St. Giles is a Croydon Local Authority Maintained Community School for pupils aged 2-19 with physical disabilities, complex medical needs, complex speech and language difficulties and associated learning difficulties, moderate(MLD), severe(SLD) and profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD).
St Giles Nursery is part of the Croydon Local Offer for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and has places for 12-part time or 6 full time nursery children aged over two with identified needs under the Croydon commissioning arrangements.
Pupils with PMLD aged 16-19can remain at St Giles in the Further Education Unit for pupils.
The school was opened in 1925 and was originally sited in Thornton Heath. In 1933 the school moved to Featherbed Lane, Addington and in 1977 it moved to its current purpose-built accommodation in Pampisford Road, South Croydon.
St Giles is a single-storey, accessible building, divided into two main sections linked by a ramped corridor. There is a separate modular build that contains the Nursery and a Reception / Year One class.
Hygiene rooms with hoists and changing beds
Trampoline for rebound Therapy
Dark sensory room
Light sensory room
Science and ICT room
Food and Design technology room
Creative therapy room
Overhead hoists in most classrooms
Rise and fall desks/tables
Wheelchair accessible swing and roundabout
Wheelchair accessible greenhouse
Nursing, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy departments.
The school staff includes teachers, teaching assistants, a Pupil Support and Care team, nurses and therapists, supported by administration, catering, premises management, technical and cleaning staff.
All school staff are specially trained to become experts in working with pupils with physical disabilities and complex medical needs.
Orthotist—clinics to provide foot and ankle splints
Advisory Teachers of the Hearing Impaired and Visually Impaired
‘Willow’ Grief and Loss counsellors
ELSA – Emotional Literacy Support Assistant
There are thirteen Governors on the Governing Body, which meets every term. They include representatives from staff, parents, the Local Authority and the community. The three committees, Strategy, Achievement and Standards, Resources, also meet every term.