Our Aims are to:-
- Ensure children’s personal safety.
- Participate fully in supporting our pupils in accordance with Child Protection legislation.
- Promote children’s sense of self-value and confidence to enable them to access the full curriculum at an appropriate level.
- Offer high standards of teaching through a curriculum differentiated to meet the needs of all our pupils, demonstrating a commitment to equality of opportunity for all.
- Teach pupils the key skills of literacy and numeracy appropriate to their age and abilities.
- Liaise further with agencies connected with our school and the wider community to maximise pupils’ learning opportunities.
- Celebrate the diversity which our pupils and their families bring to school life.
- Instill a common code of behaviour, which has self-respect and respect for others at its core.
- Encourage children to take responsibility for their own actions to help them become contributing citizens of a well-ordered society.
- Cultivate a respect for our locality and to stimulate an interest in wider environmental issues.
- Promote a sense of awe and wonder in the world around us.
- Foster positive relationships with families and develop our home / school partnership.
- Offer staff a challenging and rewarding work environment, which allows them to develop skills and to enhance career potential through a well-structured Staff Development Plan.
- Demonstrate whole school improvement year on year.
All of our children are admitted to the Reception class in school in the September before their fifth birthday.
Any parents who are considering Hawksworth Wood Primary School for their child, and would like to visit the school, are very welcome to do so.
Admissions to Main School
When children start school for the first time they are admitted to our Reception Class, where we have places for up to 30 children. Places in Reception are allocated by Leeds Education Department Pupil Admissions Unit, following parents' preferences as far as possible.
You will receive a School Preference Form at home in the November before your child is due to start school. You must return these forms by the deadline date to the Pupil Admissions Unit or through the school. If you are late returning your form you may find that all available places at the school of your choice have been allocated. If you do not receive your form at the correct time or you are having any difficulties completing it we will be happy to help you at school.
Priority for places is given to those who have brothers and sisters already at school, and to those who live closest to the school.
When you have been allocated a place in Reception at Hawksworth Wood Primary School you will be invited to visit the school with your child before he/she is due to start. The Reception class teacher also likes to visit you and your child at home.
If there is no place available at the school of your choice, your child will be allocated a place at another school. You will receive a letter from the Admissions Unit, informing you of the school to which your child has been allocated and giving you details of how you can appeal against this if you wish.
Admission to Other Classes
Whatever the age of your primary school child, you may request a place for him/her at Hawksworth Wood Primary School either by contacting the school directly or through the Pupil Admissions Unit.
If places are available, you will first be invited to visit the school with your child to meet the headteacher and the class teacher. Your child will then be able to start school full time immediately following this visit.
It is important to let us know, on your first visit, whether your child has any special medical, dietary or educational needs to so that we can ensure that we are properly prepared for your child.
The Curriculum - What Your Children Will Learn.
Hawksworth Wood Primary School offers a broad and balanced curriculum that ensures continuity and progression for each child. It includes all subjects in the National Curriculum - English, Maths, Science, ICT, Design Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music, Physical Education and Religious Education.
We have a fully equipped ICT suite which is timetabled and used by all of our children.
Children are helped to develop a pride in their own achievements and to show respect for others. They are able to extend their sporting and creative skills through a variety of after-school clubs.
From Nursery through to Year 6 we place a great emphasis on active learning and on developing children’s confidence and their ability to work with others. Children are taught through a variety of approaches - whole class, group and individual teaching. Much of their learning takes place through play, practical experience, investigation and problem solving.
Children’s progress in all subjects is monitored and recorded and teachers use this information to set targets for the next steps of learning for each child.
At the end of Year 2 and Year 6, children take National tests in Maths, English and, for Year 6 children, Science. They are given an individual level of achievement and you will receive this information in your child’s annual report, and can discuss it with the teacher at parents' consultation evening.
Religious Education and Assemblies
The school follows the Leeds Education Authority agreed syllabus for religious education.
Children attend daily assemblies, either as a whole school or in Key Stage groups. On Thursday, classes take responsibility in rotation for preparing a whole school assembly.
Each Friday we have a family assembly, open to family and friends, where we share and celebrate children’s achievements both in and out of school.
You have the right to withdraw your child from religious education or collective worship and should contact the school if you wish to do so.
Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship
At Hawksworth Wood Primary School we place strong emphasis on mutual respect and tolerance. Through personal and social education we aim to foster positive relationships between all members of our school community, to teach children the skills of negotiation and compromise in resolving conflicts, to express opinions, and to respect themselves and others.
Special Educational Needs
At Hawksworth Wood Primary School we value the skills and talents of all our children. We have pupils of all levels of ability. Some children are identified as having Special Educational Needs, either physical or for their learning or behaviour. To these children we offer skilled support and small group teaching where appropriate. We always involve parents in discussions about their child’s special needs and seek the advice of other expert professionals.
Our school is one of four Speech and Language resourced facilities in Leeds. We have a Speech and Language therapist in school for three full days each week to work with some children who have delayed speech and language skills.