Announcement: Mrs Stacey Read appointed as Headteacher Evendons Primary School

‘I am delighted to say that Mrs Stacey Read has been appointed as the new Headteacher for Evendons Primary School on a permanent basis.  Stacey is currently the Deputy Headteacher at the school and becomes the first internal appointment in BPET to a Headteacher role.

Stacey has been at Evendons since the school opened in Sept 2014 and through a very strong interview, presented some really exciting plans for the school in delivering the BPET vision for the school, a great fit for the school and Trust!

Stacey will offer the school pupils, staff and parent community continuity. She will be starting the role of Headteacher after the Easter holidays on 25 April 2022.’

Mark Greatrex

CEO Bellevue Place Education Trust

BPET Spring Newsletter 2022

So much great news to share this term across our Trust!

Outcome: Evendons Primary School Admissions Policy 2023-24 Consultation

9/3/22 – OUTCOME STATEMENT:

Further to the consultation period closing on 20th January 2022, all responses (three were received) were reviewed and actioned and then a report was sent to the BPET Board for review and approval. The BPET Board met on Tuesday 8th March 2022 and discussed the proposed changes. After which the decision was to move ahead with changes (1) and (3) but not change the criteria clauses relating to siblings within catchment. Therefore clause 2 of the over-subscription criteria will remain:

“Children whose permanent home address is inside the school’s designated area and who has a sibling at the school at the time of the application; who is expected to be attending the school when the child will enter the school.”

The full 2023-24 Admissions Policy can be read here and the Consultation Report and Appendix

 

DECEMBER 2021:

In accordance with the School Admissions (Admission Arrangements and Co-ordination of Admission Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2012, admission authorities must consult on their admission arrangements if changes are being proposed to the admission arrangements or if they have not been consulted on within the last 7 years. A consultation must run for a period of six weeks and be completed by 31 January 2022.

As the Admissions Authority, BPET are proposing two changes to the Evendons Primary School Admissions Policy for 2023-24 and onwards.  This is our formal notification of a consultation period from 1st December 2021 until Thursday 20th January 2022. You can find the DRAFT proposed Policy in the link below within ‘How to Respond.”

Who is consulted

This consultation is for the attention of:
  • Parents/carers of children currently at the school
  • School staff and School Local Advisory Board (LAB)
  • Pre-school and primary school providers within 1.5mile radius of Evendons Primary School
  • Wokingham Borough Local Authority

What Changes are proposed?

BPET would like to change the Oversubscription Criteria in two ways:

(1) Remove the Criteria “Families who have exceptional medical or social needs as the grounds for their child’s admission to a particular school.” Because it is very rarely used and we do feel a child local school often best meets their medical needs; pupils who apply should be in a catchment of the school and we have no specialist facilities.

(2)  Amend the notes of the Criteria “Children whose permanent home address is inside the school’s designated area and who has a sibling at the school at the time of the application; who is expected to be attending the school when the child will enter the school.” To simply “Children with a sibling at the school at the time of admission.”

This change brings Evendons Admission Criteria in line with all other BPET Schools and ensures that sibling families are ensured a place at the same school. This is important for attendance, punctuality and green/eco transportation to one school destination by the most efficient method.

(3) Amend the notes of the Criteria “Children of staff at the school. Children of staff in either following circumstances: i) where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time the child starts at the school.” Rather than “i) where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time of application.”

This minor change is proposed as the application date can be misconstrued as either submission date or statutory closing date for Reception Applications or further late application dates. We wish to treat staff and pupils fairly and this policy does relate to children starting school in the September of the Academic year. The start of the academic year is also the main intake date of new staff members.

Change in PAN (Published Application Numbers)

You may be aware that due to demand for school places in the local area, Wokingham Borough Council extended the number of places offered at Evendons Primary School for the Reception intake of September 2021 to 60 (from 54).  The PAN is the maximum number of pupils that the admission authority will admit to each year group.

The impact of this for the school was as follows:

  • Increase the Published Admission Number (PAN) for Reception to 60 from September 2021.
  • Take 2 children from each year group’s waiting list across Years 1-5 to increase the year group to 56 during summer term 2020-21 and provide even class sizes of 28 from September 2021.
  • Leave Year 6 September 2021-22 at 54 pupils.

