Historic day for Watling Park School as they move into new building

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!

To confirm your place, please email the school office at: office@watlingparkschool.org.uk, or call: 0208 353 4249. Many thanks

 

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.”

BPET staff celebrates successful year

On 7 July 2017, Bellevue Place Education Trust brought together all 150 staff across the seven schools to celebrate another successful year. The event had an overwhelming turnout of school staff, governors, trustees and selected guests and was sponsored by Civica and Schools Buying Club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claire Delaney, Chair of Trustees thanked everyone for their hard work throughout the year and highlighted the fantastic achievements of the staff to ensure the pupils benefit from the vision of the Trust, by ‘learning’, ‘enjoying’ and ‘succeeding’. Mark Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Trust then presented the ‘BPET Awards Ceremony’ with awards kindly sponsored by Joskos; prizes included an Amazon Echo Dot and high-street vouchers.

Claire congratulated all staff on the achievement of pupils, across the Trust 81% of pupils achieved a Good Level of Development (The 2016 national average was 66%) and 88% of pupils passed the phonics screening in Year 1 (2016 national average of 81%).

Everyone in the Trust would like to say a big thanks to our sponsors: Civica, Schools Buying Club and Joskos for their kind donations and support throughout the year.

This academic year has certainly been a busy one with the significant milestones in building and school performance. Whitehall Park School were judged ‘Good’ with an ‘outstanding’ feature in their first Ofsted and Braywick Court School did very well in their recent ofsted, report to be published shortly.

Other significant operational achievements were that Whitehall Park School moved into their permanent site in February, Deer Park School had planning permission accepted for the new site and Kilburn Grange School gained full occupancy of their building after sharing it with a boys’ school. Watling Park School is also due to move into their new building in the summer, ready for the next academic year.

We hope all the staff and pupils at the schools across the Trust have a relaxing, well deserved break and look forward to starting the new year in September, with the 1,100 pupils next year!

Impressive Parental Survey Results in 2017

Parental support for our schools continues to be strong, with another year of excellent parental survey results for the provision offered by the schools.  Over 450 parents from our 800 pupils responded to the survey – our best engagement yet!

Overall, 92% ranked their response as highly likely or likely to recommend a Bellevue Place Education Trust School to their friends, up from 90% last year.

The Trust annually conducts a parental survey for the parents of all the children at schools across the Trust. This is an important chance for parents to voice their opinions about different aspects of the schools and input into the development of the improvement plans.

These excellent parental survey responses are a huge credit to the staff and leaders of our schools.  The vast majority of parents praise the values schools encourage their children to develop and become well-rounded individuals, with a broad and curriculum offered.

Below is the combined total of the parental responses:

  • 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

Below are some testimonials that supported these positive outcome from the schools:

This is an outstanding school, exceptionally well run and as such, my child is thriving – as it appears are his classmates and other pupils in the school. My son is exceptionally proud and happy to be a pupil at Whitehall Park School.

Halley House is a place where my child is known incredibly well as an individual, is cared for and is challenged to work hard every day. He is very happy at the school, and absolutely adores the staff.

Rutherford House has not only met but exceeded all my expectations. A friendly and inclusive school, where all children are challenged to meet their full potential. Plus, my son absolutely loves coming to school everyday. What more could a parent want?

Deer Park is a wonderful hidden gem. Behind those unassuming porta-cabin walls that puts so many parents off, magic happens. Small class sizes and highly talented, energetic and inspirational teachers take our individual children on their learning journey. From swimming lessons to camp fire cooking, our children learn so much more than the National Curriculum demands which is why the school has more of a feel of an independent school than a school shackled to the State. Thank you!

I would recommend Kilburn Grange School without hesitation. My child is not only happy to come to school everyday and the learning is fun. The school teaches children to be caring and clever!

Watling Park Primary school has made every effort to make my child feel settled, happy and secure at school. It also teaches her the core values of ICARE which she now adopts at both home and school.

My son is always happy to go school and I believe this is down to the stimulating and nurturing environment that Braywick Court provides.

Whitehall Park School judged as Good with outstanding feature by Ofsted

Whitehall Park School judged as Good with outstanding feature by Ofsted

Whitehall Park School’s first OfSTED inspection on 25th and 26th April 2017 judged the school to be providing pupils with a Good education provision in the following areas: leadership and management, quality of teaching and learning, achievement of pupils and early years provision. The personal development, behaviour and welfare of pupils was graded outstanding.

Whitehall Park School opened in 2014 with two classes of children in the Reception Year. The school is increasing in size by two classes each year to its current pupil roll of 176 pupils.

