"This school is truly amazing, the staff are so supportive and actually care about the students. My son is calm and happy, and most importantly he feels safe at Cressey, whereas in his previous schools he did not. Thank you!"
Parent Survey, July 2020
"I’m so glad that he has started to engage and he’s happy. Genuinely, he seems so much more up beat and positive. So despite my concern at him being negative with changes, it was obviously what was needed."
Parent, October 2018
The school has a comprehensive range of policies relating to all aspects of school life. Our very high staff-student ratio and our nurture-based approach enables better progress.
Policies in bold text can be viewed by clicking on the link.
All other policies are available on request.
Children's Safeguarding Policy
Our policy and related guidelines are updated regularly and form part of the induction programme for all new staff. All staff attend our in-house children’s safeguarding training.
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Cressey College’s senior Children’s Safeguarding Lead is Adrienne Cherrywood; and Amy Creatura and Kitty Clark are the Deputy Safeguarding Leads.
Cressey College has a full Complaints Policy and procedures for students, parents, staff, professionals and all others involved. This is available on request, as is the number of complaints in any given year.
If there is a concern in the school this would in the first instance be raised with the Head Teacher who will endeavour to resolve the issue. A copy of the complaints procedure is displayed on the student notice board in the school, and all complaints are recorded.
Sex Education is taught as part of Relationships and Sex education to secondary students. All primary students are taught Relationship Education. A programme of Sex education will be taught to primary students as part of PSHE. Parents/carers may request that their child be withdrawn from sex education.
Health Education will be taught as part of the PSHE curriculum to primary students, and as part of Relationships and Sex education to secondary students.
RE is taught throughout the year, as part of our Humanities programme. Parents / Carers may request that their child be withdrawn from RE.
Academic Achievement & Examinations
The school has procedures for Internal Appeals and Enquiries about the results of external examinations. These are made available to parents and candidates in advance of the exams, or on request. Student levels of achievement are available on request.
Additional Specialist Staff
The school has regular input from a range of Therapists including our Art Therapists, our Speech and Language Therapists, our Occupational Therapist and our Music Therapist. In addition, individual sessions can be arranged to meet the needs of each individual pupil; e.g. dance sessions, tennis tutoring, singing lessons, horse riding.
Staff also receive expert support and training from Real Psychology, and from Resolve (Restorative Approaches).
"Cressey's the only school that has understood my child’s complex needs. They’ve never given up, and I can't praise the school highly enough. I feel so lucky he's at Cressey, when over 50 other schools refused."
Parent Survey, July 2020