BPET Autumn 2021 Newsletter

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LED Lighting Replacement starts at Kilburn Grange School!

BPET is keen to live and work in a much more sustainable way and having recently signed up to the ‘Let’s go Zero 30’ campaign we have now embarked on two initial work-streams regarding lighting and energy monitoring to help enable us to achieve that goal.

We have partnered with an organisation called eEnergy who have recently visited all our schools to identify how we can both save money and procure greener energy in the future.

Five of our schools (RHS, KGS, WPS, HHS and EPS) will have all old, inefficient lights replaced with new LED lighting.

This work will be undertaken by a partner organisation of eEnergy called eLight over the next two months.

This image shows the first works taking place at Kilburn Grange School (KGS), which started on 6th December 2021.

 

All our schools will have a new Intelligent Metering System installed called MyZeERO. This will give us real time, accurate usage data by internal location to allow us to validate our bills and much more accurately procure our utilities in the near future. This work will also be undertaken by eLight over the coming months.

 

The benefits of MyZeERO Intelligent Metering to BPET:

There are several ways that the installation of MyZeERO will support the Trust in both the short the long term:

  1. It will provide us with accurate data to validate our bills.
  2. It can tell us when and where our energy wastage is at its highest. This will allow schools to identify faults (i.e. lightings being left on or coming on during the night) and provide staff and pupils with real life data to support educational conversations around us delivering cultural change.
  3. It will enable us to re-tender for our energy contracts, most of which are due for renewal next year.

BPET has entered into an operating lease for the LED lighting and metering systems which will see schools pay subscription’ payments. The savings generated over the 7-year period of the contracts will more than offset the total value of the monthly payments.

eEnergy helps organisations to achieve three of the key steps to achieving net zero: understand energy consumption, transition from brown to green energy and reduce energy usage. Read their press release on our project here.

Announcing: the truly inspirational Steve Judge as BPET 2022 Conference Keynote Speaker

We are delighted to announce that @SteveJudge is our keynote speaker for the BPET Annual Conference on 4th January 2022. Here is a quick overview from him!

Addressing over 250 BPET members of staff, trustees and business partners, we cannot wait to meet you Steve!

#motivationalspeaker #beinspired #findyourGOLD #dontleanonyourexcuses

From my performance your audience will be empowered to focus on their vision, career ambition and personal development. They’ll be inspired to not lean on their excuses and motivated to turn their excuses into challenges. My courageous story will energise the staff of Bellevue Place Education Trust to work towards their self actualisation by living with no regrets. Through my journey I’ll share my wisdom and learnings that empowered me to succeed. How having a vision enabled me to achieve accolades that others thought were impossible. From wheelchair to world champion to Entrepreneur.

 

From the masterclass workshop sessions that I will run the delegates will discover what their G.O.L.D. is and how to achieve it:

Their: Goal, Opportunity, Love and Desire

Finding what their GOLD is and importantly the emotion behind it will promote and advance them to keep focused and continually motivate them towards personal and professional development. The workshop will find the energy that they need and the action required to go forward and achieve.

BPET signs up to ‘Let’s Go Zero 2030’ Campaign

As the UK hosts COP26, we are proud to announce that BPET has signed up to the ‘Let’s Go Zero 2030’ campaign. We look forward to working with them going forward. They will be attending our January 2022 Inset Day BPET Conference, where they will meet over 300 of our staff.

The Net Carbon topic has been on the Board of Trustees agenda for a while, as Trustee Simon Rule, Founder and CEO of Place Group Consulting Ltd, is already active in this regard for his own businesses and is keen to ensure BPET and all of our schools starts to take action.

Having recently attended the Education Estates Conference Simon confirmed as a recent board meeting “THE ONLY topic of conversation is how schools meet zero carbon targets through improving buildings and encouraging behavioural change!”

Our new Director of Operations, Richard Crompton, has already started work through eEnergy to complete lighting survey’s in each of our eight schools. As our leader on premises and asset management, he will be a key figure in the organisation focussing on the Zero Carbon by 2030 target.

