I am extremely proud to be the Head-teacher of Belmont Castle Academy, a school which has achieved a great deal of success in recent years. Not only do we have an excellent track record when it comes to academic progress, we have also gained an enviable reputation when it comes to sporting achievement. In addition to which, we have also experienced a considerable amount of success through music and the arts. In short, we pride ourselves in providing our children with an extensive range of opportunities including extra-curricular provision, with the aim of seeking to provide them with the best start in life we possibly can.
We take great pride in the fact that we are a very inclusive school, a point which was identified by Ofsted in a recent inspection. Children come from a diverse range of ethnic groups with forty different languages spoken. Just recently, September 2017, we were delighted to be awarded the ‘Silver’ mark ‘Diversity’ award to reflect all the hard work we are doing to support the needs of every child, regardless of their background, colour or race.
At BCA, we recognise that it is important to provide children with the very best environment for learning one which is stimulating, caring and supportive, and which meets their needs as an individual. Furthermore, we seek to develop within our children those life-long skills and attitudes which will help them as they go through life, including tolerance and understanding of others. This is why we have taken the decision to work towards becoming a ‘Visible Learning’ school and instilling a ‘Growth mind-set’ in our children to help them develop a ‘can do’ attitude and enabling them to grow into more responsible and resilient learners.
We believe that essential to our success, is recruiting the very best staff and then retaining them to help ensure a real consistency of approach which then benefits the children. Our staff are not only very dedicated and committed to achieving high standards, but also incredibly hard-working and passionate.
In short, we are a happy and successful school with our one core aim being to seek to achieve greatness in all that we do.
Thank-you for taking the time to read this.
Promoting British Values at BCA
The Department for Education states that there is a need:
To create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”.
The Department for Education defines British Values as follows:
The Rule of Law
Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
At BCA we believe that it is really important to educate the children from a very early age about what it means to live in a democratic society, where the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance are not only encouraged but celebrated. By promoting these values within our own school community are aim is to create well-rounded citizens of the future, who can play an active part in the wider community as they grow into adulthood.
We promote these values in a number of ways in our school, including through assemblies, visitors to the school and through the curriculum.
The children recently took part in a number of assemblies on the theme of tolerance which was then followed up within their classes.
We have included a number of resources, including some useful websites to help support further discussions at home.
S Smith (Co-opted) – Chair of Governors
Finance, Personnel, Pay and Audit, Performance Management, Headteacher/Pay Committee, Appointments Panel, Leadership/Management/Achievement Responsibility, Behaviour/Safety/Inclusion Responsibility
D Timson-Hunt (Co-opted) – Vice Chair of Governors & Chair of Finance, Personnel, Pay & Audit Comm.
Finance, Personnel, Pay and Audit, Pupil Discipline, Staff dismissals appeals, Leadership/Management/Achievement Responsibility, Health & Safety Responsibility
J Sinclair (Co-opted)
Finance, Personnel, Pay and Audit, Pupil Discipline, Performance Management, Staff dismissals appeals, Pay appeals, Leadership/Management/Achievement Responsibility, T&L and curriculum responsibility
P Charlesworth (Co-opted)
Finance, Personnel, Pay and Audit, Pupil Discipline, Staff dismissals appeals, Performance Management Headteacher/Pay Committee, Appointments Panel, Safeguarding Governor, Leadership/Management/Achievement Responsibility
J Mays (Co-opted)
Finance, Personnel, Pay and Audit, Pupil Discipline, Staff dismissals appeals, Pay appeals, T&L and curriculum responsibility,
Mrs S Arokiasamy (Parent)
Pupil Discipline, Pay Appeals Committee
S Joynes (Staff) Assistant Head/Lead Practitioner
M Jones (Staff) – Principal
Finance, Personnel, Pay and Audit
N Murthen (Associate Governor) Vice Principal
C Clarke – (Associate Governor) Bursar
Further details can be found here.