Frequently asked questions

Where is Abingdon House School and College located?


Abingdon House School and College is in Marylebone, London.




What is the closest Underground station to Abingdon House School and College?


We are less than a five-minute walk from Marylebone Station (Bakerloo Line) or a 12-minute
walk from Baker Street (Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Jubilee Lines).




Do you have on-site parking?


We have no on-site parking so we do recommend travelling via public transport. If you do
choose to drive there are limited pay and display bays on Lisson Grove.




How many students are at Abingdon House School and College?


Our school can host up to 90 students on site. Our class sizes are based on 10 students
per class.




Does my child need to have an Education Health and Care Plan to attend?


You do not need to have an Education Health and Care Plan for your child to attend and we
do accept fee-paying families. However, a large number of our students have an Education
and Health Care Plan and have their placement funded by their Local Authority. We are
unable to advise families on the EHCP process prior to admission to the school and would
recommend support services such as sossen.org.uk or your local SENDAS team.




Is there a school bus?


We do not have a school bus available to pick up and drop off students. Some of our
students have transport provided by their Local Authority, some travel through parental or
family arrangements and some students travel independently.




What is the structure of the school day?


Our school day starts at 8:30 am and begins with a 20-minute wellbeing session such as
drawing, tea and talk etc. Lessons are 40-45 minutes in length with a five-minute transition
between each class. The school day finishes at 3:30 pm.




Do you offer a Breakfast Club?


We offer a Breakfast Club for all our students between 8.00 and 8:30 am. This consists of a
continental breakfast three days a week and a cooked breakfast twice a week. A small fee
will apply.




Are there any After-School Clubs?


At AHSC, we incorporate enrichment activities into our school timetable so that all students
are able to participate in these activities. In addition to this a range of after-school clubs are
on offer for a small fee.




Are there any Holiday Clubs?


Our teachers frequently run Holiday Clubs based at the school during holiday times. This
activity is organised by our school staff and is only available to pupils on roll.




How is technology used in the school?


Technology is one of the cornerstones of our school's ethos. We aim to normalise the use
of educational technology to remove barriers to learning and allow students to achieve their
full potential. All work is available on Google Classroom and access is given to parents to
support with work at home.




Do you offer GCSEs?


We do not offer a full course of GCSEs to students at AHSC. Instead, at Abingdon House School, we will be offering a specific range of KS4 options. This is to ensure the embedding of the key skills required for KS4 success, thus facilitating a situation where all students leaving Abingdon House School have a set of qualifications that can support them in accessing post-16 education provision. Students will begin their qualification courses from the start of Year 7 based on one of two options:
● Some students will benefit from a slower pace of learning and the benefits of more
student-friendly assessment to build up a portfolio of qualifications without the pressure
of time constraints. By building the skills necessary to achieve qualifications from KS3,
students can gradually build their confidence.
● Some students will benefit from the ability to achieve qualifications at a quicker pace.
These students are more likely to attempt to access the full GCSE curriculum at KS4,
while still having a portfolio of qualifications to use if their developed skills do not transfer
to GCSE success.
The curriculum will still be tailored to include therapeutic provision based on each student’s
level of need. All students will continue to engage in PE and PSHE as part of their core curriculum.
The portfolio of qualifications on offer for students included:
● Functional Skills or BTEC Qualifications in Maths, English, ASDAN and Arts Award, all
of which carry GCSE equivalency at Levels 1 and 2; attaining these qualifications can
lead students to undertaking GCSEs or applying for relevant post 16 college and further
education.
● Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2 and/or BTEC qualifications in Science, History,
Employability/Life Skills
● The above makes up our core group of qualifications, however additional qualifications
are being added as deemed relevant to our students




Where do students go on to after Abingdon House School and College?


AHSC follows the national curriculum and qualifications that ensure students can transition to other school environments in line with their own bespoke pathways, progress, attainment and needs. Students enter and leave AHSC at various stages throughout their education with many staying at AHSC throughout their school years. Leaver destinations include mainstream schools (state and independent), other SEND schools (which offer more support or challenge, depending on the students’ development), and post 16 colleges. There is no one size fits all plan for our students, and a very individualised pathway is devised and continually evaluated with the students, families and school as the students progress through their time at AHSC. Common transition times from AHSC include (but are not restricted to) Year 7, 9 and 12.