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Burnside Secondary School PRU


'Our headteacher is a legend! She is firm but fair and always listens to us even when we are not demonstrating the best attitude. This school has reset my life.' Year 11 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. 


Safeguarding is an area of key importance to us and one that is regularly reviewed to ensure that we continue to meet all areas of need.  We have developed a Safeguarding Suite of Policies and all staff have received safeguarding training.  In addition, we have named senior members of staff who hold specific areas of safeguarding responsibility.   As part of our ongoing holistic approach to safeguarding pupils against any threat to their health, safety and wellbeing, we support the teaching of traditional British values.  In addition, we have  ensured that we have procedures in place to identify and report the potential for/ realisation of extremist views and radicalisation. Our Anti-Radicalisation and Extremism policy statement sets out our beliefs, strategies and procedures to protect pupils from being radicalised or exposed to extremism.

Please click our Safeguarding Tab for more safeguarding related information.


The importance of excellent attendance

  • All children have the right to access education every day of the school year. This enables them to engage, progress and achieve in everything offered by the school community.
  • Positive lifeoutcomes are fundamentally linked to excellent attendance.
  • All parents/carers have a legal duty to ensure that their children attend school regularly and arrive on time. It is an offence in law to permit absence without good reason and may result in prosecution
  • The school has a statutory responsibility to ensure that every child on-roll is safe by registering their daily attendance and monitoring their physical and emotional well-being during the day.
  • Students are rewarded for consistently excellent or significantly improved attendance

Attendance Procedures
Informing the school of absence
If a child is absent Parents/Carers must;

  • Contact the school as soon as possible on the first day of absence, advising of the reason and likely length of absence.
  • Contact the school on the subsequent days of absence as necessary.
  • Send a note in on the first they return with an explanation of the absence.
  • Provide medical evidence to enable school to authorise the absence if due to ill health.
  • Request a discussion/meeting with their school’s Attendance Lead to discuss extended absence due to illness or if there are any other concerns affecting school attendance

Authorising Absence

  • The Hawkswood Group will only authorise a student's absence due to illness or medical
  • appointment with valid medical evidence. This can be in the form of GP, Hospital, Medical, Dental
  • Appointment letters or cards, copies of prescriptions or antibiotics issued (provided they are in the
  • child’s name).
  • In exceptional circumstances the school may authorise a child’s absence for a maximum of 10 days.
  • To authorise an absence due to an emergency or unavoidable cause, parents or carers must speak or write to their child’s Headteacher, advise them of the issue and request the absence be authorised.

Unauthorised Absence

  • Absence will not be authorised where;
  • o Parents or carers keeping children off school unnecessarily.
  • o Parents or carers do not communicate the reason for absence to the school.
  • o Parents or carers do not provided medical evidence to support ill health.
  • o Students arrive at school after the Registration period has ended.
  • o Students truant (absence without the parents’ or carers’ knowledge).
  • o Parents take students on holidays or trips (leave of Absence) during term time.
  • Unauthorised Absences will be considered for referral to the Local Authority Behaviour Attendance Children
  • Missing Education Service [BACME] if the student absence is of significant concern.

What's happening at Burnside

As part of our desire to celebrate student success and offer a range of diverse experiences we are organising a three course Celebration Lunch at Mallinson Restaurant, Waltham Forest College on Thursday 29th March 2018. 

 We hope that this will be a lovely occasion, where both our current students and those that have successfully made the transition back to mainstream schools, come together to recognise and celebrate positive achievements.

Last years celebration lunch was a very special time as we chose two of our KS3 students to honour and they acccompanied us to the lunch and received awards.

'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