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, Nov 26
I’m pleased to let you know that they have finished refurbishing our castle and they have done a great job. Next year we will look at tidying up the front decking. It should now last another ten years at least. https://t.co/YEJO3Vsasa
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Nov 25
Thank you Zohab for a great day. We all really loved having you in our school. I am sure thanks to you our children will be inspired to write some of their own poetry which hopefully I can share at a later date. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock RetweetedSpeaking of Books @SpeakingofBks, Nov 25
To quote @ZohabZee “THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU” @BCA_Thurrock for having us. Wow! You’ve got some super-cool poets in your school. I’ll be in touch for new talent in the future 😉!!! https://t.co/B0xUQdXtQt
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Nov 25
Great to have Zohab with us today 🤗 https://t.co/6wQ9FTpeIy
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Nov 24
Good morning parents and carers just to let you know that Ofsted will be doing a remote visit today via MS Teams. They have stressed that it’s not an inspection but a fact finding exercise, seeing how schools are coping with the pandemic and what measures are in place.
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock RetweetedThe2Johns @JohnsThe2, Nov 22
We are horrified by the new game #Cunchlinechronicles This game is shocking as it glamourises Gangs, Drugs and #ChildExploitation Please make sure your children go no where near this 😥https://t.co/6KKNwzlahJ
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Nov 19
Just wanted to share the fabulous news that thanks to you we have raised an impressive £556.05 for this year’s Children in Need appeal. Thank you to everyone who made a donation 👏🏻 https://t.co/0j6pzf0isC
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock RetweetedBBC Children in Need @BBCCiN, Nov 15
This year has been a challenging one for so many, so we are extremely humbled by your generosity. £37,032,789 is a truly incredible amount of money. Together, we can and we will change the lives of children and young people all over the UK #ChildrenInNeed https://t.co/QrVk5nwugP
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Nov 14
Happy Diwali to all our children and parents who are celebrating the Festival of Lights today. https://t.co/9AIe1aDta9
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock RetweetedPublic Health England @PHE_uk, Nov 13
This year, all primary school and Year 7 children will be offered a free nasal spray #flu vaccine. Consultant Epidemiologist Vanessa Saliba explains why it's really important for your child to get protected against flu. Find out more: https://t.co/pr0UMQaiSf https://t.co/4ESZfpmePJ
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Nov 12
Afternoon parents, Next week is anti-bullying week and Monday ( 16th) is Odd Socks Day. Please find the link below to this year's official song. It’s pretty catchy the children will love it! https://t.co/ONjbhOmARw https://t.co/rpqt87j7Dt
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Nov 12
Please see the November newsletter below 😀 https://t.co/oBBrW5SPQI
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Nov 11
Thank you for your poppy donations. So far we have managed to raise £178 👍 https://t.co/w4mMrklO7d
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Nov 10
Below is a lovely thank you letter we have just received from the Thurrock Foodbank. https://t.co/NGfmaj46gk

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