Deer Park School, Richmond Road is Go!

22/4/21: Today was the day!

The sun shone, the families queued in staggered year groups nicely with a buzz of excitement!

BPET CEO Mark Greatrex, BPET Chair of Trustees Claire Delaney and Head Teacher Alex Lee welcomed the children in, then teachers led their pupils to their classes!  Lunch was amazing and playtime fabulous!  We cannot wait to watch the school grow into this fabulous facility!

Click the image to see the video images!

Update 21/4/21: Tomorrow is Opening Day!

We are so proud of the staff team at Deer Park School for the determination, continued outstanding teaching in the temporary site and for their teamwork whilst the completion and fitting out of the new permanent building has come to fruition in the last few weeks!

Thursday 22nd April 2021 is a new home, new chapter of this outstanding schools history.

 

Update: 16/4/21: Wow Just Wow

Amazing progress by Rory McCann creating his largest ever ‘earth from space’ mural, exploring diversity, the history of innovation and national celebrations!  We cannot wait to see the finished piece!

Update 31/3/21: The count down is on!

We have taken control of the site and it is a hive of activity as we have painting contractors onsite, in particular our spectacular entrance lobby stairwell is being updated ready for signage and artwork!

 

12 March 2021:

It has been a long journey and with the COVID-19 pandemic slowing progress during 2020, we are so excited to be so close to the completion of the permanent home for Deer Park School at 389-391 Richmond Road, Tw1 2EF.

This week’s site visit, captured here in this video montage, shows there is still some work to be done before we BPET take control in the next 7 – 10 days, but that many features of the school are complete.

Once BPET and Deer Park School take control of the site we will be using the remainder of the spring term and the Easter break to install all the furniture, fittings and finally school teaching equipment into the state of the art building, ready for our pupils to start onsite on 22 April 2021!

 

 

BPET offers HLTA Training in partnership with Best Practice Network

 

We are delighted to be offering HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant) status training.  Anyone who applies before 21st July 2021 will have 12 months free access to the TA Toolkit!

Review the HLTA brochure here:

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BPET Spring 2021 Newsletter

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Trust sees 97.7% Attendance for Back to School Week 8-12 March 2021

Trust sees 97.7% Attendance for Back to School Week 8-12 March 2021

We are delighted to have recorded 97.7% attendance of pupils across our eight primary schools in London and Berkshire this week after eight weeks of Lockdown Remote Learning!

Whilst we had great attendance and engagement throughout remote learning, there is nothing like seeing our pupils and staff back together. As a group we had a Headteacher and BPET Team meeting on Tuesday and we feel this quote from Matt Parting, Headteacher Evendons Primary School says it all …

I suddenly felt alive again, I just didn’t realise how flat I had been feeling, it dawned on me this is what school sounds like! It was lovely to hear the children playing outside, so nice not being such a quiet place.  

I realise why I love being a teacher and so it wasn’t very hard for me to get up early this morning.”

 

It has been fantastic to see the breath of learning this week, which amongst normal curriculum plans has see a wide array of PE lessons, extended playtimes and even classroom discos!  Some of our schools celebrated International Woman’s Day on Monday 8th, others embraced British Science Week focusing on STEM activities all week.

Haley House School, Hackney were also very proud to be visited on Monday 8th by global media agency AFP as they filmed and photographed their return to school.  The photo’s were shared with Getty Images and are subject to copyright, but we have been able to see some use right across Europe and into the the Gulf and have shared a few images in this “back to school montage”

We would like to thank all our staff, who have worked so hard for a success return to school and also our pupils and parents/carers who have returned to school with such positivity, enthusiasm and focus!

We especially love this high tempo video from Evendons:

 

BPET schools receive 160 ‘Mail Force computers for kids’

What a fabulous return to in-school learning on 8th March 2021, as all eight schools in the Trust received a delivery of 20 laptops from the Daily Mail ‘Mail Force’ campaign providing computers for schools to give to pupils in need of a laptop. That’s 160 devices across the group.

Here is a quick montage of our grateful staff and pupils:

We would like to thank every individual, every business who made a donation to the fund raising campaign as these laptops will really help our pupils most in need with future home-work or 1-2-1 learning in school under the guidance of our fabulous Learning Support and Teaching Assistants.

It also means some devices “loaned” from school resources during lockdown can be returned to school for on-going use, with such families gaining the Mail Force device permanently!

