St Nicholas School recognises that parents have a crucial role to play in their child’s education and are well placed to have the best understanding of their needs.

The school aims to develop a good working relationship with parents through effective communication systems, a parent support group and opportunities for discussion and feedback. These aims will be achieved through:

  • Home school contact books which provide the opportunity for daily feedback between home and school.
  • Timely contact by phone or letter to deal with particular issues that may arise.
  • Twice yearly parent consultation meetings with class teachers.
  • Yearly Annual Reviews, as part of the statutory process.
  • Opportunities for parents to provide written feedback on an annual basis, usually following Annual review.


St Nicholas serves the whole of the Croydon area and beyond.  Many pupils transfer from mainstream schools or Early Years Providers.

St Nicholas will work with feeder schools, early year’s providers and parents to ensure that the needs of any potential pupils are planned for prior to transfer, and that the transfer is managed to provide a smooth transition.

St Nicholas pupils will either transfer to Bensham Manor School, Priory School, mainstream schools or other providers. The school will also work with these schools so that they know who will transfer in good time, and pass on relevant information so that those schools can meet the pupils’ needs.

St Nicholas works particularly closely with Bensham Manor School where we are a developing a 'Soft Federation' approach to share resources, develop staff together and manger a smooth transition for pupils.

As part of an outreach arrangement with other special schools, St Nicholas aims to provide support using staff expertise and experience to enable mainstream schools to provide better support for their pupils’ with SEN.


St Nicholas School is committed to safeguarding children and promoting their welfare, and as part of this operates a child protection policy consistent with the Croydon Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures. All staff employed by the school are vetted including checks made through the Disclosure and Barring Service.