Highlights from the OfSTED inspection are:

  • The school was judged to be Good in four areas and Outstanding in pupil development, behaviour and welfare.
  • The schools’ leadership team provides an aspirational vision for all pupils
  • Teaching is consistently good and provides pupils
  • Behaviour is impeccable. Pupils show respect towards each other and adults in the school
  • Parents are thrilled with the high-quality education their children receive from Whitehall Park School
  • The energy and vigour of the Headteacher are infectious
  • Leaders place a strong emphasis on all staff being reflective
  • Trustees and the local governing body share the ambition and commitment of the school leaders to ensure that pupils achieve their very best.
  • Pupils knowledge of British values is developing very well. School councillors talk confidently about how the voting system works to gain membership of the group.

A copy of the full report can be accessed here.

The very positive OfSTED outcome has come after a challenging three years for the school, which has moved locations a number of times. The school was initially situated on an adjacent site for two years, in temporary accommodation before having to move to a nearby secondary school for over a term, while the new building was completed. The school moved into their permanent school building on 20 February 2017.

Mark Greatrex, Chief Executive for Bellevue Place Education Trust said “This is a huge achievement for the leaders, staff and all involved in the development of Whitehall Park School. From a challenging start, the school has grown to become an asset to the local community it serves in both Islington and Haringey. The excellent OfSTED report is a credit to what has been achieved by Laura and her team.”

Fundraising Parent Runners Feature in Hackney Gazette

The Halley House Hawks are a group of parents of children at Halley House School who ran the Hackney Half Marathon as part of their fundraising efforts to raise £2,500 for additional playground equipment. Click here to read the Hackney Gazette coverage of the day.

Parents are motivated to improve the school playground that will include a new climbing structure, resurfacing and a wildlife area. The fundraising team consisted of Maeve, Dave, Hugo, Chris, Seemone and Ashleigh who all trained throughout the winter, enduring freezing weather, early mornings and injuries.

Chris “We had an incredible level of support on the day from parents, children and the Friends of Halley House.  Seeing them on the way round really made a difference.  It’s fantastic how much money we have managed to raise towards the cost of new playground equipment.”

Dave said, “It was better than the London marathon, loved the music from the DJs’ en route and was in awe of the barefoot runners!  RunDem crew were also a great bunch of folk, giving little moments of motivation along the way.”

Maeve said: “It’s amazing to have an event like this right on our doorsteps and the residents of Hackney gave fantastic support and encouragement to runners really made it extra special”. Photo from L-R (Hugo, Maeve, Chris, Dave).

Claire Syms, Headteacher “I know I speak on behalf of all the staff and particularly the children at Halley House School when I say how proud we are of our Halley Hawks and their fantastic fundraising efforts! The funding will make a big difference to the outdoor provision on site and we really look forward to seeing our new playground!”

They have nearly reached their target, but it is not too late to sponsor them: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/halleyhousehawks. Please donate if you can.

Click here to learn more about Halley House School. There are limited spaces available for children starting Reception in September 2017, if you’d like to visit the school please do get in contact and we’d be happy to give you more information: 0207 504 0548 or email: office@halleyhouseschool.org.uk

Rutherford House School takes part in Environmental Initiative, “The Pollution Solution”

Rutherford House School, part of Bellevue Place Education Trust, took part in “The Pollution Solution” last week which saw 9 local primary schools learn more about important environmental issues such as sustainability and climate change. The idea behind the initiative is to encourage young children to think early on about these issues and ways to reduce their carbon footprint when travelling to school. The day included interactive drama performances by the Big Wheel Theatre Company, funded by Wandsworth Council.

These initiatives, as well as local government policies, are becoming increasingly featured in the news as environmental groups pressure the government to consider ways to reduce pollution levels around schools in major cities.

Please read on for the article from Wandsworth Council:

Theatre group brings air quality message to schools

Published: Friday 5th May 17. Click here to view the article on the Wandsworth Council website.

Eco-themed stage plays have been performed in front of children at nine local primary schools to help teach youngsters about climate change, air pollution and the effect that transport choices can have on the environment.

Nearly 550 pupils took part in interactive performances of the “The Pollution Solution” – a theatrical show performed by the Big Wheel Theatre Company with funding from Wandsworth Council.

The Pollution Solution performed at Balham’s Rutherford House school

The group has worked closely with the council’s environment team to ensure each performance highlights practical examples of ways that pupils and their parents can improve the local environment.

The aim is to encourage families to make sustainable travel choices like walking and cycling and so reduce rush hour traffic congestion caused by ‘school runs’.

The performances included: Global warming – how your transport choices affect the world; the impact of traffic, air pollution and congestion in your local area; why walking and cycling are almost always the best way to get around and how to do this safely.

