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Welcome from the Headteacher

HeadteacherIt’s as simple as ABC..

Achievement, Bravery, Compassion

Our school is a magical place to learn, work and be in each day. 

The children make us proud every day. They are all at the heart of our sensational school community. I honestly believe that Hawes Down is a unique and incredibly special place. Every day is filled with successes for all. It is inspiring to see children acting daily on one of our mantra’s, “Try, try and try again,’ and watching them overcome challenges without the fear of failure, and building the resilience needed to take on the world.

I am still in awe every day of children’s achievements, and the commitment that staff show for making it all happen. I have said the following many times to many people before, but it is so true; I am still here at Hawes Down after all these years because of the daily successes and inspirations that the children provide me and the staff with!

The children continue to provide us with a different joyous experience each and every day. We continue to learn from them and we learn together with them. Our children are the driving forces in sustaining and improving the culture and environment we have here at Hawes Down. We continually embed the culture of our Champion Choices and ABCs, and coupled with the environment of our school being what it is, it provides the platform for which our children strive to succeed as they do. Each and every day the children individually and collectively climb the summit of many mountains!

I equally so very proud of the commitment the staff team make to ensure that every child feels cared for, nurtured, challenged, engaged, and empowered so that they can be all that they can.  The staff team inspire, role-model and provide the environment where children will take the learning risks they need to make progress and build resilience. 

Situated in spacious grounds, we are an inclusive, friendly and progressive two form entry primary school that, additionally, offers a successful additional resourced provision (ARPS) for children who have Severe and Complex Communication Needs.  Our ARPS is truly the most wonderful place to be in. We do not use the notion of ‘inclusivity’ as rhetoric. Having our incredible ARPS, means that we live and breathe diversity and inclusion every day. One cannot be anything other than ‘moved’ by the magic that happens in ARPS.      

Our children have access to an extensive wider and extra curriculum curricular program that includes school trips, two residential trips, Forest School, sport, music, gymnastics, dance and drama. We deliberately mirror our partner secondary school extra curriculum provision so that our children transition into those schools with ease.  

We value academic excellence, but school is not just about striving for outstanding pupil outcomes. In addition to the curriculum, our high expectations of behaviour and our reward system that values pupils and celebrates achievement, no matter how great or small, our children leave Hawes Down Primary School confident and responsible citizens, able to meet the challenges of secondary school.

From an ex-parent,  “There is no such thing as the perfect school, but I believe Hawes Down was the perfect school for my child.”

Mr M DeFreitas

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