Results of recent New Parent Surveys for BPET Schools

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.

This year we only surveyed 6 of the 7 schools as the time of the survey was just as Braywick Court School was moving to its new location. We will survey this school during Autumn 2 half-term.

Across the 6 schools the average response rate was 81%, which knowing some families already have sibling pupils in the school is a fantastic level of 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 survey will be in Spring/Summer 2020 when we complete an all school survey on performance.

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

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.

Parent Survey Results 2019

We are very grateful to our parents who have completed our annual parents survey, which provides invaluable feedback and ideas for improving child’s education experience. We place a great emphasis on regular review and improvement, with input considered carefully from all of our key stakeholders – this is factored into the planning for the following academic year. The annual BPET Parental Surveys was sent out in June 2019 and yet again, we have received very positive feedback across our schools.

Overall, we are delighted to say that 95% of parents agree or strong agree that their child enjoys coming to school and 93% of respondents would recommend a BPET school to their friends – which is the same excellent feedback as we received last year.

Across BPET, parents responses show they are very happy with their child’s education, across the seven schools and in addition:

  • 94% of parents and carers strongly agree or agree that their school’s values and attitudes have a positive effect on their child
  • 92% of parents and carers strongly agree or agree that their school develops their child’s independence and responsibility
  • 88% of parents and carers are satisfied with the leadership and management of their school

These positive response are a testimont to the hard work and dedication put in by staff teams across the year for the benefit of our 1,400 pupils. These positive results continue as strong as previous years, though our schools continue to grow every year.

All schools have written to parents, setting out the areas that have been identified for improvement and what we are developing to achieve this improvement. These include ideas for clubs next year, better communication with parents, especially where information is given about pupils performance and investment into playgrounds equipment in our new schools.

To emphasis these positive survey outcome, parents have again left testimonials they are happy we share across our seven schools, below:

Halley House School is an exceptional school with great school values, my children learn, succeed and enjoy all that Halley has to offer and has already achieved a lot in a short space of time being pupils at the school. I’m a very happy and proud parent with my children attending here.

From the very first day, our son was totally in love with his new school. Everything about the school appealed to him. The uniform made him look smart, the children’s behaviour was well managed, and everyone was working hard to learn. His teachers were wonderful and he was made to feel at home from the outset. At the same time, he was given a chance to explore and learn what he liked best and choose his teacher. He loves being at Kilburn Grange School and never wants to miss a day.

We feel so happy to have chosen Braywick Court School for our daughter. It has an extremely nurturing environment where the children feel happy and keen to learn. The teachers and staff know each child on an individual basis and this makes each and every one feel special. In addition to the curriculum there are lots of extra opportunities for the children to learn and play sport at the excellent after school clubs.

We are very lucky to be a part of Deer Park School. My child loves going to school and is doing very well academically, thanks to his wonderful, dedicated teachers. The school offers a broad curriculum and enhances learning through extra activities, such as trips to London museums, local attractions and even the seaside! The school has a strong leadership, dedicated and approachable staff, friendly, caring environment. I couldn’t have asked for a better school.

Whitehall Park School is a positive and stimulating school, with inspiring teaching staff and a beautiful facility, that all together nurtures the child’s growth mindset and love of learning.

Rutherford House School is an inspiration to education and creates free thinking, confident individuals I am so proud of all of the wonderful things my daughter has done and achieved at the end of each day and what the brilliant staff, teaching and non teaching have created!

My son has excelled at Watling Park School. He loves to learn and the encouragement from the teachers is amazing. They share methods with myself to make sure he continues to enjoy learning. I love how enthusiastic he gets telling me different facts about the various topics…. Thank you

Glowing OfSTED for Rutherford House School

Rutherford House School welcomed OfSTED into the school in April 2019 for a short inspection, monitoring standards since the Good inspection report in July 2015.

The report shows very positive improvement for a school that has grown when last inspected from 4 classes (in July 2015) to 12 classes of pupils up to the eldest pupils currently in Year 5. Over the period, the inspector judged that the ‘the school has improved significantly overall’.

As an ‘oasis of calm’, the school is judged to be providing high standards through an ‘ambitious curriculum’ for their pupils, ‘where pupils are keen to find out new things and share their views and ideas. They learn very happily together.’

We are delighted with the report that is a very good representation of the school. The report is an absolute credit to Head Teacher, Mrs Mallatt and the staff, Local Advisers, parents and most importantly, the pupils at Rutherford House School.

A copy of the report can be found here, on the OfSTED website

OfSTED usually visits Good Schools with short inspections to monitor standards. The inspector did report that the next OfSTED visit will be a full (section 5) inspection in the next one to two years, or early if requested.

BPET Year 3 Girls Football Competition

On 21 May 2019, it was the Year 3 Girls Football competition at our great Watling Park School facilities. Girls from across the seven BPET primary schools came together to play in the first BPET Year 3 Girls Football Competition.

The games were very competitive and fair, with a round of group games where all teams played each other, with the team with the most points, playing in the final round to determine the winning team.

Congratulations go to Year 3 girls at Rutherford House School, who like the Boys before, won by a narrow margin, with Whitehall Park coming second and Halley House coming third. Kilburn Grange made it to the fina round too.

The weather showed off the excellent facilities at Watling Park and the girls really enjoyed the competition and games, as they came thick and fast.

A huge thank you goes again to Mr Richards from Rutherford House School, who arranged this fantastic day with the support of Wimbledon AFC again.

All pupils received a medal for taking part. We are looking into developing the best players into a BPET team that might be able to compete nationally, as they get into Year 5 & 6, which everyone is excited by.

BPET Director of Education appointed

It is with pleasure that we announce that Laura Gregory has been appointed as the first BPET Director of Education.  From a field of outstanding candidates, we felt that Laura had the skills and experience for the role, along with being an excellent fit for an expanding, ambitious multi academy trust.

Laura has previously work for two academy trust’s and is currently working at a seven school trust as the Primary Education Lead across their six primary schools.  Laura is also a primary leadership coach for Ambition Institute.  Prior to this, Laura was Deputy and then Principal of a large outstanding primary academy in Hertfordshire – also one of the first designated as a Teaching Schools in England.  While in this role, Laura became an OfSTED Inspector for primary and early years, before leaving to be a School Improvement Adviser for Buckinghamshire Local Authority.  Laura brings a deep and innovative understanding of working in a multi academy trust and we believe she will be an asset to the team. 

We are pleased Laura has accepted this role and is due to start on 1 September 2019. This is an exciting appointment that is part of our planned growth of the central team as BPET continues to grow in terms of the number of pupils over the next five years, until the schools are at capacity.

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