BPET leadership positions: new appointments

We are delighted to announce the appointment of three key positions across BPET.

We welcome a new Interim Director of Education who will cover Laura Gregory, the current Director, whilst away on a year’s sabbatical: Alison Colenso has been appointed for the 2023/24 academic year. Mrs Colenso has over 20 years’ experience in primary school education. She was the founding Headteacher for Deer Park School, a BPET school which opened in September 2015. She left Deer Park in summer 2019, but remained connected with us in an advisory capacity, before taking up post as one of His Majesty’s Inspectors for Education at Ofsted in January 2020. Mrs Colenso will bring a breadth of experience gained whilst visiting and inspecting schools across London over the last three years. She is excited to develop relationships with all the BPET Headteachers to support and challenge them in their school improvement journey.

Mrs Colenso says: “I am delighted to be returning to BPET in this interim capacity. The trust has grown considerably since I left just over three years ago – testament to its unfaltering ambition to ensure as many children as possible thrive through learning, enjoying and succeeding. I am committed to driving up standards further and ultimately ensuring the best outcomes for all children in BPET schools and beyond.”

Mrs Michelle Robertson has been appointed Headteacher at Braywick Court School. Mrs Robertson was the substantive Deputy Headteacher at the school for the past four years and has been carrying out the role of Acting Headteacher since September 2023. Mrs Robertson demonstrated the vision and understanding for delivering the highest standards of education, with a particular passion in the Green Schools Project. She continues to deliver excellent provision at Braywick Court School, with a deep understanding of their unique curriculum.
She says: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Headteacher. Braywick Court School is a very special place which staff, pupils and parents are all rightly very proud of. It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to serve such a thriving school community.”

Kilburn Grange School also has a new Headteacher, Ms Helen Khinich, who has been appointed to this permanent role. Ms Khinich is a founding Deputy Headteacher, and also was the Acting Headteacher since January 2023. She also demonstrated a clear vision and passion for meeting the needs of the pupils at the school, and the community the school serves.

Ms Kinich says: “In 2015, I helped to open Kilburn Grange School and as the school has grown over the years, it has been such an honour to have been part of its community, lead the staff and watch the children Learn, Enjoy and Succeed. I have now been appointed as Headteacher and I am incredibly proud to lead the school into the next phase of its journey.”

We are delighted to have appointed such strong leaders in these key positions, from a very strong field of candidates for each role. We look forward to working with them in our mission to provide the best education to all children.

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 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.


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