We’re open for key workers and High Priority learners

The school is open for key workers and High Priority learners, whilst learning from home continues for the majority of our learners.

Eligible children include those:

  • that have additional learning needs;
  • are looked after;
  • are young carers;
  • are in need of care and support; or
  • with child protection needs.

Critical worker provision will be made available for families by appointment:

  • Blue light workers, including NHS, Police, Ambulance and Fire Service staff;
  • Social care workers (including care homes); and
  • Childcare or education staff.

Parents/carers wishing to access our Critical Worker provision

email alison.lambert@hawthornhs.co.uk. Please only apply for this provision if you clearly meet eligibility and are scheduled to work and have exhausted all possible childcare avenues.

As stated in the LA letter, we will be open for school hours between 8.30am and 2.50pm.

All other learning will be on-line via Hwb Google Classrooms.Pupil briefing HWB (Powerpoint)

Currently, all school clubs and our on-site Swimming Pool are shut until further notice.

Using Xbox or PlayStation to Access Hwb

One of our learners, William in Birchgrove Comprehensive School in Swansea, has created the following guide for using a games console to access applications and resources on Hwb.

Using Xbox or Play Station to access Hwb

Accessing your remote learning. An alternative method of accessing remote learning during times of lockdown.


  1. Plug a keyboard in to the Xbox USB slot
  2. Go in to my games and apps
  3. Find Microsoft Edge and select
  4. Type in: Hwb and log in as you would in school
  5. You can then access your work through Google Classroom or OneDrive and use key packages including:
  • Word
  • Teams
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Your emails
  1. To move around you use the Xbox controller or plug in a mouse


  1. Identify the PlayStation internet browser icon (it is WWW with dots around it)
  2. Press the PlayStation logo on the controller
  3. Go to the library and find options for games and applications
  4. Go in to applications and you will find the internet browser
  5. Type Hwb into the browser and log in as you would in school
  6. You can then access your work through Google Classroom or OneDrive and use key packages including:
  • Word
  • Teams
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Your emails

Blended Learning

I understand that this is a difficult time, and that we all want to minimise the impact this period has on your child’s learning.  In light of this, I would like to take the opportunity to thank both you and our pupils for the tremendous effort there has been this week engaging in the online learning we have provided as a school.

In order to continue to maximise this learning from home, please continue to encourage your son/daughter to do the following:

  • Every morning at 8.30am, they need to log onto their year group Google Classroom and follow a link to a Google Form register.
  • They then need to follow their normal school timetable. At the beginning of each of the three lesson sessions, they will again be asked to register (following a link from their classroom teacher). It is important that they do this every day so that we, as a school, know that they are engaging in their online learning. A video explaining how to do this in more detail can be found following this link
  • At the end of every lesson (or when the work has been completed) their work should be uploaded back to their Google Classroom for their teacher to provide feedback to them.
  • All other learning will be on-line via Hwb Google Classrooms

I do understand that individual family circumstances vary, which might mean it is difficult for siblings to all adhere to the same school timetable. If this is the case, and your son/daughter is completing their work outside of their normal timetable, they still need to register at 8.30am and complete their Session 1 register. On this register, they will find an option to tick: I am completing the work after the timetabled session. This will then notify us in school that they are engaging, but at a different time.

If your son/daughter is not engaging in their home learning, or has not registered for their lessons, a member of our Engagement Team will be in contact to offer any support that might be needed. Our Engagement Team are also on hand at the school if you have any questions about the Blended Learning your son/daughter is receiving. Please do not hesitate to call if this is the case.

Once again, thank you for your ongoing support with your child’s online learning.

Kind Regards

Mrs R. Stephens

Assistant Head

New Headteacher Appointment

I am delighted to be appointed as substantive Headteacher of Hawthorn High School. I am incredibly proud to be leading our school and to build on our strong foundations that you, as parents have helped forge over the last 18 months. We are a school that stands proud at the heart of the community and I am excited to lead such a vibrant school.

The last 18 months as acting Headteacher have been insightful, challenging and a rewarding experience, that has developed and shaped our school. Our recent Estyn inspection quantifies the excellent practice that takes place daily across our school and places us in a firm position to make further progress.

Our key development priorities this year:
• Continue to develop skill provision
• Enhance quality teaching
• Enhance our curriculum offer
• Wellbeing: Recover, Refresh, Restart priorities

I bring a unique understanding and perspective to Hawthorn. Having been a past pupil at our school, many years ago…I fully understand our local community needs and how to support our learners, especially through these diverse times. I am thrilled to inspire our pupils to be their very best. I was fortunate to be afforded opportunities throughout my career to headship, but ultimately my values were formed and rooted in the belief Hawthorn teachers had in me during my time at our school. I will ensure that all of our pupils, irrelevant of ability or background have healthy and happy experiences at Hawthorn that leads them on to success in their own futures.

Our dedicated staff team work relentlessly to support our pupils. Our staff have and continue to work tirelessly to ensure quality provision for all learners, and this has been highlighted since the start of the pandemic. The focus for all of our staff centres on pupil development and engagement at all times.

Amongst all the chaos in the world at present, our school remains steadfast and committed to delivering quality education and wellbeing support for all of our families and staff. I am grateful for your responses to our recent parental survey. I believe that the voice of our parent community is important in supporting our drive for excellence. I am confident that together we can ensure the very best for our pupils, your children.

Mrs C Crockett