The primary schools that hosted The Big Wheel Theatre Company included Rutherford House and the Eveline Day School in Balham, Tooting’s Furzedown, Penwortham and Franciscan primary schools, along with Griffin and Chesterton schools in Battersea, Heathmere in Roehampton and St Joseph’s RC in Putney.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last year around 560 pupils at St Boniface, Gatton, Smallwood, Allfarthing, Swaffield, Albemarle, Sheringdale, St Anselms and Holy Ghost also took part in the initiative.

Other steps the council is taking to improve air quality include:

  • In 2009 Wandsworth Council installed its first air quality monitoring station on Putney High Street to develop an evidence base around the high street’s suspected pollution issue.
  • Successfully lobbied TfL to replace heavier polluting diesel buses with cleaner alternatives.
  • Introducing a day-time ban on deliveries on Putney High Street to cut traffic levels, improve flow and reduce the number of idling lorries.
  • Supporting car clubs which reduce overall car ownership and cut traffic levels. Wandsworth now has 14,000 members, more than any other borough.
  • Lobbying for higher capacity rail, bus, riverbus and tube services so more residents can switch from cars to public transport.
  • Promoting cycling and investing in the borough’s cycle network. Wandsworth now has the fastest growing cycle rate in the country according to Government statistics.
  • Introducing 20mph zones to calm traffic and encourage more cycling and walking.
  • Electric vehicle charging points have been installed which enable residents to switch over to low emission electric vehicles. Up to a further 125 charging points are set to be installed as the council vastly expands local coverage.
  • Helping schools develop school travel plans which reduce the number of cars used on the school run through initiatives like ‘walking buses’ and car pools.
  • The council’s Smarter Driving campaign encourages drivers to take simple steps like fully inflating their tires to reduce their emissions. It also provides free vehicle emission checks in public places like supermarket car parks.
  • Free bike safety lessons for children and adults to give more residents the confidence and skills they need to start cycling.
  • A free airTEXT messaging service warns residents when high pollution levels are forecast.
  • Making the borough more pedestrian friendly, including projects in Clapham Junction, Southfields, Putney and Earlsfield.
  • Ensuring best practice pollution controls are followed on local development sites.

To find out more about how the council is working to improve local air quality visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/airquality.

To learn more about Rutherford House School, please click here

Kilburn Grange School in the Brent & Kilburn Times

Kilburn Grange School, part of Bellevue Place Education Trust, recently had a visit from James Scott, a reporter from the Brent & Kilburn Times. James came to visit Kilburn to see the state-of-the-art building for himself and learn about what the future holds now the school has full control of the building. Until recently, the primary school had been sharing occupancy at Priory Park Road with Marylebone boys whilst they await their next accommodation. Over the summer some of the classrooms previously used by the older boys will be refurbished to make them suitable for primary school children.

To learn more about the school and admissions for September 2017, please visit the school website: http://www.kilburngrangeschool.org.uk/.

Click here to read the full article.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Official Opening Celebration of Whitehall Park School

On Saturday 25 March 2017, the Chair of the Trustees for Bellevue Place Education Trust, Claire Delaney, officially opened Whitehall Park School. The formal event was very well attended with staff, pupils, parents and members of the local community all showing their support for the school. It was a red carpet event with an impressive reception arranged by parents.

Since opening in 2014, the school has been based at various temporary sites including accommodation on Ashmount Road, whilst awaiting planning permission for the permanent building. The acceptance of planning permission came as a big relief for everyone in October 2015 as it secured a permanent and state-of-the-art building for the future. The new building has been specifically designed as a primary school with large, bright classrooms, a Hall, an Early Years outdoor learning area and a large playground. There is also a large rooftop playground, which provides the children with amazing views of the London skyline. The school is an excellent provision for a new inner-London primary school.

Fortunately, the weather on Saturday was excellent and Claire cut the tape to officially open the building as the first children walked through the doors. In her opening speech, Claire thanked the building team, families and staff who all worked tirelessly to ensure the school would be ready in time. “I feel very honoured to have opened this amazing new building for everyone at Whitehall Park School. Thanks again to everyone who has supported the school along it’s exciting and long journey!”.

Once the tape had been cut, the Headteacher Laura Birkett gave a passionate speech saying “I’m so proud of this school and thankful to everyone who has helped us get into our final building. Can’t wait to see what the future will bring for Whitehall Park School.” Blue and white balloons were then released into the sky by the children.

Mark Greatrex, CEO of Bellevue Place Education Trust said “Wonderful opening celebration for Whitehall Park School today. Parent and staff put on a great event, showing off their inspiring new school.”

The local Islington Tribune also covered the event, click here to read the article.

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