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Welcome To Park View Educational Trust

Park View Business & Enterprise School became the first school in the country to achieve outstanding in the “New” Ofsted criteria 2012: achieving 1 in all areas. We have recently learnt from a letter from David Laws, Minister of State for Schools that Park View has been identified as one of 100 top performing schools in terms of the progress that pupils on free school meals make between Key Stage 2 results and their GCSE’s in English and Maths. In other words Park View is making great strides in closing the attainment gap and supporting social mobility.

Park View Educational Trust came into existence on the 1st April 2012. During this year the Head Teacher Lindsey Clark, as NLE, was approached by Birmingham Local Authority and the National College of School Leadership to work with Nansen Primary School. Nansen Primary School’s 2011 SAT’s results for English and Maths combined were 40%. After intensive work, especially in mathematics, Nansen’s results improved to 61%.


 

Message from Adrian Packer, Executive Principal

 

10 September 2014

Dear Parent/Carer

In recent days, you will have received letters and information relating to an opportunity to get involved with the governance of the Park View Educational Trust Academies.  I am grateful to those parents who have made contact with me to comment on this process.

Firstly, it has been brought to my attention that not all letters were distributed in good time as we would have hoped. Please accept my apologies for this. In acknowledgement of this issue, I have asked trustees to delay the deadline for submissions until Monday 15th September. Secondly, some parents have commented that they feel the forms are over-complicated. I want to stress that I am committed to providing parents/carers easy access to the Trust so that we may work in partnership to improve our Academies. If you would like to discuss ways in which we can support with the completion of any forms, please do contact Mrs Tyler enquiry@goldenhillock.bham.sch.uk

With regards to the technicalities of the selection process, I have discussed this with trustees and I have noted their diligence in adhering carefully to the Articles of Association for the Trust in respect of inviting applications from parents. I am pleased to note trustee’s commitment to give parents/carers a meaningful voice in the future governance of the Academies.

May I also take this opportunity to say how humbling it has been to have been welcomed so warmly by those parents/carers that have introduced themselves to me and offered support and encouragement for what we are setting out to achieve in this new bright chapter for our Academies. I look forward to meeting more of you in the coming weeks.

Very best wishes

Adrian Packer
Executive Principal 

 

Welcome to PVET (The Park View Educational Trust). I am proud to lead the Trust as its Executive Principal. PVET is the sponsor of three Academies in the East of Birmingham - Golden Hillock Academy (secondary), Park View Academy (secondary) and Nansen Academy (primary). The Trust promotes a family culture between the three Academies and their communities and is always looking for opportunities to share best practice and collaborate.

Our Academies are very special places, where students always come first. Our commitment to serving their diverse needs underpins the Trust’s ethos. This approach is complemented by students who apply themselves with diligence and enthusiasm in all their endeavours every day. They are supported by hardworking and caring teams of teaching and support staff who strive to provide consistently high quality, aspirational educational experiences.

Our Academies benefit hugely from direct and positive associations with our local communities. The culturally rich values of our neighbourhoods inspire our pursuit to promote tolerance and diversity. We are also mindful and celebratory of our global heritage; we are as collectively proud of where we have come from as we are open-minded about where we are going.

PVET is committed to creating highly personalised learning routes, tailored to the abilities and interests of young people. Our students receive exceptional levels of pastoral support to enable them to develop practical life skills and reflect positively on their academic progress. We pride ourselves on a nurturing style of education which is creative and challenging. The common feature of all our Academies is an emphasis on respect- for ourselves, our learning, our environment and each other. Our students and staff create an open, friendly, flexible yet rigorous approach to study which is inclusive, holistic and ultimately transformative.

PVET welcomes views and suggestions from stakeholders of all our Academies. Please contact us if you’d like to share your thoughts and ideas with us.

Very best wishes

Adrian Packer


 

Message from the New Trustees (September 2014)

 

8 September 2014

Dear Parent, 

I am writing to inform you that we are inviting applications for the position of Parent Governors at Park View School – The Academy of Mathematics and Science’s Governing Body. Please read this letter carefully. The term of office for a Parent Governor is four years; all governors are expected to attend at least one governing body meeting per academic term. 

The application process

We would like to invite interested parents to complete the application form for this role. Please ensure this form is sent to Ms A Iqbal either by email to enquiry@parkview.bham.sch.uk or by post to: Park View School The Academy Of Mathematics And Science, Naseby Road, Alum Rock, Birmingham, B8 3HG

No later than Wednesday 11th September 2014.

