SITUATED in a beautiful rural location within 4 miles of Shrewsbury, Cruckton Hall School has, since 1978, become a leading resource in the UK for children and young people with Asperger's Syndrome, ADD and ADHD.

Cruckton Hall School provides a well-established and successful option for children with a range of difficulties within the Autistic Spectrum of Disorders. The school specialises in integrating young people with Asperger's syndrome or ASD and their associated vulnerabilities, mental health issues and/or behaviours that challenge. With the support of the school's parent company, Kisimul Group Limited, Cruckton Hall has continued to respond to a variety of presented needs and boasts high quality residential provisions registered as a children's home for young people who require up to 52-week placements. The school's registration includes day placements, 38-week termly placements or Monday to Friday and any other combinations of stay. Cruckton Hall can continue to provide support throughout school, in Further Education and into adult life to 25.

Cruckton Hall offers a wide range of educational options. The majority of pupils present for public examination for GCSE and/or Entry Level, and some may continue to further their education in our off-site accommodation in Shrewsbury whilst attending local college. Other young people may require a more vocational focus to their course of study, which can be provided by Cruckton Hall. The school is able to offer a variety of educational Pathways from Key Stage 3 to 5, which are grouped as the 'Independence Pathway' and 'Towards Independence Pathway'. The Independence Pathway is a more traditional, formal route through to nationally accredited qualifications, mostly at GCSE level and beyond. The Towards Independence Pathway is a semi-formal, nurture-based approach, with appropriate accredited courses from Entry Level up to and including GCSE. Cruckton Hall currently offers 15 subjects to GCSE and over 25 externally accredited qualifications.

Cruckton Hall offers support for young people who come to us with social and emotional problems derived from their autistic spectrum disorder, or from difficult experiences prior to placement. We are able to provide a range of support, including access to clinical psychology and psychiatric services, educational psychology and a range of therapeutic interventions.

One strength of Cruckton Hall School lies in its consistent record of success, in both academic and social spheres, the quality and experience of the staff team and the positive measurable outcomes for all the students.

Local Offer

The purpose of this document is to outline Cruckton Hall School curriculum information, to reflect the Provisions of the 2014 Children and Families Act, and the Code of Practice for SEN. From September 2014, each Local Authority has provided a Local Offer of services available within their local area, and should provide information about DfE-approved, non-maintained establishments which young people from the authority may be able to access. Cruckton Hall School is proactively contacting all placing Local Authorities to ensure that information about the School's provision is available to parents and professionals, and provide below an electronic link in order to access the information within this document:

Cruckton Hall Local Offer
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Class Groups

Each teacher has responsibility for a class group and maintains each pupil's IEP. These plans are reviewed at least twice per annum and are developed in conjunction with the residential care workers.

The youngest children have most subjects taught by their class teacher, who is primary school trained, but all pupils are taught according to individualised timetables. The teaching programme is supported by teaching assistants.

Class groups, which usually consist of six pupils or less, are organised according to year group and key stage. Each child is helped to learn at their own level and pace, through both class and individual teaching. Literacy, Numeracy and I.C.T. are promoted across the curriculum.

Drama forms an important part of the curriculum at Cruckton Hall. It is timetabled as part of the syllabus in English and PSHE, alongside academic, social and therapeutic programmes. Social Speech and Language programmes are also offered in order to meet EHCP outcomes.

A number of pods as well as the garden and woodland area can be used as a quiet area by pupils for individual study or to work through personal issues or difficulties in coping with anxiety or frustration.

The school runs a forest school with an accredited course in Bushcraft skills. We also offer equine studies.


Cruckton Hall provides a wide range of education, residential care and specialist services, individually tailored to meet the needs of boys aged 8-19. We offer a flexible approach, to enable each pupil to achieve their potential at their own pace. Excellent academic outcomes have been achieved over many years, especially with those at the higher-functioning end of the Autistic Spectrum. The school has been particularly successful with pupils who present with additional difficulties in areas such as vulnerability, social integration, mental health, communication difficulties and challenging behaviour.

Curriculum and Qualifications

Independence Pathway

All pupils follow the National Curriculum and take part in Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) at Key Stage 2. In Years 10 and 11 this is followed with up to fifteen GCSE subjects at Key Stage 4. English Language, Mathematics, Science and PSHE are taken by all pupils. In addition, the following further options are available: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography, Art and Design, Physical Education, Drama, Music, Design Technology and Food Technology. The success rate in external examination at Cruckton is excellent for pupils of all levels and ability, given the starting points at which they enter the school. We also run a social programme of Entry Level, Life Skills and AQA modules.

Forest School is run one day each week for groups of young people, providing an opportunity to work together to develop their emotional literacy and reduce anxieties with time away from school in the woodland. One project has involved the construction of a Saxon roundhouse.

In Years 10 & 11, the young people have a differentiated programme to meet and develop their social skills within the community at a practical and vocational level. This will reflect individual interests and may include the following areas: Independent Living Skills, Sport, Leisure & Recreation, Land Based Studies/Bushcraft, Performing & Creative Arts, Hospitality & Catering and Equine Studies.

Towards Independence Pathway

At Key Stage 2 there is a traditional primary offer and model of delivery, including SATs. Subjects are underpinned by development of communication, social and emotional skills through SCERTS, Zones of Regulation, social stories and sensory circuits.

