NOR: 180 pupils (currently), growing to 420 pupils by 2021
Bellevue Place Education Trust opened Watling Park School in September 2015 – a primary free school serving pupils aged 4-11 years old – serving the Burnt Oak community of Barnet.
A non-selective, non-denominational, co-educational school, Watling Park School welcomes children of all abilities from all backgrounds. The school is the result of an innovative joint venture between Bellevue Schools Group, operator of 15 outstanding preparatory schools and Place Group, a market-leading education and school services company.
Watling Park School has made a fantastic start in its first two years, being popular with parents and the progress of pupils is above national averages for a Good Level of Development in the first Reception cohorts. The school continues to build on its early successes and is going from strength to strength. A recent parental survey confirmed that 97% of pupils enjoy coming to school and 100% of parents and carers strongly agree or agree that the school develops a child’s independence and responsibility.
We are seeking an experienced senior leader in the primary sector, you will have a strong track record in leadership and core learning. Capable of interpreting, developing and implementing the BPET education vision, your excellent communications skills will be vital in promoting the school to the community and delivering a high standard of education through a broad and balanced curriculum.
In return, you will get that rarest of opportunities: the chance to lead a new school, in brand new purpose build environment and ensure that every element is optimised to deliver outstanding teaching and learning. Furthermore, you will receive unparalleled access to support and to career advancement through our network of schools, development programmes and links with our two parent organisations.
To arrange an informal discussion or visit to the school, please email Mark Greatrex. To apply for the role, please complete and submit a covering letter, setting out why you are interested in the role and how you are best placed to deliver the priorities and application form to mark.greatrex@BPET.co.uk.
Tour of the school: 10am – 11am Wednesday 21 February 2018
This is a report summarising the statutory consultation under the S.142 of the Schools Admission Code, requiring “all admissions authorities must consult on their admissions arrangements that will apply for admission applications [in] the follow school year.”
The Trustees of Bellevue Place Education Trust have proposed the reduction of the admissions Halley House School from the currently planned 60 pupils per year, to a Planned Admission Number of 30 pupils per year, starting with the pupil admissions for September 2019.
The consultation ran from 1 December 2017 until 26 January 2018 and this report sets out the responses to this consultation. The consultation was advertised on both the Bellevue Place Education Trust website, www.bpet.co.uk and Halley House School website, www.halleyhouseschool.org.uk, with comments either in support or against the proposal emailed to email@example.com.
The consultation was sent for the attention of the following stakeholders:
Parents of children currently at the school
3 parents responded, 2 which supported the application and 1 that was neither for or against
1 staff member expressed concerns around whether a reduction will effect funding
Primary schools and pre-school providers within a 1.5 mile radius
70 + nurseries in the local area, with no comments received
Hackney Learning Trust
4 key contacts within Hackney Learning Trust
Key contacts within neighbouring local authorities
Five staff from local councils – (Tower Hamlets, Newham, Waltham Forest, Islington and Haringey). Two no comment responses were received.
FOR “I’m a parent at Halley House and I support the idea to decrease the reception places to 30, there isn’t enough space”. Year 2 Parent
FOR “I am in total agreement about the reduction in pupil numbers. I think it would be extremely beneficial to reduce the number from the next academic year”. Reception Parent
FOR “Given the current reception allocations for the school for September 2017, your concerns about the limited outdoor play space, and the current level of surplus reception places in Hackney, we share your view that a permanent reduction in the school’s PAN would be a sensible course of action at this time”. Anne Canning, Group Direction, Hackney Service Centre. April 2017
The results of this consultation will be sent to the Trustees of Bellevue Place Education Trust, who will take the detailed responses into account and consider an application to the Department for Education on the proposal to amend the Planned Admission Number at Halley House School.
Halley House School opened in September 2015 as a primary school with a capacity of 60 pupils each year.The school opened in a non-standard setting, where the internal areas work very well for a school.It has become clear that the limited external space for playing, though very well utilised, will become extremely congested when the school grows to 420 pupils.
The Trust has considered this carefully believe that the pupils and local community will be best served as a 1 Form Entry school, where 30 pupils join a year – with a capacity of 210 pupils.
