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.

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!

Updated Policies in line with GDPR Requirements

Protecting your privacy

General Data Protection Regulation is legislation designed to make it easier for you to control how Kilburn Grange School uses parents/carers personal details and those of pupils.

We need to make it clear to you

  • What personal data we collect and keep
  • Why we collect and keep the data
  • How we use personal data
  • Where we keep personal data
  • How long we keep the data
  • Individual rights connected to that data

We have a data protection policy and a privacy notice so you can see how we meet these requirements.   You can find these under the school policies section on this website.

Use of cookies

We do use cookies on our website. Cookies are small anonymous text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set out and how to manage and delete them, visit www.aboutcookies.org.

We only use cookies that are essential (i.e. they are required to make something work) or help us to make your experience of using our website better. By continuing to browse the Kilburn Grange School website, you are agreeing to the use of cookies.

We do not use cookies to store personal data or link non-personal information stored in cookies with personal data about specific individuals.

Parent Leaflets and Parent Portal

We have recently uploaded a number of new leaflets to assist with home learning and ongoing development. Topics include; internet safety, learning habits and writing support. You can see the full range of leaflets and workshops below:

Parent Workshops and Leaflets

We have also recently launched the Parent Portals for each year, which include photo galleries from the classroom and school trips, as well as curriculum overviews and letters for the home. Follow the link below to access the portals (this is password protected, so be sure to have the relevant year group password first!):

Parent Portal

Engagement both inside the classroom and beyond is crucial to what we do as a school. We therefore appreciate any and all help from parents and carers in this regard, and hope to provide assistance wherever we can.

Parent View and BPET Parent Surveys

As parents and carers are by now no doubt aware, Kilburn Grange is a school that places a large emphasis on regular feedback. That’s why this month we’ve asked our families to complete two questionnaires!

In anticipation of an Ofsted visit this term, we would be very grateful if parents and carers could complete the survey on Parent View – this helps us to engage with your comments and take on board any areas of improvement. To complete the Parent View survey, follow the link below:


We’ve also sent out Parental Surveys as part of Bellevue Place Education Trust’s annual improvement review cycle. If you have received the questionnaire, please complete it by Wednesday 30th May to ensure that your views are counted. This is an important part of the school’s planning process and feedback will feed into the School Development Plan, along with the strategic planning of the Trust.

We appreciate the effort that goes into completing these surveys and only ask so that we can improve our offering, wherever we can.

Your opinions are very valuable to us and we look forward to hearing them!

New Site Superviser Appointed

We would like to welcome our new Site Superviser Mr Philippe Lamara to Kilburn Grange School!  Mr Lamara has specialised as a site supervisor in a range of diverse school environments across London, working in primary, secondary and University settings. Previously based at the Royal College of Arts, Mr Lamara has rigorous training in health and safety protocol and has received both First Aid and Fire Safety training. With his widespread DIY knowledge and years of experience as a premises assistant, Mr Lamara is committed to creating a safe and enjoyable learning environment in his role as Site Supervisor at Kilburn Grange School.

School Photography – Viewing cards

School Photography

Following Pret-a-Portrait’s recent visit to the school, student pictures are now available. A viewing card explaining how you can view and order pictures has been sent home with pupils.

Please ask your child to give it to you as soon as possible so you have a chance to order any pictures you would like at a discounted price before the Early Bird Deadline 14th December 2017.

Christmas Order Deadline:

Sunday 10th December for Framed Prints & Phone Cases

Sunday 17th December for Unframed Prints, JPEGs on USB

Thursday 21st December for JPEGs to download

If for any reason your viewing card doesn’t make it to you in the next few days, please contact Pret-a-Portrait directly on 0800 021 7626 or customerservice@pret-a-portrait.net


Excellent Parent Survey Results

Parent Survey Results June 2017

We recently invited all of our parents to complete the annual KGS Parent Survey and we’d like to say a huge thank you to all of you who responded as we had 90% of families complete it. The results of this survey are very important to us and we will use the data to support the forward planning of the school. Click here to read the full letter sent to parents by Ms Richardson.

The parent community are very satisfied with school life at Kilburn Grange School, with the majority of parents describing the school as a happy and caring environment with high standards and clear values.

There is a very clear sense of what most parents regard as the primary strengths of the school. The most common responses were:

  • The clear school values which encourage the children to be caring, kind, and independent learners
  • The range of school trips and extra-curricular activities on offer to the children
  • A welcoming and professional staff and leadership team

Question                                                                                     % who graded Strongly Agree or Agree 

My child enjoys coming to school                                                                                                       96 %

The school develops my child’s independence and responsibility                                              100 %

The school’s values and attitudes have a positive impact on my child                                       100 %

The school is welcoming and secure                                                                                                   98 %

Children have opportunities to develop socially and emotionally                                                 98 %



I would recommend Kilburn Grange School without hesitation. My child is not only happy to come to school everyday and the learning is fun. The school teaches children to be caring and clever!

My daughter has been extremely happy at Kilburn Grange since her first day and looks forward to going to school and seeing her friends and teachers. She also looks forward to learning at school and coming home to show us and practice with us.

Kilburn Grange consistently exceeds every expectation. I could not be happier with the way my daughter is growing and blossoming. We feel very lucky we found it!

Lovely, friendly, easy to approach teachers who are very motivated a interested in teaching and give little kids the best possible knowledge from the beginning. Encourage kids to reach their potential and achieve the maximum. The words ” no, I can’t do it ” are not used in Kilburn Grange. Every child gets as much support and help as she/he needs. Kids are confident.