Recruiting a Marketing Manager for the BPET Central Team

Marketing Manager

Bellevue Place Education Trust is a multi-academy trust that currently runs seven primary Free Schools across London and Maidenhead, with a long-term plan to grow sustainably to 15 schools.

We are seeking a marketing professional who will:

  • Lead in on the marketing of schools across the Trust, amending and delivering our Marketing Strategy to meet our stated aim for all schools to be full with parents who select the school as their first choice.
  • Developing effective relationships with Headteachers and Office Managers, where the exciting activities and news from BPET schools is shared widely and celebrated.
  • Utilise social media and websites, along with the use of videos, to promote the high quality education provision within BPET schools.
  • Oversee the communication methods and branding across the Trust, to all key stakeholders

You will be experienced in a marketing role and have an interest in education, with a proven track record of delivering on projects, with an exceptional attention to detail. Be excited in owning a programme of support for schools that is central to their long-term success and ability to influence at all levels. You will be joining a small, friendly team, with the authority to represent the Trust within seven or more schools.

To apply, please complete an application form and submit it with a covering letter setting out why you are interested in the role, the priorities you see for the organisation and how you are best placed to deliver the priorities. The application should be submitted to Mark Greatrex at mark.greatrex@BPET.co.uk, with a deadline for applications being 5pm on 29 November 2018.

For information, the BPET Marketing Manager Job Description provides more information about this exciting role.  To discuss this role further, please contact Mark Greatrex, Chief Executive on mark.greatrex@BPET.co.uk or call 020 3108 0363.

Closing date: 29 November 2018.

Interview Date: 6 December 2018
Start Date: ASAP
Location: Hackney, London
Salary: £28,000 – £31,000 depending on experience
Contract: Full-Time and Permanent

Bellevue Place Education Trust is committed to safeguarding children; successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check

Halley House judged as a ‘Good’ School by OfSTED

Halley House School has received its first ever OfSTED report, where inspectors found the school to be “Good” in all areas. The report praises the “rich curriculum”, which is “enhanced by specialist teachers and educational visits”, citing it as a strength of the school. Effective leadership at all levels, including governance, and parental engagement are also highlighted as key strengths of the school: “the highly effective headteacher has a clear vision for the future of this growing school [and] leads a strong team” and “parents are overwhelmingly positive about the school… [and] value the emphasis on outdoor learning.”

Halley House School is situated on the corner of Arcola Street and Shacklewell Lane in Dalston and has been recognised as a valuable primary choice for parents and carers in the Dalston/Stoke Newington area. Opened by Bellevue Place Education Trust in September 2015, the school offers high educational standards, exemplified by positive outcomes at the end of Reception and Key Stage 1, and in the Phonics Screening Check.

The report also highlights “the proportions of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading and mathematics are well above national averages.” Ofsted commented how “all groups of pupils make consistently strong progress in mathematics… and are challenged to extend their understanding.” The inspection identified that “the quality of presentation of pupils’ work is high in English and mathematics” and often “work produced across the wider curriculum is of a high standard.” Children in the Early Years achieve well and as a result of a “variety of learning experiences [that] engage children”, make strong progress.

OfSTED repeatedly draws attention to the school’s commitment to offer a personalised approach in a nurturing and productive environment, commenting on the positive relationships in the school community, notably: “all staff know the pupils and their families well”; “working relationships between staff and children are warm and positive” and “pupils show respect for each other and their teachers.”

As a result, “many pupils are keen to succeed, and they demonstrate positive attitudes to learning”. Pupils’ ability to “respect and celebrate their diversity and understand the importance of treating others equally” was also noted during the inspection. The report praises the school’s emphasis on effective questioning “based on good subject knowledge and the thoughtful use of resources” that “encourages pupils to think about their learning and supports their good progress.” Teachers’ capacity to “make the most of learning opportunities” is recognised, alongside accurate assessments and effective teaching of vocabulary.

The Headteacher, Claire Syms commented on the inspection result:

“I am delighted with our first OfSTED inspection report, which recognises many of our strengths as a school serving a community of which we feel incredibly proud and privileged to be a part. We have been offering a high-quality, personalised education to the young people of Dalston since we first opened our doors in September 2015 and OfSTED’s conclusions vindicate the tireless work, enthusiasm and commitment of staff, parents, governors and pupils who have invested so much in founding our wonderful school community. Our broad and balanced curriculum – delivered by the strong team at Halley House – encourages a culture of creativity, enquiry, confidence and expression, nurturing a population of lifelong thinkers. I am assured that we will build on our early successes and continue to go from strength to strength – we can’t wait for all our adventures that lie ahead!”