It is our view that the very high pupils achievement will continue with 30 pupils in each year. The Local Authority has accepted our proposal and following the consultation, an application will be made to the Department for Education, who have the ultimate sign-off on the decision.
Details of the consultation can be found below.This consultation was launched on 1 December 2017 and will run until Friday 26 January 2018.
The current Published Admission Number (PAN) for Halley House School is 60. This means that the number of children admitted into the school in reception each year is a maximum of 60.
Under the terms of the School’s funding Agreement with the Secretary of State for Education, the overall capacity of the School (maximum number on roll) has been set at a final roll of 420 made up of 60 children in each year from Reception to Year 6.
There is limited outside space for the pupils and the school is in an area of surplus primary places and as a result the Trustees of Bellevue Place Education Trust would like to reduce the Published Admission Number from 60 to 30 places in Reception.
Although the Regulations and Code of Practice relating to school admissions no longer require an admissions authority to consult when maintaining or increasing a school’s PAN, there remains a requirement to consult when the proposal is to reduce a PAN. Bellevue Place Education Trust, as the admissions authority, is seeking comments on the proposed change.
The Trustees of Bellevue Place Education Trust proposes to reduce the published admission number of Halley House School from 60 to 30 with effect from September 2019.
This means that the number of places available for children in Reception in 2019 and all subsequent Reception cohorts – will be 30. For children who already have a place at the school in other year groups there will be no change but the admission number for all other years will reduce to 30. This is the only proposed change to the admission criteria, all other criteria, including oversubscription, will remain the same.
Factors that have been considered by the Board of Trustees in deciding to consult on this proposal include:
The school is in a former Job Centre with limited outdoor play space. The school have explored the option of adding a further roof terrace space, but have ruled this out due to the exorbitant cost. The school also works hard in finding alternative space – like the ball court in the housing estate opposite and arrangements for PE in local Petchey Academy.
The school is not in an area where there is a demand for school places and the Local Authority have confirmed that there is a surplus of primary school places in the area. Through this reduction in need and that the school is close to three other established primary schools places have not been filled over the first three admission years. With 107 pupils on roll, this is made up of 30 in year 2, 40 in year 1 and 37 in reception.
Our pupil numbers are stable as a one form entry school and the proposal to reduce the PAN has been approved by the Trust Board. We firmly believe that a reduced PAN is in the best interests of for the provision of education for our current and future pupils.
Who is consulted?
This consultation is for the attention of: a) parents of children between the ages of two and eleven years old in the surrounding area; b) other persons in the area who have an interest in the proposed arrangements; c) all other admission authorities within the local area; d) the local authority; and e) adjoining neighbouring local authorities.
How to Respond
This consultation will run from 1 December 2017 to 26 January 2018 and you are invited to submit comments in writing about the proposal above to Jenny Hawken at the Trust: Jenny Hawken, Marketing Executive, Bellevue Place Education Trust c/o Halley House School, 52-58 Arcola Street, LONDON E8 2DJ, by midday on 26 January 2018 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please mark the subject “Halley House PAN Consultation”. Following the consultation period the Trust will consider all comments received and determine admission arrangements for 2019 by 28 February 2018.
Deer Park School received a letter on 13 November 2017 from Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards, congratulating Mrs Colenso, her staff and pupils on the school’s outstanding achievement in the 2017 phonics screening check.
In the Phonics check, 95% of pupils at Deer Park reached or exceeded the pass mark, making Deer Park in the top 8% of all primary schools in the country. This a huge achievement for the school, providing pupils with the key skills to develop a love of learning in the future.
Nick went on to thank all teachers in their contribution to this vital area of a child’s early education and we are delighted that the school has had the recognition they deserve for this excellent achievement.
Alison Colenso, Head teacher at Deer Park said: “I am absolutely delighted with this recognition of our school’s attainment in phonics. Our pupils and staff work tremendously hard and with unfaltering levels of determination and resilience in all aspects of the curriculum, so this really is very well deserved.”
We were delighted to host the Thinking Matters Hub Conference at Kilburn Grange School on Friday 10 November 2017. Thinking Schools is accredited by Exeter University, and develops the use of a number of techniques that support teachers in developing thinking and questioning skills as part of the school’s curriculum. Examples of techniques include Thinking Maps and Philosophy for children. This is the second Thinking Matters Hub event that has been held at one of the schools within our Trust.
