BPET schools receive 160 ‘Mail Force computers for kids’

What a fabulous return to in-school learning on 8th March 2021, as all eight schools in the Trust received a delivery of 20 laptops from the Daily Mail ‘Mail Force’ campaign providing computers for schools to give to pupils in need of a laptop. That’s 160 devices across the group.

Here is a quick montage of our grateful staff and pupils:

We would like to thank every individual, every business who made a donation to the fund raising campaign as these laptops will really help our pupils most in need with future home-work or 1-2-1 learning in school under the guidance of our fabulous Learning Support and Teaching Assistants.

It also means some devices “loaned” from school resources during lockdown can be returned to school for on-going use, with such families gaining the Mail Force device permanently!

The eight BPET schools are:

Braywick Court School (Bray, Maidenhead), Deer Park School (Richmond upon Thames), Evendons Primary (Wokingham), Halley House School (Hackney), Kilburn Grange School (Brent), Rutherford House School (Balham), Watling Park School (Barnet) and Whitehall Park School (Islington).

Mail Force is a Charity: So far* they have raised £1,473,952.80 to provide much needed school equipment and resources for pupils across the UK learning from home.

* Monday 8th March 2021

Bellevue Education donates laptops to BPET Schools

Bellevue Education donates laptops to BPET Free Schools

Bellevue Education has made a donation of laptops and other home learning equipment to the Bellevue Place Education Trust (BPET), to support their efforts in home educating during the national lockdown as a result of Covid-19.

The donation, including laptops, chargers and keyboards, will be sent to Kilburn Grange School, a Free School in Maida Vale, London.

The Bellevue Place Education Trust (BPET) sponsors eight growing Free Schools across London and Berkshire. The Trust was founded as a joint venture between Bellevue Education, a group of 21 independent schools across the UK and Europe; and Place Group Consulting, who have been setting up new state schools for 15 years.

Chief Executive of BPET, Mark Greatrex, comments:

‘Just under 25% of the 2,324 pupils attending BPET schools are on pupil premium funding. By surveying throughout the first lockdown in 2020, we identified lack of IT as the greatest barrier for these families to engage in home learning. We were lucky to help them thanks to Department for Education (DFE) schemes, but now in ‘Lockdown 3’, it is the issue of multiple siblings who have to share devices that is our concern.

‘The Government has rules on how many hours online learning daily a pupil must maintain to stay on track, and where families are having to share, it is just not feasible.

‘The donation from Bellevue Education will have a huge impact on such families. Supporting the hardest-to-reach families and helping all pupils connect to our high-quality home learning provision is a key role for schools at this time. Thank you, Bellevue!’

 -ENDS-

 NOTES TO EDITORS

About Bellevue Education

Founded in 2003, Bellevue Education is a leading group of schools dedicated to providing the best possible education to children and students aged from six months to 19 years.

Each Bellevue school is run independently, but united by the same commitment: to be a place where children thrive, which teachers aspire to work for, and which parents are proud to send their children to.

Bellevue schools are warm, happy and dynamic environments where students are encouraged to aim high, delivering a broad curriculum in innovative ways. Bellevue recruits exceptional staff and ensures they are fully supported, with unrivalled training programmes and shared best practice opportunities. The group also understands the importance of parents in their child’s education, with a focus on parent communication.

Bellevue believes that exceptional academic results are the natural outcome of instilling a lifelong love of learning. The group takes great pride in helping to shape futures and inspire tomorrow’s leaders.

COVID-19 Update for start of 2021

2nd January 2021:  We have updated our COVID-19 Advice page after the recent Government announcements.

The current situation is that all six London based schools will be closed, except for vulnerable children or children of critical workers, until at least 18th January 2021. Remote learning will commence on 5th January 2021 and each individual school* will have emailed detailed information to parents and carers.

* Schools are: Deer Park, Halley House, Kilburn Grange, Rutherford House, Watling Park and Whitehall Park.

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.

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