Community Green Space Grant awarded to Rutherford House School

Rutherford House School has been successful in its application for a Community Green Space Grant from the London Mayor’s Greener City Fund. Sadiq Khan announced his ambition to create the world’s first ‘National Park City’, following a manifesto commitment to make London 50% green by 2050. With the emphasis that BPET schools place on activity and outdoor stimulation, we are beyond pleased with this result. Rutherford’s successful application for the project ‘Rutherford Goes Green – From Grey Playground to Green Oasis’ aims to convert the concrete playground to create new green space for use by the whole community. Volunteer action days and community workshops are planned to both establish and maintain the space, with up to three generations of local people working in regular collaboration. The school was awarded £10,000 to develop 60sqm of green space, including growing areas and wildlife, in which it will establish sustainable gardening and outdoor learning space. The project has been given an anticipated completion date of July 2019.

Trust-wide Thinking Schools training

Kilburn Grange School hosted a Trust-wide training session for ‘Thinking Schools Development: Philosophy for Children’, as we continue towards pursuing Thinking Schools accreditation across all seven BPET schools. Delivered by the former President of SAPERE (Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education), an education charity dedicated to the promotion of Philosophy for Children (P4C), the events took place over two days and involved Headteachers as well as Thinking Skills Leaders from schools across the Trust.

Philosophy for Children is a programme with a proven record for developing higher order thinking, questioning, speaking and listening skills. The Education Endowment Foundation and Durham University published a study showing that P4C raises student attainment in reading, writing and maths, with a special emphasis on improvements amongst disadvantaged pupils. It has subsequently been included in the EEF pupil premium toolkit. P4C arrived in the UK during the 1990s with the formation of SAPERE, who adapted the existing international programme to increase accessibility for teachers without a background in philosophy. Last November, Kilburn Grange also hosted the Thinking Schools International Conference, organised by Thinking Schools International CEO Richard Cummins and bringing together Thinking Schools Leaders from across the country, including teachers from our own Rutherford House and Whitehall Park.

In April, Whitehall Park and Watling Park will also host a delegation from a number of Lithuanian schools. The BPET schools have been asked by Richard Cummins to demonstrate the effect of implementing a Thinking Schools approach and the positive impact it has had on our educational offering.

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

 

BPET Monthly Newsletter

We are excited to announce that we will be producing a BPET newsletter which will be included in every school newsletter at the end of the month. This will provide parents and stakeholders with the latest news and developments from across the Trust.

Please see below for our latest edition.

January 2018

Parent Trustees appointment

Last year the Board of Trustees commissioned the National Governance Association to carry out an external review of the governance of the Trust, which included a workshop that Heads and Chair of Governors were invited to. Whilst the subsequent report found the governance of the Trust strong, it did make a recommendation for parent governors with certain skill sets to join the Board.

Following this, we are delighted to announce that Chris Gallant and Dina Choudhury joined the Board as elected parent Trustees in December 2017, they will both serve a four year term. Chris has extensive in marketing and communications, and Dina is a Chartered Accountant. For more information on the Board of Trustees, please click here.

INSET Day

On 3 January 2018 over 180 staff from across the Trust came together for an INSET day at Rutherford House School. This year we were delighted to be able to offer a number of high quality external providers, as well as sessions led by the experience we have across the Trust. Examples of sessions included Developing Growth Mindsets, Engaging Learning Environments and Teaching Maths for Mastery. These Trust-wide training days provide staff with the opportunity to share best practice and meet staff in a similar role.

Maths provision across the Trust

The Trust is delighted to announce that we are working with a specialist maths consultant, Robert Wilne, who will be working with us on maths provision across our schools. Robert has taught mathematics in both state and independent schools for 20 years and was previously the Head of Maths at Highgate School. He was also the founding Headmaster of London Academy of Excellence in Newham. Robert with be working across the Trust with Head teachers and Maths leads on an ongoing basis to develop the maths teaching to be the very best it can be.

Robert recently met with our maths coordinators at the Trust-wide INSET day on 3 January, where he discussed ‘Teaching Maths for Mastery: what is is, what it isn’t, and what it looks like in the classroom’. We are thrilled to have Robert on board and to offer an exciting maths curriculum. He has already spent a day at Watling Park School and provided initial ideas for developing maths and including reasoning as part of the maths lessons.

Learning Reviews

This month Bellevue Education will be conducting Learning Reviews across the schools. These reviews are a two day process which involves visiting the school and meeting with senior leaders. During these visits the Bellevue Education team will be looking at all aspects of educational delivery and will also be meeting with parents and key stakeholders. Due to four schools being in an Ofsted window, these visits will take place this month to highlight any recommendations for improvement. The other schools that are not expecting Ofsted will accompany an expecting school so that every school can take part.