The day conference was organised by Richard Cummins CEO of Thinking Matters and brought together Thinking School leaders from schools across the country. The conference also involved a presentation and discussion led by Dr Judith Kleine-Staarman on Dialogic Teaching. Judith Kleine-Staarman is Director of the Cognitive Education Development Unit at the University of Exeter. Attendees also had the opportunity to discuss examples of best practice, drawing on their personal experiences from working within schools.
At Bellevue Place Education Trust, we are in the process of working towards Thinking Schools accreditation across all of the seven schools. We were therefore excited that two teachers were able to attend this prestigious conference, from Rutherford House School and Whitehall Park School. These schools are already developing Thinking Maps and Blooms Taxonomy techniques.
The teacher from Rutherford House School described the event as “very useful, giving more ideas of how to embed Thinking Schools at Rutherford House”. Our teacher at Whitehall Park explained, “It was a useful session and we are already looking into using the MALS scoring system to produce quantitative data about the impact of the Thinking Schools approach”.
The Trust will continue to share best practice from Hub events with other Thinking School Leads in the BPET Trust.
For more information on Thinking Matters , click here.
The Trust was delighted on 15 November 2017 to welcome Mike Green, the Director of Capital within the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to visit two schools. Mike visited two of the schools within the Trust that have recently moved into new brand buildings, having been based in temporary accommodation for some time.
Mike has over 10 years’ experience leading large multisite construction programmes and is responsible for managing the delivery of building and maintenance programmes for schools and colleges in the Department of Education.
Mike met with Claire Delaney, Chair of Trustees of BPET and Mark Greatrex, Chief Executive of BPET. Together they visited Whitehall Park School, Islington and Watling Park School, Barnet to compare the successes of each building programme, and to see the schools in action. Mike was hugely impressed with how well the children are engaging with the new buildings, and praised the inspirational learning environments.
Please see below for a photo of Claire Delaney, Mike Green and Laura Birkett, Head teacher of Whitehall Park School, from the top of Whitehall Park.
Please read below for our Autumn newsletter. To view a PDF version, click here.
Dear BPET Governors, Staff and Parents,
With the new academic year, well underway, we wanted to share with you the extraordinary achievements that have been taking place across the Trust.
Our schools continue to provide a high quality education, offering a broad and balanced curriculum to all the 1,120 pupils we serve this year. Our 180 staff across the Trust are doing an excellent job in supporting the pupils to develop and it is a delight to see them become more independent and confident every day!
Boyed by the excellent recognition our schools have received from their OfSTED inspections last year, schools that are about to receive an Ofsted inspection are well prepared to show how well they are doing in supporting and developing their pupils.
Thank you to everyone who supports the schools, especially the excellent fund raising that has taken place this year, for charitable events and for equipment for the schools
With best wishes
Mark Greatrex, Chief Executive
In the last academic year, OfSTED inspected the two Trust schools that opened in September 2014, with Whitehall Park School being visited in April and Braywick Court School in May.
We are delighted that Whitehall received a ‘Good’ with outstanding provision for personal development, behaviour and welfare of pupils rating. Braywick received ‘Outstanding’ across all categories. These results are a direct reflection of all the hard work by the staff team, governing body and parental support at both schools—many congratulations to all involved.
Four schools which opened in September 2015— Kilburn Grange, Watling Park, Halley House and Deer Park—have now entered the OfSTED window and can expect to receive their inspection anytime now. It is also three years in July since Rutherford House school received a Good OfSTED inspection and therefore can also expect to receive their second inspection from July 2018.
Our schools are performing very well across the Trust, with 81% of pupils achieving a Good Level of Development (above 2016 national of 66%) and 88% of pupils passing the phonics screening in Year 1 (above 2016 national of 81%). Three schools with Year 2 pupils took their SATs test last year. On average, 88% passed in maths (against a national of 75% in 2017), 88% passed in Reading (against a national of 71% in 2017) and 81% passed the writing test (against a national of 76% in 2017). This has all been achieved by our pupils receiving a wider curriculum offer from the schools, in line with our vision.
