Education

The school attaches great importance on providing a varied and stimulating experience. Class groups are small with a high staffing ratio. This allows us to provide programmes of study which are personalised to meet individual needs.

The school attaches great importance on providing a varied and stimulating experience. Class groups are small with a high staffing ratio. This allows us to provide programmes of study which are personalised to meet individual needs.

Assessment of pupils’ needs forms an integral part of the induction and monitoring process and staff work closely with each young person to provide an appropriate, challenging and positive educational experience. At Key Stage 3, the school provides a balanced curriculum which includes English, Maths, Science, ICT, Design Technology, Horticulture, PE, Outdoor Education, Art and PSHE.

A prime focus is on the development of literacy and numeracy. In Key Stage 4, the focus is on accredited pathways. The opportunity to take GCSE examinations sits alongside our excellent vocational curriculum, functional skills and Entry Level Certification. Vocational accreditation is available in Horticulture, Hair and Beauty, Catering, Construction and Mechanics and pupils can follow a programme of study in Small Animal Care. We also offer accredited college courses in Welding and Vehicle Maintenance.  Unit Award accreditations have been introduced with a focus on individual learning targets assessed though a portfolio of evidence of project based activities. These qualifications are available across both key stages and offer a sound introduction to accredited study . All accreditation is recognised through the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF).

Examination Results 2016 2017

Beyond The Classroom

The curriculum is complemented by a variety of trips and activities that take place out of school to encourage and build on the learning that takes place in the classroom. In order for our pupils to experience successful adult lives, it is important that they are exposed to a variety of social situations to promote confidence and adaptability – Crookhey Hall strives to ensure that all pupils are provided with a range of activities to support this.

The school follows the National Curriculum with a particular emphasis on literacy and numeracy and strives to engage even the most reluctant learners with a stimulating and broad provison. Pathways can be tailored to individual interest and ability, with a clear emphasis on potential career opportunities and college programmes at post-16 level.

Where appropriate, educational programmes are firmly rooted in the practical. We provide vocational courses utilising external providers for both basic and advanced courses in Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair and our own well developed vocational facilities to City and Guilds Diploma level. .  To complement vocational pathways, Crookhey Hall School has a well-developed commitment to work-related learning for those young people who wish to sample a taste of the working world.

Work placements are carefully vetted and risk-assessed and pupils undergo pre-placement visits to ensure a smooth transition and a successful experience.

 

 

Trips and Activities

As part of their social and emotional development, pupils have the opportunity each Friday afternoon to participate in a range of extra-curricular activities including: golf, swimming, football, boxing, art, computing, fishing, construction, horticulture, small animal care, gym and cookery.

Other activities may include:

  • Theatre visits
  • Field trips and visits
  • Themed activity days
  • External speakers and visiting practitioners

Outdoor Education

The Outdoor Education provision has expanded to include snowboarding, skiing and bmxing.

Snowboarding and skiing are held at Manchester’s Chill Factore where the pupils attend a 6 week course. All pupils managed to progress from the nursery slopes onto the main slope, which is the largest indoor slope in the country. Many of the pupils enjoyed it so much that they would love to pursue further lessons in their own time.

Just recently pupils have been fortunate enough to have a go at Bmxing at Preston Pirates BMX track. Pupils received quality professional coaching from a senior national coach which developed all pupils’ skill levels and confidence to ride faster and safer.