Halley House School now welcomes applications for pupils up to Year 3. Prospective families interested in applying for a place for September 2019 can visit the school throughout the Autumn term, with tours held every Wednesday morning at 9.15am. If you are unable to make a scheduled tour, enquiries and requests are welcome, so please do contact our school office to make alternative arrangements.

You can read the full report by following the link: Click here.
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Watling Park School judged as Good School

Watling Park School has been successful in its first ever OfSTED inspection, where inspectors found the school to be “Good” in all areas, with “strong leadership” and “a deep curriculum” enabling pupils to “develop their knowledge and understanding”.

The school was established by Bellevue Place Education Trust in September 2015 and moved into their new building in September 2017. Inspectors celebrated the school’s extensive educational offer, stating “The school’s rich curriculum successfully develops pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.” Furthermore, pupils “benefit from a culture of collaboration”, where teachers regularly develop opportunities to learn through cross-curricular work. On more than one occasion, the report praises the “well-planned” class trips and workshops that comprise the school’s “approach to widen pupils’ experiences”, benefitting students by “broadening their life experiences”. Acting Headteacher, who has let the school since September, Sonia Mallick, commented on the positive report:

“This OfSTED report reflects the dedication and commitment of all of the staff, from teachers and assistants who work in the classrooms to all of my other colleagues who provide fantastic support in so many different ways before, during and after school.  The excellent outcome caps off the hard work and dedication by all involved.”

The enjoyment of staff working at the school is evident in the report, with colleagues quoted as describing the school to be “one big happy family”. The school’s governance structure is also praised for its collaborative ethos, with “strong strategic direction” being provided by the multi-academy trust in order to “improve the school further”.

The Chief Executive from Bellevue Place Education Trust, Mark Greatrex also commented on the inspection result:

“This is a very well deserved inspection report and testament to the hard work everyone has put in to opening this new school.  Watling Park School provides a high quality education to the young people we serve, thanks to current and previous staff who have supported Watling Park on the journey to become an OfSTED-rated Good school.  The school is very well led and its pupils, our excellent staff and parents are increasingly working closely together in partnership, which helps children learn.  It was most pleasing when the inspector credited the school on driving up standards while staying firm to our philosophy of providing a broad and balanced education offer for all pupils – a principle from our vision.”

Engagement from parents surrounding the inspection was overwhelmingly positive, with 88% claiming to recommend the school to another parent. All schools operated by Bellevue Place Education Trust seek to establish an environment for pupils to “learn, enjoy and succeed”. Inspectors commented on the regular use of “strong questioning to develop pupils’ thinking further”, acknowledging an atmosphere of regular enquiry that reflects the school’s ‘Thinking Schools’ approach. Crucial to this is the drive for a varied programme of enrichment that extends beyond the classroom, evident in the school’s “well resourced” outdoor learning environment and “broad range” of after-school clubs.

With a new Headteacher appointed and set to start next academic year, the positive OfSTED result is an acknowledgement of the fantastic work done this far in the school’s journey.

A link to the OfSTED report can be found by following the link: Click here

Appointment of a Chief Operating Officer

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Stuart Dixon to the role of Chief Operating Officer for Bellevue Place Education Trust.

Stuart is brings a wealth of experience in buildings and procurement and most recently as a Capital Project Manager for Lambeth Borough Council.  Within his current role, Stuart works in the Major Capital Projects on a range of projects and also acting as client of a large school PFI contract which included construction and subsequent FM service delivery. Stuart has also had in-depth involvement with schools that have converted to Academy status both at Lambeth and in another Borough.

He has held a number of strategic leadership roles within the local authority housing; a central government funding and regulatory organisation; the voluntary housing sector where he was Director of Housing and Company Secretary, and also within the private sector as a management consultant. In addition, Stuart is also the sponsor-appointed Chair of Governors for Harris Primary Academy Beckenham Green and a publicly-elected Governor for an NHS Mental Health and Community Foundation Trust.

Stuart brings to the Trust a breadth of experience that will enable him to support the Trust’s work through providing strategic leadership and direction to the operation functions across BPET.  As Chief Operating Officer, Stuart will lead on health and safety, risk management, procurement, IT and Board administration functions.  This strong appointment mean the Trust will be in an excellent position to deliver key operational support to the schools and on aspects of the BPET 3 Year Strategic Plan.”

