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, Jul 1
Message for year 6 parents Year 6 pupils who are joining us for the last week need to arrive at 8.50am please. Their day will finish at 2.50pm. This is to avoid them arriving and leaving at the same time as the Key Worker and Vulnerable children.
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jun 23
Hopefully you have all received a copy of my June newsletter via email, but just in case you haven’t here it is ..... https://t.co/epYJEZH3BN
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jun 23
Dear parents please see below information about Star Sports Summer holiday club. If you are interested please contact Star Sports directly. https://t.co/lDmtOuX5v0
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock RetweetedSchools Week @SchoolsWeek, Jun 23
PM Boris Johnson speaking in parliament now confirms 2-metre social distancing rule will be changed to '1-metre plus' from July 4th. Seemingly the first step in the government's plan for schools to reopen will full classes in September ...
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jun 23
You should have received your child’s report by the end of this week. If we get to Monday and you still haven’t got it please let one of the office staff know. Teachers will be starting to make their phone calls from Monday so please use this time to discuss your child’s report.
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock RetweetedThurrock Council @thurrockcouncil, Jun 22
Today is the 72nd anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush to Tilbury Docks and is the third Nataional #WindrushDay Windrush Day - a day to celebrate the contribution of the #Windrush Generation and remind you of the role #Thurrock has had in local history https://t.co/UENTpmqbja
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jun 22
Good morning parents, as promised we have now uploaded more work sheets and videos to our Home Learning section on our website which links directly to the Oak Academy resources. This will be updated weekly. Remember to click on week 10. 🧐
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock RetweetedDepartment for Education @educationgovuk, Jun 21
Disadvantaged children will benefit from free healthy meals and enriching activities this summer. The £9m Holiday Activities and Food Programme will provide targeted support for tens of thousands of children across the country to help them to stay healthy and active. https://t.co/arFKcnI8et
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jun 19
Good afternoon parents. This afternoon we will be sending out an email, about changes we have made to Home Learning. Please let us know what you think as we welcome your feedback.
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jun 15
Yes those who started on June 1st
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jun 15
Thank you for your understanding for today parents and sorry for any inconvenience. I should also thank Mr Berville and the cleaners who took the opportunity of doing a thorough clean whilst there were no children in school.
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jun 15
@RoaringLion73 Thank you me to
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jun 15
I’m pleased to report that both members of staff have tested negative so school will reopen tomorrow.
Belmont Castle Academy @bca_thurrock, Jun 14
@KristieJJones Thank you as I said in my letter we are only doing this as a precautionary measure.