General

Welcome to Belmont Academy - part of London South East Academies Trust

We are very proud of our school, providing high quality teaching and a secure and happy environment for all our pupils.

Situted in Erith in the London Borough of Bexley, our school's excellent facilities provide pupils with the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities, ensuring that they thrive socially, physically, emotionally and academically. Our pupils are highly motivated, well behaved and a pleasure to teach.

We are an inclusive school, with specialist facilities for children who are blind or visually impaired and we also offer provision for pupils with a range of physical, medical and other learning needs

We are committed to supporting and learning from others  - and have been working in close partnership with Woodside Academy. We have also recently become part of London South East Academies Trust, joining seven other good and outstanding schools in Bexley and Bromley. This gives us the opportunity to share best practice and strengthen links across the region.

Our website contains information about all aspects of our school. Please feel free to contact us and find out more. Alternatively, you are more than welcome to come for a visit.

With kindest regards,

Madelaine Caplin
Executive Headteacher


During the closure period, all home learning tasks will be uploaded to the school's chosen system - Edmodo:

www.edmodo.com

From Monday 20th April 2020 Maths learning  will be accessed via White Rose Maths which is the scheme followed by the school.   The site provide videos for parents and pupils along with activities and matches what the children would have been learning in school.  To access the site please follow this link:

White Rose Maths

Further guidance to access Edmodo can be found using the following links:

Edmodo Parent User Guide

Class Codes 

Home Learning Parent Letter

Online Safety: 

Your child will now be using the online world much more than ever before and with this in mind, it is important that you know how to keep your child safe online.The following organisations all give advice and offer support for families:

·       Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online

·       London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online

·       Net-aware - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC

·       Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online

·       Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online

·       UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carers

Teachers  from Belmont Academy will not be making direct contact with your child.  Edmodo will only be used by staff to upload learning tasks which you may chose to download for your child to complete.  Access settings on Edmodo have been set as 'view only' to stop teacher/pupil communication.  We would encourage you to continue to monitor your child's use of the system and discourage messaging between pupils for your child's own safety. 

If you or your child are exposed to any unsuitable or worrying online content then please report issues straight away via one of the agencies below:

·       Childline - for support

·       UK Safer Internet Centre - to report and remove harmful online content

·       CEOP - for advice on making a report about online abuse

However, If your child is exposed to unsuitable or worrying online content from within the school website or school community then please make contact with the school office as soon as possible on 01322 432057 or by email onThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that this can be reported to a member of  the Senior Leadership Team.

 

Belmont remains closed to the majority of pupils.

Updated Safeguarding Addendum for the federation  can be viewed here:  BWF Safeguarding Addendum

 

Home Learning photos:

Nature wreath made by Jake in Reception:

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Fairy garden created by Jesse and Poppy:                                                           Alex in  Year 5 has used stones and twigs to create his family:

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Pollution poster by Isabella in Year 5:                                                                        A delicious chocolate cake created by Gracie in Year 5:

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Mrs Garlick shares some  of the things she has been doing during quarantine:

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Mrs Harry and Mrs Garlick staying  in touch to set activities for Year 1:

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Mrs Lyon-Lee busy preparing activities for Year 4 for the new term:                             Miss Jenkins busy preparing work  for  Year 2 for the new term  helped by                                                                                                                                             her cat  Alan:

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Ms Caplin busy working:

 Madelaine


Information about 'Forest School' will be published shortly.


Update - 23 March

Following on from the Prime Minister's announcement this evening, it's becoming clear that it may soon be necessary to close our school in order to protect students and staff.

While we await further guidance from government, we will continue to offer provision at some of our sites for a small number of vulnerable learners and those with EHCPs.

However, we would urge parents and carers of these children to only send them into school if it is absolutely essential. The Government's key message is for everyone to stay at home if they possibly can, in order to help stop the spread of Covid 19.

We are working hard to ensure all our students can continue with their learning remotely and will provide regular updates via our website, social media channels and email alerts.

Please take care of one another in these unprecedented times and thank you for your continued support and commitment.

For full Government guidance on the closures of schools, childcare and other educational settings, click here.


10:30hrs 19 March 

The Prime Minister announced last night that as a further measure to halt the spread of Coronavirus, the majority of schools and colleges are to close tomorrow – Friday 20 March.

However, the government has stated that schools must remain partially open for specific groups of children, including those with EHCP rkers and those with parents who are key workers.

We are aware that many of our children will fall into these categories – but not all. We are currently working hard on a detailed plan to meet government directives and ensure the continuity of learning for all our children.

Each school will be communicating directly with individual parents regarding the arrangements being put in place for their child/ren. The Government is expected to issue a list of key workers later today (whose children will still be able to attend school), which will help to inform our planning.

This is certainly a challenging and uncertain time for us all, but please rest assured that our priority continues to be the health, wellbeing and safeguarding of all our children. We will provide further updates as soon as possible.


The school is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak. There is currently no cause for concern at the school but we’ll keep you informed of any developments.

We regard the health and safety of our pupils and staff as our number one priority. In line with guidance from Public Health England, we are taking steps to keep the school clean and prevent the spread of the disease.

Updated government guidance (12 March 2020)

The updated guidance from the government asks people to self-isolate at home for 7 days if you have either a high temperature (37.8C and above) or a new, persistent cough. This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious. These are considered mild symptoms of coronavirus and people do not need to ring NHS 111 for advice unless their condition dramatically worsens. Government guidance on self-isolation can be found here.


How can I prevent the spread of infection

Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent the spread of infection.

  • Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home
  • If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment

If you or your children have returned from any of the affected areas listed below in the last 14 days, even if you do not have symptoms:

  • Italy
  • Iran
  • Mainland China outside of Hubei province
  • Hubei province in China
  • South Korea
  • Cambodia
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with flu viruses

Call NHS 111 or use the 111 online Coronavirus service to inform them of your recent travel to the area and find out what to do next.

If you become unwell:

  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses
  • Call NHS 111 immediately in order for you to be assessed by an appropriate specialist in hospital, as quickly as possible
  • Follow the home isolation advice sheet

Please note that the situation around the coronavirus outbreak continues to change. You can find up to the minute information on the list of affected areas here.

Symptoms to look out for

If you’ve returned from the specified countries or Hubei, look out for the following symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Fever (a temperature of 38 degrees C or higher)

If you have any of these symptoms:

  • If it’s an emergency, call 999 and tell them which country you have returned from in the past 14 days
  • If you’re unwell, but it’s not an emergency, call NHS 111 and tell them which country you have returned from in the past 14 days

While you wait for further advice:

  • Avoid contact with others
  • Stay at home – don’t go to work or school
  • Don’t travel while sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing, throwing tissues in the bin
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available)

If you or your child have any further concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact The School Office.

Should you have any questions relating to the virus the DFE has launched a helpline to help answer these. Students, parents, carers and staff can contact the helpline as follows:

  • Phone: 0800 046 8687
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

 Government Letters and Updates

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Belmont remains closed to pupils.

Should you have any queries please contact the school office on 01322 432057.

1st June 2020 UPDATE:

Dear Parents/Carers,

We continue to prepare the school to reopen to some year groups and hope to be able to share confirmed start dates later this week following the delivery of much needed resources and items.

Our hub provision remains open to the children of Key Workers and vulnerable pupils.  

If you have any questions regarding the above, please call the school office on 01322432057

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