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Belfairs Academy
Motto Shaping the Future
Established 1955
Type Academy
Executive Principal Mrs Beverly Williams
Chair of Governors Mr Robin Marcus
Location Highlands Boulevard
Coordinates: 51°33′01″N 0°38′25″E / 51.55024°N 0.64015°E / 51.55024; 0.64015
DfE URN 138174 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1324
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses Resolute - Defender - Endeavour
Colours Maroon and Light Blue
Website www.belfairs.southend.sch.uk

Belfairs Academy (formerly Belfairs High School) is a non-selective secondary school with academy status in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England. The current head teacher is Beverly Williams. After an inspection in June 2010 Ofsted graded the school as 'Good' with the 'extent to which pupils feel safe' as 'Outstanding'.

Belfairs High School is an inclusive school community and provides good levels of care, guidance and support for students, whatever their background or heritage.[1]


On Friday 18 March 1955 the Minister of Education, The Rt. Hon. Sir David McAdam Eccles, P.C., K.C.V.O., M.P., joined local dignitaries at Belfairs High School to open eight schools in the County Borough of Southend-On-Sea.

The opening of these eight schools in the Southend-On-Sea borough would 'represent an addition of 3,520 school places'. During this period, such demand upon the council to increase school places had been driven by a number of factors

During the war the County Borough suffered relatively little damage to the school buildings. Only two schools were severely bombed and the post-war urgent need for new school places was therefore only caused in a small part by war damage. The greatest need has been to provide schools for the increased numbers of children of school age, due to an increased total population, the higher birthrate and the raising of the school leaving age from 14 to 15 in 1947.

With an increase in total school places across the borough, a large proportion of these places was created in the development of Belfairs High School. Belfairs was originally conceived as a comprehensive school for 1,600 boys but due to the 'changes in national economy and the need for more school places' the site was developed into two 'Modern Secondary Schools', Belfairs High School for boys and Belfairs High School for girls.

The two schools were created to serve the area of Leigh-on-Sea, with a zone extending from the western boundary of the County Borough to Southbourne Grove and Crowstone Road. They replaced the former West Leigh High School, which was part of an "all-age" school built before the First World War.

In order that the council met the demands for school places they had already predicted the increase in numbers. The estimated numbers of students registered was expected to increase over the first five years from 800 to over 1400 students. In later years, the school adopted a coeducational approach and extended the age range of students to 11-18.

In July 2009, the school was given permission for a £24 million re-build. Belfairs High School will be the only school in Southend to be completely rebuilt under the previous government's 'Building School's for the Future' scheme.[2]

In September 2011, the newly built school building was opened.

In March 2012, Belfairs was granted Academy Status coinciding along with a newly appointed head, taking responsibility from Headteacher John Duprey, Beverly Williams. In June 2013, Belfairs Academy was rated 'Good' in the latest Ofsted Inspection. In April 2014, it was announced that the Principal Beverly Williams would step down and depart and a search would begin for a new Principal. In May 2014, it was announced by the Academy Governors that Beverly Williams no longer planned on departing the Academy stating that: She wishes to develop the Academy into an outstanding school.

In January 2015, it was announced that Belfairs Academy and Cecil Jones College would be combined to form an academy trust with Beverly Williams as Executive Headteacher, headquartered at Belfairs Academy Site

Former Students[edit]

Academic standards[edit]

Students' achievement is good with 69% of students achieving 5A*-C Grades (including English and Maths) in 2013 against a national average of 59%.[3] Historically, the number of students who achieve five A* to C GCSE passes, including English and mathematics, has been lower. However, in the past few years, concerted efforts by the Academy staff and leadership team has seen very big improvements.

As of the June 2010 Ofsted inspection the school was rated Good.

In June 2013, Belfairs was once again rated 'Good'.

Ofsted Report[edit]

The Academy was last inspected [4] in June 2013 and judged to be Good.

