Meet the Head Teacher


Lauren Wright has worked in an SEMH setting for the whole of her professional career, experiencing the school environment in a variety of roles ranging from class teacher, Head of English, SENCo , Deputy Head Teacher, Head of School, and most recently Head Teacher at Crookhey Hall.  During her time with the Acorn group, Lauren has supported and driven outstanding OFSTED outcomes and has shared her skills in this area with other schools within the group. With an English degree background, a National SENCo Award and an MA in Education, Lauren strives to promote literacy across the school as the key to success in both the academic and vocational curriculum Crookhey Hall has to offer.

‘I believe that every child has the ability to achieve – despite their starting point and how much school they might have missed prior to placement at Crookhey Hall. We aim to ‘plug the gaps’ and give our children the confidence and skills needed to reach their potential through specialist teaching and individually tailored intervention programmes. Crookhey Hall is a ‘clean slate’ where young people can make a fresh start and leave any preconceptions about education at the front door. Crookhey Hall is unique and we celebrate that as a staff team and with the young people in school. Crookhey is a place for success and for positive experiences that in turn lead to positive adult outomes’.

Lauren is passionate about education and the need to provide the right balance between academic and vocational opportunities.

‘We are so lucky to have such wonderful facilities at the school with horticulture, animal care, hair and beauty, construction and mechanics on site within our beautiful nineteen acre grounds setting. I believe that Crookhey Hall offers everything, and that alongside the nurturing approach of staff, speech and language intervention, pastoral support and our extensive outdoor education programme,  we offer every opportunity for our young people to flourish and achieve. All our courses lead to accreditation and we pride ourselves on the fact that all our pupils will leave our school with qualifications relevant to their abilities and interests’.

Lauren retains close links with teacher training providers and mentors and supports newly qualified teachers to set them on the appropriate career path to promote their skills, training and interests.