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 component and staff work closely with them 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, 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 and Construction and pupils can follow programmes of study in Catering and Small Animal Care. We also offer accredited college courses in Welding and Vehicle Maintenance. ASDAN qualifications have been introduced with a focus on individual learning targets assessed though a portfolio of evidence of project based activities. All accreditation is recognised through the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF).
Beyond the Classroom
The curriculum is complemented by a variety of trips and activities out of school to encourage and build on learning in the classroom and develop social skills.
While striving to provide National Curriculum entitlement to all the children in our care, the nature and extent of individual difficulties may preclude access to certain areas of the curriculum at specific times. Subjects may simply be inappropriate in respect of ability and future aspirations, and some pupils may need a bespoke timetable of lessons to meet their needs, built on interests and abilities.
Where possible, 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 complement the vocational education, Crookhey Hall School has a well-developed commitment to work-related learning for those young people who have the maturity and desire to succeed.
Work placements are carefully vetted and risk-assessed and pupils undergo pre-placement visits to ensure a smooth transition and successful work experience.
Trips and Activities
The curriculum is complimented by a variety of trips and activities out of school to encourage and build on learning in the classroom and develop social skills. Pupils have the opportunity on Friday to participate in a range of extra-curricular activities including golf, swimming, football, rugby, film club, art, music, computing, fishing, construction, horticulture, small animal care, gym and cooking.
Other activities may include:
- Theatre visits
- Field trips and visits
- Themed activity days
- External speakers and visiting practitioners
The Outdoor Education provision has expanded to include snowboarding, skiing and bmxing.
Snowboarding and skiing were held at Manchester’s Chill Factore where the pupils attended 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 futher 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.