Introduction to our new Head Teacher for Deer Park School

Further to our search for a new permanent Head Teacher for Deer Park School, Richmond-upon-Thames we can confirm that in March we appointed Mr Alex Lee. Read our announcement here.

Alex Lee will join Deer Park School as Head Teacher on 1 September 2020

April 2020: We took the opportunity to ask Alex some questions so the school communities can learn more about him before he joins us …

Q: What motivated you to become a Headteacher?

A: Throughout my career, my motivation has remained the same in each post I have held: to provide an excellent quality of learning and personal development for the children under my care. An excellent education enables social mobility, bridges societal divides, and affords children the full spectrum of opportunity. As I move to the role of Headteacher of Deer Park, enacting this impact for the children remains my motivation: I look forward to joining a successful team in realising this ideal.

 

Q: Looking back to your time as a teacher, what are some of the things you are proudest of?

A: I am proud to have worked with some truly exceptional educators, and within teams of cohesion, direction and moral purpose. However, it is the little, individual stories of progress which remain special for me. The smaller, personal instances of a child’s success and development, and the hard work that paid off in helping them to get there: these light-bulb moments are little encapsulations of what makes teaching such a wonderful, inimitable profession.

Q: Tell us one fact about yourself that we would not find on your CV …

A: My family and I love to explore. Last year the Italian coastline, this year Patagonia; at present my daughter surveys the scenery from the baby-carrier, but we have high hopes for her carrying her own backpack in future years. Prior to a career in education, I worked in West and Southern Africa, played sport in New Zealand, and spent four years at an American university. While we now only explore during the school holidays, my family and I love traversing new landscapes, cultures and experiences.

Q: What attracted you to the role at Deer Park and what is your vision for taking the school forward?

A: I feel privileged to be joining Deer Park at this juncture in the school’s journey. The evident commitment of the staff and community, the high expectations, and the clearly articulated BPET vision afford the school a unique opportunity; to build on excellent foundations to become a truly exceptional school for the children and community. The school’s well-deserved reputation for high standards and outcomes is a testament to the hard work and commitment that underpins such success, and I look forward to leading the next steps in the school’s bright future. An exceptional, holistic education must incorporate the high expectations of academic rigour, with excellence in extra-curricular provision. As we work to offer Deer Park’s community the highest standard of schooling, it is through the focused development of these two principles that we will aim to afford each child the opportunity to grow as a learner, as a leader, and as an individual.

We look forward to welcoming Alex to the Trust starting in September 2020.

Exciting Opportunity – Head Teacher Kilburn Grange School

We are seeking an experienced senior leader in the primary sector; you will have a strong track record in leadership and core learning.  Capable of interpreting, developing and implementing the BPET education vision, your excellent communications skills will be vital in promoting the school to the community and delivering a high standard of education through a broad and balanced curriculum. See our Job Advert for more information.

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

School Re-opening – Case Study: Confidence in good hygiene with DaRo Hand Inspection Units

We at Bellevue Place Education Trust have been taking every step in the closing, planning and delivery of home-learning and re-opening of schools very seriously. We have worked in a collaborative manner with our staff, families, suppliers and where applicable local authorities.

Since the announcement for a phased return to school for Reception, Years 1 and 6 by the Government we have supported and assisted our eight schools to undertake detailed risk assessments and school running planning. We have procured PPE, where requested, and safety equipment for our schools and we have communicated openly with our staff and families all the steps we have taken.

We are confident, that we have done everything we can to make our schools as safe as possible for our pupils and wider staff return on 1st June 2020.

This case study is an example of our procurement for our schools of a vital solution to help educate all about the importance of good regular hand washing – Hand Inspection units from DaRo UV Systems – which provide an ongoing monitoring solution offering safety and good practice to everyone who attends or in time visits a BPET school.

Introduction of our New Head Teacher for Kilburn Grange School

The Trust is delighted to announce that, following a competitive recruitment process, Mr Rob Farrell has been appointed as the new Headteacher for Kilburn Grange School. Read the formal announcement here.

Mr Farrell joins Kilburn Grange School (KGS) with over 20 years’ experience in the education sector, most recently as Headteacher at Oliver House School, an independent school in Clapham. He has enjoyed an interesting and varied career so far, working across both the state and independent sectors, at primary and secondary level.

Mr Farrell will join KGS on 1 September 2020, although we hope to arrange a visit before so he can learn more about the school and to talk to staff and pupils. We will also arrange a meeting as soon as we are able, where parents will have the opportunity to meet Rob and hear his ideas and aspirations forthe school in person.

Rob Farrell, will join KGS on 1st September 2020In the meantime, we took the opportunity to ask Rob some questions so the school community could get to know a little about him …

Q: What motivated you to become a teacher?

