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"(She) wouldn't have become the young strong lady she is today without Cressey's help and support. Your staff helped me save my daughter. I'll be eternally grateful."

Parent, July 2020

"The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. Pupils trust and respect adults who work with them ... and usually settle quickly to their work. This demonstrates a seismic leap forward in pupils’ attitudes to learning."  

Ofsted Report, March 2018


Welcome back!

Staff welcome students back after the Summer break and look forward to the year ahead.  

Term Dates for Academic Year 2021/22

The Autumn Term starts at 0850 on Tuesday 07 Sep 2021. The full diary for the 2021/22 Academic Year is at this link

Inset Day - Fri 25 June 2021

Just a reminder to Parents & Carers that there is an Inset Day on Friday 25 June 2021. So all school sites will be closed on this day. 

Welcome to Krishna!

We are delighted to welcome our new Executive Principal, Krishna Purbhoo; and we very much look forward to continuing Cressey's great work under his leadership.

Farewell to Adrienne!

After 11 amazing years as Cressey's Headteacher, Adrienne Cherrywood retired from Cressey on 31 March 2021. She will be much missed by us all, and she departs with the love and gratitude of so many students, families and staff. We wish her the very best in her retirement!! 

Target Setting Day, Mon 19 April 2021

Parents / Carers please remember that you and your student are invited to meet with his / her staff team on Monday 19 April, to discuss and agree the targets for the coming Term. We look forward to seeing you at the agreed time. If in any doubt about your time, then please do email your student's Senior Teacher in advance.

08 Jan 21 Update - Site Closures

Due to some positive Covid tests this week, our Birdhurst and Moorings sites will be closed next week, due to the necessity for students and staff to self-isolate. The same applies to our Deanfield student and staff group, at Coombe Cliff. Re-opening arrangements will be confirmed next week. All Parents / Carers have already been informed. Any questions to the School Office please, on 0208 655 2798 (then Option 1).

Jan 2021 - Arrangements for the start of Term

To comply with Government direction, we will be conducting Covid tests during the first week of Term, for all students who would like a test; and staff will also be tested. We've already written to All Parents / Carers to inform them of the revised arrangements for the start of the Term; and any questions should be addressed directly to your student's Senior Teacher. The School Office will also be contactable as normal, on 0208 655 2798 (then Option 1).

 Site closures Sanderstead site temporary closure

In accordance with Government direction our Sanderstead site will be closed from 16 - 27 Nov 2020, due to the need for students and staff to self-isolate, following a student having tested positive for Covid-19. Unless there are further developments, we expect the site to re-open fully on 30 Nov 2020. In the meantime, students will receive virtual lessons at home.

Adrienne Cherrywood OBE

We are delighted to share the wonderful news that Adrienne Cherrywood, Cressey's Headteacher, has been awarded the OBE for her services to Children with Special Educational Needs. Adrienne said: "This is fabulous recognition of Cressey's staff teams' incredible commitment, and of their success in transforming the prospects of their students. I'm so proud of them, and am honoured to accept this award on their behalf."

Denmark Hall re-opens

Following the required period of self-isolation by the staff and students of the Denmark Hall site, the site has now re-opened as planned on 08 October, and normal schooling is resumed. We're pleased to say that there have been no further positive tests!   

Temporary closure of Denmark Hall site

As Denmark Hall parents and students are already aware, we have had to close this site due to one member of staff testing positive for Covid-19, so all staff and students concerned are now self-isolating. Assuming no more cases are found, then the site will re-open on 08 October 2020. 

Autumn Half Term dates

The Half-Term dates are 26-30 Oct 2020; and please note there are Inset Days on Mon 02 Nov 2020 and Fri 04 Dec 2020. 

Dates for Autumn Term 2020

The Autumn Term 2020 will start as normal, in accordance with Government dfirection; the first day of Term being Tuesday 08 Sep. We look forward to welcoming all students back then!

George Floyd Poetry competition

Warmest congratulations to Kiera who won the George Floyd Poetry competition; and to Tony and Katie who came 2nd and 3rd respectively! To read their excellent work, please click here.  

Achievers Day 2020

Parents / Carers should already be aware that Achievers Day will be held virtually this year, by site rather than with the whole school together. Any querstiuons should be addressed to your student's senior Teacher, please. 

Cressey becomes part of Horizon Group

We are delighted to announce that Cressey College has become part of Horizon Group, which shares our goal of transforming the prospects of students and supporting them to achieve their full potential. 

This is an exciting opportunity for the combined Group.  The services provided by Cressey College and Horizon are complementary. Our schools operate in different regions of the UK and this is a fantastic opportunity to meet the needs of more young people and improve outcomes for pupils.

Being part of Horizon provides us with an exciting opportunity to further improve and extend our services.  This supports us to continue to succeed with students with the most complex needs, where other schools have been unable.  In the future, we will be in a position to provide more school places where they are needed most. 

Adrienne Cherrywood will remain as our Head Teacher, and she will continue to oversee the day to day running of the school, with her senior leadership team. The school will continue to operate as normal.  

