Zone 5 will be closed until and including Saturday, 23 January 2021, with all staff and students affected needing to self-isolate until at least that date. Teaching will move to the remote mode from Monday, 18 January 2021 with details to follow from the class teams.

All those affected have been notified via Parentmail. Copy of the letter is here: Letter to families of direct or close proximity Zone 5, 15.1.2020

We wish those unwell a speedy recovery and ask all others to engage with the Public Health advice at all times. Any suspected or tested cases of Covid-19 should be reported to – thank you!

Zone 2 will remain closed until and including Monday, 18 January 2021 due to a positive case of Covid-19 affecting KS5 community.

We wish those unwell a speedy recovery and ask all others to engage with the Public Health advice at all times. Any suspected or tested cases of Covid-19 should be reported to – thank you!


For a school with 271 students, age 3-19, we have prioritised the following groups for our onsite provision:

  • Children of essential key workers, as defined by the central government
  • Children currently on Child Protection Plans (CP, section 47)
  • Children currently classed as Child in Need (CiN, section 17)
  • Children who are Looked After (LAC)
  • Children currently subject to Early Help Assessment Tool (EHAT)
  • Children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM)
  • Students in our Early Years and Key Stage 1 (the youngest of our learners)
  • Students in our Nurture Provision (most complex special educational needs requiring therapeutic support)
  • Students completing internal Supported Internships (students whose employability support is essential at this point in time for them to secure best future)

All other students receive twice daily direct live interactive teaching via Zoom and will also have access to a wide range of non-interactive learning via our platforms.

If your child/family meet the above criteria, and you have not yet taken up a place but wish to do so, please contact your child’s Leader in Charge via  – we will do all that we can to create a space for them as soon as possible.

If you need technical support, please email:

For any transport enquiries, please contact your Local Authority transport provider. For Liverpool residents, email:

All students, families and staff continue to have access to our Multidisciplinary Team support, including direct therapy, advice and guidance. If you require this support, please contact:

Additionally, we support our staff and their families with Employee Assistance Programme which offers 24/7 advice, support, guidance and discreet therapy. This service is free of charge on the point of access for our team and their loved ones and offers wide-ranging services, including financial advice. Please contact for details.

Lastly, if you are concerned about a child, at any time, please email: – we are here to help. If you think the child is at immediate risk of harm, do please call the Police.

These are difficult and challenging times – we are here to help, so please do contact us, as needed, including direct emails to me as the Headteacher via:

Kind regards

Mrs Hildrey


Risk Assessment v16 11.1.2021



Welcome to Abbot’s Lea School

Abbot’s Lea School is an outstanding 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.

Despite all of the uncertainty around us, one thing is 100% constant and that is my own and my team’s commitment to Abbot’s Lea School community.

I feel honoured to be our school’s Headteacher and, together with an outstanding team of staff, we work tirelessly to ensure the best education and care is on offer at our school.

This year, our school is organised as follows:

Primary Department:

  • Early Years and Key Stage One (EY/KS1)
  • Key Stage Two (KS2)

Secondary Department:

  • Key Stage Three (KS3)
  • Key Stage Four (KS4)
  • Key Stage Five (KS5)

Due to Covid-19, the school site is split the school into six geographical parts, called Zones. Within each Zone, we house all of our 24 classrooms and all of the offices, staff rooms and meeting rooms, which we call Bubbles:

  • Zone 1 – The House (each office/room/area is a self-contained bubble)
  • Zone 2 – Christmas Island and Malawi (2 bubbles)
  • Zone 3 – Spain, Italy, Wales, Ireland, Portugal, France (6 bubbles)
  • Zone 4 – Canada, USA, Brazil, Peru (4 bubbles)
  • Zone 5 – Mozambique, Botswana, Madagascar, Kenya, Seychelles, Cape Verde (6 bubbles)
  • Zone 6 – Tasmania, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji (6 bubbles)

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.

I also warmly encourage you to find our more about our school’s daily updates by following us on Twitter and Facebook: @AbbotsLeaSchool.

Our vision is to become an International Centre of Excellence in Autism Education, Research and 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, B.Ed(Hons), M.Ed. NPQH, FCCT