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AHS Purley

Term dates and class schedule


The term dates for the 2023-24 academic year are as follows:

Autumn term 1: 18th September 2023 - 20th October 2023
Transition morning 13th September 2023
Autumn term 2: 30th October 2023 - 20th December 2023
Spring term 1: 8th January 2024 - 9th February 2024
Spring term 2: 19th February 2024 - 27th March 2024 (half-day 12.30pm)
Summer term 1: 15th April 2024 - 24th May 2024
Summer term 2: 3rd June 2024 - 12th July 2024 (half-day 12.30pm)


Timings for the school day are:

Gates open 8.20am
Breakfast 8.30am - 8.45am
Registration 8.45am
P1 - 8.50am - 9.40am
P2 - 9.40am - 10.30am
Break - 10.30am - 10.50am
P3 - 10.50am - 11.40am
P4 - 11.40am - 12.30pm
Lunch - 12.30pm - 1.20pm
P5 - 1.20pm - 2.10pm
P6 - 2.10pm - 3pm
Tutor time 3pm - 3.10pm
End of day 3.10pm

Ethos and aims at Abingdon House School, Purley


At Abingdon House School, Purley we aim to unlock the significant potential of our unique students.  


Our students have unique learning profiles and strengths. Effective learning and teaching are therefore based on understanding a child's individual profiles, nurturing their academic and social development and caring for their wellbeing. The environment is warm and friendly and we are committed to each student's holistic development.


Our ‘4C’s’ provides the pillars of our educational model at Abingdon House School, Purley and encompass the skills, traits and values that we aim to empower our students with;


Confidence          Competence          Creativity          Character


We have a whole school focus on recognising and celebrating our students’ efforts, successes and achievements through a positive approach to behavioural management, which is supported across the school with programmes such as Zones of Regulation and Social Thinking.




We aim to prepare our students for success by:


  • Having high expectations and aspirations for all, putting the students at the centre of their learning experience;

  • Developing our students' love for learning;

  •  Working towards a broad range of GCSE and equivalent qualifications

  • Providing a broad range of opportunities for education outside the classroom;

  • Ensuring a low staff to student ratio and small class sizes with trained teaching assistants, therapists and teachers using a range of strategies and therapeutic interventions;

  • Providing our staff with a thorough and comprehensive programme of continual professional development

  • Providing a combination of class, group and individual lessons with therapy integrated into the school day, including access at lunch and break times;

  • Providing access to Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy on a need-led basis, using a variety of approaches to meet students’ needs;

  • Developing, monitoring and implementing an IEP (Individual Education Plan) for each pupil, including targets and strategies to support;

  • Fostering strong home school relationships, including a thorough cycle of reporting through parent teacher meetings, progress reports and IEPs.

  • Monitoring progress through a rigorous system of assessment and tracking;

  • Implementing a consistent system of positive behaviour support;

  • Placing special emphasis on the development of literacy and numeracy, social skills, language and communication and coordination, sequencing and movement and overall personal development;

  • Delivering extensive PSHE and Citizenship programmes, as well as Wellbeing and Enrichment Lessons.

Jon Mansell - Headteacher


School policies are reviewed and updated regularly, in line with DFe guidance.  Please click on the links below to directly access the following statutory policies.

All school policies can be obtained by contacting the main office.  Should you require these policies in another format (eg. in large print, hard copy, translated), please contact the main office.

Admissions Policy

Anti-bullying Policy

Behaviour Policy

Careers Policy

Complaints Policy

Complaints (other than parents) Policy

Curriculum Policy

Data Protection Policy

Equal Opportunities Policy

Exclusion & Suspension Policy

First Aid & Medication Policy

Health & Safety Policy

Mental Health Policy

Pupil Premium Policy

Safeguarding Policy

SEND  Policy

Prevent Policy

RSE Policy

Safer Recruitment Policy

Whistleblowing Policy 


59 Godstone Road, Purley, Surrey CR8 2AN 

0208 092 2080


Jon Mansell


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Emma Stark

Deputy Headteacher

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Leyla White

Office Manager/

Admissions Lead

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William (Billy) Osborne

Facilities Manager

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