Our curriculum enrichment programme at Sir Thomas Abney ensures that all our children have a priority time during which they can develop their social and emotional health, physical skills and learning.

We combine the talents of others from outside of the school with the talents of staff within the school and work together to provide a wide range of opportunities for pupils to learn, develop and enjoy new skills and experiences.


Visitors who work in school include local artists, writers and musicians. Visiting theatre groups are regularly invited to entertain pupils in school. The local council provides opportunities for children to learn cycling proficiency during the school day and the London Chess Challenge provides coaching after school.

The Wider World

Our pupils are encouraged to explore and develop awareness of their wider community and the world around them. We often work in collaboration with other local schools on creative projects and competitive sporting events.

Children raise money for various charities and participate in activities and workshops during Anti-Bullying week, Black History month and other similar initiatives that help to develop social and emotional health.

Educational Visits

Learning Outside the Classroom is an important part of learning and development at STA therefore regular educational visits are arranged to complement the curriculum. We are fortunate to have access to some fantastic local facilities including the neighbouring East Reservoir, the Wildlife Trust Educational Centre and the Hackney Museum on our doorstep. Pupils also visit museums and attractions such as the Imperial War Museum, British Museum, London Zoo and many other places of interest. Being in the Olympic borough of Hackney we are also lucky and excited to have taken part in 2012 Olympic events.

Each year children in Years 4, 5 and 6 have the opportunity to go on a residential visit. This year’s group of pupils will spend an exciting, fun-packed five days at Condover Hall in Shropshire and a three day camping trip to Lambourne End in Essex.

The highest standards of behaviour are expected at all times, and when children are outside the school they are expected to behave appropriately as good ambassadors for our school community. We are always pleased to hear positive comments about our pupils’ good behaviour and spirit when they are learning outside the school.