Admissions consultation to amend the PAN at Halley House School

Halley House School opened in September 2015 as a primary school with a capacity of 60 pupils each year.  The school opened in a non-standard setting, where the internal areas work very well for a school.  It has become clear that the limited external space for playing, though very well utilised, will become extremely congested when the school grows to 420 pupils. 

The Trust has considered this carefully believe that the pupils and local community will be best served as a 1 Form Entry school, where 30 pupils join a year – with a capacity of 210 pupils.

It is our view that the very high pupils achievement will continue with 30 pupils in each year.  The Local Authority has accepted our proposal and following the consultation, an application will be made to the Department for Education, who have the ultimate sign-off on the decision.

Details of the consultation can be found below.  This consultation was launched on 1 December 2017 and will run until Friday 26 January 2018.

Background

The current Published Admission Number (PAN) for Halley House School is 60. This means that the number of children admitted into the school in reception each year is a maximum of 60.

Under the terms of the School’s funding Agreement with the Secretary of State for Education, the overall capacity of the School (maximum number on roll) has been set at a final roll of 420 made up of 60 children in each year from Reception to Year 6.

There is limited outside space for the pupils and the school is in an area of surplus primary places and as a result the Trustees of Bellevue Place Education Trust would like to reduce the Published Admission Number from 60 to 30 places in Reception.

Although the Regulations and Code of Practice relating to school admissions no longer require an admissions authority to consult when maintaining or increasing a school’s PAN, there remains a requirement to consult when the proposal is to reduce a PAN. Bellevue Place Education Trust, as the admissions authority, is seeking comments on the proposed change.

Specific Proposal

The Trustees of Bellevue Place Education Trust proposes to reduce the published admission number of Halley House School from 60 to 30 with effect from September 2019.

This means that the number of places available for children in Reception in 2019 and all subsequent Reception cohorts – will be 30. For children who already have a place at the school in other year groups there will be no change but the admission number for all other years will reduce to 30. This is the only proposed change to the admission criteria, all other criteria, including oversubscription, will remain the same.

Factors that have been considered by the Board of Trustees in deciding to consult on this proposal include:

The school is in a former Job Centre with limited outdoor play space.  The school have explored the option of adding a further roof terrace space, but have ruled this out due to the exorbitant cost.  The school also works hard in finding alternative space – like the ball court in the housing estate opposite and arrangements for PE in local Petchey Academy.

The school is not in an area where there is a demand for school places and the Local Authority have confirmed that there is a surplus of primary school places in the area.  Through this reduction in need and that the school is close to three other established primary schools places have not been filled over the first three admission years.  With 107 pupils on roll, this is made up of 30 in year 2, 40 in year 1 and 37 in reception.

Our pupil numbers are stable as a one form entry school and the proposal to reduce the PAN has been approved by the Trust Board.  We firmly believe that a reduced PAN is in the best interests of for the provision of education for our current and future pupils.

Who is consulted?

This consultation is for the attention of: a) parents of children between the ages of two and eleven years old in the surrounding area; b) other persons in the area who have an interest in the proposed arrangements; c) all other admission authorities within the local area; d) the local authority; and e) adjoining neighbouring local authorities.

How to Respond

This consultation will run from 1 December 2017 to 26 January 2018 and you are invited to submit comments in writing about the proposal above to Jenny Hawken at the Trust: Jenny Hawken, Marketing Executive, Bellevue Place Education Trust c/o Halley House School, 52-58 Arcola Street, LONDON E8 2DJ, by midday on 26 January 2018 or by email to info@bpet.co.uk.

Please mark the subject “Halley House PAN Consultation”.  Following the consultation period the Trust will consider all comments received and determine admission arrangements for 2019 by 28 February 2018.

Deer Park School receives congratulatory letter from Rt Hon Nick Gibb

Deer Park School received a letter on 13 November 2017 from Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards, congratulating Mrs Colenso, her staff and pupils on the school’s outstanding achievement in the 2017 phonics screening check.

In the Phonics check, 95% of pupils at Deer Park reached or exceeded the pass mark, making Deer Park in the top 8% of all primary schools in the country. This a huge achievement for the school, providing pupils with the key skills to develop a love of learning in the future.

Nick went on to thank all teachers in their contribution to this vital area of a child’s early education and we are delighted that the school has had the recognition they deserve for this excellent achievement.

