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Come & Feel The Difference

Star Academy is a small private school with small class sizes, on average ranging from 10 to 14 students. Our teachers know every student and therefore challenge them as individuals both inside and outside the classroom. Our Pillars of Child Development guide our classroom teachers. They address the whole child and guide our philosophy of a rounded development for each student. The Academic Pillar guides the curriculum, the Social Pillar guides ‘social intelligence’, the Global Pillar looks outward into our community, the Emotional Pillar focusing on self-image and confidence, and the Physical Pillar develops a sense of physical wellness through daily Physical Education classes. Our alternative school year at Star sees an 11-month learning programme, enriching student’s lives and learning from September – July.
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The Principal's Message

Welcome to Star Academy,

It is with great excitement that we celebrate our 20th year of developing children into lifelong learners with our ‘Learn to Love to Learn™’ philosophy at Star Academy. Star was founded by Belinda Bernardo in 1997, addressing the needs of the “whole child”, along with Academic, Social, Emotional, Physical, and Global goals, which later became the school’s Pillars of Child Development.
With the encouragement of caring and devoted teachers, Star continues to be an environment that aims to equip students with transferable skills, growth mindsets, and the surety that they are comfortable to take learning risks in a safe learning environment.

As an educator for over 18 years, as well as a parent with both of my children attending Star, I aim to foster an environment where all children are enthusiastic, confident and engaged learners. Listening to my children recount the ‘Ah-ha’ moments they had during the day, the many occasions that their teachers helped them make meaningful connections, and the ‘everybody knows everybody’ nature of the “small” school environment make Star a unique place to grow.  It is with pride that I invite you to visit us at Star Academy and invite you to book at appointment soon!

Kind regards,

Julie Benneyworth

Principal, Star Academy

Our History

Star Academy opened in September 1998, founded by Belinda Bernardo. In 2017, when Belinda retired she was succeeded by Julie Benneyworth and Heather Rees, who have a combined experience of over 40 years in education. Mrs. Bernardo developed the school’s Five Pillars of Child Development, and they are the embodiment of our commitment to holistic education.  Small class sizes, flexible learning programmes, project-based learning have always been, and remain at Star to ensure that all children develop to their full potential.


Our Staff

Come to Star and meet the team!  Star teachers are certified educators with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.  Every day they bring their enthusiasm and love of learning to Star and share their passions with our students.  Outside the classroom, they are involved on the playground, in the gym, and host clubs and activities. 

A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.  Brad Henry

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Our Staff

Star teachers are what make every day special for our children.  Our teachers are creative, understanding, and passionate.  They work with families to create every child’s own success story.

Experience why our children are HAPPY to learn!