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Cruckton Hall

Cruckton, Shrewsbury, SY5 8PR, Shropshire

01743 860206



Cruckton Hall
School type Boys' Residential
Founded 1981
Head Teacher Robert Arrowsmith
Boys Age Range 8-19
Number of pupils 80
Fees On application
Associations NASEN, Kisimul, MAES, NASS


All boys 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. The curriculum offered to each boy is highly personalised to take these into account. All boys follow a broad curriculum based on the National Curriculum, but then have bespoke activities or interventions built into their timetables. All are taught towards examinations appropriate to their abilities in Maths, English and Science. There are a range of academic options up to GCSE level encompassing humanities, technology and creative subjects. Specialist rooms support the learning in these areas. In addition, we can provide tutoring to A Level where a student is gifted and talented.

Alongside traditional academic subjects, we offer Outdoor Education, including Duke of Edinburgh, our own Forest School, Equine work and a whole range of activities such as Climbing and Cycling with qualified instructors. These support mental and physical well-being and provide opportunities for boys to interact with each other in different groupings and with different adults and the public.

Sessions with Speech and Language therapists, 1-1 interventions for core subjects and work with Assistant Educational Psychologists are built into the individualised timetables as needed.

Assessment and entry requirements

Entry is by interview and assessment. The multi-disciplinary team of professionals will carry out a baseline assessment on each student within the first six weeks of admission. Cruckton has a visiting consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist who visits the boys on a regular basis, as required. The multi-disciplinary team consists of a consultant educational psychologist, a speech and language therapist and an occupational therapist. They provide a variety of interventions and therapies to minimise the anxieties and maximise the development of our young people.

The wider environment

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.

Residential environment and activities

The structure that provides success for the boys in the classroom environment is replicated in the residential area and boys have a range of recreational activities provided, which reflect their needs and encourage their specialisms. Many boys choose an active leisure programme. This can be provided by activities such as skateboarding, swimming, football and cricket, and in the summer the Adventure Camp encourages team work amongst our student group through activities such as orienteering, mountain biking, rock climbing and raft building. For the more studious, a range of activities from Warhammer to chess club are provided. Links with local clubs and societies include the local stables, local army cadet force, Jiu Jitsu, Laser Quest, bowling alley, street dancing and swimming are well-established. The links between the IEP targets are shared across the 24-hour approach, both in the home and education setting, with a huge variety of enrichment activities and programmes. Forest school, Lego therapy, robotics, stable management, mountain biking and work experience are all part of the enrichment programme.

Behaviour management

It is accepted that many boys come to Cruckton Hall School exhibiting both difficult and challenging behaviour. The structural consistency of various approaches, combined with a consistent nurturing environment, has a track record of providing the boys with the ability to be accepted within social settings of their choice. The basis of the approach is to foster the following qualities: self-respect, respect for other students, respect for staff, courtesy, politeness, patience, tolerance and motivation to work. Boys will be encouraged and supported to meet as many of these expectations as is possible. Attendance at school is a non-negotiable requirement of a boy's placement at Cruckton Hall. School uniform is always worn.

Aims and philosophy

Cruckton Hall School aims to provide a warm, structured and caring learning environment in which each boy feels safe and secure, can succeed, is treated as an individual and is able to develop his skills and talents in order that he leaves school as an active participant in, and a positive contributor to, society.

"Cruckton Hall School's new curriculum has had a positive impact on improving and accelerating pupils' progress. Pupils develop the skills they need to learn effectively in lessons and to be prepared for the next stage of their education, training or employment."