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William Bellamy Junior School
Frizlands Lane, RM10 7HX, UK Dagenham
+44 (0)208 270 6506

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History of Our School

In Victorian times education went hand in hand with the religious revival of the ninteenth century. One of the Borough's first schools was endowed by a local religious farmer called William Ford, who began a school in Dagenham village.  He owned 12 acres of land on the Beacontree Heath.  The School board of Dagenham, which was set up under the 1870 Education Act, brought some of his land and built a school on it, the first Beacontree Heath School, in 1877.  It was later enlarged in 1893 to cater for a growing population.

By the 1960's the area was obviously in need of a school that could contain the children of the much expanded Beacontree Estate and also take into account the modern trends in education at that time.  A new purpose- built open plan was designed and officially opened by His Worshipful The Mayor of Dagenham, Councillor Vic Rusha on the 15th May 1970. Mr D. Gilbert was installed as the first headteacher of the new Beacontree Heath Junior.

With the death of Alderman William Bellamy, a former Mayor of Dagenham in 1947 and Chairman of the Board of School Governors, it was decided to rename the school William Bellamy Junior.

Mission Statement

Education is the on going process of learning for life. 

We aim to promote children's learning and growing in a stimulating enviroment that will provide a solid foundation of skills and knowledge. 

This can be achieved by working collectively and co-operatively with parents, carers and the community.




The main aim of the school is to provide the best possible education for each child within a caring community, and to help every child to realise their full potential.
We seek to offer a wide and well balanced curriculum with special emphasis on English, Maths, Science, ICT and R.E. We continue to see achievement in literacy and numeracy as of prime concern for the children and we encourage a partnership between parent and school in this.

In delivering a broad curriculum the core subjects of English, Maths, Science, R.E., and ICT are given a high percentage of time. History, Geography, Technology, Music, P.E. and Art are taught as subjects but through using appropriate study units, based on the National Curriculum documents. Personal, Social & Health Education and Citizenship are also taught. Sex & Relationship education is part of PSHE.


Visits form an important part of school studies and greatly enrich the children's experience. We seek parental support in continuing these visits. We do ask for a contribution towards the costs of these visits.

We continue to update our resources and seek to improve the environment both within and around the school.

Copies of:
1. The Local Educational Authority policies for the curriculum of schools.
2. The school's curriculum documents.
3. The school's development plan.
4. Published Ofsted Report.
5. The school's policy for Special Educational Needs

are all available in school for inspection.

If any parent has any questions regarding the National Curriculum and their child's access to it please contact the Headteacher.


The National Curriculum is followed throughout Key Stage 2 with a greater emphasis on individual subject curriculum areas than in Key Stage 1. English, Mathematics, Science and ICT comprise the core subjects of the National Curriculum. The legal requirement is that a greater percentage of the child's curriculum time will be spent on these subjects than on the foundation subjects.


We follow the Borough Literacy Project which emphasises the following four components.

  • Speaking and listening - this entails accessing the many facets of the spoken word and listening attentively in order to comprehend a broad range of instructions.
  • Reading - a wide range of strategies are used to encourage children to read with meaning, enjoyment and understanding at the earliest possible opportunity. The reading material used ensures breadth and encourages interest.
  • Writing - the children are given the opportunity to write for different purposes and audiences.
  • Spelling and handwriting - weekly spellings are given and tested. Strategies to improve spelling are taught. Good quality of handwriting is seen as very important.


We follow the Borough Mathematics Scheme (Improving Primary Mathematics). A key feature of this scheme is ensuring that all children reach minimum requirements.


Through practical experiences the children will have access to the following units within the Science scheme of work:

  • experimental and investigative
  • life processes and living things
  • materials and properties, and
  • physical processes.


We have a purpose built ICT suite which enables all children to receive a full ICT curriculum. This curriculum follows the Borough guidelines. We are continually seeking to develop this area.


Religious Education is delivered through a scheme of work based on the Agreed Syllabus for the LEA.
We seek through Religious Education to encourage each child to develop an understanding and acceptance of all individuals. Some PSHE is taught through R.E.
Any parent wishing to withdraw their child from Religious Education must contact the Headteacher.


All children will be set homework on a regular basis, in accordance with a policy which has recently been agreed by the teaching staff. This homework will support work done by children in school and will also foster good habits in preparation for secondary school when children will be expected to complete a much greater amount. The support of parents is crucial if children are to complete their homework carefully and hand it in on time.


During each term there will be an opportunity for personal interviews to take place, by appointment, between parents and the class teacher. The interviews will allow time to discuss your child's social and academic progress. I hope that you will take the opportunity. A written school report is provided each academic year.


An act of collective worship is undertaken every day. This is led by the Headteacher and other members of staff. This may take a variety of forms including a celebrity guest, children's achievements, whole school and year group accomplishments. Each year your child will be involved in a class assembly that you are welcome to attend.


The school's Sex Education & Relationship is part of PSHE & Citizenship. The children also receive knowledge through the National Curriculum for Science.

If any parent would like any further information please contact the Headteacher.

Parents may, after consideration, withdraw their children from Sex & Relationship Education but not from science. You may discuss this with the Headteacher.


Each class teacher is of course, primarily responsible for the pastoral care of their pupils. However, it must be appreciated that it is not always possible for them to be immediately available to discuss matters or problems with parents, particularly when they are teaching. An appointment may be sought by phone or letter.


Extra curricular activities may include:

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Choir                         Starting shortly

Athletics                    This is for years 5/6

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Girls Computer         Started


There is a school uniform. I would recommend that every child wears the uniform as this removes the increasing pressure that parents are under to keep the children in expensive 'designer label' clothes. General items can be purchased from the main chain stores, ties, sweatshirts, polo and T shirts, shorts and baseball caps are available from school.
Children should not wear jewellery other than watches.

Other clothing should be suitable for school. Therefore tight clothes, cropped or football tops, etc, should not be worn to school.
Heels on shoes should be low for safety reasons.
Shoes need to be able to withstand school activities, therefore flimsy sandals are not suitable for school wear, as a child's feet may be hurt. Low heeled shoes should be worn. Flimsy sandals and flip flops should not be worn. This is for health and safety reasons.
All clothing and footwear should be clearly marked with the child's name.


Grey, black or navy trousers, white shirt, school tie, blue sweatshirt, yellow or white polo shirt.


Grey, black or navy skirt or trousers, white blouse, school tie, blue sweatshirt, yellow white polo shirt.

Sweatshirts, T shirts, polo shirts, ties, baseball caps, available from the office.

Physical Education and Games

We seek to encourage each child to develop a healthy life-style. Physical Education is seen as a vital part of our curriculum. Children are given teaching in outdoor games, athletics, dance, gymnastics, outdoor and adventurous activities and swimming. At present we have a school football, rugby, netball, cricket and badminton team.

Parents are asked to provide a drawstring bag for the safe storage of P.E. clothing marked with the child's name. P.E. clothing required as follows:-


Indoor: White T shirt, blue or black shorts.
Outdoor: White T shirt or school sweatshirt, blue or black shorts.
Track suits may be worn.


Indoor: White T shirt, blue or black shorts.
Outdoor: A wrap round games skirt or shorts in blue or black. White T shirt, school sweatshirt.
Track suits may be worn.

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