Fundraising cycling COO presents his bike to pupils!

Fundraising cycling COO presents his bike to pupils!

Bellevue Place Education Trust COO (Chief Operating Officer) Stuart Dixon and his riding adventure partner Ashvin de Vos came into our assembly on Friday 11th October to present his bike to pupils and explain just how far they are going to ride over half-term to raise funds for our school and sister Watling Park School (WAT).

The Head Teacher from WAT, Mrs Quartson, was at the assembly so she could film the assembly and then share it with her pupils.  We are delighted to share it here.

Mr Dixon is cycling through France to raise fund for IT equipment and additional extras for our pupils, if you can donate to the cause this is his fund-raising page

At the time of this post he was at 28% of his target having raised just under £1,500.

New Parent Survey – Autumn 2019

Our thanks go to all of our new parents who responded to our recent survey. We were very keen to find out your experience prior to and since joining the school in September. We can and will use the data to support the future planning for new starters and we will also use it to continue and develop our daily interaction with you.

An amazing 100% said they ‘Agreed’ or ‘Strongly Agreed’ that ‘their child has settled well into their class’;

86% ‘would recommend Kilburn Grange to a friend’

81% rated their overall experience of the school so far as ‘Good or Excellent’.

We are so pleased to share with you a few feedback quotes:

•             “Everything so far is perfect and I’m loving the communication the school has with the parents.”

•             “Very pleased that my children are attending this school.”

•             “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.”

Please click on the link below to view the complete set of results:

New Parent Survey 2019

Mayor of Brent visits Kilburn Grange School

Mayor of Brent visits Kilburn Grange School

On Tuesday 15th October, Kilburn Grange School was delighted to welcome His Worshipful The Mayor of Brent, Councillor Ernest Ezeajughi.

He spoke to the whole school about his special ‘Robe of Office’, how he supports schools and, most importantly, about his journey from his birth and education in Nigeria to his life in London and his path to becoming a Mayor.

He visited the school as part of a series of special visits, visitors and workshops to celebrate ‘Black History Month’.

After taking questions from the children, he reminded us that whether you are black, white or from any other creed, you can be anything you want to be if you work hard and show respect to others.

He ended with famous words from Martin Luther King: ‘Let us all work to be the light that drives out darkness.’

Year One Toy Workshop

Year One Toy Workshop

As part of Year One’s topic on ‘Toys’, Classroom Adventures visited for a toy workshop. 

Year One have been learning all about old and new toys and we got to design and make our very own wooden, old-style toys using real tools like hammers and hand drills. What an exciting and successful Design and Technology lesson it was! 

The children had such a fun time, being creative and designing their own toys!

OfSTED finds Kilburn Grange School to be Good in all areas

Kilburn Grange School has received its first ever OfSTED report, where inspectors found the school to be “Good” in all areas. Enjoying “the benefits of being part of a successful Trust”, Kilburn Grange has now been recognised as a valuable primary choice for parents and carers in the Brent and Camden area.

Opened by Bellevue Place Education Trust in September 2015, the school offers high educational standards, with pupils making “strong progress in reading, writing and mathematics”. The report also praises the school’s emphasis on “personal development”, inspectors remarking that pupils are “encouraged to think critically and develop their own ideas”. Pupils’ access to a “broad curriculum”, alongside the promotion of critical thinking and a varied extended curriculum, is a defining feature of Bellevue Place Education Trust schools. The report notes that Kilburn Grange School meets “the needs of all pupils, regardless of the complexity of their needs”, recognising the centrality of a “school community” in which “all pupils play an active part”. This has a clearly beneficial effect, as “pupils enjoy learning” and maintain “positive working relationships” with staff.

Engagement from parents surrounding the inspection was very positive, with 96% considering their child to “make good progress” and 89% recommending the school to another parent. The report recognises that “parents and carers are overwhelmingly positive about the school”, acknowledging their confidence that “behaviour is strong”.

The Chief Executive of Bellevue Place Education Trust, Mark Greatrex commented on the inspection result:

“For the last three years, Kilburn Grange School has been contributing a high-quality education to the young people of Brent and Camden. OfSTED’s conclusions vindicate the hard work of staff, parents, governors and pupils who have invested so much in founding a truly valuable school community. Our broad and balanced curriculum – delivered by the strong team at Kilburn Grange – encourages a culture of creativity, enquiry, confidence and expression, nurturing a population of lifelong thinkers.”

Kilburn Grange School now welcomes applications for pupils up to Year 3 and continues to work towards improving its educational offer. Prospective families interested in applying for a place to begin September 2019 can visit the school throughout the autumn term, with tours held every Wednesday afternoon from 2:30pm. If anyone is unable to make the scheduled tours, the school encourages that they get in contact and another can be arranged at the prospective families’ convenience.

You can read the full report by following the link: Click here.
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Listed below are a few choice quotes selected from the OfSTED report:

“Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is evident throughout the school. Pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain.”

“The quality of work across the wider curriculum is strong. This was particularly evident in the stunning artwork created by Year 1, reflecting a variety of styles and textures.”

