Welcome to Milton Keynes Primary Pupil Referral Unit (PRU)
Summer Term 2
Hello. Welcome back to the children for our Summer Term Two. This half term is always an exciting half term with end of year celebrations. We also have some very exciting things happening in school this half term, including lots of development with the creation of our Wildlife ECO and well-being Garden. Look out on our website for more exciting news about this.
End of Term and Start of Academic Year 2018 /2019
Our last day of school this half term is Friday 20th July 2018 when we will break up for summer holidays. The children who are returning to the PRU will return to school on Tuesday 4th September 2018 for the new Academic Year. Monday 3rd September 2018 is an inset day.
We look forward to welcoming children back on the Tuesday 4th September 2018. Please add this date to your diaries. Our term dates are also on our website should you need to check them out again.
Gallery Exhibition Invitation Friday 20th July 2018 “In the Spirit of… Rozanne Bell”
On Friday 20th July 2018 10.00 – 12.00 all parents / carers are invited into school to our Art Gallery Exhibition, “In the Spirit of…. Rozanne Bell”. 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.
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 you all to our school for this very special event.
Mini Olympics Sports Day
We would like to invite you all to our Mini Olympics Sports Day on 17th July 1.15 – 2.45. This is always a great event and the children do really well in their team activities.
Wildlife ECO and well-being Garden
The children will be starting the first phase of creating their Wildlife ECO and well-being Garden. They have already researched, explored and discovered many new things to help to create their design for the garden. Now this half term they will be starting to plant up their herbs, vegetables and fruit.
As you are aware, our School has been awarded the Bronze ECO Schools Award. All of the children worked hard to achieve this, and in particular the ECO Guardians who are leading this work across our school. The children are now working hard to achieve their Silver ECO Schools Award. Watch this space!
Rights Respecting Schools
We are currently working towards achieving our Rights Respecting Schools Award. Together young people and the school community learn about children’s rights, putting them into practice every day.
The Award is not just about what children do but also, importantly, what adults do. In Rights Respecting Schools children’s rights are promoted and realised, adults and children work towards this goal together.
The School Council have been working hard on producing a “child friendly Anti-Bullying” policy, translating the schools policy into “child friendly language”. When this is finished we will publish this on our website.
Last half term, the children took part in tennis and we have several “tennis superstars”. This half term our children are taking part in Athletics.
Our Journey continues….
We have been on quite a transformational journey over the past three years, and this year we built on those transformational changes so that we have an even greater optimal learning environment for each and every child in our school.
We introduced 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 have throughout the year continued 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 focused on improving the support for supporting children, families and staff to engage in Healthier, Happier Lifestyles. We have continued to deliver our actions outlined in our “Healthy Schools” Action Plan. You can read more about this on our website.
We have been delivering our “Every Child is a Scientist” programme, to complement our “Every Child is an Artist”.
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.
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”.