Crookhey Hall strives to provide an inclusive curriculum in a nurturing and structured learning environment.
We want all our pupils whatever their background, culture or need to feel safe, secure and valued to enable them to develop academically, socially, emotionally and morally and fulfil their potential. Different strategies will be used at different times as needs arise, we provide a safe, caring and tolerant place that allows pupils to want to re-engage with their learning.
We are committed to delivering a personalised curriculum driven by accurate assessments of pupil needs and preferences alongside their strengths and areas for development. Pupils are provided with appropriate and challenging pathways helping them to realise their highest abilities.
We have the highest of expectations for our pupils and offer an environment where staff deliver an exciting, creative and innovative curriculum with a wide variety of on-site vocational opportunities. The curriculum encourages the application and use of emerging technologies and seeks to provide confidence, achievement and good behaviour. It is further enhanced by high quality visits and visitors.
The curriculum is complemented by an intensive focus on teaching and teaching and learning programmes, which seek to accelerate basic skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT.
Our key principle behind the design of our curriculum are for our young people:
- To raise the levels of attainment, enabling them to achieve their personal best
- Develop confident and enquiring learners who are able to make informed choices
- Make teaching and learning an enjoyable experience
- Build on natural curiosity and enthusiasm for learning
- Develop their communication skills
- Promote self-esteem and self-confidence
- Access additional therapeutic support based on individual needs
- Be kind; showing empathy and compassion whilst valuing diversity
- Have aspirations for the future and know that these can be reached through hard work and determination
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 P.S.H.E.
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 accreditation’s 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).
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 but not exclusive to : 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, snowboarding, skiing and bmxing.
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.