Welcome to Milton Keynes Primary Pupil Referral Unit (PRU)
Spring Term 1 Academic Year 2018 / 2019
A Happy New Year to everyone. Here we are in 2019 and a new half term. We are now in Spring Term 1 and we are all looking forward to spring around the corner.
End of Spring Term 1 and Start of Spring Term 2 2018 / 2019
Our last day of school this half term is Friday 15th February 2019 at 12.00 noon for children attending school. Friday 4th January 2019 is an Inset Day. Monday 25th February is an inset day and the children will return to school on Tuesday 26th February 2019 at 8.45 am.
Our full list of term dates for the academic year are available on our website.
Art Gallery Exhibition “In the Spirit of… African Art”
On Friday 15th February 2019 10.00 – 12.00 noon all parents / carers are invited into school for our wonderful Art Gallery Exhibition. This half term, the children are exploring “In the Spirit of… African Art”. The children have started putting their portfolios together.
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.
Therapeutic Inner Curriculum with an Educational Base
We have now introduced our new Therapeutic inner curriculum with an educational base. This started on the first day back in January 2019. This new curriculum is to further support the children with some of their social and emotional, mental health challenges so they can more effectively engage in their learning. The revised curriculum includes some new areas of learning including, amongst other learning, Confident Kids – Helping children to grow in confidence, Lego Therapy, Culinary Arts, Walk Gently with Kindness Drama workshop, Bushcraft, Google Expedition and much more.
Following the Children’s Learning
Our website now highlights some of the children’s learning under the News section. The children are very excited about this section of the website.
On Wednesday 13th February 2019, the children will take part in an Educational visit to the Butterfly Farm at Stratford upon Avon. The children will learn about tropical rainforest environments and the plants and animals that live within these habitats, as well as the life-cycle of a butterfly. There will be plenty of opportunities for the children to have hands on, close observation and activity in an authentic rainforest environment.
Look out for an update on E.Safety as part of the E.Safety day on the 5th February. We will also be adding some new information to our website for you to read to help to keep your children safe in an ever changing digital world.
And so our Journey continues….
We are now in year four of our transformational journey. We have introduced a number of key changes across our school, including the introduction of our Therapeutic Inner Curriculum with an Educational Base.
We have now moved on from our vision of; “High ambitions for all; Dreaming out loud together – Changing attitudes one step at a time” to “Adventures in Learning: Exploring Potential, Discovering Success and Preparing for Life”.
Our website is continually being updated. It has a lot of really useful and helpful information on. If there is anything else you would like to see on here that you would find useful please contact us and we will see if we can put that on to our website.
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.
Vivienne Mills (Ms)
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”.
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