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

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Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Apr 30
Dear parents and carers   The Mental Health Support Team (MHST) now has a helpful video to inform parents and children about what the MHST is and what sort of support they can offer.   https://t.co/e9635l0gZP
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Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Apr 27
Some more pics from St George’s day. https://t.co/DXojFd7pFI
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Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Apr 27
We had a lovely afternoon on Friday as part of our St George’s day celebration. The dragons that the children created in their year groups were so colourful and creative. The parade around the school field has to be one of the highlights of the year. A really fab end to the week. https://t.co/dd6LKe8F0t
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Apr 19
Many congratulations to Eva one of our pupils. Her tennis playing is continuing to go from strength to strength. Eva came 2nd at the National Youth tournament winning 5 out of 6 matches. She is now one of the top tennis players in the UK for her age. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
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Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Apr 19
Isn’t it a shame that people can’t take their rubbish home with them. I have logged this with the Council this morning so hopefully the park will get cleaned up at some time. https://t.co/c7lnICmkt4
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Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Apr 10
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Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Apr 10
Great Images of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2 and His Royal Highness Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh. Our heartfelt condolences are with the family at this sad time. 🇬🇧 https://t.co/LEzEFAWYEo
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Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Mar 22
Just to let you know that we raised an amazing £1057 for comic relief as part of this year’s Red Nose Day appeal. Thank you everyone who supported this event and also Miss Drake for organising all the sporting challenges. https://t.co/OoiYUT41Rm
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock Retweetedjosie podina @sjosie1980, Mar 13
@BCA_Thurrock I did ! Thank you so much for the surprise and all your effort in such a short time! Thank you everyone!
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Mar 12
@Abshawkins12 Thank you I’m glad you liked it
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Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock RetweetedLyn-marie Carter @lynmariecarter, Mar 12
@BCA_Thurrock What a lovely and thoughtful thing you have done by sending home the afternoon tea as you can not host it in school. https://t.co/GO4HiBuG32
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock RetweetedAbi Stanley @Abshawkins12, Mar 12
Thankyou @BCA_Thurrock for going above and beyond making Mothers Day special even though you couldnt host your normal amazing way, my boys loved being able to do something special! It made our day! THANKYOU! ❤️
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Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Mar 12
Mums we hope you enjoyed the little box of treats that came home today lovingly prepared by your children. We look forward to seeing you all in school next year. Happy Mother’s Day! https://t.co/ThnFXVR3AN
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Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Mar 8
A quick reminder to our Reception parents, please remember when picking up or dropping off your child to take the long way round, so that everyone is walking one way. https://t.co/PWyF7nEon5

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