Alison Colenso, Head teacher at Deer Park said: “I am absolutely delighted with this recognition of our school’s attainment in phonics.  Our pupils and staff work tremendously hard and with unfaltering levels of determination and resilience in all aspects of the curriculum, so this really is very well deserved.”

BPET school hosts Thinking Schools International Conference

We were delighted to host the Thinking Schools International Hub Conference at Kilburn Grange School on Friday 10 November 2017. Thinking Schools is accredited by Exeter University, and develops the use of a number of techniques that support teachers in developing thinking and questioning skills as part of the school’s curriculum. Examples of techniques include Thinking Maps and Philosophy for children. This is the second Thinking Schools Hub event that has been held at one of the schools within our Trust.

The day conference was organised by Richard Cummins CEO of Thinking Schools International and brought together Thinking School leaders from schools across the country. The conference also involved a presentation and discussion led by Dr Judith Kleine-Staarman on Dialogic Teaching. Judith Kleine-Staarman is Director of the Cognitive Education Development Unit at the University of Exeter. Attendees also had the opportunity to discuss examples of best practice, drawing on their personal experiences from working within schools.

At Bellevue Place Education Trust, we are in the process of working towards Thinking Schools accreditation across all of the seven schools. We were therefore excited that two teachers were able to attend this prestigious conference, from Rutherford House School and Whitehall Park School. These schools are already developing Thinking Maps and Blooms Taxonomy techniques.

The teacher from Rutherford House School described the event as “very useful, giving more ideas of how to embed Thinking Schools at Rutherford House”. Our teacher at Whitehall Park explained, “It was a useful session and we are already looking into using the MALS scoring system to produce quantitative data about the impact of the Thinking Schools approach”.

The Trust will continue to share best practice from Hub events with other Thinking School Leads in the BPET Trust.

For more information on Thinking Schools, click here.

Mike Green, Director of Capital at ESFA visits BPET Schools

The Trust was delighted on 15 November 2017 to welcome Mike Green, the Director of Capital within the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to visit two schools. Mike visited two of the schools within the Trust that have recently moved into new brand buildings, having been based in temporary accommodation for some time.

Mike has over 10 years’ experience leading large multisite construction programmes and is responsible for managing the delivery of building and maintenance programmes for schools and colleges in the Department of Education.

Mike met with Claire Delaney, Chair of Trustees of BPET and Mark Greatrex, Chief Executive of BPET. Together they visited Whitehall Park School, Islington and Watling Park School, Barnet to compare the successes of each building programme, and to see the schools in action. Mike was hugely impressed with how well the children are engaging with the new buildings, and praised the inspirational learning environments.

Please see below for a photo of Claire Delaney, Mike Green and Laura Birkett, Head teacher of Whitehall Park School, from the top of Whitehall Park.

 

BPET Autumn Newsletter

Please read below for our Autumn newsletter. To view a PDF version, click here.

Dear BPET Governors, Staff and Parents,

With the new academic year, well underway, we wanted to share with you the extraordinary achievements that have been taking place across the Trust.

Our schools continue to provide a high quality education, offering a broad and balanced curriculum to all the 1,120 pupils we serve this year.  Our 180 staff across the Trust are doing an excellent job in supporting the pupils to develop and it is a delight to see them become more independent and confident every day!

Boyed by the excellent recognition our schools have received from their OfSTED inspections last year, schools that are about to receive an Ofsted inspection are well prepared to show how well they are doing in supporting and developing their pupils.

Thank you to everyone who supports the schools, especially the excellent fund raising that has taken place this year, for charitable events and for equipment for the schools

With best wishes

Mark Greatrex, Chief Executive

School Performance

In the last academic year, OfSTED inspected the two Trust schools that opened in September 2014, with Whitehall Park School being visited in April and Braywick Court School in May.

We are delighted that Whitehall received a ‘Good’ with outstanding provision for personal development, behaviour and welfare of pupils rating.  Braywick received ‘Outstanding’ across all categories. These results are a direct reflection of all the hard work by the staff team, governing body and parental support at both schools—many congratulations to all involved.

