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The town is on the main London-to-Brighton railway line and is served by Purley and Purley Oaks stations on that line, and Reedham station on the Tattenham Corner Line.

The name, first recorded as "Pirlee" in 1200, means 'Peartree wood or clearing'.[citation needed]

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The Webb Estate made headlines in a 2002 survey, which found that it had over the years attracted the highest-earning residents in the UK. In the same year Purley topped Britain's rich list becoming the most affluent suburb and consistently features among the most affluent suburbs in Britain owing to its exclusive gated estates, large houses and greenery yet only less than 30 minutes from central London thus attracting wealthy city workers.[2]

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The 32nd Surrey Battalion of the Home Guard was known as the Factory Battalion, and had the specific task of guarding the Purley Way factories: its units were mainly based on staff from the individual firms. The factories adjoining Croydon Airport took the worst of the air raid of 15 August 1940: the British NSF factory was almost entirely destroyed, and the Bourjois factory gutted, with a total of over sixty civilian deaths.[1]

Purley Cross gyratory connects routes leading south-east to East Grinstead and Eastbourne (the A22), west to Epsom and Kingston (the A2022), south to Redhill and Brighton (the A23), and north to Croydon and Central London (the A23 and A235). The A23 north from Purley forms the Purley Way, which leads to Croydon's trading and industrial hinterland and also to the former Croydon Airport, the predecessor of the present London Heathrow Airport and London Gatwick Airport.

Purley Chase Centre is a retreat and conference centre. Our primary aim is to foster a spiritual foundation for people in their lives. Our Aims, Meet the Staff, Background, Inspiration ..

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The Purley school team has high expectations and standards and a keen sense of being part of a happy, successful school. The supportive ethos within the school enables pupils of all abilities to thrive as they grow and develop.

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The island opposite Purley Baptist Church has been refurbished and the Church, under the banner of 58:12[3] (a company and charity set up by the Church) are planning to redevelop it. Other partners in the development of a strategy for the regeneration of central Purley include the Purley & Woodcote Residents' Association and Purley Rotary who actively participate in the Neighbourhood Partnership forums hosted by Croydon Council.

Purley is a town in South London within the London Borough of Croydon. It is located south of Croydon, and is situated 11.7 miles (18.8 km) south of Charing Cross. It has a population of about 14,000 (2011).

Purley grew rapidly in the 1920s and 1930s, providing spacious homes in a green environment. Northeast Purley stretches into the chalk hill spurs of the North Downs.

The urban district council was based in a colonial-style building opened in 1930. The building, on the A23 Brighton Road near Reedham Station, became the property of the London Borough of Croydon and was sold to developers. It was left derelict for many years but was converted into flats in 2012.[citation needed]

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Purley Language College is a family-run school and is open all year round to adults, teenagers and children. Who are we?

White British is the largest ethnic group at 61%, as of the 2011 census.[4]

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"We are helpful and kind at Purley School. I have lots of friends"

We are very proud of our school and would invite prospective parents/carers to visit us in person so that you can see for yourself how happy and confident the children are at our school. We want them to enjoy learning, have fun, make friends, gain new interests and develop caring attitudes and enquiring minds in a safe environment.

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Kenley Aerodrome, to the east of the town, is currently official property of the Ministry of Defence. It was one of the most important fighter stations – together with Croydon Airport and Biggin Hill – during World War II.[citation needed]

Under the Local Government Act 1894, Purley became part of the Croydon Rural District of Surrey. In 1915 Purley and the neighbouring town of Coulsdon formed the Coulsdon and Purley Urban District which in 1965, under the London Government Act 1963, was abolished and its area transferred to Greater London and used to form part of the London Borough of Croydon.

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Starting a new school is an exciting and important step. We want this to be positive for you and your child. Your interest and involvement in your child's progress and in the life of the school is positively encouraged. Between us, we can ensure that your child’s time here is enjoyable and that they receive the best possible all-round preparation for the future.

Purley Language College is a UK Border Agency 'Highly-Trusted Sponsor'. We provide the documentation for genuine students who need visas to study in the UK. Our licence number is G7HBNH5T9.

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The whole Purley school family work well together to ensure we are a happy and vibrant school with a caring and supportive atmosphere. There is genuine collaboration between parents, children, the school and the wider community.

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