My older sister was the first teacher in our family so there was certainly some inspiration there. Like many teenagers I did consider a number of possible careers while studying for my A-Levels, but teaching was the only one that truly inspired and excited me. The opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of young people makes teaching an incredibly rewarding profession. I have enjoyed a varied and interesting career working with children of all ages and I feel very privileged to have been able to do something that I love for all of these years.

Q: Looking back to your time as a Head teacher, what are some of the things you are proudest of?

A: I am proud of the many areas of progress that the school made in my time as headteacher. This progress that was only possible through a positive atmosphere of collaboration, purpose and shared vision amongst stakeholders. Looking back, most importantly, I am proud of the many achievements of all of the children. It is incredibly important to me that I know each child well and I enjoyed visiting classrooms regularly to hear about their daily accomplishments. These opportunities to share in a child’s success and celebrate their good news are what makes the role of a headteacher such a special one.

Q: Tell us one fact about yourself that we would not find on your CV …

A: I love playing and watching a range of sports and coach my son’s football team on a Saturday morning. He’s a goalkeeper, a position I played at school.

Q: What attracted you to the role at Kilburn Grange and what is your vision for taking the school forward?

A: I am delighted to be joining Kilburn Grange at such an exciting point in the school’s development. With the first Year 5 class due to start in September, it is a wonderful opportunity to help shape a successful future for the school and build on the good work that has taken place since Kilburn Grange opened in 2015.

I am really looking forward to working with a dedicated and talented staff team, taking the school onwards on its journey to becoming an outstanding school that is an important part of the local community. The BPET vision for children in its schools is one that I share. It is a vision of schools as places where children are happy, love learning and are surrounded by exciting opportunities that enrich their educational experience.

I can’t wait to get started and begin working with the wonderful children in Kilburn Grange. I will be doing all that I can to ensure that their experience of primary school is one that they will look back on with great fondness. My aim is to ensure that all of our children reach their potential and feel good about themselves. I want them to look ahead to the future with excitement, confident in their many talents and keen to contribute to society in a positive way.

Evendons Primary School Leadership Team Announcement

Since becoming Head Teacher of Evendons Primary School and joining Bellevue Place Education Trust (BPET) Matt Parting has looked at re-framing the school’s leadership team to both reflect the experience of his senior leadership team (SLT) and to respond to the needs of the school now that it is full.

After a successful interview process led by Matt and Laura Gregory, BPET Director of Education two appointments can be announced.

Firstly, Ms Stacey Read has been appointed as Evendons Deputy Headteacher with immediate effect. Stacey will be focusing on developing teaching & learning across the school. We will be looking to appoint a new SENCo in September to free up Stacey’s time to concentrate on her new role and responsibilities.

Secondly, Ms Jane Aust has accepted the post of Office Manager.  This role now fully reflects the huge contribution Jane makes to the smooth and safe running of the school. The creation of the Office Manager role is in keeping with others across BPET but has allowed Evendons to tailor the job description to incorporate the huge strategic role Jane plays as part of the senior leadership team.

Sharing the news with staff and parents just before the Easter break, Matt Parting said “I know that you will all recognise, perhaps more than me, the importance of both Stacey and Jane’s contribution to the school over the past few years. I hope you will all join me in offering them both huge congratulations and I look forward to continuing to move Evendons forward with them both.”

We at Bellevue Place Education Trust are confident this new structure will enable the school to develop further, to provide challenging and innovative teaching and learning for all pupils at Evendons Primary School.

Introduction to our new Head Teacher for Whitehall Park School

We are delighted that after an open and competitive recruitment process, Miss Helen Tyler has been appointed as the new Headteacher at Whitehall Park School to start on 1 September 2020.

Miss Tyler joins us with over 20 years Headship experience and is currently the Headteacher at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Camden. Having been there as Headteacher for 13 years, in that time achieving an Outstanding grade by OfSTED and with the school currently rated as Good with Outstanding features.

Miss Tyler is seeking a new challenge, working in a bigger school, closer to her home . We, at BPET ,are very excited about Helen’s experience and passion that she will bring to Whitehall Park School (WPS).

Helen Tyler will join Whitehll Park as Head Teacher on 1 September 2020

We took the opportunity to ask Helen some questions so the school community could get to know a little about her …

Q: What motivated you to become a teacher?

A: Without doubt my own very happy experiences at primary school inspired me to become a teacher. My wonderful class teachers imbued in me a love of learning, a determination to do well and above all a love of reading for pleasure and for scholarship. These things have stayed with me and influenced all I’ve done as a teacher.

At school and with my family I also developed an early passion for animal welfare, wildlife and the need for everyone to become a responsible global citizen. As a teacher I felt I could influence all the pupils I taught with the same commitments and encourage them to make their voices heard when they had something important to say, whether through writing to the PM or through fund raising, etc.

Above all I have been driven by the need for equality of opportunity for all those I taught. I have always worked to enable my pupils to excel, whatever their starting points and aspirations, and like the young me to develop a love of learning, a determination to do well and above all a love of reading for pleasure and for scholarship.