The eight BPET schools are:

Braywick Court School (Bray, Maidenhead), Deer Park School (Richmond upon Thames), Evendons Primary (Wokingham), Halley House School (Hackney), Kilburn Grange School (Brent), Rutherford House School (Balham), Watling Park School (Barnet) and Whitehall Park School (Islington).

Mail Force is a Charity: So far* they have raised £1,473,952.80 to provide much needed school equipment and resources for pupils across the UK learning from home.

* Monday 8th March 2021

Bellevue Education donates laptops to BPET Schools

Bellevue Education donates laptops to BPET Free Schools

Bellevue Education has made a donation of laptops and other home learning equipment to the Bellevue Place Education Trust (BPET), to support their efforts in home educating during the national lockdown as a result of Covid-19.

The donation, including laptops, chargers and keyboards, will be sent to Kilburn Grange School, a Free School in Maida Vale, London.

The Bellevue Place Education Trust (BPET) sponsors eight growing Free Schools across London and Berkshire. The Trust was founded as a joint venture between Bellevue Education, a group of 21 independent schools across the UK and Europe; and Place Group Consulting, who have been setting up new state schools for 15 years.

Chief Executive of BPET, Mark Greatrex, comments:

‘Just under 25% of the 2,324 pupils attending BPET schools are on pupil premium funding. By surveying throughout the first lockdown in 2020, we identified lack of IT as the greatest barrier for these families to engage in home learning. We were lucky to help them thanks to Department for Education (DFE) schemes, but now in ‘Lockdown 3’, it is the issue of multiple siblings who have to share devices that is our concern.

‘The Government has rules on how many hours online learning daily a pupil must maintain to stay on track, and where families are having to share, it is just not feasible.

‘The donation from Bellevue Education will have a huge impact on such families. Supporting the hardest-to-reach families and helping all pupils connect to our high-quality home learning provision is a key role for schools at this time. Thank you, Bellevue!’

 -ENDS-

 NOTES TO EDITORS

About Bellevue Education

Founded in 2003, Bellevue Education is a leading group of schools dedicated to providing the best possible education to children and students aged from six months to 19 years.

Each Bellevue school is run independently, but united by the same commitment: to be a place where children thrive, which teachers aspire to work for, and which parents are proud to send their children to.

Bellevue schools are warm, happy and dynamic environments where students are encouraged to aim high, delivering a broad curriculum in innovative ways. Bellevue recruits exceptional staff and ensures they are fully supported, with unrivalled training programmes and shared best practice opportunities. The group also understands the importance of parents in their child’s education, with a focus on parent communication.

Bellevue believes that exceptional academic results are the natural outcome of instilling a lifelong love of learning. The group takes great pride in helping to shape futures and inspire tomorrow’s leaders.

COVID-19 Update for start of 2021

2nd January 2021:  We have updated our COVID-19 Advice page after the recent Government announcements.

The current situation is that all six London based schools will be closed, except for vulnerable children or children of critical workers, until at least 18th January 2021. Remote learning will commence on 5th January 2021 and each individual school* will have emailed detailed information to parents and carers.

* Schools are: Deer Park, Halley House, Kilburn Grange, Rutherford House, Watling Park and Whitehall Park.

ANNOUNCEMENT: BPET Virtual Conference – 4 January 2021

UPDATE:  we have had to change the content of the conference so our amazing staff can focus on delivering remote learning for pupils from 5th January 2021.

We still have two amazing keynote speakers and two specialists on Autism and Dyslexia for our Teaching Assistants and Learning Support Assistants!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The four speakers are:

  • Dame Alison Peacock, Chartered College of Teaching, “Learning without Limits”
  • Shirley Clarke – “Transforming learning through formative assessment”
  • Steph Reed – “Understanding Autism and Learning”
  • Donna Stevenson – “Understanding Dyslexia and Dyscalculia”

BPET Autumn Newsletter 2020

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Rutherford House School, 7th Anniversary Admissions Policy Consultation

There is a statutory requirement for schools to consult with parents, carers, staff, local neighbouring schools and nurseries and the local authority on the 7th anniversary of an Admissions Policy being created and have never been amended.

This year our school in Balham, Rutherford House, falls into this category.  Therefore, we welcome visitors in the education sector local to Rutherford House to review our proposed Admissions Policy 2022-23 (with no changes) and attach here our consultation document.

Should you wish to make a comment on the policy please email: info@bpet.co.uk addressing your email “For the attention of Tracey Blandford”.  Comments can be sent from 2nd December 2020 until 31st January 2021.

 

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