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


‘The Catholic Life at the school is outstanding because the well-being and personal and
spiritual development of pupils and staff is at the heart of the school’s vision and
mission.’ (Section 48 Denominational Inspection – October 2019)

Pupils show an excellent development of their spiritual understanding in their everyday lives. They lead prayers with as strong blend of confidence and humility. Pupils express their thoughts and prayers with spontaneity as they show thanks and appreciation for other people in their lives. They consider those less fortunate than themselves, for those suffering and for refugees in areas of the world. Pupils are enriched by the strong Catholic ethos and Gospel values that are central to the school community.’(ISI Inspection February 2022)

Local Community

Laleham Lea School has always been and remains an inclusive family at the heart of the local community. Our mission statement is at the heart of everything we do as the Laleham Lea family, both in and out of school life.

As part of our local community, the school hosts a variety of community events and opportunities including:

  • Evening Sacramental Preparation Classes for Confirmation for students from several Parishes and Catholic Schools
  • Adult Retreats: ‘The Spirit’ led by our Governor Canon Frank
  • Adult Pilates Classes
  • Emerald Music School
  • Hillcrest Netball Club
  • Annual Work Experience for John Fisher School students (often returning Laleham Lea Students)
  • 11+ Easter and Summer Schools
  • Parents and Visitors are invited to attend our Masses at the John Fisher Chapel and our Christmas and Easter Concerts and School Production and prize Giving in the John Fisher Hall.
  • Local experts are invited into school to give talks on a range of topics including Dentistry and How the Brain Works.
  • Weekly coffee mornings
  • Community talks on the Galapogos


We support a number of charities including local, national and global campaigns. Recent appeals we have supported include:

Food Hub – We regularly make donations to Purley Food Hub  as part of our Harvest celebrations as well as at other points during the year.

We choose a Lenten Charity each year, the latest of which was  ‘Water Aid’s Jars of Change campaign’. Pupils were encouraged to give up something for Lent and donate the money they would have spent on that item to help others to have clean water. We raised over £2000!

CAFOD’s ‘Give it up Campaign’ where children raised over £2000 to support families living in poverty abroad.

Operation Christmas Child 2021- We have supported The Samaritans’ Christmas Shoe Box Appeal for many years. Last Christmas we collected over 60 shoe boxes full of lovely Christmas gifts that were sent to children all over the world.

The NSPCC visit school to work alongside our Students with assemblies and workshops as part of their Speak Out, Stay Safe Campaign; Pupils also raised over £1000 to support the charity.

The Anaphylaxis Campaign visited school to deliver an assembly on allergies and reminded us of responsibilities to our friends and colleagues who may have allergies.

Representatives from Laleham Lea take part in the annual Remembrance Service and Parade at at The Lord Roberts at Woodcote Green. Two Year 6 pupils are chosen to attend the Memorial and lay a wreath on behalf of the school.

Links with local Churches/Parishes and other Schools

We have close links with John Fisher school and enjoy the use of their Chapel for our Masses and Hall for our Summer Production and Prize Giving. We also use the John Fisher field for Games lessons and Football Matches against other local teams.

We also work closely with St Marks Church, Purley and have held our Christmas Carol concert and PTA Disco there. Many of our Pupils are members of the 25th Purley Beaver, Cubs and Scout groups which is based at St Marks.

Our Year 5 Class take part in the Whitgift Primary Project every April. This is a fantastic opportunity for our Students to spend a week at Whitgift School enjoying the facilities they have to offer and provides for an exciting week for our Students.

Further afield we are Partnered with Ceip Parque Eugenia de Montijo school in Madrid and communicate regularly with them via Skype calls, cards and pen pal letters which pupils write in Spanish.

We have also Partnered with St Mary’s University Twickenham to support their Teacher Training programme and have welcomed one of their Student Teachers into school.

Visits and Visitors

Our Year 6 pupils take part in First Aid workshops run by St John’s Ambulance and volunteers from Natwest bank visited school to deliver ‘Money sense’ workshops to pupils from Year 1-Year 6.

We welcomed M.P Chris Philp to officially open our Nature Trail which was designed and funded by our PTA.

The Lord Mayor also paid a visit to the Laleham Lea to talk to our Student Council about the role of democracy and British Values.

Father O’Gorman from John the Baptist visited school to officially open our ‘Buddy Bench’, which was created by our Student Council team.

Our Year 5 Class paid a visit to Purley Sunrise Care Home to sing Christmas Carols for residents.