The Trust now has five buildings, which although complete are not full of pupils until 2023 in some cases. With the approval of the ESFA, the Trust has entered into partnership with two children’s charities, who were seeking office space in the short to medium term. This income has been put into an Enrichment Fund, which can be used for the benefit of all schools. Trustees are keen to use this fund to invest into staff development and pupil enrichment activities. The first of these activities is developing Thinking Skills across the schools, which started last year with Thinking Maps. For more information about this fund, our partners and the activities we are investing in, please visit www.BPET.co.uk/enrichmentfund.
Excellent Parent Survey Outcomes 2017
In May 2017, we invited parents across all schools to take part in our annual BPET Parental Survey. We had a really encouraging level of engagement and received useful comments for the forward planning of the schools. Across the schools, we are delighted that 97% strongly agree or agree that their child enjoys coming to school and that 92% of parents are likely to recommend the school to other parents. In addition, 95% of parents strongly agree or agree that the school’s values and attitudes have a positive effect on their child.
Staff Survey Outcomes
In June we also conducted a Trust-wide staff survey and again, we are delighted that so many teachers are proud of the school they work in and enjoy the team they are part of. We are very pleased that teachers feel supported and we will continue to work with Headteachers and the Governing Bodies to provide ensure further professional development is available, to develop their careers within the Trust.
After operating for 5 years as a Trust, the Board of Trustees is seeking to appoint two parent trustees to the Board. Parent governors from the current local governing bodies are being invited to nominate themselves, with a skills based analysis to be carried out. These appointments will take the current Board of Trustees to nine. Information on the Trustees can be found at www.BPET.co.uk/trustees
Rutherford House wins grant for Erasmus+ CPD programme
Staff at Rutherford House School were successful in their application to the Erasmus+ programme in May 2017. Erasmus+ offers exciting opportunities for UK participants to study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad in Europe and this is an excellent continuing professional development opportunity for the teachers attending, bringing back the skills to benefit their pupils.
The title of the project is Spanish for Teachers – embedding Spanish in the curriculum and school life at Rutherford House School.
The grant for £36,000 secured by the school will cover training for 17 members of staff to visit Spain. Their trip will include Spanish lessons and information on the Spanish Education System. The teachers will then use their newly acquired knowledge during some lessons to embed Spanish into daily school life, with the chance to practise the language in lessons such as Music and Maths, outside of their regular Spanish lesson.
This is an excellent opportunity for the staff and pupils to develop and deepen their understanding of Spanish, its culture and traditions.
State-of-the-Art Buildings for our new schools
The Trust continues to support schools in developing the school buildings for our new schools, with our first two brand new buildings completed. Below is an update on progress:
Whitehall Park School, Islington
Whitehall Park moved into their new building in February 2017, with the Chair of Trustees, Claire Delaney formally opening the school at an excellent event on 25 March 2017. Following two and a half years of children being educated in temporary accommodation, that included moving FIVE times, the school is finally settled in its amazing new building. The event had an excellent turnout from parents, pupils and friends of the school who have supported the long and challenging journey to the permanent building!
Kilburn Grange School, Kilburn
Kilburn Grange School gained complete occupancy of their building in April 2017, having shared it with a boys’ secondary school for 18 months, since the school opened in September 2015. The building was transformed into a full primary school over the summer holidays, ready for the new academic year in September 2017. Following the works, the building is smart and ready for the pupils to continue enjoying their school, in a calm, nurturing environment!
Watling Park School, Burnt Oak Watling Park School recently moved into their brand new building. The children have been amazed at the size of the building, with an excellent outdoor area, hall, dance studio and arts room available to them. The final works of a multi use games area is set to be finished in November 2017 with an formal opening planned in the Spring.
Braywick Court School, Maidenhead
The new school building has been subject to delays, which has been a frustration to the parents, staff and Trust. Additional funding has been allocated by the DfE as the tight picturesque site, remains a challenge for all involved. The school will remain in their temporary accommodation until August 2019, which is being further enhanced.
Deer Park School, Richmond
Planning permission was granted in February this year for the school that will be based above a supermarket! Colleagues at Lidl are awaiting for the planning conditions to be approved, when demolition is expect to start in December 2017. The target completion date is August 2019.
Fundraising across the schools continues to be a great success with summer fetes and various other Parent Teacher Association (PTA) events filling up social calendars! Some highlights from this year include:
£1,500 raised at Halley House Summer Fete (1st ever!)