My teachers knew me really well, challenged me and encouraged me never to give up. They instilled in me a belief that anything is possible. I wanted to do the same for others through teaching. It is a privilege to take part in shaping the next generation. I will leave a wonderful legacy if I am able to do this for every child in my care at WPS.

Q: Looking back to your time as a Head teacher, what are some of the things you are proudest of?

A: I am proudest and feel most privileged that as a headteacher I have been able to influence staff to share my vision for excellence and equality. The quality of learning is only as good as the teaching, so I have tried to appoint the best teachers and the best leaders to drive forward towards excellence and to meet aspirational targets. I am proud that there are many great headteachers, deputy headteachers, subject leaders (and the odd Ofsted Inspector!) dotted across London who started their early careers under my leadership and expectations. I am proudest of knowing that pupils make excellent progress at St Joseph’s because of the outstanding teaching they receive and the additional support offered for those who need it.

I am proud that I know every pupil and their families well and that parents feel I am approachable. I am able to discuss their child’s learning (progress, standards, targets and so on) but importantly I know each child for the unique and special individual s/he is. Knowing pupils’ character, personality, talents, interests, dreams and aspirations, enables the staff to help them achieve their ambitions. I am proud that I have always encouraged pupils to read and helped parents to understand their role in this endeavour.

I am proud that so many children come back to visit – often in their first week of secondary school and regularly for years afterwards and it gives me great pleasure to hear of successes in their new school and their great memories of St Joseph’s. The biggest thank you I could ask for is when they share a great school report, have made it into a sports team, achieve the grades they need to go to university and talk about environmental projects and new friendships.

Music is at the heart of the curriculum and children are given a huge range of opportunities to sing as a class, as soloists or in a choir, in concerts, in assembly and to join different orchestras. This is particularly important in St Joseph’s where family resource can’t run to music lessons. I’m proud that music rings out in the heart of the city.

Tell us a couple of facts about yourself that we would not find on your CV …

  • I love bird watching especially in West Africa.
  • I love watching football!
  • I am a pet patroller for lost pets!
  • I would love to learn to surf!

Q: What attracted you to the role at Whitehall Park and what is your vision for taking the school forward?

A: It was the WPS’s vision that captured my interest. High expectations for all pupils, academic, personal and social resonate fully with my own vision. I also completely agree with a curriculum which is rooted in a whole-school consensus that every child learns, enjoys and succeeds.

During my visit, the vibrancy of WPS was evident in purposeful learning and the creative high quality of the displays. The commitment to a values-based, enriched curriculum, becoming an accredited “Thinking School” and strong partnerships, particularly with parents, was a joy to hear. I knew immediately it was the school that I was looking for in my next post and would love to lead.

As the new Headteacher I will fully embrace the school’s vision to become a centre of excellence for every pupil. I will build on the achievements and strategies already in place and talk to current leaders about their action plans and targets. It will be important that I get to know and understand the school’s community in order to draw up a clear values-based development plan which is understood by all. I will make sure there is a smooth transition to avoid loss of momentum and reassure parents who might be concerned about any possible adverse impact from the change of leadership. I will get to know everyone in our school community as soon as possible.

Safeguarding, personal development and well-being will continue to be at the heart of WPS so that the children are safe, feel safe, and feel really good about themselves and their learning. I will ensure total commitment to the well-being and achievement of every child.

My vison is to establish an exceptional quality of education in every classroom, a broad, balanced and enriched curriculum that is highly ambitious for all and provides the life skills and experiences pupils need to succeed in all areas of life. I will highlight academic rigour and place a strong emphasis on the performing and visual arts and sport. I value the joy of childhood, one that is full of awe and wonder. I will quality assure a curriculum that is highly inclusive, designed to develop each pupil as a whole person and which draws on their gifts and talents so that they acquire the skills, knowledge, understanding and experiences that will enrich their life now and in the future. I want all pupils to be confident, articulate, resourceful, resilient and more than ready to move on to secondary school, and they will be under my leadership.

We look forward to welcoming Helen in September 2020.

READ HERE our Case Study of the online recruitment process for Helen Tyler

Easter Break – Huge Thank You to parents, carers, pupils and staff

Easter Break – Huge Thank You to parents, carers, pupils and staff

As we come to the end of a very strange two weeks of home-schooling, we as a Trust want to wish all our parents, carers, pupils, supplier partners and staff restful Easter Break – whatever it looks likes …. we have sent this ‘Thank You‘ letter home to every family in the Trust and a a similar one to every member of staff.

We wait to hear from the Government what the next steps are, the next instructions as we would normally start a busy Summer Term.  As soon as we know we will communicate, plan and deliver!

#stayhomestaysafe

Best Wishes

Mark Greatrex,

Chief Executive BPET

 

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.

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