Braywick Court School shortlisted for Education Estates 2020 ‘Project of the Year’- Schools Award

We are incredibly proud that through the architectural team of ADP Architecture, our newest school building for Braywick Court School has been short-listed for the Project of the Year – Schools Award.

The Education Estates Awards celebrate excellence and achievement in education and ADP Architecture have two projects short listed as finalists.

Braywick Court School is shortlisted for the Project of the Year – Schools Award, which recognises a school new build project that has made a difference to the educational or research experience.

In summary in it’s application the project states “Braywick connects with nature and its surroundings at every opportunity, positively enhancing the wellbeing of pupils and staff. The bright, relaxing, and calming environment significantly improves the pupil experience, with creative and effective wayfinding introduced through colour and graphics.”

The winners will be announced at the Education Estates Digital Awards Ceremony on 15th October 2020.  We all have our fingers crossed.

Braywick Court School image from ADP Architecture

BPET becomes a founding member of the Free School Leaders Network

We are delighted to announce that BPET CEO, Mark Greatrex, has been accepted the invitation from The New Schools Network to become a founding member of their new Free School Leader Network (FSLN).

The role of the FSLN is as follows  below and the invitation acknowledges Mark’s success at BPET, who in the five years as CEO has seen four of the seven original FREE schools open and in the last academic year transition Evendons Free Primary School, Wokingham into the Trust. As an organisation three of the eight schools are graded Outstanding by Ofsted, with the remaining four all graded Good.

BPET joins Challenge Partners Leadership Network

Delighted to say that we have been invited to join Challenge Partners Leadership Network.

This offers BPET Central Team and our eight primary free schools networking opportunities with other small and medium sized Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) and schools, to learn from each other and to enhance the life chances of all children through collaboration to combine our specialist wisdom.

Trust Leaders Network

“Our national network brings together like-minded trust leaders passionate about extending excellence in their trusts and committed to sharing great practice so that the whole system improves – consistent with our upwards convergence model.

Learning from each other and the business world beyond, the network enables you to connect with experts, leading thinkers and peers across the country.”

Trust Peer Review

Emulating the success of our school Quality Assurance Review, our Trust Peer Review enables improvement through challenge and collaboration. Independently reviewed by the NFER, it was found to benefit trusts and reviewers alike. The host trust is supported to sharpen its improvement strategies and leadership, while peer reviewers gain unique insights to support development in themselves and their trusts.

Trust peer reviewers are led by an independent expert and work with host trust leaders as one team to build a picture of how school improvement operates across the trust and the impact it is having. This informs rich professional dialogue about strengths, areas for development and next steps, which are captured in a written report. The BPET CEO and Director of Education have been trained to undertake Trust Peer Reviews.

 

Rutherford House recognised as ‘School Heroes’

We are very proud of our Trust School in Balham to be recognised by their local MP, Dr. Rosena Allin-Khan, as local ‘School Heroes’ for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic both supporting home-learning and then re-opening on 1st June 2020 and since 22nd June welcoming every year group of pupils back before the summer holidays.

This is the nomination for Head Teacher, Mrs Maxine Mallet, and her whole staff team …

Dr Allin-Khan wrote the following letter whilst sending the certificate to the school before the end of term / 2019-2020 academic year.

Here is the certificate itself, which will be officially presented to the school’s staff when social distance visiting allows in the autumn term.

‘Well Done’ Mrs Mallett and the whole Rutherford House School Team!

BPET launches 2020-21 CPD and Collaboration Training Portfolio

Delighted to launch our 2020-21 Professional Development Training Programme for 2020-21.

In partnership with esteemed external facilitators and professional training organisations we offer a wide variety of cost effective training courses for Teachers, Emerging and Senior leaders.

Most courses for 2020-21 will be delivered over zoom, with a few specific modules taking place face-to-face at our training facility at Kilburn Grange School, Brent, London.

Take a look at our brochure and take advantage of our early bird booking offer!

 

Excellent Parental Survey Results for our Schools

We are very grateful to our parents who have completed our annual parents survey, which provides invaluable feedback and ideas for improving the children’s education experience. We place a great emphasis on regular review and improvement, with input considered carefully from all of our key stakeholders and this is factored into the planning for the following academic year.

Even in these extraordinary times of COVID-19, the annual BPET Parental Surveys were sent, because we did have 7 months of the academic year in school before lock-down and we have received very positive feedback across our eight schools.