Four schools which opened in September 2015— Kilburn Grange, Watling Park, Halley House and Deer Park—have now entered the OfSTED window and can expect to receive their inspection anytime now. It is also three years in July since Rutherford House school received a Good OfSTED inspection and therefore can also expect to receive their second inspection from July 2018.

Pupil achievement

Our schools are performing very well across the Trust, with 81% of pupils achieving a Good Level of Development (above 2016 national of 66%) and 88% of pupils passing the phonics screening in Year 1 (above 2016 national of 81%). Three schools with Year 2 pupils took their SATs test last year. On average, 88% passed in maths (against a national of 75% in 2017), 88% passed in Reading (against a national of 71% in 2017) and 81% passed the writing test (against a national of 76% in 2017). This has all been achieved by our pupils receiving a wider curriculum offer from the schools, in line with our vision.

Enrichment Fund

The Trust now has five buildings, which although complete are not full of pupils until 2023 in some cases. With the approval of the ESFA, the Trust has entered into partnership with two children’s charities, who were seeking office space in the short to medium term. This income has been put into an Enrichment Fund, which can be used for the benefit of all schools. Trustees are keen to use this fund to invest into staff development and pupil enrichment activities.  The first of these activities is developing Thinking Skills across the schools, which started last year with Thinking Maps.  For more information about this fund, our partners and the activities we are investing in, please visit www.BPET.co.uk/enrichmentfund.

Excellent Parent Survey Outcomes 2017

In May 2017, we invited parents across all schools to take part in our annual BPET Parental Survey. We had a really encouraging level of engagement and received useful comments for the forward planning of the schools. Across the schools, we are delighted that 97% strongly agree or agree that their child enjoys coming to school and that  92% of parents are likely to recommend the school to other parents. In addition, 95% of parents strongly agree or agree that the school’s values and attitudes have a positive effect on their child.

Staff Survey Outcomes

In June we also conducted a Trust-wide staff survey and again, we are delighted that so many teachers are proud of the school they work in and enjoy the team they are part of. We are very pleased that teachers feel supported and we will continue to work with Headteachers and the Governing Bodies to provide ensure further professional development is available, to develop their careers within the Trust.

Governance

After operating for 5 years as a Trust, the Board of Trustees is seeking to appoint two parent trustees to the Board.  Parent governors from the current local governing bodies are being invited to nominate themselves, with a skills based analysis to be carried out.  These appointments will take the current Board of Trustees to nine.  Information on the Trustees can be found at www.BPET.co.uk/trustees

Rutherford House wins grant for Erasmus+ CPD programme

Staff at Rutherford House School were successful in their application to the Erasmus+ programme in May 2017.  Erasmus+ offers exciting opportunities for UK participants to study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad in Europe and this is an excellent continuing professional development opportunity for the teachers attending, bringing back the skills to benefit their pupils.

The title of the project is Spanish for Teachers – embedding Spanish in the curriculum and school life at Rutherford House School.

The grant for £36,000 secured by the school will cover training for 17 members of staff to visit Spain. Their trip will include Spanish lessons and information on the Spanish Education System.  The teachers will then use their newly acquired knowledge during some lessons to embed Spanish into daily school life, with the chance to practise the language in lessons such as Music and Maths, outside of their regular Spanish lesson.

This is an excellent opportunity for the staff and pupils to develop and deepen their understanding of Spanish, its culture and traditions.

State-of-the-Art Buildings for our new schools

The Trust continues to support schools in developing the school buildings for our new schools, with our first two brand new buildings completed.  Below is an update on progress:

Whitehall Park School, Islington

Whitehall Park moved into their new building in February 2017, with the Chair of Trustees, Claire Delaney formally opening the school at an excellent event on 25 March 2017.  Following two and a half years of children being educated in temporary accommodation, that included moving FIVE times, the school is finally settled in its amazing new building.  The event had an excellent turnout from parents, pupils and friends of the school who have supported the long and challenging journey to the permanent building!

Kilburn Grange School, Kilburn

Kilburn Grange School gained complete occupancy of their building in April 2017, having shared it with a boys’ secondary school for 18 months, since the school opened in September 2015. The building was transformed into a full primary school over the summer holidays, ready for the new academic year in September 2017.  Following the works, the building is smart and ready for the pupils to continue enjoying their school, in a calm, nurturing environment!

