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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Easter Activities If you go onto our school website and in the menu tab go to Key information and Policies / Home learning you will find Easter Activities from Nursery through to year 6.
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I do hope all our pupils, parents and carers are well and virus free at this anxious time. Our thoughts are with those who know someone who is unwell or have lost a loved one. My continued thanks to all the staff who are helping to keep the school open for key worker children.
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How many of you are getting your children to complete the White Rose daily maths challenge. I would be very interested to hear how you got on.
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  20th March 2020 Dear Parents / Carers Further information about school closures Firstly, thank you for your patience and understanding at this very difficult time. We have spent a considerable amount of time over the last two days, putting arrangements in place following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Wednesday to close all schools, except for providing childcare for Key Workers and those from vulnerable groups. Last night we asked you to complete a survey if you believed that a member of your family was a Key Worker, we then followed that up with telephone calls today. This has now given us a clear picture of the number of children to expect and plan for from Monday along with making the correct staffing provision. It is important to note that if you have not received a telephone call today, confirming that your child will be attending school from Monday, then we will not be expecting to see them again until schools re-open. Whether your child is in school next week or not, it is worth bearing in mind the most recent advice from government which is as follows:  “ the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.” The schools are being closed for a reason. This virus is very infectious and the less of us together in school the better. We will be of no use to any one of you, if we have to close the school altogether because of staff catching the virus. We understand that the prospect of having your children at home full time might be challenging but we cannot justify the health of our staff to provide care for children whose parents are / can work from home. If there is someone at home your children must stay at home with them. The number of children in school needs to be kept to an absolute minimum to avoid the spread of the virus. At this moment in time it is unclear when the school will re-open for all pupils. We will of course keep you updated as and when we have more news to share via the usual channels of communication, the website and twitter. Lastly, I hope all of you remain safe and well and virus free. Kind regards M Jones Child-Friendly-Explanation-of-Coronavirus.pdf MIND-managing-our-mental-heath-in-relation-to-Coronavirus.pdf Talking-to-children-about-Coronavirus.pdf  

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