Beckmead Moundwood Academy’s transformation continues with strong improvements in attendance and behaviour

Education / Tue 20th Apr 2021 at 11:00am

MP for Harlow, Robert Halfon, has praised students and staff at Beckmead Moundwood Academy in Harlow after a big increase in student attendance and a large fall in exclusions over the last year.

The school, formerly known as TBAP Aspire Academy, joined The Beckmead Trust, in May 2020 following an Ofsted report which placed it in Special Measures.

The Beckmead Trust provides for children and young people with complex needs, and runs schools rated Outstanding by Ofsted in Croydon, south London, as well as in Brent, west London, and in Hailsham, East Sussex. The Trust, school leaders and staff have undertaken a strong improvement programme since taking on the academy to ensure the students receive the best education and care possible.

As part of this programme, the school has built a culture of mutual respect based on an approach of nurture and trauma-informed practice that enables staff to pre-empt and sensitively manage a range of behaviours. They have also embedded a new behavioural monitoring system where students can earn points and are rewarded for good behaviour.

This approach has led to:

  • A 28 percentage point year-on-year improvement in student attendance – between May 2019 and March 2020, attendance was at 43 percent, but over the last year has averaged almost 71 percent. This has happened in spite of the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and is now well above the national average of 65 per cent attendance in alternative provision settings.
  • A huge drop in exclusions, from 489 days of exclusion between May 2019 and March 2020 to just 19 days between May 2020 and March 2021. 

Moundwood’s headteacher, Andre Genas, says these results are due to the dedication of staff and their work to engage students and the improved behaviour of students. The school has also implemented clear policies to ensure the school continues to remain a safe environment.

Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow, said:

“I thank the Beckmead Trust for the work they are doing and welcome the changes they have made. It is really encouraging to see that exclusion rates are down and that pupils are more settled. 

“I look forward to visiting the school as soon as possible to meet with staff and students to see the great work being done.”

Andre Genas, Headteacher at Beckmead Moundwood Academy, said: 
“It’s been a real team effort – thanks to the brilliant education, nurturing and care of our staff, the commitment of our families and the hard work and resilience of our students, we have seen a huge increase in engagement by students in their schoolwork. They want to come here to learn, and they want to do well.

“As a provision that supports students with special educational needs and social and emotional mental health issues, it is so important that we are providing the best possible care and it has been fantastic to work closely with our students and see them react so positively to our new practices.

“We have very clear boundaries and are consistent in our response to the challenges our children present. Our non-negotiables are very clear, the students know what is expected of them and they have responded superbly.”

Dr Jonty Clark OBE, Chief Executive Officer of The Beckmead Trust, said:
“Andre and his team are transforming Beckmead Moundwood Academy and the improvements across all areas of school life are clear. Thanks to the dedication of the team and the efforts of their students, both attendance and behaviour have improved hugely over the last year. I am delighted for the school and its community.”

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