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Belmont School Community and Arts College
Buckinghamshire Road, Belmont, DH1 2QP, UK Durham
Tel. 0191 386 5715

Our School

The school opened in1977 as a split-site comprehensive school near Durham City. Since that time it has moved onto single-site premises in Belmont and has established a considerable reputation for its excellent educational provision and caring approach to pupils.

Belmont School is a close knit community where staff and pupils work well together. Each teacher is there to provide help for the pupils when necessary, and there goal is to ensure that the pupils get the education that they deserve.

All students follow a broad and balanced curriculum which fulfills National Curriculum requirements, and allows pupils to choose specialist subjects for further study. Students with Special Educational Needs are given additional help and excellence is promoted in all subject areas. Students in the upper school follow a full programme of careers guidance which includes a period of work experience as well as having a wide range of optional subjects to choose from. For example, Belmont is one of the few comprehensives in the county which continues to offer Chemistry, Physics & Biology as a triple package of separate sciences at GCSE.

As a school, the building is used by the community, bringing new faces in. The large sports hall is used for P.E lessons during the day, and often team practices after school. During the evening, the sports hall, gym, and floodlit astroturf are used by Belmont Community Association for many activities such as art classes,

The school has approximately 850 pupils and approximately 75 members of staff. Pastoral Care is based on a horizontal year system. Each year group of pupils is led by a Head of Year and a team of tutors who stay with their pupils from year seven to year eleven. Such organisation is to facilitate the building of strong links between teacher and parents. This partnership forms the foundation on which each pupil's academic progress and personal and social development is securely based. It also allows sufficient time for tutor and pupil to forge a positive relationship through five years of schooling. The Pastoral Team plays a crucial part in monitoring progress, advising, counselling and encouraging pupils as they progress through the school, and twenty years of experience as providers of 11-16 education means that we can guide each pupil into the right type of post-16 education according to their ability and vocation.

Our school has the Regional Resource Center for the partially sighted and those with hearing disabilities. It supports approximately 40 pupils from this section who integrate with mainstream school every lesson. A member of support staff provides help for each pupil during lessons, ensuring they get the same educational opportunities as those without disabilities.

On the same site as the Comprehensive School, there is also an Infant and Junior School. These are situated next to each other you can see the other buildings from anywhere on the site. This allows pupils to start at the Infants and progress through their education without changing site, staying in familiar surroundings. These two schools also have a Resource for the partially sighted, enabling those pupils to stay with friends.

Special Educational Needs at Belmont School

The Special Educational Needs Department work independently from the Resource Base for the Partially Sighted and Partial Hearing departments, however they have similarities and often work together.

The Special Educational Needs Resource Base is staffed by two members of staff specially trained to work the pupils.  They encourage them to read, help them in lessons, make sure they understand homework, deal with behavioral problems, etc.  They allow the pupils in the Resource Base during break times and lunch times to allow them to develop their reading and writing skills.  This encourages the pupils and supports their classwork, developing it further.

The Special Educational Needs Department deals with pupils who have problems with Dyslexia, reading and writing problems, behavioral problems, etc.  They help by working with the pupils in lessons, and also helping the parents in ways mentioned below. There is also a special SEN sub-committee on the governing body, which meets at least once a term.

Parent Support Group for Special Educational Needs This meets every half-term. These meetings help the parents to understand what is happening at school and what their child is doing.  The topics discussed include coping with homework, Dyslexia, dealing with problems and strategies to cope with demands of the National Curriculum.

The Resource Base for the Special Educational Needs The department contains all the equipment needed to ensure that the pupils as much help as they need.  The base has a separate small library for the pupils to select a range of books of different ratings and degree of difficulty. The base also includes PC CD's using Win '95 with additional Text Help and IBM Voice Type software.  This software enables the pupils to use the computers just as easily as everyone else as the Voice Type can be trained to recognize speech and spelling, allowing pupils with spelling problems or dyslexia to complete their work easier.

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