Working for us

Here at Belmont School we are looking for talented people who can play an important part in our pupils’ development. As a school we value children’s rights and our staff’s work life balance.

Working at Belmont will provide you with a fantastic network of supportive colleagues who will guide you in your professional development, and an opportunity to work with a diverse and dynamic group of children who are passionate about their learning. Belmont is a school where you are allowed to explore your own creativity and have ownership of the curriculum.

You would be joining a team that prides itself on setting challenging goals and achieving them. Staff, parents, pupils and our local community work to be ‘stronger together’.

About our school

Belmont is a mixed community school with 622 pupils on roll. The school has a nursery that currently has 52 places. We expanded from two to three forms of entry from September 2014 and now have three forms from Reception up to Year 4.

We are a very harmonious and happy multicultural school. We take pride in our diverse community and celebrate the achievements of all our learners, focusing not just on academic success but also sporting and creative achievements. The school ethos is underpinned by our commitment to children’s rights and responsibilities. We subscribe to and promote the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in all that we do. Our children are our best advocates and demonstrate respect towards others in their learning, their friendships and in the roles and responsibilities they embrace with enthusiasm. At Belmont we have young teams of Rights Respecting Ambassadors, Eco Warriors, Prefects, Junior Librarians, Peer Mediators, Sports Leaders, Junior Travel Advisers, Digital Leaders, and our School Council who all promote our values and contribute to making important decisions about the direction of the school.

We endeavour to make the learning at Belmont challenging, interesting and creative through following the statutory curriculum that we are required to teach whilst adapting it to the needs of all pupils. Our curriculum is enhanced to ensure that children’s learning is relevant, builds on their experiences and provides them with the skills they need to support them in later life. We aim to engender a lifelong love of learning for all. Our school development plan supports this learning journey.

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School Development

Belmont School expanded from two to three forms of entry from September 2014. This resulted in a major building programme to enhance our school learning environment. We now have three fantastic new Reception classrooms with a dedicated shared outdoor learning environment; six huge new classrooms for Years 2 and 6; two spacious group teaching rooms; a huge remodelled school hall and a wonderful new kitchen. Existing classrooms were remodelled and refurbished. Following consultation with our pupils and “home learning” design challenges, our main playground was redesigned in 2016 to provide a Multi Use Games Area; two separate “activity trails” for Key Stages 1 and 2; a covered outdoor classroom and an open air classroom with a storytelling chair. Playground activities and markings also offer cross curricular opportunities. Our large playing field provides additional high quality PE provision.

Our School Priorities this year are to continue to improve pupil outcomes, particularly in reading, while embedding recent improvements in writing outcomes. We are continuing to develop our outdoor provision through our work as a local Learning Hub, and as a nationally accredited Forest School

Belmont is also a recognised Learning Hub for maths which supports the development of maths knowledge and skills through outreach and in-reach work across our school and local schools.

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All our staff members belong to Year Group and Phase Teams, and they are also members of our Steps to Success School Development Teams whose work drives our school improvement. Our Belmont motto is ‘Stronger Together’ and we promote this through our staff teams, wellbeing support and collaborative working across Key Stages for staff and pupils. We know that investing in our staff is the most important priority in order to bring about better outcomes for pupils. At Belmont all staff participate in weekly Staff Meetings where we provide training and development. Sometimes they are involved in leading this training for colleagues. We ensure that all staff and governors have access to bespoke training and this includes access to the extensive school to school Learning Hubs CPD offer; training jointly with schools in our local Cluster; Literacy CPD through CLPE; middle and senior leadership training through Harrow and the Institute of Education, to name but a few options. This year we are rolling out our own school based Action Research project which we piloted successfully last year. This promotes peer collaboration to develop aspects of learning and teaching, and ensures that our CPD offer is even better matched to staff needs through practical sessions, as well as coaching, mentoring and carrying out peer and joint observations.

At Belmont School we have established partnerships with Initial Teacher Training providers and regularly support student teachers. We work in partnership with the local Teaching School Alliance to deliver the School Direct programme and are committed to placing School Direct students as Associate Teachers in our school. Our NQTs are well supported by trained in-school mentors and access a bespoke Harrow CPD package. We have a commitment to employing Apprentices and two permanent staff members have recently joined us via this route.

Our commitment to staff development speaks for itself. Leadership skills are identified at all stages in career development and we are proud that two Assistant Headteachers have now been promoted to Deputy Headships in other schools; that middle leaders at the school have progressed to senior leadership and that NQTs appointed within the last four years have now stepped up into middle leadership roles at Belmont and in other schools.

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An enriched curriculum

At Belmont we introduced the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) in 2013.

This offers creative, topic based learning for our pupils which engages and builds on their interests. Each theme is mapped to our core curriculum to ensure that we develop opportunities for pupils to use and apply their skills in English, Maths and Science.

Each IPC unit begins with a shared “entry point” which stimulates our learners and ensures they all share a common experience. For example, in Year 3 our work on Rainforests began with the children building their own rainforest habitat in the Hall, complete with flora and fauna. The following day they returned to school to find it “deforested” and this deepened their understanding of habitats and environmental challenges as well as the human impact on these.

This generated opportunities for Writing, Science, Maths and Food Technology, culminating in the pupils creating their own Rainforest Café where they sold fruit juices and smoothies to their parents and peers!

Other IPC topics are supported by enrichment activities such as a trip to the Chelsea Physic Garden; the seaside; a chocolate factory; or a local stream to test boat designs. In 2014 we appointed a specialist Modern Foreign Language teacher and we now teach Spanish from EYFS to the end of Key Stage 2 and this too is integrated into the wider curriculum.