School Life Purley

We provide an integrated, whole-school approach to meeting the needs of pupils with unique learning profiles. Our environment is based on understanding a child’s individual needs, nurturing their academic and social development and caring for their wellbeing.

Our highly committed and professional team of classroom practitioners (teaching assistants, teachers and therapists) work as a multidisciplinary team in order to ensure that support for our students’ needs is delivered to the highest possible standard throughout the school.

The teaching style is multi-sensory and therapy is integrated into the classroom and across the school day; so that all students have the opportunity to learn and all staff are working towards each individual student’s own academic and personal development targets.

Our classes (classes are based on a size of 10 students) are grouped based on academic and social ability and need; this provides every child with the opportunity to progress and achieve success relative to their individual starting points.

The school day runs between 8.20am and 3.10pm during which students study a broad curriculum and partake in a range of student-led enrichment activities throughout their day.

Families are encouraged to be involved with our young people’s education through our Home/School Alliance and our regular workshops.

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