Updated policies in line with GDPR requirements

Protecting your privacy

General Data Protection Regulation is legislation designed to make it easier for you to control how BPET uses parents/carers personal details and those of pupils.

We need to make it clear to you

  • What personal data we collect and keep
  • Why we collect and keep the data
  • How we use personal data
  • Where we keep personal data
  • How long we keep the data
  • Individual rights connected to that data

We have a data protection policy and a privacy notice so you can see how we meet these requirements.   You can find these under the policy and procedures section on this website.

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We do not use cookies to store personal data or link non-personal information stored in cookies with personal data about specific individuals.

Consultation on proposed changes to Local Governance arrangements

The BPET Board of Trustees have launched a consultation on proposed changes to Local Governance arrangements in BPET. This page sets out the background on the proposed changes, the timetable for the consultation and invites governors, staff and parents to respond to the consultation.

The National Governance Association conducted an external review of the governance structure across the Trust in 2016/17, with a workshop in September 2016 involving Trustees, Chairs and Headteachers.

The recommendation from the review has been adopted by the Board to consider and design a new governance structure for the Trust, taking away the duplication of roles and responsibilities between the Board, Local Governance and the executive team led by the Chief Executive.

The external review report recommended “work with staff and LGB members to reach a new settlement for school-level governance within BPET”. This report sets out the detail of a move to Local Advisory Boards, replacing Local Governing Bodies. The main purposes of the new Local Advisory Boards will be:

  • to maintain an overview of the educational attainment and achievement of the school
  • to advise on the School Development Plan proposals
  • to assist the school in meeting the needs of the local community it serves.

The following background explains in more detail what is being proposed.  The Local Governance Consultation is taking place between 28 February 2018 and closes on 6 April 2018. If you have any views about these proposals that you would like the trustees to consider, please send them to info@BPET.co.uk. Following the consultation, the BPET Board will consider the responses and then announce its decision on the way forward.

BPET Consultation on Changes to Local Governance Arrangements in its Schools

BPET was created in 2012 and, after opening its first school in 2013, is now operational on seven sites. One school has been recognised as Outstanding by Ofsted, with two recognised as Good.

During this time, the Trust has grown and evolved as its operations have grown. The Board has agreed to consult about proposed changes to Local Governance Arrangements in its schools which are designed to:

  • Reduce the duplication of roles and responsibilities between the Board, Local Governance volunteers and the executive team
  • Implement what we have learnt from the experience of the first 4 years of operating the Trust
  • Clarify the role and purpose of parental and other stakeholder engagement at each school
  • Make better use of staff, trustee and local volunteers in the interests of the children’s education.

The Trust is committed to developing schools which are strongly valued by the parents and carers of the children they serve. This is measured by an annual survey, the latest in 2017 showing that parental support for the schools continues to improve. Over 450 parents from our 800 pupils responded to the survey –

  • 97% of parents and carers strongly agree or agree that their child enjoys coming to school
  • 92% ranked their response as highly likely or likely to recommend a Bellevue Place Education Trust School to their friends
  • 95% of parents and carers strongly agree or agree that the school’s values and attitudes have a positive effect on their child
  • 97% of parents and carers strongly agree or agree that the school develops their child’s independence and responsibility
  • 92% of parents and carers are satisfied with the leadership and management of the school.

At the foundation of the trust, it was decided to create a Local Governing Body for each school, but the experience of the first four years of operation has shown that these arrangements are often misunderstood, have created a duplication of effort for headteachers, trustees and executives, and have not been a good use of the volunteer members’ time.

The Trust is bringing forward proposals to replace the Local Governing Bodies with Local Advisory Boards in an effort to tackle these criticisms without diluting the commitment to working with each school community to deliver schools that are sensitive and responsive to local views and opinions.

