Welcome to Milton Keynes Primary Pupil Referral Unit (PRU)
Summer Term One
Hello. We are now at the beginning of Summer Term One.
We are looking forward to an exciting half term ahead as we continue to further develop our school and introduce some exciting new learning opportunities for the children.
Our last day of school this half term is Friday 25th May 2018 when we will break up for half term. The children will return to school on Tuesday 5th June 2018 for the start of Summer Term Two. Monday 4th June is an Inset Day and school will be closed for children. We look forward to welcoming children back on the Tuesday.
As you are aware from my last letter home, several of the children submitted entries to a National Poetry competition, and I am happy to say, several have been chosen for publication. This is a great achievement by the children. Well done to all who have been successful.
The children will be writing more poetry and entering another competition in the near future. I will keep you informed of any progress.
There are many exciting things happening over this next half term. We will continue with planning our Outdoor Learning Environment and start to put our final designs together, including our Garden for Well-being.
We have just introduced our new “Megabytes” award tokens where children are able to earn “megabytes” during the week at school. They earn these rewards for;
- Good Listening
- Positive responses
When the children have earned 15 megabytes they earn the right to join the weekly Digital Leaders lunchtime group on a Thursday. Those in the Digital Leaders Group will be invited to test and write reviews for new apps for ipads, try out our new Virtual Reality Google Expeditions and a range of other benefits. It is a position of great responsibility to become a Digital Leader.
Gallery Exhibition Invitation Friday 25th May 2018 “In the Spirit of… Der Blaue Reiter Artists”
On Friday 25th May 2018 10.00 – 12.00 all parents / carers are invited into school to our Art Gallery Exhibition, “In the Spirit of…. Der Blaue Reiter Artists”. For those who have not yet attended an exhibition, this is a lovely event that the children host and showcase their terms work as part of our “Every Child is an Artist” curriculum.
The children look forward to families attending this event so they can showcase their work to you, so hopefully you will be able to attend. If you are unable to attend, the invitation is extended to family members e.g. grandparents, aunties, uncles etc. Every child looks forward to this very special event and the opportunity to highlight all of their progress to you.
We look forward to welcoming everyone to our school for this very special event.
Sun Awareness and Protection
We are now in the summer months, and the weather is thankfully getting hotter. It is essential that all parents send in a sun hat / cap for their child and sun cream. This is really important as we need to ensure children are protected from the sun.
Our Journey continues….
We have been on quite a transformational journey over the past two years, and this year we continue to build on those transformational changes so that we have an even greater optimal learning environment for each and every child in our school.
We have completely re-written our Creative Curriculum based on the latest brain science and how children learn. This Creative Curriculum has been designed not only to support academic progression but also to include therapeutic intervention to improve mental health and well-being.
We will continue to introduce new opportunities for the children so they are able to gain greater learning experiences and achieve their unique potential.
This Academic year we have a big focus on supporting children, families and staff in Healthier, Happier Lifestyles. We have completely reviewed our Physical Literacy and Well-being curriculum and have recently been successful in achieving our “Healthy Schools Award.”
We continue to deliver our “Every Child is a Scientist” programme, to complement our “Every Child is an Artist”. Part of this work will be to create an optimal outdoor learning environment with the children. You will be able to follow the children’s learning and school development here on our website.
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.
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.
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”.