Purley Oaks is a community school where our ‘staff share a moral purpose to give all pupils a rich education.’ - Ofsted 2019.

At Purley Oaks we believe our children can do anything if we give them the motivation and support. We are a three form entry primary school offering places from nursery through to year 6. Our school is very popular and the established leadership team is committed to working towards excellence and achieving the best outcomes for our pupils.

We have high expectations of our children and offer a curriculum that is creative, balanced and fun; but more importantly based on the needs of our children. Our team of experienced staff are committed to ensuring that your child is fully prepared for every stage of their educational journey. Our goal is to equip them with skills that will enhance their future. There are no limits to what your child can achieve when they become part of the Purley Oaks community.

Our ethos is based on five themes: CARING, SHARING, LEARNING, LISTENING and OURSELVES. This ethos underpins everything we do. We provide our pupils with a rich social awareness and respect for others so that their contribution to the school community and society is both positive and one of tolerance.

In early years our children are immersed in a rich, creative and stimulating curriculum which develops not only literacy and maths skills to an extremely high standard, but also their emotional intelligence. This ensures children want to achieve and learn the skills of being:

  • Autonomous
  • Resilient
  • Aspirational
  • Collaborative
  • Enquiring

The early years provision is excellent. We have large outdoor spaces which facilitate learning through play. In December 2019 Ofsted said that, 'Leaders place the care and welfare of pupils and their families at the heart of all they do. There is a clear determination to ensure that no pupil is ever held back by low expectations.'

We would love the opportunity to meet you and show you our amazing school. Please register your interest for one of our open mornings and we will get in touch with you to confirm your attendance and provide more information. Please email:

Tuesday 4th October 2022 at 9.30am

Thursday 6th October 2022 at 9.30am

Tuesday 11th October 2022 at 9.30am

Thursday 13th October 2022 at 9.30am

Open morning itinerary:

  • Welcome to Purley Oaks by Mr Griffin (Headteacher)
  • Introduction to Reception by Mrs Erfani (Head of Early Years)
  • Tour of the school, in particular our reception and nursery classrooms and outside learning areas

Please note that Mr Griffin (Headteacher) and Mrs Erfani (Head of EYFS) will be available after your tour for you to speak to and ask any questions.


'The early years team knows the children well. Staff find out what children already know and can do when they start. They use this information to plan activities that will help children the most. Children behave well in the early years. They play alongside each other happily. Parents are included in their child’s learning. The early years has an ‘open-door’ policy and invites parents to take part in lessons. Teachers also run workshops for parents so that they can help their children at home.' - September 2019

'A love of learning is evident in all areas of the school. Pupils model the school’s values of caring, sharing, learning and listening to each other. This is a fully inclusive school.' - December 2018

'Your communication with families in Nursery and Reception is exemplary. Parents are welcomed into the school every week to observe teaching, and learning logs are shared so that parents can support their child at home with ‘next steps’.' - December 2018

'Pupils’ behaviour, both in and out of the classroom, is excellent. Through the school council, pupils have a valued voice in the school. Pupils stated that they feel safe and they know who to speak to if they have a concern.' - December 2018


These comments have been received from parents via feedback forms that are issued with their child's end of term school report.

'We’ve found the level of teaching in Reception class to be outstanding.'

'Thank you to the whole Reception team for the work you have put in to making our daughter's first year such a success and for making the parent/teacher relationship so easy.'

'How lucky she is to go to Purley Oaks, it is an absolute school of excellence.'

'We have been impressed with Purley Oaks Primary School, their progress and values.'

'All your hard work is greatly appreciated we would like to thank you very much. You have a big hand in shaping young minds.'

'We thank the entire school team and especially the teachers of our son for all their great work. A child with a good teacher leads a life of no limits.'

Our Performance Against the National Average

We ensure that the children are given every opportunity to reach the early learning goals across the curriculum. We begin teaching the children as soon as they have settled into our school and the partnership with parents and carers, so that they know how to help their child at home. We want children to achieve beyond what is expected and therefore continue to develop children’s learning even when they have met the goals.

The early learning goal for reading states that by the end of the year, children must be able to read simple sentences including recognition of high frequency words and using phonic skills to decode words.  It is also important that the children can talk about what they have read.

The early learning goal for writing states that by the end of the year, children must be able to write sentences that can be read by themselves and others. Children must use their phonic skills to encode words and use a variety of high frequency words. Handwriting must also be legible.

The early learning goal for number states that children must have a deep understanding of numbers to 10, including subsitising, number bonds to 5, then to 10 and doubling facts. They must have a good understanding of comparing quantities and counting beyond 20.

Whilst we strive to achieve these goals, we also recognise the importance of skills such as communication, relationships and managing feelings, the arts and physical exercise. These are all taught through our varied, exciting curriculum.


Throughout the year reception children can experience a number of different trips, visits, theme days and activities that are designed to develop their knowledge, language and love for learning:

  • Autumn welly walk to look at signs of Autumn
  • Salvation Army trip to experience music
  • African drumming workshop
  • Planetarium visit to school to develop our knowledge of space
  • Visits from people who help us – the dentist, the police, the train driver, the librarian, local visits to the shops
  • Visiting farm to enhance the topic of growing – observing  sheep, pigs, rabbits, goats
  • Incubator at school with eggs to watch chicks hatch
  • Caterpillars in nets, watching changes to butterfly
  • Growing area developed with staff and children – children grow tomatoes, strawberries, beans, sunflowers
  • Trip to Lloyds park to experience travel on trains and trams


Frequently Asked Questions September 2022


By the time your child starts reception the expectation is that they will have mastered a number of basic skills. To help you and your child prepare for starting school please work on the following skills together over the summer:

Reception Skills Checklist September 2022

Applying for a Reception Place at Purley Oaks

Our admissions are dealt with by Croydon Council Admissions. The closing date for applications is 15th January 2023 for admissions to school in September 2023. To apply click on this link: Croydon Council Admissions.


To take a virtual tour of our reception classrooms, outdoor play and learning areas, our fantastic learning resource centre and observe a phonics and maths lesson, please click on the link at the bottom of this page.


The school day for reception children begins at 8.40am and ends at 3.00pm. Their lunch is taken between 11.30am and 12.30pm.


Breakfast club is run by the school and costs £5.00 a day. It is open at 7.30am until school time. This includes breakfast and supervision. Payment for booked sessions should be made in advance via our school app, Weduc. The school also accepts childcare vouchers.

Children are take from breakfast to class by a member of the breakfast club team.


Our after school club provider is called Holiplay. Holiplay are a local organisation who offer after school and holiday clubs across Croydon. Their staff are fully trained and DBS checked. After school club is available from the end of the school day until 6.30pm, term time only, and costs £12.50 a day, which includes a light tea.

Children are collected from their classes by a member of Holiplay.

If you wish to request a place please complete the registration form on their website and they will get in touch with you directly. Payments for after school club should be made directly to Holiplay who accept a range of payment options.

Reception Admissions September 2022

If you have been unable to attend our welcome mornings and your child has been offered a place at Purley Oaks Primary School you can download the admissions information pack and forms here:

Reception Admissions Forms September 2022

Reception School Information Pack September 2022

Take a Virtual Tour of our school

Click on the link and take a virtual 360 degree tour of our amazing school.