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Hawkswood Primary PRU



With the weather getting colder, we advise that pupils should be wearing a warm coat and appropriate footwear to school every day. This may include Wellington boots if you see fit.

In the chance of snow fall, which could lead to the school being closed, please keep checking the school website for more information. If we were to close due to snow, please find activities work sheets under the 'parents and community' tab. 

''Hawkswood is our place. Students are helped a lot and they really like it here''  - Year 6 Pupil

A warm welcome from Marie Gentles, Headteacher at Hawkswood Primary PRU.

Hawkswood Primary Pupil Referral (PRU) Unit and Social Emotional & Mental Health (SEMH) 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. Hawkswood Primary PRU serves all of the primary schools in Waltham Forest.  It offers a short-term intervention (typically two terms) for children aged 4-11 who are struggling to cope in mainstream school and whose behaviour puts them at risk of exclusion. 

Hawkswood Primary offers a nurturing learning environment in which children are enabled to make personal growth, better manage their own emotions and behaviour, and make academic progress.  In addition, our SEMH Provision (8 spaces available) provides longer-term, high quality education for pupils who have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) of special educational needs (SEN), and whose social, emotional and/or behavioural needs cannot be met in mainstream school.


Due to robust safeguarding, a relentless drive in raising and maintaining standards and an unwavering ambition to ensure that pupils benefit from our holistic, nurturing curriculum and rigorous leadership and management, sustained reintegration success at Hawkswood primary is at an all-time high.

Safeguarding is paramount in all that we do at Hawkswood Primary. We continually strive to strengthen our already robust Safeguarding practices in order to keep our pupils and staff safe at all times. 

Hawkswood Primary Reintegration Data 2017/18

39 children were reintegrated from Hawkswood Primary in the year. 

Sustained Reintegration to mainstream and/or special schools:

KS1 Nurture Group

KS2 PRU/SEMH Provision

Returned to PRU





At Hawkwood Primary our attendance far out ways the National average for Pupil referral units. Our attendance data for 2016/2017 was 91% and remained consistent in 2017/2018, also at 91%. This is a staggering 57.8% higher than PRU's nationally, something we are incredibly proud of and strive to achieve year on year. Our school attendance aim for 2018 /2019 is 92% and we are very confident that our pupils will achieve this.

What's happening this term at Hawkswood Primary? 

Princess Beatrice of York and Holly Branson visit  - 17th September 2018

On Monday 17th of September we were delighted to welcome Princess Beatrice of York and Holly Branson, along with the team at 'The Difference' to come and see what we do at Hawkswood Primary PRU & SEMH Provision.

The pupils in our KS1 Nurture Group especially enjoyed meeting a real Princess! 

You can read more about Holly and Beatrice's visit by following the link below;


National Teaching Assistant day - 17th September 2018

On the 17th of September we joined hundreds of other schools across England and Wales  to celebrate our fabulous Teaching Assistants. We treated our team to a delicious 'brunch' morning, where they got to drink a cuppa in piece, catch up with one another and take a moment to relish in their own achievements as an outstanding group of adults who provide our pupils with the upmost support and guidance on a daily basis. To our amazing team, today and every other, thank you for everything you do! 

Dyslexia Awareness Week - 8th –12th October 2018

We celebrated Dyslexia Awareness Week by challenging ourselves to solve the clues in our 'jumbled word trail'. All around our school dinning hall we had a variety of words that had been jumbled up and needed sorting. Each word described how it feels for someone with Dyslexia when faced with something tricky or that their Dyslexia impacts on in their daily life. 

Everyone really enjoyed the challenge of unscrambling each word, it wasn't easy!

Harvest - 15th –18th October 2018

This year we celebrated Harvest at Hawkswood Primary by asking our pupils, staff and wider school community to donate food and toiletries for our local food bank. 

We feel that our pupils learning about the power of supporting others is an integral part of involving them in their local community and teaching them the importance what others may or not have.

We were delighted with the amount of donations we had. This will now be given to our Local food bank 'Eat or Heat' in Walthamstow, that provides families who might be going through a difficult patch with free food. Thank you to everyone that donated, your help is valued and very much appreciated. 

Children In Need Fundraising  - Wednesday 7th November 2018 

We celebrated Children in Need a little earlier than usual this year, as we have a very busy week next week with all of our exciting plans for UK Parliment week. 

To mark the occasion, we raised money by coming to school in our PJ's! The pupils made such an effort and collectively we managed to raise £21 for the charitable causes Children In Need supports. 

Thank you to everyone who donated, wore their PJ's and joined in with our Children In Need celebrations!


UK Parliament Week  - 12th –18th November 2018

Throughout the week, our whole school joined hundreds of schools across the UK, in exploring and getting involved in the 'UK Parliament focus'.

We were very lucky to receive a visit from our local MP, Ian Duncan Smith and our Key Stage 2 pupils were able to ask him a variety of questions about his role as an MP, his previous roles in Parliament and a myriad of enquires about the House of Lords and even the workings of 'Big Ben'!

We also took the opportunity to elect our first ever school council members. 

We are very proud to announce that the pupils of Hawkswood Primary have elected the following members to take their place in our new school council;

Raequan - Year 2 

Alfie - Year 3 

Logan - Year 4 

Kairon - Year 6 

Everyone at Hawkswood would like to say a very special thank you to Matei, who returned to visit us after successfully reintegrating a few weeks ago. He was our honoured guest, who helped correlate the results of the whole school vote and announced the names of the successful candidates. 

NSPCC Assembly  - 19th November 2018

This half term we will be joined in one of our whole school assemblies by a specially trained staff member from the NSPCC . With the help of their mascot, Buddy, they will cover topics like bullying and abuse, but without using any scary words or adult language.

Teachers are present throughout so everyone's familiar with the topics covered.

This will be followed up with a 1-hour classroom workshop where our pupils will explore the topics in more detail using engaging exercises where they will learn what's OK and what's not OK.

For further information you can visit the NSPCC’s website where you will find a variety of materials, tips and information -


New Student Social workers  -  November 2018 - May 2019 

We are delighted to welcome Bolatito and Amy, Student Social workers, who will be joining Hawkswood Primary for the next 6 months on placement as part of their training to become qualified social workers. We look forward to Bolatito and Amy working in our school and getting to know our pupils. 


Christmas Poem competition  -  December 2018

Our pupils have taken part in the 'Christmas writing competition' that is taking place across the whole of the Hawkswood Group. We are so impressed with the entries so far! To read them go to the link in our 'Parents and Community' section and watch this space to find out which pieces came first, second and third. 

Whole school visit to Parkview House Care Home  -  December 13th 2018 

Our wonderful school choir visited Parkview House Care home to share the songs they have been working so hard to learn and perform from our upcoming Christmas performance 'Santa's Journey'. Each of our pupils made an exceptional effort to give a perfect performance, which in turn brought a bit of Christmas Magic to all of Parkviews residents. 

Ligia, Parkviews activities manager said; 

'Thank you so much for visiting us, it was such a wonderful time! Please feel free to come back, I am happy to organise together with you beautiful little projects  in benefit of both , children and residents.'

In light of this, we will be planning another visit to Parkview in the new year as both our pupils and their residents loved the experience. 

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