Proposals

The Trust is now consulting on a series of proposals which will:

  • Disband the existing Local Governing Bodies
  • Create Local Advisory Boards in their place

Membership

  • Local Advisory Boards to have 6-10 members
  • The Chair of the LAB to serve at the invitation of the Trustees
  • Parents of children in the school to be at least 50%+1 of the membership
  • A requirement to hold “open” meetings for contentious or controversial issues
  • Chair & Head agree on member appointments to the LAB

Purpose

  • To maintain an overview of the educational attainment and achievement of the school
  • To assist the school in meeting the needs of the local community it serves
  • For certain matters listed below, a requirement to be consulted by the Headteacher and/or Trustees before important decisions are made
  • On all other matters, to be consulted at the discretion of the Headteacher and/or Trustees

Consultation with LAB required for

  • Proposals to change the location, size, character or ethos of the school
  • Annually, on revisions to the School Development Plan
  • Annually, a programme of meetings, events and LAB member visits to school

Discretionary Consultation with LAB (an illustrative list of proposals which may be discussed with the LAB before a decision is taken)

  • To propose setting up a task and finish group to develop ideas for engaging with the community
  • To undertake a programme of off-site visits, including possibly international travel or residential trips
  • To develop a programme of activities before or after the school day, such as breakfast clubs or afterschool clubs.

The following information has been distributed to the Local Governing Bodies and provides further information on the proposed changes:

Report to LGB on Proposed Changes

Timetable

The consultation is planned to run from 28 February 2018 to 6 April, with a final decision in April 2018. If agreed, the changeover is planned during the summer to allow the new Local Advisory Boards to be up and running from the start of the Autumn Term 2018.  If you have any views about these proposals that you would like the trustees to consider in response to this consultation, please send them to info@BPET.co.uk

 

Exciting new build & staffing at Watling Park

Watling Park School has been on an exciting journey over its first two years since opening.

The school, which is full in terms of pupil numbers, has finished the year with pupils in both Reception and Year 1 achieving well deserved end of year outcomes, especially in terms of progress.

Of the Reception aged pupils, 71% achieved a Good Level of Development in 2017, which is above the national average in 2016 of 66%. The progress of pupils has been hugely encouraging, as when benchmarked at the beginning of the year, just 36% were projected to achieve a Good Level of Development.

In Year 1, pupils continue to make strong progress in core subjects, with 74% at age related expectations for Reading and Maths, with 68% at age related expectation for Writing. The government also conducts a phonics screening check at the end of Year 1, with 78% passing the check. This is very encouraging as 66% of pupils have English as an Additional Language (EAL).

This achievement of pupils is hugely encouraging and is a result of a wider curriculum opportunity they have received throughout the year, along with a rich extended school provision at the school.

Staffing changes

The school has been very proactive in taking a different approach to staff recruitment for September, as staff turnover has been high.

Since May, all teaching staff posts have been filled, with an exciting team coming together. They bring an exciting balance of experience and passion, with three newly qualified teachers who are joining the team. The strong middle leadership team will include:

Neil Hooley – Early Years Phase Leader

Alice Farish – Key Stage 1 Phase Leader

Elizabeth Renouf-Crotty – Key Stage 2 Phase Leader (Year 2 teacher for 2016/17)

Eve Watson – Inclusion Leader and Senior Teacher

Acting Headteacher

Parents have been informed that Moira Anderson is sadly departing the school in August, as her personal circumstances have changed. The passion Moira has shown for the school has been incredible and as the founding Headteacher, she has been the driving force in creating the exciting position the school will be in this September. We cannot thank Moira enough for the dedication and drive she has shown in establishing Watling Park School – we know this is shared by our pupils and parents.

In coping with this change, the Trust has appointed the new Deputy Headteacher, Sonia Mallick, as the Acting Headteacher. Sonia will lead the team on an acting basis and is well qualified for the role. Sonia has over 15 years of senior leadership experience, starting as an NQT and working her way up to be an Assistant Headteacher at Coldfall Primary School in Haringey, where the school was judged as Outstanding in 2007, when Sonia was an integral part of the school. Sonia remained at this school until 2012, providing 20 years of dedicated service in what continues to be an Outstanding school in Haringey.

Sonia moved to a challenging new Free School in April 2012, which opened in September 2012 and with little support, the school went into an OfSTED category after just four terms of being open.

Since then, Sonia has worked at Crowland Primary School for a term, which OfSTED inspected in July 2014 and rated as Outstanding. Sonia then worked at Benthal Primary School in Hackney as an Interim Deputy Headteacher for two years. The school required ‘intensive support’ and Sonia supported a range of school improvement activities, including developing middle leaders and teaching and learning across the school.

