Bellevue Place Education Trust maintain a group of seven new primary schools across London and Maidenhead. Since opening our first school in September 2013, the Trust now has five schools established in their new buildings.
As the schools grow in pupil numbers every year, all are expected to be full by Sept 2023. This gradual growth of pupils every year means that all the five schools with completed buildings will have vacant space for a number of years.
The Trust has developed a number of relationships with children’s charities that are seeking office accommodation for a temporary period, or to reduce their overheads for a few years.
The income for these rental agreements will go into a BPET Enrichment Fund, to invest into staff development and pupil enrichment opportunities across the Trust.
Enrichment Fund Activities
The fund has been used for the following activities:
Trustees have set a target for all schools to become accredited Thinking Schools over the next three to four years and have invested in the training of staff, starting with Thinking Maps training in March 2017. Within each school, Thinking Skills Coordinators are allocated the task of supporting teachers to have Thinking Skills techniques in all lessons, supporting pupils’ problem solving and approach to tasks.
In November 2017, we were delighted to host the Thinking Schools International Hub Conference at Kilburn Grange School. The day conference was organised by Richard Cummins CEO of Thinking Schools International and brought together Thinking School leaders from schools across the country.
The next Thinking Schools conference will be looking at Philosophy for Children Level 1 and will be held on Monday 5 March and Tuesday 6 March 2018. This will bring together Headteachers and Thinking School Leaders from across the Trust. Topics will include ‘Philosophical questioning – what it is, why it is important in education, and how to cultivate it’.
Trust-wide Inset Day Training
The Trust holds annual shared Inset days every January which bring together all staff from across the Trust. This is an opportunity to share best practice and new ideas through a structured training programme that includes; Thinking Skills, Developing Outstanding EYFS Practice, Read, Write, Inc. Training, Talk for Writing, Subject Leader Training, Developing the Computing Curriculum, Engaging Learning Environment and many more.
This January 2018 we also used this fund to provide training for middle and senior leaders for a session for Leadership Impact and Influencing, delivered by React Learning. In addition, NB Learning, a well-regarded education consultancy, is running a session on Developing Middle Leadership and Growth Mindsets for our staff.
With the approval of the Education & Skills Funding Agency, the Trust has entered into short-term lease arrangements with the following partners:
Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC)
Based in Halley House School, the Royal Society for Blind Children aims to ensure blind and partially sighted children, from 0-25 years old, grow up with the skills they need to live a full, happy life. RBSC runs a full programme of fundraising events throughout the year which include the Blindfold Run and various half and full marathons. For more information click here.
The Compassionate Friends (TCF)
Based in Kilburn Grange School, The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is a charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other similarly bereaved family members who have suffered the death of a child or children of any age and from any cause. For more information on their work, click here.
All staff in the partner organisations have a DBS check, to ensure that the safety of our pupils is not compromised through these arrangements.
Last reviewed: February 2018