Dear families, our team of experts, led by Alison Twomey (our Head of Care and Safeguarding) is working in collaboration with you and local services to ensure our students are safe, happy and engaged in their learning. This page contains the main information about our safeguarding and specialist support, as well as resources and contacts available for you. Please, do not hesitate to call and discuss any problems or concerns.

Family Adviser

Mr Manley, our Family Adviser, is available to support you and connect you to other families. He will also organise different events and engage in:

  • Regular contact with families
  • Signposting to support available
  • Workshops and cultural sessions
  • Coffee mornings
  • School tours for families

Please, keep an eye on our school social media and ParentMail. If you have changed your email address, please contact the main reception to update us (reception@abbotsleaschool.co.uk), so you don’t miss out on these invites and other vital information.

Family Support Contacts

💬 Alison Twomey – Head of Care and Safeguarding – alison.twomey@abbotsleaschool.co.uk
💬 Lisa Sharpe – Safeguarding Officer – lisa.sharp@abbotsleaschool.co.uk
💬 Jo Scarrott – EHCP Co-ordinator – jo.scarrott@abbotsleaschool.co.uk
💬 Richard Manley – Family Advisor
💬 Bev Lunt – Attendance – bev.lunt@abbotsleaschool.co.uk

  • If your query relates to a safeguarding matter please send it to safeguarding@abbotsleaschool.co.uk and a member of staff will contact you.
  • If you believe that a child is in imminent danger, call the Police on 999.
  • If you need urgent mental health support, call NHS on 111, or the NHS website can help you find an urgent mental health helpline.


Specialist Support

Covid-19 information

We have now distributed, to every secondary-aged student – whether or not they took part in the onsite testing – a new kit containing 7 home-based tests. These testing kits are designed for testing for Covid-19 twice a week, every 3-5 days. They are calculated to be sufficient for twice-weekly tests to be carried out until and including the Easter break and several weeks of Term 5.
The kits we give to the students are for their use. There is, however, an open offer of identical home-testing kits for the families of school-aged children and the support bubble of any such people.
We strongly encourage you to order and re-order such kits, as needed by going to https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
We only require you to alert us if the test result is positive. Please email covid@abbotsleaschool.co.uk as soon as the positive result is received. This will allow us to conduct track and trace activity within the school to reduce the risk of infection spreading. Please be advised that we are now required to track and trace any close contacts of those who test positive, based on two full clear days prior to the test. This means that, if someone tests positive on Sunday evening, we would include all of their close contacts from Friday.
Please note that anyone receiving a positive result from the lateral flow test (LFT) will be asked to self-isolate and book a confirmatory polymerase chain reaction test (PCR) via the NHS. If the PCR test comes back negative, we will be contacting all those previously advised to self-isolate, expecting all students to return to school the following school day.

School Uniform Shop

Our nearly new second-hand uniform shop is available to all families, where you can purchase any item for just £1. All items will have been washed (unless donated new with tags) and we will only sell items, which we believe to be in very good condition.

We have Sweatshirts, Jumpers, Polo Shirts, Shirts, Trousers, Shorts and Blazers all in various sizes.
Please contact our Family Adviser, Lisa Sharpe via email: lisa.sharpe@abbotsleaschool.co.uk


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Listening Ear

You might be struggling emotionally and looking for strategies to help you cope. Or maybe you just need to talk to someone who understands the extra challenges you face and who can point you in the right direction to get the support you need for your family.

Contact Charity organisation offer 1-1 telephone appointments with a family support adviser for parent carers looking for a listening ear, reassurance and practical and emotional support.

Making an appointment is simple: Visit their Eventbrite page, choose the day (morning, afternoon or evening), and when you register choose the time slot you want.

Appointments are regularly updated and are subject to availability.

Exam Support

For Abbot’s Lea School the exams form part of the final assessments, which we use in accordance to the exam board we use. Our exam board is the Open Awards.

Exams are an opportunity for the students to show how much they have learned, but they can also cause stress and anxiety. Together with our class teams, families are a crucial support element for students. For that reason, we are helping you support your child with information, preparation strategies, and stress-relieving tips.


Do you have any suggestions?

We invite all students and families to send their own suggestions about what Abbot’s
Lea School should do next to be the best specialist school in the world for you!
Please send your ideas, suggestions and tips to: feedback@abbotsleaschool.co.uk
No idea is too big or too small and, whilst we will probably not be able to please all of
the requests, we are really keen to hear from as many of you as possible!


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