After being at the school for two years, Benthal achieved a Good Ofsted outcome in a short inspection, with Sonia being an integral part of the team that increased standards by:

  • Increasing the percentage of children passing phonics by 15% to 84% in 2015 through overseeing the implementation of an effective synthetic phonics programme.
  • Increasing the combined percentage in Y6 for RWM to 82% (from 65%) and taking the school out of the bottom five schools in the borough.
  • Moving teaching on so that approximately 30% was outstanding or good with outstanding features

For the past year, Sonia has been at Avonmore Primary School, where she was the Interim Deputy Headteacher and supported an increase in teaching standards so there was no inadequate teaching in the school and was part of the team that secured a Good OfSTED rating in October 2016.

We are delighted Sonia will be joining the team and we will be supporting her in the change to being the Acting Headteacher at Watling Park School.

Bellevue Place Education Trust is keen for the new staffing team to settle into the new building and new environment in September 2017, along with the newest 60 reception aged pupils joining the school.

In light of this change, the Trust has decided to focus on recruiting the right Headteacher for the school for September 2018. The best Headteachers look to move over the end of an academic year and experience has shown that recruiting in the Spring Term for September secures the best people. With this being such an important role at the school, appointing in the Spring Term for the substantive Headteacher to start in September 2018, will provide the greatest opportunity for us to recruit the very best person to lead Watling Park School.

New Building

The new building is on track for the pupils to start school on Monday 11 September 2017. The new building has been on track all the way through construction, with the contractors, Galliford Try, working closely with the school and Trust towards the handover date at the end of August.

As we enter the final stages of the building’s construction, staff and pupils are very excited about the brand new facilities they will have the delight in utilising from September, with much of the landscaping and external work also completed.

The current temporary classrooms are due to be removed in early August, with this areas becoming a multi-use games area which will be accessible to the local community and with it owns changing facilities.

With all these developments, Watling Park School is in an excellent position from September to have all the key elements in place in order to deliver our vision of a high-quality education for every child.

Braywick Court rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted

 

Braywick Court School, a free school in Maidenhead has said it is ‘delighted’ to have been rated ‘outstanding’ following its first full Ofsted inspection in June 2017.

Braywick Court School is a 1-form entry primary school, which opened in September 2014 and currently has 90 pupils on roll, made up of Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 aged pupils. The school will grow to be at capacity by September 2020, and is part of Bellevue Place Education Trust, which runs six other schools in London.

Ofsted rated the school ‘outstanding’ in all categories, including effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare and the outcomes of pupils.

The Head teacher Gemma Donnelly, along with all the staff and governors at the school are very pleased with the result, especially as the school is only a few years old.

Our Ofsted report clearly shows that we have happy children and happy staff who enjoy learning and love coming to school every day. The balance between this and high academic outcomes can be a challenge to achieve, so is something to be proud of. I am pleased that the dedication of staff and families has been recognised” Gemma Donnelly, Head teacher of Braywick Court School.

 Highlights from the report include the following:

  • Pupils love coming to school. They are completely engaged in their learning and demonstrate exemplary behaviour in and out of lessons.
  • Teaching is very effective and closely matched to pupils’ prior learning. As a result, pupils’ progress from their starting points across the curriculum is excellent.
  • Leaders in this new school are absolutely committed to providing the best education and care for all pupils.
  • Governors and the trust provide very high-quality challenge and support for leaders.
  • The early years is led exceptionally well. Children benefit from a very positive start to their school life.

Not only are the Ofsted inspectors impressed by the school, but the parents are too according to the latest parent survey in June 2017. 96% of parents strongly agreed or agreed that their child enjoys coming to school and pupil achievement is also very high, with 92% of Reception pupils achieving a Good Level of Development in 2017.

The Chair of Trustees, Claire Delaney said “From the time that we were approached by the Local Authority in 2013, Braywick Court School has been on a very exciting journey.  We are delighted that the school delivers an outstanding education for our pupils and would like to say a huge thank you to our staff and leadership team in making our vision a reality.”

School Improvement Contract Awarded

Bellevue Place Education Trust maintains seven Free School across London and Maidenhead, with part of its function to monitor and support the educational standards within the schools.

To conduct this function, the Trust has a School Improvement contract with an external provider, who conduct a review cycle to ensure the standards of education are high and supports the delivery of the Trust’s vision.

The School Improvement contract came to an end in August 2016 and the Board of Trustees agreed to procure a new provider in line with our procurement policy.  The Trust engaged an Independent Procurement Consultant (IPC) to ensure the procurement process was being conducted in a legally compliant & fit for purpose manner. The contract tendered was for the next three years (with options to extend the contract by a further two years).