The Board of Members is free to constitute a governing body for the academy in the way it considers most appropriate. In doing so, the Members will ensure the governing body has the necessary skills and expertise to govern the academy.

There are two vacancies for Parent Governors on the Local Governing Body. Where there are more nominations than vacancies The Board will short-list candidates who can demonstrate that they have the required attributes for the role and in particular who can fill any gaps in the skills necessary for the new Governing Body. This may include specific skills such as an ability to understand data or finances as well as general capabilities such as the capacity and willingness to learn.

Parent candidates selected by the Board will then undergo an interview process with the Board of Members.

The successful parent Governors can then be nominated as representatives to become Directors on the Board of Directors of Park View Educational Trust. Further information regarding this process will be communicated in due course once the Local Governing Bodies are established.

Please note that every parent of a child registered at the academy is eligible to cast only one vote.

What is the role of a Governor?

Governors have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education and are expected to promote high standards of educational achievement at the school.

Governors are expected to abide by the Governing Body’s code of conduct and are expected to act selflessly, objectively, openly and honestly, conduct themselves with integrity and be accountable to the public for decisions they make.

Please see the following link for a copy of the DFE Governor’ Handbook outlining the role of a governor in further detail: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/311402/Governors_Handbook_May_2014_FINAL.docx.

Further information can be found in the attached application form. Please direct any queries to Mrs Tyler at enquiry@goldenhillock.bham.sch.uk .

Kind regards,

Kamal Hanif OBE, Pat Smart and Yvonne Wilkinson
PVET Board Members

 

29 August 2014

Dear Parents, students and colleagues. 

Further to our letter last week we would like to inform you that we have made the appointment of Mr Anthony Wilson as interim Principal at Golden Hillock School.  Mr Wilson brings with him a range of experience as a Head Teacher and his substantial work in Bahrain developing their education system.  We are looking forward to a very positive start for all PVET academies next term and welcoming back our students.

Yours sincerely,

Kamal Hanif OBE, Pat Smart and Yvonne Wilkinson
PVET Board Members

  

22 August 2014

Dear Parents, Carers, Students and Colleagues.

Yesterday was a day to celebrate the many successes of the students of Park View and Golden Hillock. We would like to congratulate all our students for their exams and we would like to thank the staff and parents who have ensured that students/children were as prepared as possible. Senior staff and trustees were there on examination results day to support the students.

As Trustees, we have been working very hard to deal with the issues we have inherited. Due to the legal nature of these, we cannot discuss them. I am sure you will appreciate we need to ensure the confidentiality and integrity in dealing with these matters.

You may already have seen from our website that we will hold elections in September for local governing body and parent directors. The Local Governing Body provides a forum for a small number to raise issues on behalf of the community.  It is important that we get the right people to help the Trust schools to move forward at a rapid pace.  We would strongly advise that you consider standing for election if you believe that you have the skills to support your school.  More details on how you can register your interest and how to vote will follow in early September.

There are also many ways in which parents can support and volunteer at the academies that enhances the provision and experiences for our students. We recognise that some of you can offer extra-curricular activities and the Trust would strongly encourage this.  We will write to you about other opportunities for you to support the schools once we open for the new term in due course. We would need to carry out DBS checks for all volunteers to ensure the safety of our students.

We have outlined some of our recent activity for your information:

- The Trustees are currently reviewing the Ofsted action plans for all the schools and ensuring that these are robust to ensure rapid improvement in all our schools.
- We are also looking at actions from the EFA reports to ensure correct and robust systems are in place for the financial management, safeguarding and recruitment processes for the Trust and its schools.
- As well as this we are ensuring that the schools are provided with the support to ensure timetables are in place.
- During the new term there will be strong focus on improving monitoring systems to ensure that the quality of teaching and learning improves and progress for all our students.
- We are currently busy in making sure that vacancies are filled for September to ensure that your children get the best possible teaching in all their curriculum areas.
- Supporting the leadership teams at Golden Hillock and Park View in preparation for examination results.

The Trust has been working hard to appoint an interim Executive Principal. We are delighted to report that we have appointed Mr Adrian Packer as Executive Principal for PVET who will lead schools within the Trust. We will be advertising the substantive posts in the New Year. Mr Packer comes with a wealth of experience in senior positions and as a Principal from good and outstanding schools. We are also in the process of appointing an interim Principal for Golden Hillock School to strengthen leadership capacity and bring about rapid improvement. We can also confirm that Mrs Ali will be remaining as Acting Principal for the autumn term. Substantive appointments will be advertised and interviews will take place in the new term.

