ANNOUNCEMENT: BPET Virtual Conference – 4 January 2021

UPDATE:  we have had to change the content of the conference so our amazing staff can focus on delivering remote learning for pupils from 5th January 2021.

We still have two amazing keynote speakers and two specialists on Autism and Dyslexia for our Teaching Assistants and Learning Support Assistants!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The four speakers are:

  • Dame Alison Peacock, Chartered College of Teaching, “Learning without Limits”
  • Shirley Clarke – “Transforming learning through formative assessment”
  • Steph Reed – “Understanding Autism and Learning”
  • Donna Stevenson – “Understanding Dyslexia and Dyscalculia”

BPET Autumn Newsletter 2020

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Rutherford House School, 7th Anniversary Admissions Policy Consultation

There is a statutory requirement for schools to consult with parents, carers, staff, local neighbouring schools and nurseries and the local authority on the 7th anniversary of an Admissions Policy being created and have never been amended.

This year our school in Balham, Rutherford House, falls into this category.  Therefore, we welcome visitors in the education sector local to Rutherford House to review our proposed Admissions Policy 2022-23 (with no changes) and attach here our consultation document.

Should you wish to make a comment on the policy please email: info@bpet.co.uk addressing your email “For the attention of Tracey Blandford”.  Comments can be sent from 2nd December 2020 until 31st January 2021.

 

Bray Preschool joins the Trust under Braywick Court School

December 1 2020:

Today we welcomed our first Nursery into our Trust – Bray Preschool, established in 1973 ,  has become part of Bellevue Place Education Trust under the management of Braywick Court School, Berkshire.

Offering pre-school learning from 9-3pm and breakfast and after school club, they are open from 8am – 4pm.  The pre-school follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum for 2-5 year olds.

For more information visit: BrayPreSchool

 

 

BPET launches ‘Community Fund’ for 510 Christmas Hampers

Did you know that within our BPET family of 8 schools, 22% of children qualify for Pupil Premium*?

That means that at least 510 children across our Trust are classified as disadvantaged and we know that many of them and their families are living in relative poverty**.

Therefore, BPET has created a “Community Fund” project which will looks to raise funds from across our school, supplier and partner communities to help offer support to our families most in need.

Working with our Catering Partner, Caterlink, we are crowd-funding to deliver each of our 510 families with a Christmas Hamper, which will include Fruit and Vegetable staples as well as some Christmas Treats.  Each Hamper costs £22.50 to create

We believe that, within our community is the power to help.

If you can make a one-off donation or create a regular payment please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bpet-communityfund-christmashampers/

For more information please visit: https://www.bpet.co.uk/community-fund/

 

*Pupil Premium is the extra funding given to schools from the UK government to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils. The grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve.

** The poverty line in the UK is defined as a household income below 60% of the average. This threshold is currently around £195 a week for a lone parent with two children. Using this definition there are over 3 million children living in poverty.

Sources:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pupil-premium/pupil-premium

https://cpag.org.uk/child-poverty/measuring-poverty

Braywick Court School hardest primary school to secure a place in Windsor & Maidenhead

Not only is the new Braywick Court School building up for an education award later this autumn, but we have now found it was the hardest primary school in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead for families to secure a reception place.

Opened by Rt. Hon Theresa May MP in November 2019, the one-form entry school located on Bray Nature Reserve had 1.6 first preferences for each of the 30 places offered, with just 44 per cent of those who put the school as their first choice getting a place.

Read the full Get Reading Live story here: https://bit.ly/3ibjs9d

Looking for a Reception Place September 2021: Sadly unable to offer on-site tours for 2020-21 you can see now the Braywick Court School Virtual Tour on their YouTube channel, ahead of the application deadline 15 January 2021.

 

BPET CEO included in Arbor E-book on ‘Strategies for MAT Leaders’

Arbor is a leading MIS (Management Information System) for schools in the UK, including  Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) like ours.

Even before COVID-19 and school lockdowns Arbor had invited our CEO, Mark Greatrex, to speak at a leadership webinar to share his experience of ‘Managing a geographically dispersed trust’.  This webinar took place on 27th March 2020.

Throughout the spring and summer Arbor developed their webinar topics to enable MAT leaders, mainly from small and medium sized organisations, to share experiences and strategies for Student and Staff Wellbeing and Online Learning.

The summary of each webinar has been collated into a very useful e-book which supports schools through constant change and for the future. We are delighted to share it here.  You can read Mark’s webinar interview article on pages 11-16.

Braywick Court School shortlisted for Education Estates 2020 ‘Project of the Year’- Schools Award

We are incredibly proud that through the architectural team of ADP Architecture, our newest school building for Braywick Court School has been short-listed for the Project of the Year – Schools Award.

The Education Estates Awards celebrate excellence and achievement in education and ADP Architecture have two projects short listed as finalists.

Braywick Court School is shortlisted for the Project of the Year – Schools Award, which recognises a school new build project that has made a difference to the educational or research experience.

In summary in it’s application the project states “Braywick connects with nature and its surroundings at every opportunity, positively enhancing the wellbeing of pupils and staff. The bright, relaxing, and calming environment significantly improves the pupil experience, with creative and effective wayfinding introduced through colour and graphics.”

The winners will be announced at the Education Estates Digital Awards Ceremony on 15th October 2020.  We all have our fingers crossed.

Braywick Court School image from ADP Architecture

BPET becomes a founding member of the Free School Leaders Network

We are delighted to announce that BPET CEO, Mark Greatrex, has been accepted the invitation from The New Schools Network to become a founding member of their new Free School Leader Network (FSLN).

The role of the FSLN is as follows  below and the invitation acknowledges Mark’s success at BPET, who in the five years as CEO has seen four of the seven original FREE schools open and in the last academic year transition Evendons Free Primary School, Wokingham into the Trust. As an organisation three of the eight schools are graded Outstanding by Ofsted, with the remaining four all graded Good.

BPET joins Challenge Partners Leadership Network

Delighted to say that we have been invited to join Challenge Partners Leadership Network.

This offers BPET Central Team and our eight primary free schools networking opportunities with other small and medium sized Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) and schools, to learn from each other and to enhance the life chances of all children through collaboration to combine our specialist wisdom.

Trust Leaders Network

“Our national network brings together like-minded trust leaders passionate about extending excellence in their trusts and committed to sharing great practice so that the whole system improves – consistent with our upwards convergence model.

Learning from each other and the business world beyond, the network enables you to connect with experts, leading thinkers and peers across the country.”

Trust Peer Review

Emulating the success of our school Quality Assurance Review, our Trust Peer Review enables improvement through challenge and collaboration. Independently reviewed by the NFER, it was found to benefit trusts and reviewers alike. The host trust is supported to sharpen its improvement strategies and leadership, while peer reviewers gain unique insights to support development in themselves and their trusts.

Trust peer reviewers are led by an independent expert and work with host trust leaders as one team to build a picture of how school improvement operates across the trust and the impact it is having. This informs rich professional dialogue about strengths, areas for development and next steps, which are captured in a written report. The BPET CEO and Director of Education have been trained to undertake Trust Peer Reviews.

 

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