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Pupils were busy being explorers on a magic carpet in one class and pouring out gunk into measuring cylinders in another. Without exception, the boys were captivated. ‘I want the children to have a very creative experience, so they look back on these years with happy memories,’ states head. Fairly cramped premises with tiny outdoor courtyard but Kensington Gardens is used for daily ‘huff and puff’. Not bad as a back garden...

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Hawkesdown House was founded a decade ago and has a single nusery class for 16 boys and a double class entry up to and including Year 3. The whole school follows roughly the same timetable; mornings spent on Mathematics, English and handwriting and the afternoons on more informal, creative work covering the humanities, Science, French, art, music and ICT and sport. The boys are kept engaged with very boy specific topics and every opportunity is taken to expend energy both in the classroom, the large hall space and in Holland Park and Kensington Gardens nearby. The philosophy underpinning the school is that teaching and learning are enabled and maximised by being happy, so everyone works incredibly hard to achieve this. ...Read more

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Since April 2017, Jenny Mackay, BEd from Westminster College, Oxford. Previously deputy head of juniors at both Lady Eleanor Holles and Streatham and Clapham High. Has also taught at Dulwich College, Eaton Square and in Dubai. Teaches year 3 comprehension and drama.

The day after running the London Marathon, Mrs Mackay took up her role as head. She recalls rehearsing her speech to teachers as she pounded along the Thames. ‘I had to take it fairly slowly on the stairs on my first day!’ she jokes. Keen theatre-goer and bookworm. Has travelled extensively. Proactive head who enjoys networking and spreading the word about Hawkesdown. As one parent put it, ‘By cold calling the heads of local preps, and inviting them in, she literally rebuilt the relationship between Hawkesdown and these...

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Special Education Needs

How can we help? This is the first question that is addressed at our school. Hawkesdown House prides itself on being as inclusive as possible and welcomes all boys that the staff feel they can help, while remaining a mainstream school. Each boy is regarded on his own merits and the school will do all it can to meet individual needs. In cases where the school does not have the appropriate expertise, the headmistress always suggests a viable alternative and will facilitate an introduction to that school. Hawkesdown House works closely with many outside agencies and therapists are able to work in school with individual boys in several instances. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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