The building work on the new Canteen at Nansen School is near completion and will be ready for opening in September.

Our focus is on ensuring that the schools can open on time in September. We are well placed and will set out more detail to you all next week.

We would like to thank all members of our school community. We are very proud of our students and are grateful to the school community and for the immense support we have received from parents and community members

If anyone has questions or wants to comment, then please contact us at trustees@PARKVIEW.BHAM.SCH.UK

Kindest regards

Kamal Hanif OBE, Pat Smart, Yvonne Wilkinson

PVET Board Members

 

13th August 2014

Dear Parents, students and colleagues,

We hope that those of you celebrating Eid last week had a wonderful day. We would just like to update you on developments so far.

Trustees met this week to discuss the timings and processes for the election of new governors to each school. In line with good practice there will be 2 Parent Directors elected to the Board and it is our aim to have these in post by October. More details on how you can get involved, including the electoral processes will be finalised and communicated to parents in the first week of the new school term in September. 

In the interim, if you have any questions or would like to raise any points with the new Trustees, then please email trustees@parkview.bham.sch.uk. We will endeavour to answer these as quickly as possible, bearing in mind it is the summer holidays.

Building work on the new canteen at Nansen is going well and should be completed on time for the start of the new term.

We are now awaiting the GCSE results at Golden Hillock and Park View and are looking forward to their continued success.

We would like to thank the senior teams and support staff who have been assisting us as new members of the trust. We believe that with the support of staff students and parents in the new term all schools within PVET will improve to be removed from special measures.

Thank you again for all your support.

Kindest regards

Kamal Hanif OBE, Pat Smart, Yvonne Wilkinson
PVET Board Members

 

5th August 2014

Dear parents and staff,

You will be aware from the media that there has been a change of governance at Park View Educational Trust (PVET) which encompasses Park View Academy, Golden Hillock and Nansen Primary.  We would like to introduce ourselves as the new Members, working as Trustees of PVET to lead these three schools in moving forward positively:
- Kamal Hanif OBE (Executive Headteacher of Waverley School and Teaching School and Waverley Studio College) - Chair;
- Pat Smart (Executive Headteacher of Greet and Conway Primary Schools and Greet Teaching School) - Vice-Chair;
- Yvonne Wilkinson (Headteacher of King Edwards Five Ways). 
We have now been in post formally, for only three weeks.

We are all experienced headteachers who have led our schools to become Outstanding. We are determined to do the same for all the schools in PVET.  We are undertaking this work at the request of the Department for Education (DfE) and it is entirely voluntary; we receive no payments and neither do our schools.  We want to do this because we believe in Birmingham and are passionate about giving every child the best possible education.

We know that there has been significant media interest in our schools.  That is why we have worked quietly behind the scenes to ensure that important decisions are made in a quiet, dignified fashion.  The timing of our appointments, just as the summer ended, has meant that we have not had access to parents and staff over the summer holiday.  Please be assured that we want to have regular dialogue with all parents and are starting to develop plans to ensure we communicate the right things at the right time and involve all stakeholders as soon as the new term begins.  We can understand that potential changes could cause further worry but we would like to reassure everyone that we have the interests of PVET and the three schools at heart and have every intention of engaging staff, parents and students in the forward development of their schools.  Staff and parent elections will be held at the start of the autumn term so that each school can elect its own  Local Governing Body (LGB) under the new structure and further, there will be two parent representatives elected to the Board of Directors.  We are fully committed to a transparent, democratic process which enables all stakeholder groups to have a voice.  Indeed we know from experience in our own schools that it is vital to be inclusive but especially when a school has undergone a trauma in the public eye.

We also know that we can only move these schools forward with the support and confidence of all parents, staff and students.  Most importantly we must demonstrate to Ofsted and the DfE that our collaborative community spirit is strong.  That will require good, strong governance, high levels of stakeholder engagement, well-trained, motivated, permanent staff and improvements in the achievement and well-being of all our students.

There is a lot to do in a short space of time and we shall be seeking support to realise our plans.  At the start of the new term we will be meeting with parents and staff and giving everyone the opportunity to identify how they can contribute to the overall development plan.

We are delighted to be working with you all and look forward to some more positive publicity for the schools in the near future.  It is clear to us already that the PVET community is vibrant and committed. This will be the basis of our future success.

Yours sincerely,

Kamal Hanif, Pat Smart and Yvonne Wilkinson
PVET Board Members

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