BPET launches ‘Community Fund’ for 510 Christmas Hampers

Did you know that within our BPET family of 8 schools, 22% of children qualify for Pupil Premium*?

That means that at least 510 children across our Trust are classified as disadvantaged and we know that many of them and their families are living in relative poverty**.

Therefore, BPET has created a “Community Fund” project which will looks to raise funds from across our school, supplier and partner communities to help offer support to our families most in need.

Working with our Catering Partner, Caterlink, we are crowd-funding to deliver each of our 510 families with a Christmas Hamper, which will include Fruit and Vegetable staples as well as some Christmas Treats.  Each Hamper costs £22.50 to create

We believe that, within our community is the power to help.

If you can make a one-off donation or create a regular payment please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bpet-communityfund-christmashampers/

For more information please visit: https://www.bpet.co.uk/community-fund/


*Pupil Premium is the extra funding given to schools from the UK government to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils. The grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve.

** The poverty line in the UK is defined as a household income below 60% of the average. This threshold is currently around £195 a week for a lone parent with two children. Using this definition there are over 3 million children living in poverty.




Braywick Court School hardest primary school to secure a place in Windsor & Maidenhead

Not only is the new Braywick Court School building up for an education award later this autumn, but we have now found it was the hardest primary school in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead for families to secure a reception place.

Opened by Rt. Hon Theresa May MP in November 2019, the one-form entry school located on Bray Nature Reserve had 1.6 first preferences for each of the 30 places offered, with just 44 per cent of those who put the school as their first choice getting a place.

Read the full Get Reading Live story here: https://bit.ly/3ibjs9d

Looking for a Reception Place September 2021: Sadly unable to offer on-site tours for 2020-21 you can see now the Braywick Court School Virtual Tour on their YouTube channel, ahead of the application deadline 15 January 2021.


BPET CEO included in Arbor E-book on ‘Strategies for MAT Leaders’

Arbor is a leading MIS (Management Information System) for schools in the UK, including  Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) like ours.

Even before COVID-19 and school lockdowns Arbor had invited our CEO, Mark Greatrex, to speak at a leadership webinar to share his experience of ‘Managing a geographically dispersed trust’.  This webinar took place on 27th March 2020.

Throughout the spring and summer Arbor developed their webinar topics to enable MAT leaders, mainly from small and medium sized organisations, to share experiences and strategies for Student and Staff Wellbeing and Online Learning.

The summary of each webinar has been collated into a very useful e-book which supports schools through constant change and for the future. We are delighted to share it here.  You can read Mark’s webinar interview article on pages 11-16.

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.


BPET Leadership Consultant – Sir Bruce Liddington Obituary

Sir Bruce was a first rate educationalist who ultimately believed in education autonomy for the benefit of pupils he served. He became the driving force of the academies programme under the Labour government.

Sir Bruce led Northampton School for Boys from 1986, where just 9% of boys achieved 5 good GCSEs to 2000 when 79% of pupils achieved 5 A*-C GCSEs.  Later, after joining the civil service, Sir Bruce rose to become the first National School Commissioner in 2007.

Born in Kettering General Hospital in 1949 and brought up in Wellingborough as an only child to a stone mason and shoe factory worker, Bruce thrived academically.  He passed the eleven plus and was accepted into Wellingborough Grammar School with contemporaries like Sir David Frost.

Having been accepted into London University’s Queen Mary College (as it then was) to read English, Bruce took a year out to teach and he caught the bug.  After gaining a first class honors degree, he also enjoyed reading, a lot and going to the theatre and gigs.  He passion was musicals and the opera along with seeing his favourite band Crosby, Steals and Nash all over the world.

Whilst doing a master in Washington State, with the aid of a rotary club sponsorship, he met his wife Carol Jane.  After completing his first-class honours in English, he did his PGCE at King’s College, Cambridge.

Inspired Bruce to take up teaching in Conisborough, Yorkshire, Bruce developed as a great school leader and applied for his first headship at Northampton School for Boys.  Far from the grammar school it once was, it was the worst performing school in the town.  Through grit, resilience and pure determination, the school improved year on year, at one point being the only school nationally to improve 11 years in a row.

After 14 years as Head Teacher at the school for Boys, Bruce had taken the school out of Local Authority control, a controversial process for greater school autonomy, and made it the most oversubscribed school in Northampton.

Sir Bruce was knighted in the 2000 new year honours and went onto a secondment in the now Department for Education.  He soon found himself at the forefront of a new education policy called City Academies.  He threw himself into formulating policy and challenging the worst performing schools to have a structural solution.

He will always say he was put on this earth to close Willesden High School in Brent, north London.  A school in special measures for five years and a term, to become Capital City Academy.  Now performing at national average, Sir Bruce even wrote the design brief for what is a vastly improved school.  He copied this model across the country.

He became the Government’s enforcer on poor performing secondary schools, challenging Local Authorities and recruiting sponsors, initially with £2m donations, to govern the new academies.  Time has shown these schools to be very successful.  As the worst performing schools, more than half are now rated Good or better by OfSTED.  This has become the blue print for failing schools that has continued to be used as the strategy for school improvement by the Government today.

Sir Bruce left the civil service in 2009 to become the Director General of E-ACT.  Believing the role to be for high-level public advocacy of education, he soon found himself leading an academy sponsor through a governance crisis with six poor performing secondary schools in mainly large cities across England.  They all improved significantly and most were judged Good by OfSTED in their first inspection as academies, with two being Outstanding.

After expanding the organisation to 35 schools, including opening the first Free School in the country, Sir Bruce left E-ACT in 2013 and will be long remembered by those who knew him as an education visionary, who saw what was best for pupils and how best this was overseen and governed.

Not many transitioned from classroom, to Headship, to senior civil servant, to Chief Executive and were respected deeply along the way.

Sir Bruce celebrated his 70th birthday last September.  He leaves his wife Carol Jane and three children, Gaby, Richard and Jamie along with six cherished grandchildren.

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!

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