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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 in 2001. It has an early Nursery, The Walnut Tree Nursery for children aged 2+ which opened in April 2019, a Nursery class for 3+ and it now offers coeducational education through to Year 6. The School offers a broad, balanced curriculum, with excellent teaching, to encourage a love of knowledge and independent thinking. Sport, music and drama are all carefully integrated into the school week, to develop a wide mix of talents and interests, and for a happy and varied day. Pastoral care at the School is outstanding. The whole ethos of the School is for kindness, individual attention and very close links with parents. The School is a safe place where people are kind, considerate and capable, where a child can start their school life happily and make early friends with confidence. It is a place of fun, purpose and success providing an excellent education, inspiring and challenging the mind and the imagination. In a world that is changing at an accelerated rate, the School concentrates on knowing each child and understanding what is important to every family. Parents are fiercely loyal to this philosophy; it is borne out in excellent results and in the open, thoughtful and happy children. ...Read more

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Since 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 schools.’...

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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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