Welcome to Milton Keynes Primary Pupil Referral Unit (PRU)
Autumn Term 1 Academic Year 2018 / 2019
Hello. We hope you all enjoyed the summer holidays and created lots of good memories together.
We are now here at the start of Autumn Term One, and the children are back in school. We wish them all an enjoyable and productive time whilst they are here at Milton Keynes Primary PRU and hope they learn lots during their time here.
Discover and Explore Classrooms
We now have both of our classrooms open and children are in either Discover or Explore Class. Mrs Larcombe is class teacher in Discover and Mrs Parsons, who began with us in September, is class teacher in Explore.
The Year Ahead 2018 / 2019
Last year was another successful year at Milton Keynes Primary PRU. We are happy to report that we were successful in achieving a Milton Keynes Education Award in the “Change Maker” category. This year we are specifically focused on “Change and Quality Improvement” and with that in mind, we will be aiming to still further improve our Teaching and Learning so that we can support all children your child to achieve their full potential with academic, social and emotional development and life skills whilst they are here with us.
We will, over this year, continue to introduce new opportunities for the children so they are able to gain even greater learning experiences.
End of Autumn Term 1 and Start of Autumn Term 2 2018 / 2019
Our last day of school this half term is Thursday 25th October at 3.00 pm for children attending school. Friday 26th October 2018 is an Inset Day. Children will return to school on Monday 5th November 2018 at 8.45 am. Our full list of term dates are available on our website.
Our website is continually being updated. It has a lot of really useful and helpful information on.
It includes all of our policies (including our safeguarding, behaviour, uniform, anti-bullying and teaching and learning policies). As we review policies or add any new ones they are added to our website.
There is also a specific section for parents / Carers where all of our key information is. So I hope you find that useful. If there is something missing that you would find useful please let us know and we will look to see if we can add it on to there.
There is also a section for the children where there are many age appropriate games. The children have shared they like these games and so, they are free to play them at home also.
There is a section for Healthy recipes, which we hope you may find interesting. The children will be creating some of these recipes over the year, incorporating our home grown produce wherever possible. Look out for photos of the magnificent food creations on our website.
Calendar of Special Events 2018 / 2019
We will soon have our Calendar of Special Events confirmed and it will be placed on to our website for the whole of the year, so you can see what your child is involved in and have a conversation about it.
Art Gallery Exhibition “In the Spirit of… Inuit Art”
On Thursday 25th October 10.00 – 12.00 all parents / carers are invited into school to our first Art Gallery Exhibition of this new school year. For those who have not yet attended an exhibition, this is a lovely event that the children host and showcase their work as part of our “Every Child is an Artist” curriculum. We look forward to welcoming you to our school for this very special event.
Recent Achievements and Awards
I am happy to report that Milton Keynes Primary PRU has recently achieved the following Awards; Silver ECO Schools Award, Bronze Rights Respecting Schools Award and our Autism Education Award. Congratulations to all the children who were instrumental in achieving these awards.
We are waiting to hear if several poems written by children from Milton Keynes Primary PRU and submitted to a National Poetry competition will soon be published in a Book of Poetry. They are currently with the editorial team and judges. I will keep you informed once I know if our wonderful young poets have once again been selected for publication.
Wildlife ECO and well-being Garden
The children will be continuing to develop our Wildlife ECO and well-being Garden. This half term we will be planting Autumn and Winter produce and creating shelter for birds and other insects.
Our Journey continues….
We are now in year 4 of our transformational journey.
We continue to deliver our vision of; “High ambitions for all; Dreaming out loud together – Changing attitudes one step at a time”.
We are a small, short-stay strengths based school that provides for up to 25 pupils with high ambitions for the children who attend here (including 3 out of county commissioned places).
We provide timely, short-term intervention for primary-aged pupils with social, emotional and mental health challenges (SEMH) who are struggling to manage in mainstream schools.
Within a caring and therapeutic environment, our skilled team works closely with schools and other agencies to:
Support and sustain pupils within mainstream provision
Provide opportunities, within an appropriate environment, that allow pupils to make the social, emotional and academic progress needed for returning to mainstream school
Support schools to manage the needs of their pupils as a dual placement with the PRU, so that pupils are able to transition back full-time into their own school
Reduce the number of permanently excluded children of primary school age.
Educate permanently excluded primary pupils, enabling them to return successfully to a new mainstream school.
We are proud of the education we offer our children and the high standards we maintain. We constantly strive to make our school a happy, safe place where children’s achievements are recognised and rewarded at every level. Our emphasis is on praise, challenge and encouragement to increase children’s self-esteem and confidence.
This website is intended to keep you well informed about the life and work of our school. If there is anything further you would like to know about our school then please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Schools – Dual Placement
If you think you may be interested in requesting a dual placement to support a child, please contact us for an initial discussion and we are happy to talk through the process with you.
We hope you enjoy our website and will continue to build on it in 2018 / 2019.
We wish every child an amazing journey – and an opportunity to become the very best they can be!
Ms Mills, Headteacher
We are pleased to announce that Milton Keynes Primary PRU has been officially awarded their Bronze ECO Schools Award.
Eco Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a simple framework to help make sustainability an integral part of school life. It can help to enhance the curriculum and unite the whole school behind something important.
The Eco-Schools programme provides a unique opportunity that empowers pupils to lead change within their school and have a positive impact in their wider community. The programme encourages pupils of all ages and abilities to work together to develop their knowledge and environmental awareness. Independent research into the Eco-Schools programme in England found evidence of the positive impacts on pupils, including increased confidence, development of leaderships skills, improved pupil well-being and behaviour and greater motivation at school.
Ms Mills, Headteacher said “At Milton Keynes Primary PRU we are working with children on a daily basis to help them to understand that they can make positive changes in their lives themselves, and we show them how this is possible. As part of our Leadership Challenge we developed ECO Guardians to lead on improving our Outdoor Optimal Learning Environment.
The ECO Guardians lead an Environmental Audit across our school and with all of the children, they developed their ideas of how we can improve the environment of our school. They then went on to develop an Action plan for the next year.
Some of the things we will be focussing on over the next year is creating an ECO Wildlife and well-being Garden, energy saving, linking to another school from around the world, taking part in our “mini Olympics”, creating an edible garden, improving our recycling and explore how we can conserve water.
These are all very important issues to the children in our school, and to the future of their lives and the planet. The children recognise that the positive changes they make now will create “New Hope for the Future.”
Councillor Veronica Belcher, Chair of Milton Keynes Primary PRU Management Committee said,
“We are very pleased to have been awarded the ECO Schools Bronze Award and we will continue to build upon this achievement so far. I know that the ECO Guardians are very keen to move forwards to achieve their Silver ECO Award. It is so important for children to lead on improving the environment as it is their future. I look forward to sitting in their garden for well-being and enjoying the sound of the birds and scent of the flowers”.