Laleham Lea is excellent ISI inspection Feb 22

Laleham Lea

A Catholic Independent Primary School for boys and girls aged 3 to 11

29 Peaks Hill, Purley, Surrey, CR8 3JJ


‘Pupils are well supported in developing their good physical education skills by encouragement from their teachers and the opportunity to participate in a range of outdoor sports and swimming.’ (ISI Inspection February 2022)

P.E plays an important part in the curriculum at Laleham Lea and includes regular lessons in:

  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Netball
  • Swimming
  • Cross Country
  • Athletics
  • Hockey
  • Cricket

Juniors take part in P.E on Wednesday afternoon and also have the opportunity to stay after school on Wednesdays for Games Club if they wish. P.E lessons provide valuable broad life skills training including all aspects of safety, following instructions, fair play and sportsmanship, individual skills development, team games and fitness. Boys and girls compete successfully against other schools in many of the above sports.

Year 1 and Year 2 Pupils take part in a specialist P.E lesson with our P.E Teacher once a week, as well as taking part in other activities with their Class Teacher.

Nursery and Reception children take part in regular Music and Movement lessons with their class and have regular access to out door play areas including large lawn area and Sensory Garden.

From Year 1 pupils swim for two half-terms during the Academic Year at Thomas More Pool. Pupils take part in several Swimming Galas each year in which we have enjoyed much success.

In recent years a Laleham Lea Pupil held the ISA Regional and National Year 6 and Year 5 50m Backstroke titles and also held Silver in Freestyle for two years running (Y5/Y6) at the same competition. We have also held the 25m Freestyle title at The Croydon Schools Swimming Association Championship for three consecutive years; and also secured first place in the 25m Breaststroke competition.

Former pupil Ben Waghorn has recently played his first game for Harlequins under 18s and showed his skills at a very early age, playing with John Fisher whilst still a Laleham Lea student.

After School Clubs cover a range of sports including Netball, Football, Fencing, Ballet and Tennis.