This means that the number of pupils on roll at Evendons from September 20201 is 394 and this will then rise incrementally each year until we reach 420 pupils at September 2027.

How to Respond

This consultation will run from 1 December 2021 to 20 January 2022.  You are invited to submit comments in writing about the proposed changes to the Evendons Primary School 2023-24 Admissions Policy draft, to Tracey Blandford at BPET.

Please address any comments FAO: Tracey Blandford, Marketing Manager, Bellevue Place Education Trust c/o Kilburn Grange School, Priory Park Road, Kilburn, LONDON NW6 7UJ, by midday on 20 January 2022 or by email to info@BPET.co.uk.  Please mark the subject “Evendons Primary School 2023-24 Admissions Policy Consultation”.

What Happens After 20th January 2022

Following the consultation period BPET, as the Admissions Authority, will take any responses into account before determining the final policy arrangements and will prepare a report to be posted on the BPET and Evendons Primary Website by 28 February 2022.

Ms Alison Hatch Appointed at Headteacher Whitehall Park School

We are delighted to announce that Ms Alison Hatch has been appointed as the permanent Headteacher for Whitehall Park School.

Mark Greatrex, CEO BPET said in his letter to Whitehall Parents

“Ms Hatch demonstrated the vision and passion for delivering the highest standards of education for the pupils at Whitehall Park School. She brings an open, friendly and collegiate approach to school leadership where children are at the centre of her approach, so they can learn with the breadth of experience and opportunity we are seeking to give all pupils.

In the few months Ms Hatch has been the interim leader of Whitehall Park School, we have been impressed with the relationships she has built across the school, where new staff are clear on their role and the direction the school is going, with a clear vision of where she wants the school to be.

This has been a great start and now Ms Hatch has been appointed permanently, we can quickly move to establishing more of the excellent practice Whitehall Park School is known for, with a relentless focus on high standards across all subject areas and a richness to the curriculum.”

Read the full announcement here.

Statutory Consultations for Admissions Policies 2023-24 Complete

In accordance with the School Admissions (Admission Arrangements and Co-ordination of Admission Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2012, admission authorities must consult on their admission arrangements at least once every 7 years, even if there have been no changes during that period. A consultation must run for a period of six weeks  between October and January.

During this period 2021- 2022 BPET as the Admission Authority for our schools has had to consult for the following schools, where NO Changes to their admissions policies after 7 years:

Braywick Court SchoolConsultation Report, Consultation Log, 2023-24 Determined Admissions Policy

Deer Park SchoolConsultation Report, Consultation Log, 2023-24 Determined Admissions Policy

Watling Park SchoolConsultation Report, Consultation Log, 2023-24 Determined Admissions Policy

Whitehall Park SchoolConsultation Report, Consultation Log, 2023-24 Determined Admissions Policy

 

There will be a separate post regarding the Consultation on changes to the Evendons Primary School Admissions Policy 2023-24.

Whiteknights Primary is joining BPET 1st January 2022

We are delighted to announce that Whiteknights Primary School in Wokingham will be converting to become a BPET School on 1 January 2022.

Whiteknights Primary School is a very popular two form entry school, with a nursery, serving a community to the east of Reading.  The school was interested in becoming a BPET school as it likes the aspiration and ethos of the organisation, and it is keen to be part of successful group of schools that work across London and Berkshire.

BPET are delighted that such a strong school is keen to join our family of schools and look forward to the capacity this brings to the organisation. The Headteacher, Francois Walker, has been at Whiteknights for over 10 years and he is also a National Leader in Education, where he is funded to support improvement in other local, challenging schools.  As a school that runs an English Hub, one of only three in the South East and were also a pilot school for the new Early Years Framework, the school has a great deal to offer the other schools in the academy trust.

Staff at the school will enrich the BPET organisation in terms of skills and provide the capacity to learn from them for professional development and improvement.

Judged to be a Good school by OfSTED in 2018, the inspector noted that the school has demonstrated strong practice and marked improvement in specific areas. They recommended that the next inspection be a section 5 inspection which provides an opportunity for the grading to be improved.  Their last assessment outcomes in 2019 results were well above the national average and support this view.

We are delighted to say that governors at the school will continue to perform their role in the reformed Local Advisory Board (LAB).  This is the structure operated within the BPET governance model, working with the BPET Board of Trustees.