We have also invited The Green Schools Project to our conference in January 2022. We will be working with all Head Teachers and staff going forward after this important Trust event.

 

Evendons Primary wins prestigious accolade for Sustainable School Travel

Evendons Primary School, Wokingham has won a prestigious accolade for sustainable school travel with help from Wokingham Borough Council. Evendons is the first in the borough and only the eighth in the country to be awarded the highest possible status of platinum in the national Modeshift STARS scheme.

The school has undertaken 75 separate travel initiatives since it joined the scheme three years ago.
Read the full Wokingham Borough News Centre Article here:

Within the article it states:

“The highlight of the award was when Cllr Keith Baker, the Mayor of Wokingham borough, attended an assembly to present staff and pupils with a certificate to honour their achievement. He talked to the children about his mayoral role before meeting them in the playground as they proudly showed off their scooters and bicycles.

 

Cllr Gregor Murray, executive member for resident services, communications and emissions, said: “Everybody has a part to play in tackling climate change and I’m delighted that the pupils of Evendons Primary School have shown such dedication to this at such a young age.”

Congratulations to everyone at Evendons!

RHS win the Year 3 Inter-Trust Football Tournament

What a great day! Our first inter-Trust competition for so long due to the pandemic.
Seven of our schools took part in the tournament, hosted at Watling Park School, Burnt Oak. All the Year 3 teams played with passion, skill and determination. Whilst Rutherford House School took the trophy back to Balham, all the teams took home a feeling of fun, competitiveness and the hunger to do it again!

The full result was:
Runners up: Deer Park School
The event was organised by BPET Sports Leader Jim Richards.
Thanks to all the sports coaches who trained, encouraged and consoled the boys and acted as referees and cheerleaders throughout the day!

Rutherford House gets a response from PM to ‘Save the Vole’ Petition

In the summer term of 2021, Year 5 of Rutherford House School, Balham were inspired to start start a ‘Save the Water Vole’ campaign after  reading the classic novel Wind in the Willows and researching the animal.

They started a petition on change.org hoping for 1,000 signatures.  Since then they have received over 50,000 signatures after high profile media coverage on ITV London News and the story being covered locally and in specialist environmental press.

As reported on 1st October 2021 in the SW Londoner, the year group have now received responses from Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

In the article it states:

“Head of Direct Communications at No.10 Mandy Goridge responded to the school’s petition on behalf of the Prime Minister.  She told Rutherford House School that while she would be bringing the issue to Defra, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Prime Minister wouldn’t be able to support the campaign.

Rutherford House School’s petition cited heavy pollution and housing development as reasons for water voles’ declining numbers.

Wandsworth Council’s Director of Environment and Community Services, Paul Chadwick, told an Overview and Scrutiny Committee earlier this week that they wouldn’t be able to reintroduce water voles to Wandsworth yet.

He did say that the Wandsworth Council was taking steps to improve habitats in the borough and protect rivers from pollution, citing its recently published biodiversity plan.”

These actions are a good step forward and we are delighted that the campaign has raised so much awareness. We know the staff and pupils involved have learned so much, not only about Water Voles, Pollution and caring for habitats but also about professional communications (PR), Media and TV production, Interview skills and enhanced their persuasive writing skills.

Richard Crompton joins as BPET Director of Operations

We are delighted to welcome Richard Crompton to the BPET senior management team as Director of Operations.  He brings a wealth of Operations and Facilities experience from his previous roles at The David Ross Trust, John Lewis Partnership and Marks and Spencer plc.

Richard’s role as Director of Operations has overall responsibility for the strategic leadership of HR, asset management, contract management, compliance, ICT (including MIS systems), legal issues, Health and Safety and by strategic oversight the School Office Managers and Site Managers.

Living in North London with his partner and son, Richard is a keen runner and enjoys hiking in his spare time.

New BPET Catering Provider – Harrison Catering Services Ltd

We are delighted to announce that Harrison Catering Services Ltd have been appointed as the catering provider across the eight BPET schools from 1 September 2021 for a 3-year contract, with the potential for 5 years to 2026.

