Education

At Belmont, we provide a rich, broad and balanced curriculum, at Key Stages One, Two, Three and Four, tailoring it where necessary to meet the specific needs of our pupils. The school places great emphasis on literacy and numeracy skills, promoted across all curriculum areas.

The curriculum is designed:

  • To provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and achieve.
  • To promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
  • Promote independence and strength of character to access academic and vocational curriculum.

Pupils are encouraged to learn through the use of a broad curriculum, whilst individual programmes of learning and behavioural support are designed to encourage success and aid the development of self-esteem. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is supported in a number of ways including direct teaching, the promotion of the school ethos of mutual respect and trust, our enrichment program and individual tutorial sessions. We want our curriculum to be coherent and sequential each building on the Key Stage before.

During Key Stages 1 and 2 pupils follow the National Curriculum; in addition they receive PHSE, RE, Horticulture and well-being lessons. At KS3, pupils study the three core subjects – English, Mathematics and Science. In addition they study Computer Science, Humanities, PSHE, Religious Education, Art, Design and Technology and PE. A Vocational package is available and includes Horticulture, Design Technology and Food and Nutrition lessons.

Strategies to promote literacy and numeracy across the curriculum are key to our success. Pupils who need individual support to enable them to become more competent in literacy and numeracy are provided with 1-1 sessions with specialist staff to achieve this.

At Key Stage 4 all pupils study English, Maths, Science, ICT/Computer Science, PSHE, (including RE), and Art. Our pupils work towards gaining a range of qualifications that take in to account pupil’s flight path and includes Entry Level certification, Functional Skills and G.C.S.E’s. In addition pupils are able to gain qualifications at City and Guilds level 1 and 2 in Building and Construction, Motor vehicles and Horticulture.

To promote social, emotional and mental health well-being pupils participate in a number of activities outside the classroom including Forest School and outdoor educational activities.

Our exam results for 2020-2021 are available by clicking the link below:

Exam Result 2020-2021

Typical School Day

This is what a typical school day at Belmont looks like:

  • 8.30 – 9.10: Pupils arrive in school; a register is taken and they make their way to form. Pupils are offered breakfast, place their lunch order and discuss the day ahead with key messages relayed to the group.
  • 9.10 – 9.50: Lesson One
  • 9.50 – 10.30: Lesson Two
  • 10.30 – 10.45: Morning Break – With a selection of supervised activities
  • 10.45 – 11.30: Lesson Three
  • 11.30 – 12.15: Lesson Four
  • 12.15 – 1.15: Lunch and break with a selection of supervised activities.
  • 1.15 – 2.00: Lesson Five
  • 2.00 – 2.45: Lesson Six
  • 2.45 – 3.00: pupils prepare for home time and collect personal belongings in readiness for taxis arriving

Vocational Links, Careers and Work Experience

At Belmont, we have a fantastic Vocational Educational programme, which both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 pupils have access to. We have a large Horticulture area in the grounds and a whole building dedicated for the delivery of mechanics and building/construction.

Food and Nutrition lessons are delivered to all classes to promote independence and healthy living whilst developing the key skills to work safely within the kitchen.

Our careers advisor meets with pupils from Year 9 onwards and provides support and guidance on careers and post 16 college choices. In Key Stage 4 pupils will be given the opportunity to undertake a two week work experience placement arranged by the school and tailored, wherever possible, to meet each pupil’s individual interests and needs.

The school prides itself on equipping pupils with the necessary skills and qualifications and is extremely proud of its proven track record of ensuring pupils are able to move on to appropriate training or education upon leaving Belmont.

Beyond the Classroom

Pupils undertake a number of educational visits during the school year; these include visits to museums and field trips to support curriculum subjects. Within the Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 Nurture classes, the school is developing an “Enterprise” curriculum to enhance pupils key skill areas for employment, and equip them with knowledge and skills that are essential for the modern workplace. Within Key Stage 4 pupils are given the opportunity to attend Burnley College for one day each week to support with their transition. The Secondary school has adopted an Enrichment program that allows pupils to explore a range of activities within our curriculum offer away from the typical classroom environment. This program also gives pupils the opportunity to develop their social and emotional skills in a mixed class group. The Secondary school holds residential trips to a range of destinations to further develop cultural capital.