Whiteknights School Website

BPET Autumn 2021 Newsletter

LED Lighting Replacement starts at Kilburn Grange School!

BPET is keen to live and work in a much more sustainable way and having recently signed up to the ‘Let’s go Zero 30’ campaign we have now embarked on two initial work-streams regarding lighting and energy monitoring to help enable us to achieve that goal.

We have partnered with an organisation called eEnergy who have recently visited all our schools to identify how we can both save money and procure greener energy in the future.

Five of our schools (RHS, KGS, WPS, HHS and EPS) will have all old, inefficient lights replaced with new LED lighting.

This work will be undertaken by a partner organisation of eEnergy called eLight over the next two months.

This image shows the first works taking place at Kilburn Grange School (KGS), which started on 6th December 2021.

 

All our schools will have a new Intelligent Metering System installed called MyZeERO. This will give us real time, accurate usage data by internal location to allow us to validate our bills and much more accurately procure our utilities in the near future. This work will also be undertaken by eLight over the coming months.

 

The benefits of MyZeERO Intelligent Metering to BPET:

There are several ways that the installation of MyZeERO will support the Trust in both the short the long term:

  1. It will provide us with accurate data to validate our bills.
  2. It can tell us when and where our energy wastage is at its highest. This will allow schools to identify faults (i.e. lightings being left on or coming on during the night) and provide staff and pupils with real life data to support educational conversations around us delivering cultural change.
  3. It will enable us to re-tender for our energy contracts, most of which are due for renewal next year.

BPET has entered into an operating lease for the LED lighting and metering systems which will see schools pay subscription’ payments. The savings generated over the 7-year period of the contracts will more than offset the total value of the monthly payments.

eEnergy helps organisations to achieve three of the key steps to achieving net zero: understand energy consumption, transition from brown to green energy and reduce energy usage. Read their press release on our project here.

Announcing: the truly inspirational Steve Judge as BPET 2022 Conference Keynote Speaker

We are delighted to announce that @SteveJudge is our keynote speaker for the BPET Annual Conference on 4th January 2022. Here is a quick overview from him!

Addressing over 250 BPET members of staff, trustees and business partners, we cannot wait to meet you Steve!

#motivationalspeaker #beinspired #findyourGOLD #dontleanonyourexcuses

From my performance your audience will be empowered to focus on their vision, career ambition and personal development. They’ll be inspired to not lean on their excuses and motivated to turn their excuses into challenges. My courageous story will energise the staff of Bellevue Place Education Trust to work towards their self actualisation by living with no regrets. Through my journey I’ll share my wisdom and learnings that empowered me to succeed. How having a vision enabled me to achieve accolades that others thought were impossible. From wheelchair to world champion to Entrepreneur.

 

From the masterclass workshop sessions that I will run the delegates will discover what their G.O.L.D. is and how to achieve it:

Their: Goal, Opportunity, Love and Desire

Finding what their GOLD is and importantly the emotion behind it will promote and advance them to keep focused and continually motivate them towards personal and professional development. The workshop will find the energy that they need and the action required to go forward and achieve.

BPET signs up to ‘Let’s Go Zero 2030’ Campaign

As the UK hosts COP26, we are proud to announce that BPET has signed up to the ‘Let’s Go Zero 2030’ campaign. We look forward to working with them going forward. They will be attending our January 2022 Inset Day BPET Conference, where they will meet over 300 of our staff.

The Net Carbon topic has been on the Board of Trustees agenda for a while, as Trustee Simon Rule, Founder and CEO of Place Group Consulting Ltd, is already active in this regard for his own businesses and is keen to ensure BPET and all of our schools starts to take action.

Having recently attended the Education Estates Conference Simon confirmed as a recent board meeting “THE ONLY topic of conversation is how schools meet zero carbon targets through improving buildings and encouraging behavioural change!”

Our new Director of Operations, Richard Crompton, has already started work through eEnergy to complete lighting survey’s in each of our eight schools. As our leader on premises and asset management, he will be a key figure in the organisation focussing on the Zero Carbon by 2030 target.

We have also invited The Green Schools Project to our conference in January 2022. We will be working with all Head Teachers and staff going forward after this important Trust event.