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Hawkswood Primary PRU


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. 

  • We have 97% resettlement success of Nurture Group pupils in the last 5 years.
  • We have 95% reintegration success of KS2 pupils in the last two years, which is an increase from previous years.


The overall absence rate for pupil referral units in Autumn/Spring 2016/17 was 33.2% up from 31.7% per cent in autumn/spring 2015/16. This increased by another 1.3% in 2017 - 2018. 

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

UK Parliament Week is an annual festival that engages people from across the UK with Parliament, explores what it means to them and empowers them to get involved.

Many of the activities that we complete during UK Parliment Week will be followed by the hashtag #UKPW18. Hopefully, hundreds of schools, throughout the UK will be joining us in this exciting event. 

Organisations across the UK run events and activities throughout UK Parliament Week which explore what the UK Parliament means to them and their community. UK Parliament Week has been developed by the Houses of Parliament as part of its Education and Engagement Service.

For more information you can visit -

Keep checking the website for photos and descriptions to find out how the pupils at Hawkswood Primary marked the occasion. 


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, a Student Social worker, who will be joining Hawkswood Primary for the next 6 months as part of her training placement. We look forward to Bolatito working in our school and getting to know our pupils. 




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