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12 of our exceptional Year 6 pupils from our 2021/22 cohort, were presented with achievement awards at a special event, which took place on Tuesday 27th September at The Orchard Theatre in Dartford. 

As Part of London South East Academies Trust, Belmontjoined the seven other schools within the Trust, together with Bexley Music and London South East Colleges Alternative Curriculum College, for the glittering celebration. 

The awards recognised pupils’ success in many different areas, from most progress made, academic achievement and attendance, through to resilience, sports and citizenship.  It was incredibly difficult to choose pupils from Belmont as we are immensely proud of each and every one of our pupils therefore, it was agreed that the awards would focus on our outgoing Year 6 classes.

Every child attending, went up on stage to collect their medal and certificate, with guests hearing about the achievements they have made over the past year. 

During the event, guests were also treated to fantastic performances by Bexley Music students and a fantastic solo performance by pupil Louis Cahill, who attends Bromley Trust Academy (Blenheim).  

Max Austin-Puskas (11) from Bexley attended Belmont Academy and was presented with the Star Performer award. This was in recognition of his fantastic lead performance as Shrek in the Y6 play, his charisma and confidence to be himself: 

“Today has been a great day and I’m so happy to win this award. I always try to be kind and caring to everyone and I think Belmont Academy is a brilliant primary school.” 

CEO of London South East Academies Trust, Dr Sam Parrett CBE, welcomed pupils and guests to the event, saying:  

“We are delighted to bring all our schools and our music service together for such a special evening of celebration – and congratulate all our wonderful winners.  

“The last few years have been exceptionally challenging for our children and young people, but tonight demonstrates just what can be achieved with hard work, dedication and a positive mindset.   

“As our Trust and family of schools continues to grow, I am grateful to our staff, Local Authorities and Trustees, whose support is fundamental to the work we do. 

“We know that education has the power to transform lives and tonight’s celebration is a fantastic reflection of what can be achieved.”  

Deputy CEO of London South East Academies Trust and compere for the evening, Neil Miller, added:  

“This evening has been all about celebrating our pupils’ many, amazing achievements. Collecting an award in front of family and friends is a very special moment and I hope every single winner is as proud of themselves as we are of them. 

“Seeing how far so many of tonight’s winners have come is truly remarkable. We have seen exceptional displays of resilience, perseverance and hard work, which are all important ingredients for success now and in the future.  

“Thank you to all our staff teams for the exceptional support they provide to pupils on a daily basis and to parents and carers for working with us.  

“We look forward to watching our talented pupils progress successfully through education and into great careers; truly fulfilling their potential, which we know is huge. A very well done to you all.”  

Among the guests attending the event was the Mayor of Bexley, Councillor Nick O’Hare. He said:  

“It’s a real pleasure to be here this evening to celebrate the success of all these young people. Exceptional work is being done in London South East Academies’ schools and I hope they continue to grow and become even stronger. 

“The performance by Bexley Music was a wonderful part of the evening. Music is so important and it’s wonderful to see such talented young people on stage. Many congratulations to everyone involved and all the award winners.”


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