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We saw evidence of solar system models, astronauts, aeroplanes, castles, and, in year 1, an imaginative life cycle display with very neat handwriting and illustrations, under the friendly eye of one of the few male teachers.  During indoor lunch break in their classrooms, the top year boys we saw looked extremely happy in K'nex heaven, constructing imaginative vehicles and missiles with great enthusiasm. They make use of Holland Park for PE in good weather, with football once a week,  team games and formal matches arranged...

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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, previously deputy head of the junior school of Lady Eleanor Holles. Education degree from Oxford; has taught at Dulwich College, Eaton Square, Jumeirah English Speaking School in Dubai and Clapham and Streatham High in roles including head of English and head of year.


There are two main entry points. The first is the nursery (20 places) and the second is reception, which is made up of two classes of 20. There are no open days; instead head gives individual tours with prospective parents lasting about half an hour with a follow-up chat in her office. This is key to see if the aims and ethos of parents are aligned with the school. The boys are asked for an introductory session in the year before they are due. This is purely...

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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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