Exciting Opportunity – Head Teacher at Whitehall Park School, Islington

Whitehall Park School opened in September 2014 as a primary free school serving pupils aged 4-11 years old.

Judged by OfSTED to be a Good school with Outstanding for personal development, behaviour and welfare in April 2017. The school is popular with parents and the progress of pupils is well above national averages.

This appointment has been timed to coincide with the first year the school will be full and later that academic year, the first pupils to complete Key Stage 2 at the end of 2020/21.

This is an excellent opportunity for the new Headteacher to lead this excellent school to the next level, delivering the BPET and school vision.

Read our Full Job Advert Here and then contact our Advising Consultants Pentir.

Deer Park School – Building Update February 2020

Deer Park School – Building Update February 2020

We are encouraged so see so much progress at the New School Site in Richmond Upon Thames! This is the last of our ‘new building’ projects and the staff of BPET and Deer Park School are so excited that the school is now really taking shape!

Here is the link to the latest Building Update after our most recent site visit in early February 2020.

Evendons Primary School joins BPET

We are delighted to announce that Evendons Primary School, Berkshire, has joined Bellevue Place Education Trust (BPET) on 1 February 2020.

Evendons Primary School, Wokingham joins BPET

Opened in September 2014, Evendons Primary School is a very successful Free School in Wokingham. Driven by the energy and passion of local parents, it has gone from strength to strength and in June 2017 was rated by OfSTED to be an Outstanding school.

July 2019 saw the first year group to complete Year 6 with pupils achieving average results in their core subject areas and benefiting from a rich, outdoor curriculum with a core focus on STEM subjects.  Their STEM focus premeditates through teaching and learning and is a key strength of the school.

Over the past two years, Evendons have been seeking a multi academy trust to join, recognising that there is greater security and opportunity by being part of a Trust than a stand-alone Free School. Bellevue Place was chosen as the preferred Trust in the autumn of 2019.

BPET Chief Executive Mark Greatrex said “Evendons will enrich the Bellevue Place group and being close, geographically, to Braywick Court School, Maidenhead we anticipate the development a local partnership within the wider multi academy trust.  This will benefit all the pupils we serve and promote greater staff development opportunities as a group of schools.”

Bellevue Place Education Trust are now a multi academy trust of eight schools across London and Berkshire, educating 2,030 pupils who are supported by 283 members of staff.

For more information, contact:

Tracey Blandford, Marketing Manager

Email: Tracey.Blandford@bpet.co.uk

PAN Consultation – Kilburn Grange School, NW6

Consultation on a proposed reduction in the published admission number (PAN) for Kilburn Grange School with effect from September 2021

Background

The current Published Admission Number (PAN) for Kilburn Grange School is 60. This means that the number of children admitted into the school in reception each year is a maximum of 60 children.

There is limited outside space for the pupils and the school is in an area of surplus primary places and as a result the Trustees of Bellevue Place Education Trust (BPET) would like to reduce the Published Admission Number from 60 to 30 pupil places in Reception. 

Although the Regulations and Code of Practice relating to school admissions no longer require an admissions authority to consult when maintaining or increasing a school’s PAN, there remains a requirement to consult when the proposal is to reduce a PAN. Bellevue Place Education Trust, as the admissions authority, is seeking comments on the proposed change.

Please read our proposal in full here and review the DRAFT 2021/22 Admissions Policy which would come into force after the PAN reduction

This consultation will run from 2 December 2019 to 31 January 2019 and you are invited to submit comments in writing about the proposal above to Tracey Blandford at the BPET: Tracey Blandford, Marketing Manager, Bellevue Place Education Trust c/o Kilburn Grange School, 52-58 Arcola Street, LONDON E8 2DJ, by midday on 31 January 2019 or by email to info@BPET.co.uk.  

Please mark the subject “Kilburn Grange PAN Consultation”. 

Results of recent BPET New Parent Surveys

As the Trust for seven schools we take monitoring performance very seriously and undertake a regular ‘New Parent’ survey during the first half-term of the autumn term. The purpose of the survey is to see how well our new children, and parents/carers, are settling into school and to also review our induction and welcoming processes to see what may be improved in future.

Across the six schools the average response rate was 81%, which is a fantastic level of responses and engagement.

The key data we are so pleased to share is as follows:

  • 97% of respondents said their child ‘had settled Well or Very Well’ into their BPET School.
  • 92% rated their ‘overall experience of their BPET school so far as Good or Excellent’.
  • 96% of respondent said they were ‘Highly Likely’ to recommend their BPET School to their friends.

Here are some amazing statements of feedback from respondents:

“We love Watling Park.”

“I am very pleased with the evolution of my child, she always comes happy from school and always with new things learned. Many thanks to the teacher for their patience!”

“You have great skilled people who care!”

”My daughter couldn’t have been happier to start school. She loves her teachers and has made great friends.”

“I think the reception teams in both classes are really passionate about teaching and that is reflecting on the kids.  They love it. Thanks for all your hard work.”

”Excellent Induction – Kind, considerate, firm, setting high expectations and really welcoming.”

“I feel the discipline and sense of pride in the school is palpable. Very good indeed.”

“It’s a wonderful school, both, myself and my partner are very impressed with the rich curriculum and beginning to see my son thrive through learning and becoming more confident! Well done to all the staff for making my son shine.”

We would like to thank every parent or carer who took the time to give us feedback. Our next parents survey will be in Summer 2020 when we seek feedback on all aspects of the school.

Braywick Court School welcomes its pupils

Braywick Court School welcomes its pupils

It has been momentous week for Braywick Court School as pupils returned from half term at their new permanent building on Monday 4 November 2019.

The purpose built facility is situated on the edge of the village of Bray in Maidenhead. The building has been constructed by Interserve over the past year.

