'Bridget is legendary she treats us like one of her own.' Year 11 pupil
"Burnside will always have a special place in my heart especially the teachers and office staff as they have treated me and my peers like their own children." Ghulam Year 10 pupil
A warm welcome from Bridget Solecka Associate Headteacher of Hawkswood Burnside Secondary PRU since March 2018, I am delighted to be leading the school to an exciting future under our recent restructure. Hawkswood Burnside Pupil Referral (PRU) provision provides opportunities for children who have struggled to cope in the London Borough of Waltham Forest's (LBWF) mainstream schools to re-engage in education. We serve all of the Secondary schools in Waltham Forest and our staff team are committed to providing the very best education for our young people. I am proud of what we offer. I am proud of our staff team who demonstrate positive attitudes and role model the values and attributes that our young people need to be successful: resilience; growth mindset; passion for education; ambition and high standards. We have a strong track record of delivering excellence and personalised learning.
We offer a short-term intervention (typically two terms to one Year) for children at KS3 and KS4 who are struggling to cope in mainstream school and whose behaviour puts them at risk of exclusion. We offer a nurturing learning environment in which children are enabled to make personal growth, better manage their own emotions and behaviour, and make academic progress.
I invite you all to have a look around our website and in particular the Parent/Carer, Student and Staff Voice page where we have shared some of our feedback from previous visitors, staff and students as well as from Parent/Carers. This is a valuable insight into how our school's ethos of kindness and respect is reflected in the lovely comments sent to us over the years. Also the Burnside Gallery of Events and news where we post the past and current events that take place in our school, the pictures show the obvious enjoyment had by all involved. I would also urge you to look at our curriculum so you can get a feel for the way we teach and inspire our students every day at Burnside.
What's happening at Burnside?
For all of our events and news please visit the Burnside Gallery of news and events in the tabs. Here we update news events and visits and post a gallery of pictures relating to those events. There are a wide range of events including a Royal visit, Sport events and outside learning opportunities.
'You share a common understanding of how best to support secondary pupils who have struggled to succeed in mainstream schools. You have built very positive partnerships with other headteachers and local authority officers within Waltham Forest. This has ensured that the number of pupils who are permanently excluded within the borough has remained low. For example, you have developed a well-qualified and experienced team of learning mentors to work within secondary schools to identify pupils who need additional support and assist with the return of those returning to mainstream settings'. Ofsted Report 2016