Headteacher Vacancy at Watling Park School

Headteacher Vacancy at Watling Park School

Location: Watling Park School, Pavilion Way, Burnt Oak, Barnet, London, HA8 9YA

Salary: Highly competitive

Starting: September 2018

NOR: 180 pupils (currently), growing to 420 pupils by 2021

Bellevue Place Education Trust opened Watling Park School in September 2015 – a primary free school serving pupils aged 4-11 years old – serving the Burnt Oak community of Barnet.

A non-selective, non-denominational, co-educational school, Watling Park School welcomes children of all abilities from all backgrounds. The school is the result of an innovative joint venture between Bellevue Schools Group, operator of 15 outstanding preparatory schools and Place Group, a market-leading education and school services company.

Watling Park School has made a fantastic start in its first two years, being popular with parents and the progress of pupils is above national averages for a Good Level of Development in the first Reception cohorts.  The school continues to build on its early successes and is going from strength to strength. A recent parental survey confirmed that 97% of pupils enjoy coming to school and 100% of parents and carers strongly agree or agree that the school develops a child’s independence and responsibility.

We are seeking an experienced senior leader in the primary sector, you will have a strong track record in leadership and core learning.  Capable of interpreting, developing and implementing the BPET education vision, your excellent communications skills will be vital in promoting the school to the community and delivering a high standard of education through a broad and balanced curriculum.

In return, you will get that rarest of opportunities: the chance to lead a new school, in brand new purpose build environment and ensure that every element is optimised to deliver outstanding teaching and learning.  Furthermore, you will receive unparalleled access to support and to career advancement through our network of schools, development programmes and links with our two parent organisations.

To arrange an informal discussion or visit to the school, please email Mark Greatrex.  To apply for the role, please complete and submit a covering letter, setting out why you are interested in the role and how you are best placed to deliver the priorities and application form to mark.greatrex@BPET.co.uk.

Tour of the school: 10am – 11am Wednesday 21 February 2018

Closing date: 6pm on Wednesday 28 February 2018

Interview Date: Thursday 8 March 2018
Start Date: September 2018
Location: Pavilion Way, Burnt Oak, Barnet, HA8 9YA
Salary: Highly competitive

Headteacher Recruitment pack (including job description)

BPET Application form

BPET Monitoring form

 

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

Outcome of Halley House School 1FE Consultation

Halley House School Admissions Consultation

This is a report summarising the statutory consultation under the S.142 of the Schools Admission Code, requiring “all admissions authorities must consult on their admissions arrangements that will apply for admission applications [in] the follow school year.”

The Trustees of Bellevue Place Education Trust have proposed the reduction of the admissions Halley House School from the currently planned 60 pupils per year, to a Planned Admission Number of 30 pupils per year, starting with the pupil admissions for September 2019.

The consultation ran from 1 December 2017 until 26 January 2018 and this report sets out the responses to this consultation.  The consultation was advertised on both the Bellevue Place Education Trust website, www.bpet.co.uk and Halley House School website, www.halleyhouseschool.org.uk, with comments either in support or against the proposal emailed to info@bpet.co.uk.

The consultation was sent for the attention of the following stakeholders:

  • Parents of children currently at the school
    • 3 parents responded, 2 which supported the application and 1 that was neither for or against
  • School staff
    • 1 staff member expressed concerns around whether a reduction will effect funding
  • Primary schools and pre-school providers within a 1.5 mile radius
    • 70 + nurseries in the local area, with no comments received
  • Hackney Learning Trust
    • 4 key contacts within Hackney Learning Trust
  • Key contacts within neighbouring local authorities
    • Five staff from local councils – (Tower Hamlets, Newham, Waltham Forest, Islington and Haringey). Two no comment responses were received.

Comments

  • FOR “I’m a parent at Halley House and I support the idea to decrease the reception places to 30, there isn’t enough space”. Year 2 Parent
  • FOR “I am in total agreement about the reduction in pupil numbers. I think it would be extremely beneficial to reduce the number from the next academic year”. Reception Parent
  • FOR “Given the current reception allocations for the school for September 2017, your concerns about the limited outdoor play space, and the current level of surplus reception places in Hackney, we share your view that a permanent reduction in the school’s PAN would be a sensible course of action at this time”. Anne Canning, Group Direction, Hackney Service Centre. April 2017

Conclusion

The results of this consultation will be sent to the Trustees of Bellevue Place Education Trust, who will take the detailed responses into account and consider an application to the Department for Education on the proposal to amend the Planned Admission Number at Halley House School.

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.

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