We recognise that being a parent or a carer of a child who is experiencing mental challenges can be both daunting and at times scary. At Hawkswood Primary we do our very best to support pupils and their families to navigate through difficult times and celebrate the success at the end of the journey here with us.
We are a small school with big ambitions for our pupils and support them to realise their dreams and aspirations. During their 20-week placement with us, we will support pupils to set a vision for the future they want and help them work towards it. Our multidisciplinary team which includes teaching and support staff, as well as therapeutic staff and volunteers will identify with your child the best solutions to help them make progress.
Please look out for our newsletters and follow us on social media to see what happens at Hawkswood, we really are a very special place.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call the main school office or contact one of the team (please see our contacts page to identify the right person).
The school day starts at 8:30am for breakfast and reading.
The day consists of form time, PE, phonics (or guided reading),English, Maths and topic daily and weekly lessons which include music, art, PHSE and languages. We also have daily break and lunch; plus after school club or catch up sessions from 2:05pm each day.
The end of the school day is 2:30pm
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- Fortnite Battle Royale – Parents Guide
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- YouTube Safety – Factsheet for parents
- Metropolitan Police – Youth Strike for Climate Information
- Loot Boxes and Skin Betting – Information for Parents
- Sad Fishing – Parent information
We are delighted to share that we have applied and been accepted onto the National School Breakfast Programme! We initially applied as school breakfast provision has been shown to improve educational outcomes for children, by improving their memory and concentration and encourage more children to eat breakfast before lessons. We will be supported to measure impact and strategies and would love for parents/carers to be involved in how we can continue to develop our breakfast club.
Our school timings will remain the same and children will continue to start at 8.30am, so that all will have access to the breakfast club within school hours. If you have any ideas or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact us as we would love to hear from you.
We are continually revising our curriculum to meet the current need. Our most recent development is around incorporating the 8 Gatsby Bench Marks. From the 2nd of January 2018 onwards, a key requirement for schools is to ensure that there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access pupils from year 8 to year 13, however we feel it is important to embed these principles from a much early age.
If you have any further questions regarding any of this information, please do not hesitate to as your child’s class teacher. If you have any ideas or suggestions, we welcome them.
It is very important that your child arrives at school on time every day.
Our school day starts promptly at 8.30am each morning. If your child travels to school via the Waltham Forest Assistance with Travel (the school bus) they will be collected at an allocated time and will arrive on time each day.
Absence from school can only usually be justified when your child is ill. Family holidays, outings and where possible, medical and dental appointments must be arranged out of school time.
If, for any reason, your child is late or absent, a message or letter must be given to the school office explaining the reason for the absence/lateness. If you know your child will be absent, a telephone call before 8.30am will prevent the automated ‘first day’ call-in system from being activated.
Lateness and absence are monitored by our BACME officer and the Local Authority, in addition to the Headteacher.
Children who miss school for this reason, will be marked with an unauthorised absence. Holidays will not be agreed during term time.
Please remember that, like you, the school wants the very best for your child. If you have any concerns, however trivial, please come and talk to us as soon as possible. We have translators/interpreters available during the school day.
Our e–Safety Policy has been written by building on the government guidance. It has been agreed by the Senior Leadership Team and approved by governors. The e-Safety Policy and its implementation will be reviewed annually. Parents and carers will be requested to sign an e–Safety/Internet agreement as part of the Home School Agreement when their child starts Hawkswood.
Why is Internet use important?
The purpose of Internet use in school is to raise educational standards, to promote pupil achievement, to support the professional work of staff and to enhance the school’s management functions. Internet use is part of the statutory curriculum and a necessary tool for learning. The Internet is a part of everyday life for education, business and social interaction. The school has a duty to provide students with quality Internet access as part of their learning experience. Pupils use the Internet widely outside school and need to learn how to evaluate Internet information and to take care of their own safety and security.
We believe that;
- Pupil instruction in responsible and safe use should precede Internet access.
- We ensure this happens as soon as the children join our provision.
- All users should be informed that network and Internet use will be monitored.
- Safe and responsible use of the Internet and technology should be reinforced across the curriculum.
- Particular attention should be given where pupils are considered to be vulnerable.
- Cyberbullying (along with all forms of bullying) will not be tolerated in school. Full details are set out in the school’s policy on anti-bullying.
Internet Safety at Home
We work closely with our pupils Parents and Carers to ensure our E-Saftey expectations are used both inside and out of the school building. To support our Pupils we have included a new e-safety resource that they can use at home with their parent or Carer (please see below).
Helping our pupils keep safe online
Making sure you know what your children are accessing on the Internet is vital in keeping them safe in this ever expanding and changing, technological age.
A new gaming ‘craze’ Fortnite is sweeping primary schools across the country. We are aware that many parents are not yet fully aware of the content of this game. We encourage all parent for follow the advice below to mitigate risks and maximise keeping their children safe. Screen time, stranger chat and rage at losing can become insurmountable without consistent guidance and monitoring over a child’s online use, but with the right advice we hope to provide a greater understanding of the games content and how parents and carers can keep their children safe.
What is Fortnite?
Fortnite is a survival game where 100 players fight against each other in player versus player combat to be the last one standing. It is a fast-paced game where ‘killing’ the other opponents is the name of the game. Every other ‘player’ can be a complete stranger to your child, from anywhere in the world, in any age bracket. There are an estimated 3.4 million current players on Fortnite.
