well done to everyone who took part! 🏃🏼‍♀️ 🏃🏾‍♂️ #schoolgames #tssp https://t.co/Ei4ZPowiWB
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jan 20
Some lovely pics of the cooking lessons that have taken place this week. https://t.co/qlssfY2G24
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jan 20
Another great sporting result for BCA with our school coming 🥇 out of 22 schools at the year 5 and 6 indoor athletics competition. I will publish the full results once they have been sent to me. Many thanks as usual go to the PE team; Mr Garcia, Mr Carlile and Mr Kemp 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/e1pIUsJ77E
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jan 15
Many congratulations to 3SB for being attendance winners for the third consecutive week- 99.4%. As a special treat you can have an extra break. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/6J1CyoQyvy