CEO London Marathon effort – Quiz for a Cause

Our Chief Executive, Mark Greatrex is running in this year’s London Marathon in aid of the Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC). 

RSBC is an amazing children’s charity that support visually impaired children.  They believe no child in the UK should grow up to be poor or lonely just because they are blind. There are an estimated 36,000 blind and partially sighted children and young people in England and Wales. Every day, four more children will be diagnosed with sight loss.

RSBC create a better life for blind children, by helping every young person we work with to find and fulfil their own unique potential.  How do they do this?  Through supporting parents to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to help guide their child through sight loss, via our national Family Support Service and our Advice section. They promote best-in-class, inclusive education and learning at all levels, from our residential further education facility, Dorton College, to our Employability course, which helps young blind people develop the skills to get into employment.

In order to raise funs for this excellent work, Mark is holding a Quiz night on the 19th March 2019 at Halley House School in Dalston. The quiz will be hosted by the fabulous comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw from Radio 4’s Dead Ringers. The tickets cost £10 each and can be bought through Mark’s just giving page (see attached flyer for details).  There will be some delicious nibbles courtesy of Michael from The Saville Club in Mayfair (a parent at the school). There will also be a bar to help get those brain cells working!

In addition to the quiz, there will also be a raffle.  Prizes have been generously donated, with an Ipad from Ream, a meal for two at Tipsey’s and some freshly baked brownies from Arbor.

There will also be a cash bar to help get those brain cells working!  Doors open at 6.30pm, so get your team together, book your babysitters and come and have some fun in aid of the RSBC.

BPET Year 3 Boys Football Competition

Pupils from across the seven BPET primary schools came together to play in the inaugural BPET Year 3 Boys Football Competition.

Hosted by Wimbledon AFC Football Club, boys from across the BPET schools took part in a number of group matches, allowing all schools to play each other.  The games were very competitive and fair, some officiated by Year 5 pupils from Rutherford House.  There was also strong, vocal at times, support from school sports coaches, staff and parents who enjoyed the day.

With the weather more like a cup final day in May, rather than mid-February, the boys played fairly in an open competition.  There were some exciting skills on show too and exciting goals for all to cheer.

Between games, all the boys had an opportunity to have a tour of the Wimbledon AFC football stadium and see where the men’s first team play.  This is a team that were narrowly defeated in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

The eventual winners of the competition were Rutherford House School, with Deer Park in second place and Whitehall Park in third.  Braywick Court, Halley House, Kilburn Grange and Watling Park all came joint fourth.

A huge thank you goes to Mr Richards from Rutherford House School, who arranged this fantastic day and to Wimbledon AFC for hosting the competition.  A day all the boys who took part will remember.

All pupils received a medal for taking part, with a special medal for two players from each school who had played fairing and demonstrated good sportsmanship.

It will be the turn of the BPET Year 3 girls in the summer term, which we are now looking forward to with Kilburn Grange tipped as early favourites.

LocatED run exciting clubs at Kilburn Grange School

Pupils at Kilburn Grange School have had the opportunity to attend clubs run by staff from education property firm, LocatED.

Run over the second half of the Autumn Term, two clubs ‘Latin and Ballroom’ and ‘Board Games’ clubs provide pupils with an opportunity to mix with professionals from the property world and develop new skills. As you can see from the pictures, our children are really enjoying the chance to play chess and develop their strategic skills!

Sonia Mallick, Headteacher at Kilburn Grange School stated that “We are very fortunate that a specialist company have offered their time to visit the school, engage with our children and share their experiences of the working world while having fun and teaching valuable skills at the same time! The pupils have absolutely loved the experience”

Staff at LocatED were invited to deliver a club for one hour a week at Kilburn, generously suggested by the Chief Executive of LocatED, Lara Newman.

LocatED are a government-owned property company creating much-needed school places for thousands of children. For more information on LocatED, please visit www.located.co.uk.

Lara commented that “our team were very enthusiastic to work with pupils in schools that we have supported to develop and see that thrive when developing new skills. Understanding what we have helped develop is very exciting!”.

Kilburn Grange School would like to thank Lauren, Nadia, Maya, Ravinder, Matthew, Sam, Michael, Alrick and Emma, who have all helped with the two clubs.

Below are some pictures of the clubs in action, with the pupils who have benefited:

Amir thinking hard and learning the skills required to play draughts!

Fariss, Aiden and Elijah learning to take turns and think through their next move.

King and Samuele challenge our visiting club leader to a game of ‘Crafty Chefs’. Who’ll make the best lasagne?

Pupils Plant over 100 new Trees at Watling Park

Pupils at Watling Park School planted nearly 100 trees around the school’s green space, so that  in the future they can enjoy their own green space.

As part of UK National Tree Week, the tree planting is part of a wider scheme to plant more trees across London.  In what was a former football pitch space in Burnt Oak, pupils are learning about how looking after the environment is very important and have started with their school.

Led by the Deputy Headteacher, Laura Collinson, who commented that “Pupils were really excited about planting these new trees that will be around for many years to come.  They look forward to seeing them grow and talking about coming back to nurture their very own trees!”

This project is also part of a wider investment into the new school site, that was completed in September 2018, with the 3G astro pitch and changing few being completed a few months later.  Watling Park School, which was rated as a Good School by OfSTED in May 2018, welcome pupils from reception and currently goes up to Year 3, growing every year.

As part of the original commitment, the school is open for evening and weekend lettings of the 3G astro pitch, along with meeting space available within the school during and outside school hours.  For enquires, please contact office@watlingparkschool.org.uk.

Below are pictures of pupils engaged in planting the new trees!

OfSTED judges Halley House as a ‘Good’ School

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.

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