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Sir Thomas Abney School

Fairholt Road,
N16 5ED
Telephone: 0208 800 1411


Sir Thomas Abney is a Community Primary School. This means it is regulated by the local council and not influenced by business or religious groups. 

The reception intake is for 60 children per academic year. 

Sir Thomas Abney Primary School Breakfast Club

Sir Thomas Abney After School Club

Information about additional needs:

Sir Thomas Abney is one of two Language Resource Schools in Hackney

The government has asked schools to provide information about support for children with additional needs.

SEN Information Reports (SEN - Special Educational Needs) are intended to tell you the practical day to day approach taken within each individual school. They should be written in a way that is helpful, clear and meaningful for parents.

Please see the schools website for these reports, ask the school for a printed copy or see the following Hackney Local Offer articles:

Record Last Updated on: 30/07/2018

Local Offer


Sir Thomas Abney is a Speech and Language Resourced School with provision for 22 children with speech, language and communication difficulties.

Getting a place in the school is decided by the local authority, the school, the local speech and language team and parents.

It is important to note that getting a place in the mainstream part of Sir Thomas Abney Primary School does not mean a child would have an increased change of a placement in the Language Resourced provision in the school.

All children who get a place in the school join in all activities and are included in mainstream classes for lessons. This helps them to experience the full curriculum.

Children are taught in small groups and get regular speech and language support.

Because of the understanding we have of language disorders we can provide specialist teaching that helps meet the needs of those with specific language difficulties. As we are a mainstream school our pupils can access to the National Curriculum alongside targeted support.

Our school's resident speech and language therapist is involved in setting targets and structuring support. 

Children in the LRS may receive support from the following staff:

  • Class teacher
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Assistant and/or Teaching Assistant

The kinds of support offered may include the following:

  • Makaton sessions with a Speech and Language Therapist (Early Years)
  • Language enriched environment – e.g. visual timetables, staff trained in Makaton and additional strategies for supporting language (e.g. Colourful Semantics, Word Aware)
  • Small group teaching for maths and literacy
  • Regular language groups
  • Individual language programme
  • Individual/group Memory programme
  • Individual speech production programme
  • Social skills groups 
SEN policy

Childcare Information

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

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