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Cruckton Hall

Cruckton, Shrewsbury, SY5 8PR, Shropshire

01743 860206



Cruckton Hall
School type Co-educational Independent Special School and Children's Home
Founded 1981
Head Teacher Robert Arrowsmith
Co-ed Age Range 8-19
Number of pupils 80
Fees On application
Associations NASEN, Kisimul, MAES, NASS

Cruckton Hall School's mission is to continually strive for excellence in the care and education of its children and young people. The school provides a homely and safe environment for children and young people who have learning difficulties and/or autism and display behaviours that challenge.

The hall is a listed building surrounded by ten acres of gardens that include woods, playing fields and play areas. The site is located within a friendly rural community, in beautiful countryside, four miles from the market town of Shropshire. The Welsh marches provide a stunning backdrop and a rich source of options for our regular trips and adventures. The town of Shrewsbury offers excellent amenities for the school and is now linked to the motorway network of the West Midlands, greatly improving access.

The school offers day and residential education, alongside care and leisure programmes, for up to 52 weeks of the year. The school is registered with the Department for Education and Ofsted for pupils aged 8 to 19 years.

Residential and therapy staff work closely together to enable all children and young people to progress in their personal development and learning. The 24-hour approach incorporates a wide range of activities to enrich the learning experiences of all pupils, helping them to learn to communicate and cooperate more effectively with others. In turn, this enables them to grow in confidence, self- esteem and independence.

The highly structured school curriculum aims to address the very specific needs of our children and young people by providing every opportunity for them to enjoy their education and develop their skills, knowledge and understanding.

The curriculum incorporates aspects of the National Curriculum and an accreditation based learning model for older pupils. An integrated therapeutic approach including; psychology, speech and language, music therapy and occupational therapy is available through the school.

Classes are small and matched to learning profiles, alongside the dynamics of peers. A high staffing ratio reflects the complex needs of learners.

All pupils at the school have an Individual Pupil Care Plan that sets out their educational and therapeutic needs in addition to care, behavioural or medical information.

A key priority for the school is to develop our children and young people's communication skills. Where appropriate, we teach the alternative and augmentative systems of Makaton signing and the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), alongside vocalisations and speech.

The structure that provides success for the children and young people in the classroom environment is replicated in the residential area. The children and young people have a range of recreational activities provided for them, which reflect their needs and encourage their interests. The links between pupils’ individual targets are shared across the 24- hour approach, both in the home and school.

It is accepted that many young people come to Cruckton Hall School exhibiting challenging behaviour. The structural consistency of various approaches, combined with a consistent nurturing environment, has a proven track record of reducing both the intensity and frequency of these behaviours over time.

Cruckton Hall School works closely with the parents, carers and professionals from its placing authorities to ensure the highest possible standards of care and education. Kisimul School is committed to the view that all people are entitled to equality of opportunity regardless of ability, disability, sex, age, status, religion, belief, nationality, ethnic origins or sexual orientation.

Entry to the school is by assessment. The multi-disciplinary team of professionals will carry out a baseline assessment on each pupil within the first twelve weeks of admission.

For further information, including exciting job opportunities within Cruckton Hall School, please visit our website at www.cruckton.com or contact us at the address above.