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Belfairs Academy
Motto Shaping the Future
Established 1955
Closed (As a High School) 2011
Type Academy
Principal Mrs Beverly Williams
Vice Principal(s)

Mrs Sharon Williams

Mr Gregory Rodolfo

Mr Steve Smith
Specialism Media Arts College
Location Highlands Boulevard
England 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 as head and depart from Belfairs Academy.

Academic standards[edit]

Students' achievement is good. The proportion of students achieving five A* to C or more in the GCSE is now above the national average. Historically, the number of students who achieve five A* to C GCSE passes, including English and mathematics, has been low. However, in the past four years, concerted efforts by the school and, more recently, in conjunction with the local authority through the National Challenge project has led to considerable gains. As a result, this number is improving rapidly and is approaching three times its 2007 level (28% of students achieved at least 3 A*/A grades). The school provides good progress from students' generally low starting points.

In June 2010 Ofsted inspection the school was rated Good.

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


  1. ^ [1], Ofsted, June 2010.
  2. ^ "Belfairs School rebuilding work is agreed", Echo, 18 July 2009.

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Southend Standard

Southend Standard
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:48:31 -0700

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