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Cruckton Hall School, Shropshire

School Details
United Kingdom,

Tel: +44 1743 860206
Fax: +44 1743 860941

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Jo Burden

Registered Manager:
Jackie Topham

Accreditations and affiliations:
DFE, UK, NAS, NAS Autism Accreditation, NASEN, Forest Schools
Religious affiliation:
Christian, All denominations welcome
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
8 - 19
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

Visit school, This school is for pupils with autistic spectrum needs (or autistic spectrum PLUS other special education needs), Assessment, Trial day at school, Taster days, Statement of needs, Residential assessment, Referral by Local Authority or Social Services, Interview, This is a Special School

Scholarships & Bursaries:

None Listed

What we offer

  • Design technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Environmental studies
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • ICT
  • Media/Film studies
  • French
  • Badminton
  • Athletics
  • Gymnastics
  • Fitness training
  • Touch rugby
  • Table tennis
  • Swimming
  • Cross-country
  • Martial arts
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Horse riding and management
  • Young Enterprise
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Drama productions
  • Cycling
  • Chess
  • Cadets - CCF/ACF/ATC etc
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Brass
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Experience of gifted children
  • After school club
  • Autistic Spectrum of Difficulties
  • Aspergers Syndrome

This school operates 52 weeks in the year.
Cruckton Hall comprises a listed building set in sixteen acres of grounds that include woods, playing fields and play areas. It is situated within a friendly rural community, in beautiful countryside, four miles from the market town of Shrewsbury. The town offers excellent amenities for the school and is now linked to the motorway network of the Midlands which has greatly improved access. There are five residential units on the site, with one other and the post 16 unit in neighbouring Shrewsbury. The Secondary Education provision is alongside the Main House and the Primary Unit is at the eastern end of the property. The sports facilities and playing field are situated at the western edge.

Cruckton Hall School offers an integrated residential education and care package for up to 92 boys aged between 8 and 19 years diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (between 16-19 pupils go to Harlescott House which is a part of the Cruckton registration; a Supported Living unit is provided for 19-30 year olds). The students are generally in the higher performing range and present with associated behavioural problems in the sensory, social and emotional areas. The pupils either attend as day boys attached to a specified unit, or reside on a term time or on a 52 weeks per year basis. Occasional respite accommodation can be provided to 36 week per annum pupils at the request of their families and/or social worker. As far as is possible such placements will be in the bedroom in which the boy normally resides during term time but if an alternative room is offered this will be discussed pre-placement. The mix of boys is risk assessed as required. Structured individual programmes are devised to meet their specific needs and these needs are met in small groups with a high staff ratio.

Our primary aim is to provide a caring, structured and homely environment, specifically designed to meet the needs of the ASD pupil group in general. Each individual follows their own programme in an atmosphere of high expectations where they are valued for themselves. The overall objective is to create the ideal conditions for each young person to succeed to his potential and to prepare for a fulfilling independent adult life.

Bearing in mind the additional difficulties and pressures encountered by young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, we suitably modify and enhance the provision to ensure each person develops and flourishes during his school life. We aim to provide opportunities to promote communication, personal and social education and confidence to a level which will allow the acquisition of social and independent living skills. This in turn will provide a level of personal significance within society and maximise opportunities for each pupil to develop his full intellectual, aesthetic and physical potential.

• We provide a broad and balanced 24 hour curriculum that enables children to acquire the knowledge and skills to prepare them for adult life so that they can contribute socially and economically.

• We promote pupils’ care and respect for the environment in which they live and study as well as their own personal health and welfare.

• We nurture pupils’ tolerance of opinions, values and attitudes which are different from their own.

• We prepare pupils for adult life through awareness of opportunity, the ability to make considered choices and the development of independent thinking.

• We prepare pupils for citizenship by providing a local, national and international perspective on environment, economic and political matters.

• We develop effective liaison with parents, external agencies and the local community.
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