“The school’s values of ‘WECARE’ are the cornerstone of all activities. Pupils talk confidently about wonder, enjoy, collaborate, aspire, reflect and endeavour. Pupils’ books demonstrate that the values are an integral part of learning. Pupils talk positively about diversity and treating people equally.”

“Pupils take pride in their work. This is evident in the way that all activities are completed to a high standard.”

Ten Top Tips for New Pupils Starting School

Beginning school for the first time is a key milestone for new pupils and parents alike, and it can be an emotionally difficult time for both. It’s perfectly natural to feel nervous and excited, though with preparation you can manage this period of change to ensure that you and your child enjoy the first of life’s many transitions!

Below are ten top tips that experts recommend to help with the experience.

1. Talk about school

Begin by communicating and ask your child how they are feeling. Is there anything they are excited about and anything that is making them worried? There are a number of books about starting school that you can read together – even the prospectus and website of your chosen school can help initiate these conversations. If your child is worried, try to focus on the many things to look forward to, such as making new friends and the wonderful things they are going to learn.

2. Stay positive – keep calm and smile

It is perfectly natural to feel nervous about your child starting school, but be aware that your child will take their cues from you. Make sure that you are positive when discussing their new school. If you display confidence and enthusiasm, your child is more likely to feel the same and behave accordingly. Be wary of using negative language, even in the service of sound advice (such as “you won’t be able to act this way in school”).

3. Help them develop their independence

The more experience your child has of doing things for themselves, the quicker they will take to the new school environment. There are a number of domestic tasks that can help prepare your child and teach them independence; such as using a knife and fork, sitting upright at the table, washing their hands and tidying up after themselves. If your child has not already mastered toilet training, this is a skill that will definitely build up their confidence. Teachers and support staff are there to help, and will be ready for dealing with all levels of capability. If there is something that your child finds difficult, be sure to inform them so that they can give special attention to any problematic issues.

4. Let them try on their uniform

Trying on their new uniform can be an activity that your child enjoys. Taking pride in looking smart, as well as practicing things like keeping labels at the back and holding sleeves to keep them from riding up will help improve your child’s confidence. Getting dressed and undressed is also an exercise that will be practically useful in preparing your child for P.E. lessons. If they do demonstrate an enthusiasm for their uniform, take a photo and place it somewhere visible – perhaps you could attach it to the fridge? This will help your child to picture themselves at school and allow them to formulate their identity as a pupil-to-be.

5. Help them to recognise their name

Though they won’t be expected to write their own name when school begins, it will be helpful if your child can recognise their name on a coat peg or label. This will also be useful for fostering their independence and confidence. Try placing their name on the bedroom door and putting labels on anything you can. Help your child to identify where a label is located and practice identifying belongings by their name.

6. Play listening games

Listening skills can be practiced through games such as ‘Simon Says’ and ‘I Spy’. These will be important to develop in preparation for following a teacher’s instructions. Once simple instructions have been mastered, more complex directions can follow – try adding several together so that your child can concentrate on following multiple commands (such as “take off your coat, wash your hands and then sit down at the table please”).

7. Make a date

If you know any other children that will be yours’ future classmates, organising a playdate could be an excellent opportunity to help develop their social skills and dispel any worries. Familiar faces can make the first day so much easier. The occasion can be useful to you as a parent too. If the other parents are also experiencing this all for the first time, you can share your feelings and anxieties – if they have older siblings who have been through the process before, their experience could be instructive.

8. Start a routine

This can be well needed practice for you too! It can be a challenge making it out of the house in the morning with a child, especially if you need to keep to a specific time. As the Autumn term approaches, practice the routine so you can both get used to waking in the morning and going to bed at an appropriate time, as well as eating meals when you would on school days. Getting dressed in the morning and eating breakfast to a schedule is important to ensure that you manage to leave home and arrive at school on time. Trialling the school run is a great way to guarantee that you’re fully prepared when the time comes. Before bedtime, baths and stories will help your child to wind down, whilst nutritious meals throughout the day and plenty of sleep each night will be important for helping them to concentrate and learn during their days at school.

9. Take a look at some Early Years resources

PACEY, the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years has produced some great fact sheets and resources for parents and children about to start school. You may like to have a look at their #ReadyForSchool resources at www.pacey.org.uk/schoolready

10. Communication is key

As this guide began, so it concludes – by stressing the importance of communication! You know your child best and if there’s anything that could help them settle in, be sure to suggest it to their teacher and support staff.

Hopefully this guide will help make starting school the exciting opportunity that it should be! If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at the school – remember, we are here to help!

3 easy steps to apply to Kilburn Grange School

Primary school allocations have now been given for September 17. Are you undecided on your child’s Reception place? What about Kilburn Grange School?

Here are three easy steps to apply:

  • Call admissions in your local borough – for example, Brent (020 8937 1234) or Camden.
  • Advise that you wish to be offered a place at Kilburn Grange School in Brent.
  • The Admissions Team will then deal with your enquiries and then let you know the outcome.

Please don’t hesitate to ring the office on 0207 504 0547 and we’d be happy to assist you.