Overall, we are delighted to say that 97% of parents agree or strong agree that their child enjoys coming to school and 94% of respondents would recommend a BPET school to their friends – which is better than the excellent feedback as we received last year.

Across BPET, parent’s responses show they are very happy with their child’s education, across the eight schools and in addition:

  • 98% of parents and carers strongly agree or agree that their school’s values and attitudes have a positive effect on their child
  • 97% of parents and carers strongly agree or agree that their school develops their child’s independence and responsibility
  • 95% of parents and carers are satisfied with the leadership and management of their school

These positive responses are a testimony to the hard work and dedication put in by staff teams across the year for the benefit of our 2,000 pupils. The results are all higher than previous years; even though our schools continue to grow every year so a wider cohort of families across the trust and the recent weeks of home remote learning.

All schools have written to parents, setting out the areas that have been identified for improvement. These include ideas for extra-curricular clubs next year, better communication with parents, especially where information is about pupil’s performance and outdoor learning which includes both sports provision and ideas like forest school.

 

 

To emphasise these positive survey outcomes, parents created testimonials they are happy we share across our trust, below:

Braywick Court School is an absolutely fantastic and unique school with the most wonderful, dedicated and caring teachers I have seen. So much hard work and passion has been put into making the school what it is today and we are very lucky to be able to send our children there. They have proved during this very difficult and challenging lock-down period just how amazing they are for so many different reasons.

Deer Park School is an ‘Outstanding’ local school, bringing together families and local community. All pupils are nurtured and encouraged to excel, whilst they develop valuable life skills and a real enthusiasm for learning. My children cannot wait to be in the new building where we know so much more can be achieved with a larger space inside and out.

We ‘love’ Evendons Primary School, the ethos, teaching staff and community around the school have created a varied, inspiring & interesting learning environment that our girls love and are always positive about attending school. Children are seen as unique individuals & are encouraged to develop their interests & skills. Evendons nurtures & cares for each child always putting the child’s needs first above box ticking. It has been wonderful to watch our girls develop the school and believe that they will leave the school as well rounded individuals.

Halley House School is a vibrant and welcoming school community that welcomes parent involvement and encourages all children to flourish. The staff are so committed and caring and work tirelessly to inspire the children. Learning and a passion for educating is at the heart of this school! We are really grateful to be part of this growing school.

In attending Kilburn Grange School, our children feel that they belong to a community that always has their best interests at its heart. They love the school, its staff and his friends, having developed tremendously since joining. The school is a place which is open, inclusive, multicultural and heart-warming. Thank you!

Rutherford House School offers a supportive environment for children to thrive in. They love children and it shows in the huge effort they put into keeping them happy and safe. They continually challenge themselves to open up new opportunities and experiences for pupils and I trust them to help me prepare my child to enter the world.

Watling Park School is a fantastic school to send your child to. My daughter adores all the teachers, enjoys her lessons. The school have helped her thrive. It is a place where children of all different socio-economic backgrounds and ethnicities get a great foundational opportunity to build on their educational minds as well as their social interaction.

Whitehall Park School is an amazing school as it provides a safe, happy and challenging learning space for my children. It has a great academic ethos and offers a broad curriculum as well as exceptional extra-curricular activities, both my children love going to school and that is thanks to the great teachers and staff!

School Re-opening – Case Study: Confidence in good hygiene with Hand Inspection Units

We at Bellevue Place Education Trust have been taking every step in the closing, planning and delivery of home-learning and re-opening of schools very seriously. We have worked in a collaborative manner with our staff, families, suppliers and where applicable local authorities.

Since the announcement for a phased return to school for Reception, Years 1 and 6 by the Government we have supported and assisted our eight schools to undertake detailed risk assessments and school running planning. We have procured PPE, where requested, and safety equipment for our schools and we have communicated openly with our staff and families all the steps we have taken.

We are confident, that we have done everything we can to make our schools as safe as possible for our pupils and wider staff return on 1st June 2020.

This case study is an example of our procurement for our schools of a vital solution to help educate all about the importance of good regular hand washing – Hand Inspection units from DaRo UV Systems – which provide an ongoing monitoring solution offering safety and good practice to everyone who attends or in time visits a BPET school.

