BPET leadership positions: new appointments

We are delighted to announce the appointment of three key positions across BPET.

We welcome a new Interim Director of Education who will cover Laura Gregory, the current Director, whilst away on a year’s sabbatical: Alison Colenso has been appointed for the 2023/24 academic year. Mrs Colenso has over 20 years’ experience in primary school education. She was the founding Headteacher for Deer Park School, a BPET school which opened in September 2015. She left Deer Park in summer 2019, but remained connected with us in an advisory capacity, before taking up post as one of His Majesty’s Inspectors for Education at Ofsted in January 2020. Mrs Colenso will bring a breadth of experience gained whilst visiting and inspecting schools across London over the last three years. She is excited to develop relationships with all the BPET Headteachers to support and challenge them in their school improvement journey.

Mrs Colenso says: “I am delighted to be returning to BPET in this interim capacity. The trust has grown considerably since I left just over three years ago – testament to its unfaltering ambition to ensure as many children as possible thrive through learning, enjoying and succeeding. I am committed to driving up standards further and ultimately ensuring the best outcomes for all children in BPET schools and beyond.”

Mrs Michelle Robertson has been appointed Headteacher at Braywick Court School. Mrs Robertson was the substantive Deputy Headteacher at the school for the past four years and has been carrying out the role of Acting Headteacher since September 2023. Mrs Robertson demonstrated the vision and understanding for delivering the highest standards of education, with a particular passion in the Green Schools Project. She continues to deliver excellent provision at Braywick Court School, with a deep understanding of their unique curriculum.
She says: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Headteacher. Braywick Court School is a very special place which staff, pupils and parents are all rightly very proud of. It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to serve such a thriving school community.”

Kilburn Grange School also has a new Headteacher, Ms Helen Khinich, who has been appointed to this permanent role. Ms Khinich is a founding Deputy Headteacher, and also was the Acting Headteacher since January 2023. She also demonstrated a clear vision and passion for meeting the needs of the pupils at the school, and the community the school serves.

Ms Kinich says: “In 2015, I helped to open Kilburn Grange School and as the school has grown over the years, it has been such an honour to have been part of its community, lead the staff and watch the children Learn, Enjoy and Succeed. I have now been appointed as Headteacher and I am incredibly proud to lead the school into the next phase of its journey.”

We are delighted to have appointed such strong leaders in these key positions, from a very strong field of candidates for each role. We look forward to working with them in our mission to provide the best education to all children.