This is a first for the Trust as our schools previously selected their own provider, having been ‘new’ free schools opening across different academic years.

BPET are passionate about providing high quality food for all pupils and for this to be a social and enriching experience, with all our schools delivering high quality meal through a family dining experience for our pupils to enjoy.  To deliver this, we ask all parents to purchase a school meal, if they do not qualify for free meals.

We believe that all lunchtime food should be both appetising and nutritious.  We recognise the benefits of a well-balanced hot meal for children, in the middle of the day and believe this is best provided through the school meal.  We therefore expect all children to take a hot meal provided through the school caterer.

We are unashamedly aspirational with our BPET Food Policy, as all children should benefit from a balanced, healthy and nutritious diet.  It is important for the development of a child’s physical state, as well as promoting concentration in class. Meals with the proper nutrients helps fuel the mind to be more receptive to learning new knowledge and acquiring new skills.

Family Dining

Food and sharing food are an important part of our make-up as human beings. Wherever school settings permit, BPET wishes to promote and encourage a type of meal service called Family service.

Family service ensures that the children sit together at the same time and share the same meal; children will sit at the same table every day and on their table will be children from different classes, a mixture of girls and boys and children of all races and religions sharing the same food.

Tendering Process

As an Academy Trust, BPET takes the lead on tendering high spend contracts across our schools and catering is our second highest spend after staffing.  We believe it is good practice to regularly test the market for such provision and following a four-year contract with the previous provider, we went out to tender in early 2021.

With the support of our procurement provider, four companies were taken through to the final stages of the process.  This resulted in four very strong bids and we are proud that in a competitive market, these organisations were very keen to supply for us.

Harrisons Catering was the unanimous preferred supplier from the tender process, which included bid documentation, presentations and question and answers.

Harrisons impressed the tender team, made up of members of the trust central team and school Headteachers, with their focus on the delivery of high quality meals across all schools, for the benefit of every pupil.  They were clear that they would be offering the best ingredients, aspirational menus and a strong team supporting the kitchen staff in the schools.  Under the terms of the contract, all current catering staff have the right to transfer to Harrisons as the new provider and we believe they will be strongly supported in their role. We know some schools in the Trust will also receive brand new chefs, local to their area who will become a very important member of the school staff community.

The benefit of the group contract, managed by the BPET Central Team, is that we can ensure that all schools receive a high quality offer, utilising the economies of scale across the contract, meeting the needs of every pupil we serve.

NOTES:

Harrison Catering has been creating enticing, nutritious food since 1994. They provide delectable, balanced meals to schools and businesses.  Founder & Chairman, Geoffrey Harrison, believes the best dishes are both delicious and nutritious and all the ingredients should come from trusted sources.    Our teams work with clients to make sure everyone who eats their meal isn’t just enjoying tasty food, but also getting vital nutrition tailored just for them at great value.

For more information visit: www.harrisoncatering.co.uk/schoolcatering

Trust reaches a Maturity Milestone!

6/9/2021: As all eight BPET schools open their doors to pupils today for the start of the 2021-22 academic year it is a milestone moment for the Trust … for the first time every school in the group has a full cohort from Reception to Year 6!

Created in 2013 with the opening of Rutherford House School, Balham, the group has seven original free schools across London and Berkshire. Our eighth school, Evendons Primary in Wokingham, joined us in 2020 which was the year for their first year six leavers.  This July, 2021, saw first Year six leavers for Braywick Court, Maidenhead and Whitehall Park, Islington,

However today our  four youngest school’s, who all opened in 2015, joined the others by having classes from Reception  through to Year Six. As a group, today we welcomed 2,430 pupils across the eight schools.

We wish every single pupil a fantastic year and we know out Year six cohorts are already thinking about and planning for the transition to secondary school. Our teaching teams are giving support for entrance examinations, scholarship interviews and working towards the 2022 SATs which are due to take place in the summer term.

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