Introduction of our New Head Teacher for Kilburn Grange School

The Trust is delighted to announce that, following a competitive recruitment process, Mr Rob Farrell has been appointed as the new Headteacher for Kilburn Grange School. Read the formal announcement here.

Mr Farrell joins Kilburn Grange School (KGS) with over 20 years’ experience in the education sector, most recently as Headteacher at Oliver House School, an independent school in Clapham. He has enjoyed an interesting and varied career so far, working across both the state and independent sectors, at primary and secondary level.

Mr Farrell will join KGS on 1 September 2020, although we hope to arrange a visit before so he can learn more about the school and to talk to staff and pupils. We will also arrange a meeting as soon as we are able, where parents will have the opportunity to meet Rob and hear his ideas and aspirations forthe school in person.

Rob Farrell, will join KGS on 1st September 2020In the meantime, we took the opportunity to ask Rob some questions so the school community could get to know a little about him …

Q: What motivated you to become a teacher?

My older sister was the first teacher in our family so there was certainly some inspiration there. Like many teenagers I did consider a number of possible careers while studying for my A-Levels, but teaching was the only one that truly inspired and excited me. The opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of young people makes teaching an incredibly rewarding profession. I have enjoyed a varied and interesting career working with children of all ages and I feel very privileged to have been able to do something that I love for all of these years.

Q: Looking back to your time as a Head teacher, what are some of the things you are proudest of?

A: I am proud of the many areas of progress that the school made in my time as headteacher. This progress that was only possible through a positive atmosphere of collaboration, purpose and shared vision amongst stakeholders. Looking back, most importantly, I am proud of the many achievements of all of the children. It is incredibly important to me that I know each child well and I enjoyed visiting classrooms regularly to hear about their daily accomplishments. These opportunities to share in a child’s success and celebrate their good news are what makes the role of a headteacher such a special one.

Q: Tell us one fact about yourself that we would not find on your CV …

A: I love playing and watching a range of sports and coach my son’s football team on a Saturday morning. He’s a goalkeeper, a position I played at school.

Q: What attracted you to the role at Kilburn Grange and what is your vision for taking the school forward?

A: I am delighted to be joining Kilburn Grange at such an exciting point in the school’s development. With the first Year 5 class due to start in September, it is a wonderful opportunity to help shape a successful future for the school and build on the good work that has taken place since Kilburn Grange opened in 2015.

I am really looking forward to working with a dedicated and talented staff team, taking the school onwards on its journey to becoming an outstanding school that is an important part of the local community. The BPET vision for children in its schools is one that I share. It is a vision of schools as places where children are happy, love learning and are surrounded by exciting opportunities that enrich their educational experience.

I can’t wait to get started and begin working with the wonderful children in Kilburn Grange. I will be doing all that I can to ensure that their experience of primary school is one that they will look back on with great fondness. My aim is to ensure that all of our children reach their potential and feel good about themselves. I want them to look ahead to the future with excitement, confident in their many talents and keen to contribute to society in a positive way.

Evendons Primary School Leadership Team Announcement

Since becoming Head Teacher of Evendons Primary School and joining Bellevue Place Education Trust (BPET) Matt Parting has looked at re-framing the school’s leadership team to both reflect the experience of his senior leadership team (SLT) and to respond to the needs of the school now that it is full.

After a successful interview process led by Matt and Laura Gregory, BPET Director of Education two appointments can be announced.

Firstly, Ms Stacey Read has been appointed as Evendons Deputy Headteacher with immediate effect. Stacey will be focusing on developing teaching & learning across the school. We will be looking to appoint a new SENCo in September to free up Stacey’s time to concentrate on her new role and responsibilities.

Secondly, Ms Jane Aust has accepted the post of Office Manager.  This role now fully reflects the huge contribution Jane makes to the smooth and safe running of the school. The creation of the Office Manager role is in keeping with others across BPET but has allowed Evendons to tailor the job description to incorporate the huge strategic role Jane plays as part of the senior leadership team.

Sharing the news with staff and parents just before the Easter break, Matt Parting said “I know that you will all recognise, perhaps more than me, the importance of both Stacey and Jane’s contribution to the school over the past few years. I hope you will all join me in offering them both huge congratulations and I look forward to continuing to move Evendons forward with them both.”

We at Bellevue Place Education Trust are confident this new structure will enable the school to develop further, to provide challenging and innovative teaching and learning for all pupils at Evendons Primary School.

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