Welcome to Crookhey Hall School

Crookhey Hall School exists to provide young people with an educational experience that will not only extend their academic and vocational social skills and abilities, but will also promote personal growth and help to build self-esteem. In this way it is hoped that each individual will aspire to achieve their full potential, eventually leaving school with the determination to make a positive contribution to society in the years to come.

The school itself occupies an enviable 15-acre setting in countryside to the south of Cockerham, near Lancaster and has the capacity to educate 74 boys and girls (10-17 years) as day pupils within nine class groups. The pupils all have statements identifying social, emotional and mental health difficulties and are drawn from towns and cities in the surrounding region, including Blackpool, Fleetwood, Preston, Leyland, Wigan, Blackburn and Lancaster.

Well-resourced specialist facilities, including a large horticulture area, hair and beauty salon, construction workshop and catering department, ensure pupils can focus their interest to a variety of attainable employment opportunities.

The pupils at Crookhey Hall School frequently arrive as disaffected youngsters lacking self-esteem, self-control, direction, goals, role models, expectations and motivation. It is our aim to re-engage pupils in the life and routines of school, habituate attendance and develop socially adjusted young people who can successfully integrate into society and lead productive, purposeful lives.


At Crookhey Hall School we aim for all our pupils to:

  • Achieve high academic standards
  • Acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to the changing world in which they live
  • Respect and value themselves, other people and the environment
  • Work independently and collaboratively
  • Take responsibility for their own actions and make informed choices
  • Make positive contributions as citizens of the wider world
  • Develop in mind, body and spirit

Admissions and Referrals

Admissions Process

Crookhey Hall School is an Independent school for pupils from ages 10 – 16 with special educational needs. All pupils admitted to Crookhey Hall School will have been initially referred by their Local Authority.

The School welcomes enquiries and visits from parents.

A significant aspect of the referral process is to ascertain that the school can address the Outcomes as described in Section E of the EHCP.  This may relate to all four areas of need:

  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health;
  • Communication and Interaction;
  • Cognition and Learning;
  • Sensory and/or Physical.

In doing so, this should be without negatively impacting upon the efficient education for others.

The school has a dedicated member of staff who is responsible for overseeing the referral process. It is through this staff member that visits are coordinated, information is gathered and arrangements for admission are undertaken.

An admission will only be undertaken when the approval for funding is granted by the appropriate person who holds this authority, within the funding LA.

The School applies the statutory reviewing process (for EHCPs, as set out within the SEND code of practice) and will use this to inform the funding authority of any changes to provision. These changes can relate to the provision provided by Crookhey Hall school and/or identify the type of provision that would better meet need.

Sam Lea is responsible for ensuring that the school only admits pupils who’s Special Educational Needs can be met. To summarise, in all cases, pupils will only be considered for admission if:

  • They have a current EHCP;
  • Funding has been formally agreed with the respective Local Authority and an Individual Placement Agreement has been completed and signed by relevant parties;
  • The special needs of the pupil, can be met by the school;
  • The provision, described in Section F of the EHCP, is such as can be met by the school;
  • All up to date information concerning the pupil, including the most recent reviews, reports and the EHCP will be provided by the funding authority;
  • There is a place available in the appropriate class / year group;
  • It is compatible with the provision of efficient education for others;
  • The child / young person’s attendance does not jeopardise the safety of others.