BPET 2021 Summer Newsletter

We are delighted to share our Summer Term Newsletter, what a year!

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Recruiting: Maths Consultant

We are looking for a dynamic Maths Expert to join our team, part-time, from September 2021.

Job Purpose:

To support and advise BPET Headteachers and maths leaders towards their goal of achieving outstanding mathematics outcomes for all pupils. Develop the maths teaching in the BPET schools to be the very best it can be, rather than in response to an issue or problem: to provide consultancy that will be professional development, not quick-fix intervention. Supporting teachers to have the opportunity to embed long-term mastery of maths. If they do so, the pupils will succeed in maths (in particular, at end-of-key-stage assessment points), and also they will enjoy it, and be confident with it, and will go to their secondary schools ready for continuing success.

Read the full Job Description and use the BPET Application Form to apply.

26/7/21: Application Deadline Extended to 20th September 2021

2021 Leavers Destinations for four BPET Schools

We are proud to have 50% of our schools with Year 6 pupils transitioning to secondary school in September 2021.

Last year Rutherford House School (RHS) was the first of our original schools to have a Year 6 cohort. Our newest school, Evendons Primary (EPS), who joined the trust in February 2020 also had a Year 6 cohort but with the pandemic and lockdown we as a group hadn’t really got to know them by last summer.

This year is is so different as we have both RHS and EPS leavers but joining them are the first ‘leavers’ from Braywick Court School (Maidenhead) and Whitehall Park School (Islington).  That means half of our schools have leavers!  We wish them all well and hope they continue to Learn, Enjoy and Succeed in their next education setting!

There is such a diverse range of destinations for our leavers, many having an offer from the Independent sector but accepting local state school offers. Both Rutherford and Evendons have seen the range of schools offered / chosen broadened as we work with schools in our communities (state and independent) to give our pupils during academic year 5 the chance to explore and meet online (due to COVID) and engage in secondary school led events.

We know that many leavers from last year have returned to share their experiences and give advice to the classes at Evendons and Rutherford House, so we hope that trend will continue and that we can set up an alumni for BPET families.

This time next year it will be 100%, with all eight of the current Trust schools having a Year 6 cohort leaving.

Help Rutherford House Year 5 ‘Save the Water Vole’

Caring, Passionate, Inspired and Dynamic …

… that is the Year 5 classes Ash and Gould from Rutherford House School, Balham!

Having read about ‘Ratty’ in Wind and the Willows the classes did some research to find out that Water Voles in their local area ‘Wandsworth and Richmond’ have declined by 94% and could be extinct by 2031.

So they decided to take action!

They created a #SavetheVole petition which they shared on their social media and school newsfeeds and hoped for 1,500 signatures!

The story was picked up first by local radio station ‘Radio Jackie’ who gave the campaign a mention on 24th June.  Soon after Water Vole Naturalists and charities supporting their protection joined in re-tweeting and sharing, the petition had reached over 15,000.

The MP for Wandsworth Dr Rosena Allin-Khan and local Councillor Claire Fraser have signed, liked and shared the petition.  The pupils have also written to the Mayor of London and the Prime Minister.

Then earlier this week (28/7/21) Sally Williams, ITV Weather and ITV London News reporter picked up the story and went into Rutherford to meet the teachers and pupils ! They published the story on ITV London News 6pm Thursday 1st July 2021

The petition, as at 11am Friday 2nd July 2021, has now received just under 30,000 signatures and aims for at least 35,000.  So with more likes and shares happening across our Trust and social media, we cannot wait to see where the total will be by the time it closes!

We really hope the BBC nature shows like Countryfile or Springwatch will be interested to take up the story and get in contact with us or Rutherford House School directly.

Looking for a space for meetings, clubs, sports etc. Four school facilities available to book online via SchoolHire

As the world moves away from Lockdown and more groups are allowed to meet indoors we are pleased to announce four of our schools have a variety of facilities available for booking online by SchoolHire

 

Facilities available do vary by school but include: Classrooms, Halls, Art Rooms, Staff Rooms, Dance/Yoga Studios, Meeting Rooms and MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) or Outdoor Courts.

For information on facilities to hire at our other four schools, email: info@bpet.co.uk, Braywick Court School – Maidenhead, Deer Park School – Richmond Upon Thames, Rutherford House School – Balham and Whitehall Park School – Islington.

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!

 

 

The Death of Prince Phillip

HRH Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh was committed to education and young people, not least through the Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme and as the patron to the Chartered College of Teaching. His was an exemplary life lived in the public service of his Queen and his country.

BPET would like to offer sincere condolences to Her Majesty and all of the Royal Family.

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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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:

 

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