PTA at Deer Park raised £4,500+ over the year. Whitehall Park fundraised over £10,000 through various events.
£7,300 raised at Rutherford House Summer Fete
Kilburn Grange School & Watling Park also held their first summer fetes, helping to raise awareness of their schools in the local community.
National Fair Funding Formula update
Many of you will be aware that the Government have been looking at how all schools are funded nationally and have committed to change the funding formula, so it is fairer for all. This will have an impact on our schools, as London schools have long been funded higher, since it was last reviewed over 15 years ago.
With recent announcements, the Department for Education has announced more funding for schools, though as we understand it, this will only delay the reduction through the Fair Funding Formula changes, through:
The impact on Trust schools is likely to be –2.8% which is suggested will be phased in over a few years, starting in September 2018. Some like Braywick and to a lesser extent, Kilburn will benefit from the changes.
The rest of the schools will have the full reduction. Any reduction in education funding is always disappointing. For our small and growing schools, we are best placed to accommodate the proposed changes in funding. It is estimated for most this will be an overall reduction of about £50K per academic year when schools are full.
With BPET staff living in the most expensive area of the country and many recently out of higher education, with the fees that are associated, the Trust is keen that all staff are able to save for their retirement. All staff have access to the Teacher pension or the Local Government Pension, though these require a high employee contribution. We are offering a lower or zero contribution scheme for staff to consider as an alternative. So as part of the Trust responsibility and commitment to staff is to set up an employer contribution stake holder pension. In October the Trust will go through auto enrolment and we hope that the new pension will help and encourage those staff currently not in a pension to join.
Explorify is a new and exciting programme of free activities available for primary school teachers, created by Wellcome Trust Education. It includes engaging, creative science activities that have been designed to stimulate curiosity, discussion and debate.
At Bellevue Place Education Trust, we are always on the lookout for new innovative and high quality teaching resources. To find out more about Explorify, click here.
Rutherford House School applied to the Erasmus + programme in May 2017 and were delighted to hear that their application was successful. Erasmus+ offers exciting opportunities for UK participants to study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad in Europe and this is an excellent continuing professional development opportunity for the teachers attending, bringing back the skills to benefit their pupils.
The title of the project is Spanish for Teachers – embedding Spanish in the curriculum and school life at Rutherford House School. The staff were supported in their application by CLAROGB, a company specifically set up to assist with Erasmus+ applications and organising the training in Spain.
The grant for £36,000 secured by the school will cover training for 17 members of staff in Spain, which will include Spanish lessons and information on the Spanish Education System. This training will take place during the October half term.
On returning to England, the teachers will then use their newly acquired knowledge during some lessons to embed Spanish into daily school life. Pupils at Rutherford House School already learn Spanish but this should enhance learning further by providing an opportunity to practise the language in lessons such as Music and Maths, outside of their regular Spanish lesson.
This is an excellent opportunity for the staff and pupils to develop and deepen their understanding of Spanish, its culture and traditions.
It was a historic day for Watling Park School on Monday 11 September 2017, as it marked the first day of school in the new building on Pavilion Way, Burnt Oak.
Year 1 and Year 2 children arrived at school looking very excited to start the school year in the highly anticipated new building. The school actively encourages all parents to walk their children to school and the staff team was therefore delighted that the majority of children that were able to walk to school, and hope this continues.
The new school building includes spacious classrooms, a large playing field and tarmac playground, a specific Early Years Foundation Stage outdoor learning area, a large hall and an onsite kitchen. The children enjoyed having their school meal cooked onsite by the new catering company Caterlink. A multi-use 3G pitch is also being built on the grounds, which will be available for the local community to use in the evenings and at weekends in November 2017.
With a great staff team including some new faces, Watling Park School is in a great position to continue to ensure pupil’s enjoy their learning and succeed. Click here to meet the team.
The school operates on a two-form entry system and will grow organically to reach capacity by September 2021.
Watling Park School will be welcoming prospective families to have a tour of the school and meet the Headteacher and other members of staff on Friday 13th October at 3.30pm. This is open for parents/carers with children due to start Reception in 2018 or the following years. It is a great opportunity to see the learning environment in action and ask any questions that you might have. We hope to see you there!