Welcome to Abbot’s Lea School

Abbot’s Lea School is a maintained special school that provides the highest quality of education for nearly 300 students aged 3-19 living with Autism and a range of associated communication, interaction, social, imagination, sensory and learning differences.

I feel honoured to be our school’s Headteacher and, together with my team of some 130 staff, we work tirelessly to ensure that we offer the best education and care to our students and support to their families and the wider community.

I have always practised an ‘open door’ policy and so I really encourage you to take advantage of this – please contact me whenever issues arise – and whilst I have had to put a temporary stop to my open invitation for you to just come in to say ‘hello’, I continue to welcome direct communication via my personal email address: headteacher@abbotsleaschool.co.uk

I also warmly encourage you to find our more about our school’s daily updates by following us on Twitter and Facebook: @AbbotsLeaSchool and to tune into our Head’s Weekly Newsletter which aims to keep you updated with the life of the school.

This year, our school is organised as follows:

  • Primary Department:
    Early Years and Key Stage One (EY/KS1), led by Mrs Hattersley
    Key Stage Two (KS2), led by Ms Gibney
  • Secondary Department:
    Key Stage Three (KS3), led by Mr Hodgson
    Key Stage Four (KS4), led by Mr Lyons
    Key Stage Five (KS5), led by Mr Mason

If you have any questions regarding the teaching and learning aspects of our provision, please contact my Deputy, Mrs Tobin at deputy@abbotsleaschool.co.uk

If you have any enquiries related to care, safeguarding, therapeutic or family support, please contact my Head of Care and Safeguarding, Ms Twomey at alison.twomey@abbotsleaschool.co.uk

If you are keen to be our research and development partner, please contact my Head of Autism Research and Development, Dr Mursic at sara.mursic@abbotsleaschool.co.uk

Our vision is to be an International Centre of Excellence in Autism Education, Research and Professional Development, where every student and member of staff can be the best that they can be – we hope you join us on our journey!

Mrs A Hildrey, FCCT, B.Ed(Hons), M.Ed. NPQH, NPQEL