Admissions Criteria

"He's so different to when he started at Cressey. Before he was angry and aggressive. Now he's kind and considerate. What you have done is amazing."

Parent, Oct 2018

"“The curriculum is planned well to meet the needs, interests and attitudes of students. There are a host of visits and visitors to bring learning to life.”

Ofsted, March 2018

Admissions Criteria

Cressey College succeeds where other schools have been unable to, with the very same students. We will consider admission for young people:

  • with social, emotional, attachment and mental health difficulties,
  • who have additional complex needs including Anxiety, ADHD, ASD / Aspergers / PDA, Global Delay, PDD, ODD, OCD, Conduct Disorder, Dyscalculia, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Tourettes, Tics, FASD, Epliepsy, Insomnia, and others
  • who have low self-esteem and need nurturing
  • with learning or processing difficulties
  • who display particularly challenging behaviour
  • who have attention and concentration difficulties
  • who have speech, language and communication difficulties
  • who have sensory difficulties and / or motor development difficulties
  • who have mental health difficulties such as depression, low mood, self-harming or eating difficulties
  • who have literacy and numeracy difficulties
  • who display inappropriate sexualised behaviour
  • who have been known to abuse drugs / solvents
  • who have been excluded from mainstream education
  • who are known to the Police
  • who need 1:1 or 2:1 staff support

All our current students have EHCPs or Statements, and the very large majority have additional complex needs. To give a feel for the most common of these additional complex needs (in addition to social, emotional, attachment and behavioural difficulties), in September 2018 the 139 students at Cressey at that time had the were listed with the following needs. (These statistics are according to students' Papers, on arrival at Cressey.)

  • 77% had low self-esteem at their previous school
  • 57% had anxiety or severe anxiety
  • 47% had ASD  / ASD traits or Aspergers
  • 47% had ADHD / ADHD traits 
  • 47% had some form of sensory difficulties
  • 43% had some degree of speech and language difficulties
  • 38% had some degree of fine or gross motor difficulties
  • 32% had some degree of learning difficulties
  • 22% had depression / low mood / eating disorder / self-harming
  • 21% had obsessive behavioural difficulties

To give a feel for the scale of therapy support we provide for our students, as at October 2018:

  • there were 67 students scheduled to have either intense or targeted Speech and Language therapy / programmes during the Autumn Term 2018,
  • there were 56 students scheduled for Occupational Therapy or OT activities
  • and there were 18 students scheduled for either Art therapy or Music therapy.

* Deficits in Attention, Motor Control and Perception

Admissions Enquiries

For any Admissions enquiry please contact John Herring on 07474 145 445 or email


"She is so much happier since being at Cressey. She really likes all the teachers, and the atmosphere in the house has changed to be so much better."

Parent, April 2016