Watling Park School, Burnt Oak                                                                                                                                              Watling Park School recently moved into their brand new building. The children have been amazed at the size of the building, with an excellent outdoor area, hall, dance studio and arts room available to them.  The final works of a multi use games area is set to be finished in November 2017 with an formal opening planned in the Spring.

Braywick Court School, Maidenhead

The new school building has been subject to delays, which has been a frustration to the parents, staff and Trust.  Additional funding has been allocated by the DfE as the tight picturesque site, remains a challenge for all involved.  The school will remain in their temporary accommodation until August 2019, which is being further enhanced.

Deer Park School, Richmond

Planning permission was granted in February this year for the school that will be based above a supermarket!  Colleagues at Lidl are awaiting for the planning conditions to be approved, when demolition is expect to start in December 2017.  The target completion date is August 2019.

Fundraising events

Fundraising across the schools continues to be a great success with summer fetes and various other Parent Teacher Association (PTA) events filling up social calendars! Some highlights from this year include:

  • £1,500 raised at Halley House Summer Fete (1st ever!)
  • PTA at Deer Park raised £4,500+ over the year. Whitehall Park fundraised over £10,000 through various events.
  • £7,300 raised at Rutherford House Summer Fete
  • Kilburn Grange School & Watling Park also held their first summer fetes, helping to raise awareness of their schools in the local community.
National Fair Funding Formula update

 Many of you will be aware that the Government have been looking at how all schools are funded nationally and have committed to change the funding formula, so it is fairer for all.  This will have an impact on our schools, as London schools have long been funded higher, since it was last reviewed over 15 years ago.

With recent announcements, the Department for Education has announced more funding for schools, though as we understand it, this will only delay the reduction through the Fair Funding Formula changes, through:

The impact on Trust schools is likely to be –2.8% which is suggested will be phased in over a few years, starting in September 2018.  Some like Braywick and to a lesser extent, Kilburn will benefit from the changes.

The rest of the schools will have the full reduction.  Any reduction in education funding is always disappointing.  For our small and growing schools, we are best placed to accommodate the proposed changes in funding.  It is estimated for most this will be an overall reduction of about £50K per academic year when schools are full.

Stakeholder Pension

With BPET staff living in the most expensive area of the country and many recently out of higher education, with the fees that are associated, the Trust is keen that all staff are able to save for their retirement.  All staff have access to the Teacher pension or the Local Government Pension, though these require a high employee contribution.  We are offering a lower or zero contribution scheme for staff to consider as an alternative.  So as part of the Trust  responsibility and commitment to staff is to set up an employer contribution stake holder pension. In October the Trust will go through auto enrolment and we hope that the new pension will help and encourage those staff currently not in a pension to join.

Explorify, an innovative and exciting new teaching resource from Wellcome Trust

Explorify is a new and exciting programme of free activities available for primary school teachers, created by Wellcome Trust Education. It includes engaging, creative science activities that have been designed to stimulate curiosity, discussion and debate.

At Bellevue Place Education Trust, we are always on the lookout for new innovative and high quality teaching resources. To find out more about Explorify, click here.

Over the summer holidays, some classrooms at one of our schools, Halley House School were used as a location for the latest Explorify advert. Click here to watch the video.

 

Rutherford House School wins grant for Erasmus+ CPD programme

Rutherford House School applied to the Erasmus + programme in May 2017 and were delighted to hear that their application was successful. Erasmus+ offers exciting opportunities for UK participants to study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad in Europe and this is an excellent continuing professional development opportunity for the teachers attending, bringing back the skills to benefit their pupils.

The title of the project is Spanish for Teachers – embedding Spanish in the curriculum and school life at Rutherford House School. The staff were supported in their application by CLAROGB, a company specifically set up to assist with Erasmus+ applications and organising the training in Spain.

The grant for £36,000 secured by the school will cover training for 17 members of staff in Spain, which will include Spanish lessons and information on the Spanish Education System. This training will take place during the October half term.

On returning to England, the teachers will then use their newly acquired knowledge during some lessons to embed Spanish into daily school life. Pupils at Rutherford House School already learn Spanish but this should enhance learning further by providing an opportunity to practise the language in lessons such as Music and Maths, outside of their regular Spanish lesson.

This is an excellent opportunity for the staff and pupils to develop and deepen their understanding of Spanish, its culture and traditions.

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.”

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