At Key Stage 3 there is a focus on project based/thematic learning delivered by a core team of KS3 tutors as part of a 3 year 'roll on, roll off' curriculum. Tutor rooms offer a nurture group provision and a 'safe location', as an alternative to the traditional secondary model of delivery offered through the Independence Pathway. KS3 pupils build on the work of KS2 with an increasing level of independence. Groupings are based on academic ability and social groupings rather than strictly by year group. This allows for greater flexibility in placements and curriculum offer. Tutors deliver the Maths, English, Science and PSHE with additional curriculum areas being taught by specialist staff.

Life Skills

As boys progress through the school, greater emphasis is placed on the skills needed for independent living as adults. The variety of residential accommodation enables each boy's needs to be met, even as they develop over time. The Harlescott campus enables the oldest boys to enjoy a successful transition to employment, further education and independence.

24-Hour Curriculum

For those pupils who are resident at Cruckton, we provide a 24-hour educational programme. All pupils at the school have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP). These are supported by an individual education plan (IEP), a placement plan, an individual pupil care plan (IPCP) and from Year 9 a transition plan. The respective parts of these plans are discussed between the professionals at the school, the child and their parents/carers. A multi-disciplinary approach is adopted at Cruckton and each pupil is assessed by our own Educational Psychology team soon after admission. Continued assessments throughout school life measure progress and identify any areas where teaching needs are to be focused.

Cruckton has a Consultant Child Psychiatrist who visits school on a regular basis. If necessary, an appropriate referral can be made to another agency for therapy or counselling over and above that which can be provided at Cruckton. We also have sessions from visiting speech and language therapists and an occupational therapist who work closely with the teaching and care staff at Cruckton to develop a programme where required.

The structure which provides success for our pupils is not limited to the classroom environment, but encompasses the residential side of school life. Pupils are provided with a range of recreational activities, which reflect their needs and encourage their individual talents.

Many of our children choose an active leisure programme. This can be provided through activities such as skateboarding, swimming, football and cricket. In the summer programme, the adventure camp encourages team work amongst our student group, providing 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. A weekly trip to a local youth club resource in Shrewsbury, for example, is a highlight for some of our young people. Activities such as board & card games and model building can be used to practise numeracy skills, improving fine motor control and increasing hand/eye coordination, while an active sporting programme rapidly develops confidence and gross motor skills.

Therapeutic Support

The school offers consultant sessions from an Educational Psychologist, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Speech and Language Therapist. Comprehensive health plans are part of the holistic approach at Cruckton Hall.


Cruckton Hall School hopes that all residential education placements here are successful. However, when there are difficulties, the following should be noted. All referring authorities have their respective complaints procedure which can be followed as and when required.

In addition, Cruckton Hall values informal contact either with the Head Teacher or with the Registered Manager (depending on the area of concern), or will deal with concerns in a more formal manner, attempting to reach a positive and agreed outcome. If this is not possible, pupils and their families and referring authorities may wish to contact Kisimul Group Limited at their administration centre at The Old Vicarage, 61 High Street, Swinderby, Lincoln, LN6 0LU; or Ofsted at The National Business Unit, Royal Exchange Building, St Ann’s Square, Manchester, M2 7LA. The telephone number is 08456 404040.

Cruckton Hall School's Complaints Policy can be downloaded from the Policies section.

How To Find Us

The School is conveniently situated 4 miles from Shrewsbury.

From the North

Take the A53 or A49. Follow the A49 onto the A5 and continue round the South of Shrewsbury. Cross the A488. Turn left onto the B4386 (signposted Montgomery). About 1/4 mile past the Hare and Hounds Inn turn left. The school entrance is on the corner 200 metres along this road.

From the South

Take the A49 road to the outskirts of Shrewsbury. Turn left onto the A5. Follow this round the South of Shrewsbury. Cross the A488. Turn left onto the B4386 (signposted Montgomery). About 1/4 mile past the Hare and Hounds Inn turn left. The school entrance is on the corner 200 metres along this road.

From the East

Take the M54 which becomes the A5 follow this round to the South of Shrewsbury joining the ring road. Turn left onto the B4386 (signposted Montgomery). About 1/4 mile past the Hare and Hounds Inn turn left. The school entrance is on the corner 200 metres along this road.

From the West

Take either the A458 or the A5 to the outskirts of Shrewsbury. Turn right onto the A5. Follow this round the South of Shrewsbury. Turn right onto the B4386 (signposted Montgomery). About 1/4 mile past the Hare and Hounds Inn turn left. The school entrance is on the corner 200 metres along this road.

Directions to Harlescott House, Lodge and Studio

Travelling down the A5 from Telford, take the A53 heading towards Battlefield. At the roundabout take the A5112 Battlefield Road towards Shrewsbury. At the traffic lights turn right onto Harlescott Lane. Drive over the railway line and go straight on at the mini roundabout. You will pass the Harry Hotspur Pub on the left hand side. Travel a further 800 metres and look for a sign post for 'Nixons Farm Shop'. The entrance to Harlescott House is the second small entrance on the right with white gate posts.

Directions to Belvidere House

From either direction on the A5 from Telford leave following signs to Shrewsbury/Bridgnorth A458. Follow road into Shrewsbury to roundabout at Shirehall/Lord Hill Column. Take 4th exit signposted Crown and Magistrate Court. Follow this road for 150 metres turning left into Belvidere Avenue. At T junction turn left and proceed for 500 metres. Belvidere House is on the right hand side.

For more information, please visit the Cruckton Hall School website at www.cruckton.com