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.

2017/18 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.



We want to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer and to inspire millions of others to do the same.

There are 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK today, and as more people live longer with their cancer, this number is set to grow to 4 million by 2030. We want to make sure we can provide support to everyone who needs it, to help people affected by cancer feel more in control of their lives.

It's a big task and we can't do it alone. But there are lots of ways you can get involved and help us achieve our goal, from fundraising, to volunteering and campaigning. Together we are all Macmillan.

Defender Essex Wildlife Trust

Essex Wildlife Trust is the county's leading conservation charity. It has more than 34,000 members, manages and protects over 8,200 acres of land on 87 nature reserves, 2 nature parks and runs 11 visitor centres. The aim of Essex Wildlife Trust is to Protect Wildlife for the Future and for the people of Essex.

It is supported financially by members, local businesses and grant making organisations. It is one of the largest of the 47 county wildlife trusts that work together throughout the British Isles as The Wildlife Trusts.

Essex Wildlife Trust was established in 1959 and has grown from strength to strength, always striving to protect wildlife for the future and for the people of Essex.



Our services were run on a shoestring, relying heavily on volunteers. The two organisations were encouraged to join together to provide a more cohesive service to homeless people. Therefore in 2002 the Day Centre and Night Shelter joined to become the Homeless Action Resource Project (HARP). A new Board of Trustees was set up with responsibility for the administration of HARP and in March 2003, Gill Garwood was employed as Chief Executive.

Our Mission Statement" - To reduce homelessness by providing emergency housing and long-term solutions which enable people to rebuild their lives and live independently in the community.