Collegiate System


January 2013 heralded the implementation of a collegiate system at the Academy. The benefits of such a system have long been acknowledged across a variety of educational institutions. Collegiate systems facilitate close-knit communities within the wider context of the educational setting. They also promote healthy competition, the meeting and mixing of students across different subject areas, and the sharing of non-academic interests, as well as a wide variety of activities and sport.

The colleges were named after local boats that rescued soldiers from the Dunkirk beaches in 1940; Resolute, Defender and Endeavour. The Academy felt that the symbolic representation should have a historical resonance with the locality, hence the nautical relationship which the area has been traditionally associated with over the years.

"My family would like Belfairs to know that we think it is wonderful that the Dunkirk Little Ships will be remembered in this way, and how immensely proud we are to be a part of the naming of the three colleges"

N. Lewis, great niece of Leslie Osborne, sailor of the Renown

Students at Belfairs Academy are assigned to a college on entry into the Academy. The college system promotes healthy competition, the meeting and mixing of students across different subject areas, and the sharing of non-academic interests, sporting challenges, and a vast array of activities to suit all interests.

As well as being members of a college family within the Academy we also encourage our students to engage in activities outside the Academy. We have become an important part of our local community and have worked hard to foster positive and productive relationships with a network of businesses, schools, and Universities for the benefit of our students. As the Academy grows, we will expand these links and develop further opportunities to raise achievement, student aspiration and access to the world of work and higher education.

Parents and other community leaders are actively encouraged to fully support and play their part in reinforcing the ethos, values and high expectations of the Academy and to become involved in the life of the Academy in a variety of ways.

2016/17 Charities:

Each college has a charity assigned to them; the charity is chosen by student vote and changes every academic year. Throughout the year, students will take part in inter-college tournaments and extra-curricular activities to win college points raise money for their college charity. To see more about our extra-curricular activities and enrichment timetable please click here.

Resolute Essex Air Ambulance

Essex Air Ambulance is a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS); providing a free life-saving service for Essex and surrounding areas. Specialist Doctors and Critical Care Paramedics can be rushed to the scene of an incident with life-saving support equipment and the patient, following assessment, will be flown to an appropriate hospital.

Unlike NHS emergency services Essex Air Ambulance is a Charity relying solely upon the generosity and goodwill of the people and businesses of Essex to remain operational and saving lives.

Defender Aaron Lewis Foundation

On the 15th December 2008 Lieutenant Aaron Lewis, of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, was killed in action in Afghanistan; he was just 26 and on his first operational deployment.

Aaron wanted to make a difference in the world, bringing help to those in need. It was that belief which gave him the courage, hope and enthusiasm to deploy to Afghanistan.

Endeavour Little Havens

If a family have a child or young person who has a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, Little Havens Hospice can offer help. They will make the journey as comfortable as possible, by offering planned respite stays, managing symptoms, for example controlling pain and adjusting medications and caring for children at the end of their lives.

They care for children and young people up to the age of 19, and their families, from Essex and the surrounding London Boroughs. If a young person is referred for respite and is over 16 years of age they will consider whether another respite provider may be more suitable, this does not affect end of life and bereavement care.