Highlights of the report were:

"Significant progress has been made since the appointment of the new headteacher. She offers clear and visionary leadership and is successfully leading the Academy through a period of considerable change".

"Teaching and learning are good in most lessons; In some they are outstanding".

"Behaviour is good. Students attend regularly, are polite and feel safe and valued in a harmonious setting".


External links[edit]

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Belfairs Academy Literacy Event - Edited by Ellis Williams

A promotional video for Belfairs Academy, Edited by Ellis Williams.

Jessica Richardson 'Annie' Belfairs Academy.

Jessica Richardson in 'Annie' at Belfairs Academy.

belfairs harlem shake

everyone doing the harlem shake ahha.

Perfect Place - Acoustic Live at Belfairs Academy

Tom Cunningham,lead singer of iINDIGO performs an unplugged acoustic version of Perfect Place. Live at his last appearance at the Belfairs Academy summer ...

The Boxer (Simon and Garfunkel) Belfairs Academy A- level Music Class

Tom Cunningham, Lucy Urquhart, Shauna Booker, Tom Harper-Wood and Mr George Rutherford on the drums cover the Boxer by Simon & Garfunkel. Recorded ...

AFK productions Belfairs Academy

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Oliver Twist at Belfairs High School. The Artful Dodger, played by Louie Irving.

Oliver Twist at Belfairs High School.

Be Back Soon - Belfairs Production of Oliver

Tom Cunningham as Fagin, Louie Irving as Dodger, Jamie Buckley as Oliver and the cast from Belfairs Academy (School). Fagin's Gang perform 'Be Back Soon' ...

Ardèche Adventure Trip

A video to represent my time away in France and Italy, enjoy! Thanks to Belfairs Academy and Acorn Music: The Beach - Thieves.

Belfairs High School Demolition - C block half demolished Part 1

I am an ex student at Belfairs High School (left around June in 2012) and was recently searching for any pictures or videos showing the demolition of the original ...

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94 news items


Sat, 23 Apr 2016 02:21:59 -0700

It's a friendly school and there's not too much pressure.” The event will take place at Belfairs Academy, Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, on Sunday, May 1 at 2.30pm and 7.00pm. Tickets are £12, and £10 for concessions. For more information, call 07970 883738.


Fri, 08 Apr 2016 09:19:34 -0700

EMERGENCY crews gave a man who had suffered a cardiac arrest a fighting chance of survival after an air ambulance landed in a school field. The Essex Air Ambulance helicopter landed in the grounds of Belfairs Academy, off Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, ...


Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:19:27 -0700

The Rt Rev Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, was the guest of honour at the Shaping the Future day at Belfairs Academy, in Leigh. During his speech, Mr Cottrell, a former Belfairs student, spoke of the need to help, guide and support others and ...


Fri, 11 Sep 2015 12:03:03 -0700

She said: “Belfairs Academy is a highly successful, high-achieving academy and many young people want to join us. In that context, we understand and acknowledge the disappointment of students and parents when they are unable to secure a place a ...


Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:04:40 -0800

Elsewhere in the borough, Belfairs Academy in Leigh had 70 teachers leave since 2013, but 77 joined, while over the same period, 64 have left Chase High School in Westcliff, and 50 then joined. Between November 2013 to October 2014, a record 49,000 ...


Tue, 08 Mar 2016 13:05:31 -0800

Belfairs Academy – good; Cecil Jones College – inadequate, in special measures; Chase High School – inadequate, a school with serious weaknesses; Shoebury High School – good; Southend High School for Boys – outstanding; Southend High School for ...


Fri, 18 Dec 2015 04:30:01 -0800

Anne Jones, Southend councillor responsible for education admitted she has some concerns over clustering schools, but said judging by the results of the likes of Belfairs Academy, and Shoeburyness High School, the model works for them. And this ...


Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:02:59 -0700

Inspectors paid a two-day visit to Belfairs Academy, in Leigh, last month and praised the school for its “purpose, vision and drive”. The inspection team concluded most pupils were achieving well and made good progress recently. Teaching and learning ...

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