The procurement process was a “Restricted” procurement procedure as defined by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, which contains an initial “Open” stage at which point  the opportunity is available to the whole market before being evaluated and subsequently “Restricted” to the operators in the market who have been successful at the “Open” stage.

The procurement procedure has a two-stage process.  In the first stage, the “Pre-Qualification Questionnaire” (P.Q.Q.) tenderers submit answers to questions to enable the Trust to do some high level due diligence (financial security, other work of similar nature etc.).  On 7 June 2016 a contract notice was placed on Contract Finder website with an initial tender end date of 7 July 2016.  On 21 July 2016, the P.Q.Q. stage ended with a total of 16 tenderers having submitted responses.  This  very high interest in the Trust was encouraging and through the scoring criteria, these 16 tenderers were cut down to 6 shortlisted suppliers, who were invited through to the second stage, which is titled the “Invitation To Tender” (I.T.T.) stage.

The I.T.T was issued to the six shortlisted tenderers from the P.Q.Q stage on 3 August 2016 with a closing date of 26 August 2016.  During the course of the I.T.T stage being live, three tenderers submitted formal communications to BPET stating, for various reasons, that they would not be tendering and submitting bids at the I.T.T stage.

On Friday 26th August three submissions were received from credible education improvement providers.  The evaluation of the I.T.T’s took place on Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd September. The “Qualitative”/ “Technical” section of the I.T.T had a weighting of 70% with the “Commercial”/ “Pricing” section of the I.T.T had a weighting of 30%.  Following initial scoring, on 5th September, a number of clarification questions were issued in regard to the commercial / pricing section.

The Evaluation has produced a winning tenderer of Bellevue Education Group having scored 78 out of 100 in the “Qualitative”/ “Technical” and a “Commercial”/ “Pricing” score was 30.00 out of a weighted score of 30%.  Combined score gives a total score for Bellevue Education Group of 84.60.  The table below shows the scoring against the other two I.T.T submissions.

The non-conflicted Trustees on the Board approved the successful supplier on 8 September 2016 and the award letters were sent out on 12 September, initiating a “Standstill Period” of 10 calendar days.  No challenges were brought from unsuccessful tenderers and we are therefore now formally in contract with Bellevue Education Group. The contract was signed on 4 October 2016.

The Trust’s Chief Executive, Mark Greatrex, stated that “We are delighted to be working with Bellevue Education Group, who have a wealth of expertise in the schools and have undergone a rigorous procurement process. They will support and enrich the provision in our Free Schools, while delivering our vision for the best of the Independent and state sector for the communities we serve.”

Halley House School partners with a prestigious blind children’s charity

Halley House School Welcome Prestigious Blind Children’s Charity to East London 

Halley House School have partnered with the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB), who will share the same location for the next three years.

Halley House School opened as a new primary school in the Dalston area of Hackney in September 2015, offering places for primary aged pupils. Modelled on the best if the independent sector and the state sector, pupils will be educated in classes of 15 pupils for the core subjects, to deliver the very highest educational standards.

 

rlsb-with-halley-pupils

RLSB staff with Halley pupils and staff, celebrating Jeans for Genes Day together

As a new school, Halley House School on Shacklewell Lane will be not be fully utilising the building until 2021 when the school will reach capacity and Bellevue Place Education Trust, who maintain the Halley House School, have gained approval from the Government to let an area of the building to the Royal London Society for Blind People.

RLSB was founded in 1838 by Thomas Lucas who wanted to teach the blind children of London to read. Education has always been at the heart of the RLSB’s work since then but it now works with vision impaired children and young people up to the age of 25 across a range of services that support and prepare them to be active citizens in a fast-moving modern society.

Claire Delaney, Chair of Trustees at Bellevue Place Education Trust said “This is an exciting partnership, working with an inspiring education charity and the relationship means that we cannot only learn from their excellent work, we can also share facilities at a much lower rate, which we can use to invest into pupil and staff enrichment activities across the Trust.”

Dr Tom Pey, Chief Executive of the RLSB said “We are delighted to be partnering with Halley House School. Halley allows us the space to run our programmes with vision impaired children and young people, many from East London, for the next three years of so, while our plans for new permanent offices are finalised. It is fitting that we will be based in a school when we ourselves have had a long association with education.”

The RLSB run a series of programmes for vision impaired children, young people and their families and has a goal of helping 7,000 blind and partially sighted young people in London and the South East in the next five years.

 

Hackney Gazette reported the story on 27 September 2016

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