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  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that schools in the UK will close by this Friday 20th March to prevent the further spread of coronavirus.

    Published 19/03/20

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that schools in the UK will close by this Friday 20th March to prevent the further spread of coronavirus.

    This is apart from schools looking after vulnerable children like the Livity School and for children of key workers. We will therefore be keeping the school open as best we can. We do, however, understand and support any parent/carer who wishes to keep their child at home during this difficult time. Please look out for update letters about the situation from the school that will be posted on this website. This is apart from schools looking after vulnerable children like the Livity School and for children of key workers. We will therefore be keeping the school open as best we can. We do, however, understand and support any parent/carer who wishes to keep their child at home during this difficult time.

    Please look out for update letters about the situation from the school that will be posted on this website.

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  • Carol Argent - Head Teacher Retiring this summer

    Published 30/07/19

    Carol Argent, Headteacher was invited to the Lord Mayor Tea Party on 9th July 2019. She has been working at The Livity School for 28 years in numerous roles. Carol Argent, our long standing Headteacher is retiring this summer. Clearly, we will be sad to say goodbye to Carol, who has been a devoted headteacher to The Livity, its pupils and a valued voice in the community.

    As you can imagine, Carol's leaving represents a significant change for The Livity School. For Governors, the immediate challenge is to ensure the school remains stable through the initial period, and then in the longer term, that we recruit someone who is right for The Livity, who can continue Carol's fine work and lead the school into the next chapter. 

    Since learning of Carol's retirement plans early in the spring term, Governors have been discussing options with Lambeth Council. Ultimately, we will run a recruitment exercise to find the right replacement for Carol. However, owing to the time required to appoint a Headteacher and the candidate to serve notice, it will not be possible to get a permanent replacement in place for the start of the new academic year, in September.

    Some of you may know that, Joanna Tarrant, Headteacher at the nearby Elm Court Special School, has been in The Livity supporting Carol since January. Given Joanna' familiarity with The Livity School - its culture and the way it works - and her undoubted strengths as shown by Elm Court's recent 'Outstanding' Ofsted judgment, I strongly believe she is the right candidate to support The Livity and provide stability through this period of change. Therefore, I have asked Joanna to take on interim leadership of The Livity School in an 'Executive Headteacher' capacity during the next academic year - she will do this alongside her duties at Elm Court.

    In addition, Governors have agreed that Matthew Pickard, Deputy Headteacher at The Livity School, will 'act up' into an interim role as 'Operational headteacher', to cover for and/or support  Joanna. In addition, we will welcome Amanda Ferrari, Assistant Headteacher, back to school later this term following maternity leave. An excellent new Assistant Headteacher, Ivan Luptak, from Swiss Cottage Special School, joins The Livity School in September. I have agreed with Lambeth that we will review these interim arrangements at regular intervals throughout the year as well as beginning our search for a permanent Headteacher.

    I would like to thank you for your continued support for The Livity School. I know that news like this can be unsettling. However, I want to reassure you the school, with the support of the Governing Body, will do everything in its powers to ensure the running of the school remains table and that your child's daily experience is unchanged.

    Naturally, if you would like to contact me, I would be happy to talk to you. Please feel free to get in touch with me via the school, or using the email address Otherwise, I hope you will join me in wishing Carol the fondest of farewells towards the end of this term.

    Very best wishes,

    William Thursfield,

    Chair of Governors, The Livity School.

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  • Lambeth school governors’ dedication hailed

    Published 25/07/19

    Lambeth Council held its first ever Long Serving Governor Awards Ceremony on Thursday evening, 4th July 2019 to acknowledge the hard work carried out in Lambeth schools by their governors, who are all volunteers. Henry Fergusson, who served on The Livity School Governing Body over 12 years retired in August 2018, was invited to this event.  We were absolutely delighted that Lambeth arranged such an event for Governors to be recognised for their work. A big thank you.

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  • Easy Fund Raising

    Published 19/03/19

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    Please sign up to #easyfundraising and help us raise FREE funds for Support The Livity School - London when you're doing your everyday shopping online. THIS IS FREE MONEY FOR US!

    Plus, when you raise your first £5, easyfundraising will match it! 

