Abingdon House School offers students a mainstream styled education with a specialist teaching approach. The school day is very structured with supports such as visual timetables, sensory diets, movement breaks/transition time, and specialist learning equipment and programmes in place for all students. Bespoke supports and interventions are in put in place to support students’ individual needs. We deliver an integrated therapy model at Abingdon House School, which ensures consistency of approach throughout the staff and enables students to apply and generalise their skills across all areas of their schooling.
All students are given a chromebook for use at school, and all work is done through Google Classroom and the Google Suite.
Classes and Curriculum
The Junior School is comprised of students in Years 2-6, and the Senior School Years 7-11. As many of our students may be studying outside of year group, or demonstrate skills and needs both below and above their chronological ages, our classes will often consist of mixed ages and classes are structured to ensure appropriate academic and social groupings.
The National Curriculum is taught across the school, and is enhanced by the teaching of Life Skills, Social Skills, Wellbeing, Enrichment, PATHS and PSHE.
All classes have a teacher and teaching assistant, and many lessons are led or supported by our members of our therapy team. The teaching style is multi-sensory and the school day is organised around a regular routine, with plenty of opportunity for outdoor time, access to the arts, the opportunity to perform and to take part in sports and fitness activities.
The School Day
School opens at 8.30am, and lessons are from 8.45am-3.30pm. There are 6 full lessons in the day, with core subjects being taught in the morning. Each day starts with a 20 minute Wellbeing lesson or activity, in which all staff and students participate in to positively prepare them for the day. Students participate in a minimum of three Enrichment Lessons a week (last lesson of the day).
Break and lunch times are structured and supervised and students have a variety of activities to participate in, both on site, as well as at the local playground and Fourth Feathers Community and Youth Centre. In warmer months, we also make use of Regent’s Park.
Education Outside the Classroom
We make full use of our central London location to enhance our students’ learning experiences through regular school trips, such as museums, exhibitions, productions and music events. Guest speakers and workshops are held at school throughout the year in line with what the students are learning.
Outdoor education and activities are run in the summer term, with a residential trip held annually for our older students.
Home School Partnership
Abingdon House School is a very supportive and close knit community. Staff are in regular formal and informal contact with all families, and there are regular information evenings and workshops on offer for parents and carers to attend.
The Parents’ Association is very strong and an integral part of our school community. They meet regularly with each other and work closely with the Headteacher and other staff to support and enhance the schooling experience for all of our students.