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Belmont Community School

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Belmont Community School
Buckinghamshire Road

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Coordinates54°47′08″N 1°31′44″W / 54.7856°N 1.5289°W / 54.7856; -1.5289
TypeCommunity Secondary
MottoLearn, Progress, Achieve Together
Religious affiliation(s)Mixed
Local authorityDurham
Department for Education URN114308 Tables
HeadteacherPaul Marsden
Age11 to 16
HousesAuckland, Barnard, Durham & Lumley

Belmont Community School (formerly known as Belmont School Community Arts College) is a comprehensive school in Belmont, County Durham, England.


Belmont Community School is an 11-16 secondary school on the outskirts of Durham city. The school is situated on a campus site shared with Belmont Primary School. The school has a wide catchment area with students coming from Durham city and the surrounding villages, including Pittington, West Rainton, Ludworth, Thornley, Kelloe, Cassop, Quarrington Hill, Coxhoe, Bowburn, Shincliffe and The Sherburns.


There has been a school on the Belmont Campus site since 1870. The original buildings, designed by Austin & Johnson are still visible. The school takes its name from its location in the Belmont area of Durham. The place‐name consists of two elements, both of them Old French words, "bel" meaning beautiful, and "mont" or hill, so the name means ‘beautiful hill’. The present area known as Belmont takes its name from Belmont Hall, built in 1820 by Thomas Pemberton. [1]

The current school was built in the 1960s and in 2007 had a new £500,000 Performing Arts Block added onto the campus. This block includes a professional dance, drama and music studio along with state-of-the-art recording equipment. On Saturdays the Performing Arts Block houses the Durham location of The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts.[2]

The school was awarded Performing Arts specialist-school status in 2006, and the school was renamed Belmont School Community Arts College, when the new performing arts building was built. However the school returned to its original community school status in late 2011 when the DFE ceased its funding of specialisms for secondary schools. Nevertheless, the school still maintains a strong performing arts ethos, with several large productions each year.

In 2015, funding was secured from Badminton England to refurbish the Sports Hall with international standard badminton courts. The Sports Hall and Gymnasium as well as the Performing Arts Block and other facilities are open for community use outside school hours and are run by the Belmont Community Association.

2017 saw the Local Authority invest a significant amount of money into the school's Science facilities with the creation of 5 new laboratories.

Academic performance

The March 2019 inspection of the school saw OFSTED grade Belmont as a "GOOD" school in all categories.[3]

House system

The school is divided into four 'Houses' named after castles in the county: Auckland, Barnard, Durham, Lumley. Across the academic year students participate in a range of competitions for their house. Competitions are wide-ranging: Debate; Spelling Bee; Rounders; Masterchef; Maths Challenge; Futsal; House Quiz; Belmont's Got talent; Science project; Dodgeball; Merits; Reading; Photography; Drama; Assault course. The House calendar culminates in the penultimate week of term with a fiercely contested Sports Day.


The school works in partnership with a wide variety of organisations, such as:

  • The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (DoE) [4]
  • 102 Battalion, the Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) [5]
  • The National Trust (Green Academies) [6]
  • The Ogden Trust [7]
  • The National Citizenship Service [8]
  • Seneca Pioneer Schools [9]
  • Business Durham [10]
  • Durham County Council [11]
  • Esh Group [12]
  • Barclays (Life Skills) [13]
  • Durham University [14]
  • Durham Sixth Form Centre [15]
  • New College Durham [16]
  • East Durham College (Houghall) [17]


Belmont Community School currently holds the following awards:

  • Anti Bullying Gold Award from the ABA (Anti Bullying Alliance): For tackling bullying [18]
  • The Quality in Careers Standard Award: For careers advice for students.[19]
  • Educate & Celebrate Best Practice Award: For celebrating diversity and inclusion.[20]
  • County Durham Young Carers Charter Award: For supporting Young Carers.[21]
  • Primary inspiration through Enterprise (PIE project): For winning the 2019 enterprise project.[22]
  • The Teacher Development Trust Silver Award: For the quality of teacher professional development [23]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "PQA Durham". The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  3. ^, Ofsted Communications Team (4 August 2020). "Find an inspection report and registered childcare".
  4. ^ "Home". The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
  5. ^ "Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers".
  6. ^ "Green Academies Project". National Trust.
  7. ^ Trust, The Ogden (4 October 2020). "Promoting the teaching and learning of physics". The Ogden Trust.
  8. ^ "NCS | No We Can | National Citizen Service".
  9. ^ [2][dead link]
  10. ^ "Business Durham - Helping Business Prosper in County Durham". Business Durham.
  11. ^ "Home - Durham County Council".
  12. ^ "Constructing Local, Welcome to Esh Group". Esh Group.
  13. ^ "LifeSkills | Developing work and life skills". Barclays Life Skills.
  14. ^ "Durham University - Durham University".
  15. ^ "Durham Sixth Form Centre - Learn, Achieve, Succeed..."
  16. ^ "New College Durham".
  18. ^ "Our Awards and Partnerships".
  19. ^ "Quality in Careers".
  20. ^ "Organisations * Educate & Celebrate". Educate & Celebrate.
  21. ^ "County Durham Young Carers Charter". 23 November 2016.
  22. ^ Mirza, Ammar (24 January 2019). "PIE Challange Award Ceremony | PIE Project".
  23. ^ "Teacher Development Trust - Home Page". Teacher Development Trust.
  24. ^ Myers, Ben (13 October 2018). "Benjamin Myers on Durham: 'I spent a lot of time up trees or trespassing on roofs'". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  25. ^ "My Story: Matt Baker". BBC Sport. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  26. ^ Wilson, Scott (9 October 2013). "Sarsfield ready to give her all in pursuit of a Winter Olympic place". Retrieved 30 September 2020.

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