    Sign-up using our unique link and search for Support The Livity School - London:

     If you're looking to do a spot of DIY this Summer, remember to go through #easyfundraising when you get all your painting, decorating and gardening supplies. You can help raise EVEN MORE for Support The Livity School - London from Wickes, Furniture Village, John Lewis, Argos, Laura Ashley and many more !


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  • Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Workshops for parents and carers

    Published 14/01/19

    These two hour workshops offer support and information for parents and carers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The workshops will be run by Speech and Language Therapists and other professionals.

    • Come along and meet other parents
    • Find out strategies and ways to support your child
    • Have the opportunity to ask questions


    7th January 2019: Developing attention - this workshop wil I cover attention, impact on communication and strategies to develop attention skills

    4th February 2019: Supporting friendships- this workshop focuses on how to support verbal children and young people have conversations, play with peers and develop understanding of other people's point of view

    4th March 2019: Girls and ASD - this workshop will focus on how girls with ASD may present differently to boys and outline strategies

    3rd April 2019: Sleep and ASD - this workshop will help you understand sleep difficulties and how to develop your child's sleep pattern and will I be run by a Paediatrician

    2nd May 2019: Transition to secondary school - this workshop will provide ideas about how to support your child in their transition from primary to secondary school

    28th June 2019: Early communication skills- this workshop will provide ideas and support parents of children and young people who may be non-verbal or have a few words

    18th July 2019: ASD and Mental Health- this workshop will discuss ways for parents to support anxiety and low mood in children (under 12 years) with ASD

    Time: 10:00 -  12:30pm

    Where: Mary Sheridan Centre, 5 Dugard Place, SE11 4TH


    These sessions are drop in so there is no need to book a place. These sessions are for parents only as unfortunately we are unable to accommodate children.

    Please see : https:/ / ww w.evelinal our- services/ communit y/ communit y-speech-an d­ language-therapy/training.aspx to keep informed of new dates

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  • Understanding Autism: Post Diagnosis Workshops

    Published 14/01/19
    These two hour workshop are for parents who have received a diagnosis of Autism. The workshops will be run by clinicians as part of the Autism and Related Disorders Team. Come along and meet other parents Understand more about Autism and your
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  • School Photographer In School

    Published 10/01/19

    The School Photographer will be coming to school on Thursday 24th January 2019. Pupils can get their photo taken by the school photographer. Siblings can be grouped together and have their photo taken if parents/carers want this. Please make sure your child/ren is/are in school uniform .

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  • Christmas Show

    Published 14/12/18

    The classes will perform their Christmas pantomime show on 20th Dec 2018 at 1:45pm. Parents/carers and friends are invited to attend this event and enjoy the activities that the children have learned to perform.

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  • Early Closure Christmas 2018

    Published 12/12/18

    Dear Parents/Carers.

    Re: The Livity School Early Closure – Friday 21st December 2018.

    I am writing to inform you that the school will be closing at the earlier time of 1:45pm for the Christmas Break on Friday 21st December.

    Therefore pupils on London Hire and any other authorised transport should be arriving at your home between 2:15pm and 3:15pm. 

    If you collect your child from school please be here at 1:45pm.  

    Please ensure that you are at home to receive your child at this earlier time. If you have any issues about your child arriving earlier please contact one of the following:

    • Kelly Avis SEN Transport on 0207 926 9684          Lambeth
    • Travel Assistance Team on 0207 525 5121            Southwark
    • Passenger Transport on 0208 686 2215                Croydon
    • Passenger Transport on 0208 871 7977                Wandsworth
    • Brenda Mckenzie on 0208 769 1009                      The Livity School

    It only leaves me to wish you all a wonderful festive break and I look forward to seeing the children return in the New Year on Monday 7th January 2019.

    Yours sincerely

    Carol Argent


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  • Makaton Training

    Published 31/10/18

    Makaton Training

    Workshops at The Livity School with trainer Nigel Reid

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  • Harvest Festival

    Published 26/10/18

    Harvest Assembly

    The school celebrated the Harvest Assembly on Thursday 18th October 2018.

    Once again we are collecting donations for The Ace of Clubs a charity who support homeless and vulnerable people.


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