Trust Champions

Bellevue Place Educational Trust is founded on our vision to Learn, Enjoy, Succeed.
This is not only true for our pupils, but for our staff too: by delivering the best education and support to our teachers, they will provide the best education and support to the pupils.

Due to BPET’s growth, we have been able to introduce specialist roles to work across all our schools. Our Trust Champions have been recruited amongst our existing teaching staff, recognising experience, specialist skills and leadership attitude. Trust Champions not only support other teaching staff, creating a cascading effect of best practices throughout the Trust, but they further their own professional development too.

James Richards, from Rutherford House School, has been the Trust’s Sports Champion for the last two years. At Rutherford, James has developed the PE department with the belief that children learn best whilst they are having fun. James has been working with all PE teachers across the Trust to get more pupils to be more active, more often. James organises the annual BPET girls and boys football tournaments that take place at Watling Park School.

James fully engages with parents and the wider community, as he recognises that these relationships are vital in ensuring that children are supported as they move through school. For his attitude and commitment to developing competitive sport across our family of schools, James has won the BPET’s Impact Award in 2022.

Natalia Levene, from Deer Park School, has been appointed Early Year Foundation Stage (EYFS) Trust Champion. From Sept 2022, Natalia will lead EYFS moderation, including baseline moderation, facilitate EYFS Leader Network Meetings, deliver group training at the Trust’s annual conferences and support developments within teaching and learning.
Natalia believes that the early years are fundamental for pupils, because it is at this time that they gain all the basic skills of learning, setting the scene for a smooth transition to year 1, and the rest of their education.

Natalia was awarded the BPET’s Community Impact Award in 2022  − together with Lucie Bebe − for their work to support families of children with additional needs.

Claire Syms, our energetic Headteacher at Halley House School, has been appointed Delivery Partner Lead in order to grow the BPET delivery partner work with Outstanding Leaders and Best Practice Network through running the specialist NPQs through to NPQEL. She will recruit facilitators from within BPET because of their strength in leadership, ensure training is completed, allocate cohorts to facilitators always ensuring our facilities are high class promoting the value as a Trust we place on CPD of our staff. She will be instrumental to drive the professional development of our own teachers and leaders forward, and we can’t wait!

If you are interested in developing your career with us, head over to our continuing professional development tab.

Arts Competition

We love when children from all our schools come together to work collaboratively or engage in competitions.

As Kate Hodgson, Art Teacher at Halley House School and competition judge, says “It’s exciting for children to be part of something bigger, to test their skills and have the adults around them support that journey with its adventures, and through all the ups and the downs of building skills and learning.”

Kate and Maxine Mallett, Headteacher at Rutherford House, organised and managed the competition across all nine BPET schools, allowing slightly different formats in order for teachers to adapt to their specific school settings.

Artwork from Tiarah Prince-Ryan, Whitehall Park School

All BPET schools follow an holistic approach to education, and taking part in arts competitions – brainstorming, preparing, capturing evidence and evaluating the work to submit – allows children to develop skills which are invaluable to their all-round development, just as with sports and music.

Children worked on their own piece of artwork, and the winning piece from each class was submitted to Kate Hodgson via a digital portfolio.

View the full arts competition portfolio here

First ever Debate Competition

Thirty-six children from five BPET schools met yesterday for our first ever Debate Competition.

Led by the director of Noisy Classroom Debbie Newman, the children were assigned a topic and a position to argue for, splitting into teams representing the ayes or the nos for each topic.

After a little preparation, the children stepped into their seats, ready to describe their positions on topics such as ‘is being famous a good thing” or “should children be allowed mobile phones” and vehemently argued with their counterparts! Time keeping and the chairing of each debate was handled by children from a third school in order to keep impartiality. The audience was also called upon asking questions and commenting on the arguments brought forward by each party before motions were passed or rejected.

The children were very respectful of each other’s points of view, stood up to speak, asked to intervene when appropriate and did not interrupt one another.

The overall winners
The overall winners

The winners of the debate competition were the children from Deer Park School who took home a golden trophy, with runners-up being Rutherford House School (morning session) and Evendons Primary School (afternoon session). Halley House School and Kilburn Grange school also won individual debates throughout the day, so all of the teams were winners! All children were presented with a certificate for taking part and providing some great challenge.

Debbie Newman said: “It was terrific to see the huge amount of progress made throughout the day, with the pupils really developing their confidence and willingness to think on their feet and engage with the other side of the debate”.

The BPET newly appointed Head of Marketing and Communications Flavia Cerrone said: “I was very impressed by the quality of the debates, the arguments put forward by the children, and the respectful behaviour they showed towards one another. I can tell we have some future politicians sitting right here in our classrooms! Well done to everyone, I wish I had such an opportunity when I was at school”.

“I wish I wasn’t in Year 6 so I could do it all over again!”

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