In the UK the Video Standards council rate Fortnite as PEGI 12 for frequent scenes of mild violence. In the US the ESRB rate Fortnite as Teen only suitable for those 13 years and older. iTunes rates the game only suitable for children 12+ for Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence and Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information. As all children of Primary age are between the ages of 4 – 11, it is not advised by Hawkswood or any of the organisations mentioned above that children under 12 assess this game. If your child is playing this game online we strongly suggest that you encourage them to take you through the game, exploring the content and any other people that they may be connecting with online. From here, you can make the decision as to whether they access it again. We strongly advise that the content of the game is neither useful or constructive for any of the pupils at Hawkswood.
Monitoring who they are talking to
Along with suitability, it’s worth checking the online communication settings on any game to ensure your child is’nt talking to strangers. Fortnite users statistically range from teenagers to much older adults.
Managing in-app purchases on the game
The game has considerable in-app purchases (games within the game that need you to pay money towards to access) so you’ll need to be aware this. These areas will ask for you to set up passwords on credit cards associated with the system. This is important to remember for any online games your child may access, be it on a laptop, computer, tablet or gaming console. Ensure the device your child is using isn’t linked to any adults payment details…you could find yourself facing some very high bills if not monitored closely!
Setting time limits on ‘screen time’
Finally, it’s important to have some limits in terms of playtime for ‘screen time’ or ‘gaming online’. This is something you can set as a family and then discuss with your child. Screen time does not have to be something that always happens, with a clear time limit and monitored use, you may choose to have particular days of the week or day when your child does or doesn’t have screen access.
The National Online Safety Team have teamed up with MusicAlternative as part of their #WakeUpWednesday campaign, to launch a Fortnite online safety song for you to share with your children.
The song encourages parents and carers to “stay switched on” to online dangers when their children are playing Fortnite.
We have sourced a variety of informative and supportive materials, outlining the content of some popular games and things to look out for, such as the new Internet ‘craze’ the Momo challenge. You can find and download this at the bottom of this page.
In February 2018 the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire Programme filmed live from Hawkswood Primary School as part of a week-long special focus on Pupil Referral Units across the country: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09t28h4/victoria-derbyshire-26022018
They also did online news articles featuring Hawkswood Primary:
The feedback we received from across the country was amazing! Below are just a few of the comments we received during and after the programme was aired:
Watching the work of the teachers and staff of the Pupil Referral unit on #VictoriaLIVE is an eye opener. What is the definition of a Hero these days? I’d say these teachers fit the brief, especially in this tricky environment. – Scott, via Twtitter 26.02.18
Well done to all the teachers and children in the referral unit shown. The teachers have shown what hard work it is, but how rewarding the job is! It just goes to show what discipline, consistency and being calm during difficult situations can create. I really do take my hat off to the teachers, they really ARE absolutely BRILLIANT!!!! WELL DONE TO EVERYONE INVOLVED! – Kerry, Via Text 26.02.18
So inspiring to watch @VicDerbyshire @VictoriaLIVE footage at Hawkswood Primary Pupil Referral Unit. Seeing teachers & pupils interacting shows how treating them as individuals, being firm but supportive, has such a positive impact. Amazing kids & the teachers are treasures! Kiran, Via Twitter 26.02.18
A day in the Life of a Pupil Referral Unit. What a wonderful Head & team. You are doing a wonderful job & you support those fabulous children. – Gill, Via Twitter 26.02.18
My sons are both on the verge of being referred to a PRU. Suspected autism and behavioural issues. This has reassured me no end, what a fantastic resource well done. – Carol Via Twitter 26.02.18
…How nice to see how happy and very well behaved all the children were at your school. You have done a fantastic work and they are going to be a credit to the community and our society in the future with all thanks to you and your staff. Keep up the good work, we admire you from afar. All schools should be like yours! – From a Mother, a Londoner and a fellow Human being, via letter 01.03.18
Your teachers and their attitudes, along with your exceptional leadership skills are the key to why the wonderful children in your school are so confident and articulate. I have always stated that a good organisation works if the top is right, direction and communication comes from the top down and from the bottom up…the world needs more schools like yours. – Kate, via email 05.03.18
Having read your article, it appears that your PRU is leading outstanding practice. Myself and our SENCO agree it would be beneficial for us to make the journey down to London to visit your PRU and see what we can take from your work and incorporate it into our provision. – Louis, via email (From Nottingham) 05.03.18
Thank you so very much for inviting us into your school and being so open, welcoming and amaizng. I am in awe of what you do. You are all, children and staff, brilliant. – Victoria Derbyshire 29.02.18
Here at Hawkswood we are always delighted when pupils and their families revisit and keep in touch. Please find below quotes and thoughts of the experiences of our parents and pupils.
“I felt reassured that finally somebody understood me and was whiling to help and support both me and my child to get to a better place. It was the first time in my son’s life that I felt anyone could relate to his needs and see a positive way to move forward..” November 2017
“I am so thankful for the Nurture Group at Hawkswood. This was the perfect intervention program for my son. I am already seeing signs of a happier more confident child…” November 2017
“I’m extremely pleased that my son is going to Hawkswood. It has really transformed him.” , passion and care in helping our son. Professionals like you and your team are hard to come by.” July 2017
”It’s been just over a year since you showed us round the school. The suddeness of the situation that we found ourselves in, with our son having to leave his Primary and go to the PRU, left us feeling rather dazed and upset for a good few weeks. However, a year on, he has progressed in leaps and bounds and our appriciation of you and all the staff at Hawkswood is huge.” February 2018
“The teachers always explain things clearly to me so I know what to do and it just makes sense” March 2018
“I like it at Hawkswood. I like the healthy food. I think my behaviour has got better here.” March 2018
“There’s a lot of people who care about me here, I know that now.’’ March 2018
”You are the best at your job!” April 2018
”Hawkswood makes me feel good about myself. I didn’t feel like that before. Now I can be anything I want to be.” April 2018
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