In the week before half term staff and parents moved over all the equipment from Riverside School, where the school has been in temporary accommodation for the past three years.

The new classrooms are light and airy, with Key Stage 2 having a balcony on the first floor to enjoy the great setting of the nature reserve the school is set in.

The school is situated in the local nature reserve
Parents and children wait to enter the school on Monday 4th November 2019
Pupils arrive for the first day at the new permanent site in Bray.
The children are keen to start learning in their new school

Director of Finance Appointed

BPET is delighted to announce Marwa Sadek has been appointed as our new Finance Director.

Marawa really impressed the interview panel with her engagement at a very successful secondary school, with clean audits led over a number of years and her focus to drive up income streams, which is a priority for our group of schools.

It is an advantage too that Marwa, is already using financial systems we are preparing to move to in the spring term 2020. 

Marwa will take up her post in early January 2020. 

Marwa commenced work with The Coopers’ Company and Coborn School as Finance Officer and having made significant progression she is now in her current senior position as Head of Finance and Payroll.

Having worked in schools for more than fifteen years handling all forms of school finances including reviewing the financial procedures and policy, implementing the financial regulations in compliance ESFA and local authority expectations. Marwa can offer guidance and advice on accounting, compliance and budget issues to management and staff at all levels.

Maraw replaces Amanda Burgess who is leaving at the end of November 2019. Amanda has been with BPET since October 2015 and has transformed our finance function to being very high performing. The progress made over Amanda’s time has been excellent and she will be hugely missed by the team, including schools.

Transport for London – Watch Your Speed Campaign

Transport for London – Watch Your Speed Campaign

Transport for London have launched a ‘Watch Your Speed Campaign’, designed to generate understanding among drivers that the speed at which they travel has a wider impact on those around them.

The campaign focuses on drivers and that the speeds they may feel comfortable with when behind the wheel can be unsafe for passengers and other road users. This campaign supports our commitment to Vision Zero, which aims to eliminate death and serious injury from London’s roads by 2041.

More than 100 people have tragically died on London’s roads this year. Speed is the most important determinant in both the likelihood of a collision occurring and the severity of the outcome. Inappropriate speeding accounts for 37 per cent of all deaths and serious injuries on London’s streets. It is a contributing factor for many more. New research shows almost 30 per cent of car passengers would feel uncomfortable asking a friend or family member to slow down.

Here is the full campaign document, with key messages, posters and data on incidents related to speeding traffic.

Speed is the most important determinant in both the likelihood of a collision occurring and the severity of the outcome. Inappropriate speeding accounts for 37 per cent of all deaths and serious injuries on London’s streets. It is a contributing factor for many more.

TFL are committed to achieving Vision Zero, with no deaths or serious injuries on our roads and public transport network, by 2041.

TFL will be Tweeting about this campaign using #VisionZeroLDN

Event: What can academy status offer my school?

Michelmores LLP are a highly regarded education legal firm who are running an information event for schools interested in the benefit of academy status.

Aimed at primary Head Teachers, senior leaders, and governors, this event seeks to share the benefits of academy status and the advantages of working within a multi academy trust.

As part of the event, Bellevue Place have been invited to share their experience as a successful multi academy trust, with eight primary schools, three judged as Outstanding by OfSTED and five are Good schools.

It is also the right time to discuss the benefits of Academies & multi academy trusts…Did you know?

  • Over 50% of UK children are educated in Academies
  • Nearly 35% of UK Primary Schools are now Academies
  • There are 2,700 Academy Trusts, over 30% of these have more than 3 schools within them.

The event is being held in the lovely surroundings of the Imperial War Museum in Lambeth North between 4pm-6pm on Wednesday 26 February 2020. Click here to register for this event through Eventbrite.

Coronavirus – Advice

Coronavirus – Advice for all early years providers, schools and further education providers

The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad.

We are continuing to keep you updated on the government’s response to Coronavirus. Public Health England advises that the risk to individuals remains low.

Public Health England has issued tailored guidance for education settings, which you can find at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Latest information and advice can also be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Public Health England blog: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

Deer Park close to being in their ideal location

Deer Park School was opened in September 2015 and is expected to move into their new, permanent, building in September 2019.

It has been used in the national press as an example of Free Schools who have waited over three years to be in their permanent building – there is a lot more to this journey.

Deer Park’s Journey to the preferred location

When Deer Park School was in the planning to open, Bellevue Place Education Trust, who maintain the school and the Local Authority were very keen that this new school be situated in East Twickenham/ St. Margarets area, as it is a ‘black spot’ for primary school places in this area. Parents were very supportive and the Local Authority have been excellent, in providing places in an area they have long been aware has a shortage.

However, with London being so tight on available land, a site could not be found in this area initially. Parents supported a push from the council, in discussions with Lidl who owned a sizable site in the ideal area and had planning rejected twice with residential and a hotel proposal.

Agreement was reached with Lidl to look at the school being situated on the same site. Plans were submitted for the school to be situated over the car park and Lidl store that will be an excellent use of land in a congested part of London. The planning permission application received unanimous approval from Richmond’s planning committee in April 2016 and building work began in July 2018.

Parents and the school have been patient for these plans to be developed and approved, with construction well underway for a September 2020 move in date.

With the support of the Department for Education and their excellent project team, Deer Park School’s journey to be situation in the ideal area for London has moved forward well. In the mean time, the temporary site for the school has continued to be good, expanding every year, meeting the needs to provide a great education offer.

Deer Park School achieved an Outstanding rating by OfSTED in July 2018, demonstrating that a high quality provision can continue while permanent buildings are being developed. Parents are grateful for the provision, which remains very popular with 293 application for 60 places for this years Reception cohort (September 2019).

Deer Park School looks forward to move into this excellent mix-use facility shortly.

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