In a joint statement, Horizon Chief Executive Paul Callander and Cressey College Head Teacher, Adrienne Cherrywood, said: “We are delighted to announce that Cressey College has become part of the Horizon Group. The services provided by Cressey College and Horizon are complementary; offering the Group the opportunity to extend the range of our education services and pathway services currently provided, which supports young people aged from 5 to 25 years. The partnership will enable Cressey to continue to invest in the school and their staff team to support the quality of education offered.”

Further information about Horizon Care and Education Group can be found at:

Half Term and Inset Day in the Autumn Term 2019

Just a reminder to Parents & Carers that the Autumn Half Term dates are 21-25 October 2019; and there is an Inset Day on 28 October 2019, which is the  following Monday. All school sites will be closed on this day. 

Inset Days in the Spring Term

Just a reminder to Parents & Carers that there are two Inset Days in the Spring Term, on 25 February and 15 March 2019. So all school sites will be closed on these days. 

Christmas Card Competition

Very well done to all 46 students who entered the Christmas Card Competition this year! The cards were brilliant, and warmest congratulations to the winners, whose designs have been made into proper Cards, which we have provided to their Parents / Carers. From the Primary entries, 1st Prize went to Myles, and 2nd to Lenny. From the Secondary entries, 1st Prize went to Aaliyah, 2nd to Arnie. From the Off-Site entries, 1st Prize went to Molly, and 2nd to Liam. To see their excellent designs, please click here!

Data Protection Policy (GDPR)

As Students, Parents / Carers and Staff may be aware, the UK's data protection laws are being improved. The new policy is called the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Cressey College has always been committed to protecting your personal data, and we will continue to take this responsibility very seriously. Our updated Data Protection Policy incorporates the changes, and is available for you to view on the Policies page of this website. 

New Chappells site in Wimbledon

As of Sep 2018 the old FACE Youth school site has now formally changed to be Cressey’s Chappells site, and the students are are now on Roll at Cressey, not FACE Youth.

Birdhurst field-day competition!

Last week Birdhurst had an inter-class competition. Activities included dodge-ball, code breaks, catapults, water sports, an obstacles course, team-building games and tug of war. Tensions ran high and it was extremely close all day ... but big congratulations to EAGLE CLASS for taking the win in the final round! We were so impressed with the behaviour, sportsmanship and positive attitudes of all students, and proud to see them support and encourage each other all day.

Ofsted Report, March 2018

We had an Ofsted inspection in March, and the School was graded as GOOD overall, with OUTSTANDING for students’ personal development, behaviour and welfare, and OUTSTANDING for the effectiveness of leadership and management. We are really pleased with this official recognition of the great progress our fabulous students make, and of the huge efforts of our excellent staff. As always, our aim is to continue to provide excellent education for all our students!  Click here to see the full report.

Target Setting Day, 16 April 2018

Parents / Carers please remember that you and your student are invited to meet with his / her staff team on Monday 16 April, to discuss and agree the targets for the coming Term. We look forward to seeing you at the agreed time. If in any doubt then please do email your student's Senior Teacher in advance.

Wishing our GCSE and Functional Skills students the very best of luck!

On behalf of all Cressey students and staff, GOOD LUCK to all those students who are taking GCSEs and Functional Skills exams in the Summer Term. This year we have a new record for the number of GCSEs that are being taken, which is itself an impressive achievement, which reflects a great deal of hard work by those involved. 

The Great Shernall Bake-Off!

At the end of the Easter Term we held our very own Bake-Off at Coombe Cliff - which was suggested and run by the students themselves. This was an excellent event - and special congratulations are due to the Winner (Malachi) and to the Runner up (Aaliyah). 

Jonathan earns Judo Orange Belt

Well done to Jonathan, who has just earned his Orange Belt in Judo! Well done and keep up the good work - we look forward to learning the colour of the next Belt!

Adeline students in Paris!

On Monday 19th March, 3 students (and staff) from Adeline boarded the 8:31 eurostar train to travel to the Gare du Nord, Paris, for a 3 day art, history and cultural experience. They travelled around Paris by foot, metro, bus and boat whilst visiting many sites including the Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Pompidou Centre, the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde. The students thoroughly enjoyed the trip and gained valuable life skills that will stay with them forever ... not to mention the memories! Bon voyages!

Level 5 Horseriding

Congratulations to Mikayla who is now undergoing a Level 5 Horseriding course, which includes learning to jump over obstacles. This is fabulous progress - keep up the good work! 

Friday 02 March - All Cressey sites closed, due to snow

All Cressey sites will be closed again tomorrow, due to the forecast of continuous snow throughout the day. Some Local Authorities have in any case already cancelled students' transport; and those that have not are now being informed. All Parents / Carers are also being informed. Please note that all Cressey sites WILL be open on Monday 05 March.

Inset Days on 20-21 February - when Coombe Cliff will be closed

All Parents / Carers of students at Coombe Cliff should already be well aware that 20 and 21 February have been designated as extra Inset Days for the Shernall staff team, so there will be no school at Coombe Cliff on those days. These days are to enable us to deliver the outstanding nurturing and education that we aspire to, so we can continue to deliver the desired outcomes for each and every child. Though we're very confident the that you are all aware of this already, this message is a polite reminder! (Please note this does NOT affect students at any other of our sites, for whom 20 and 21 Feb will be normal school days.)

School Council Meeting

Yesterday was an important day, because we had our first School Council meeting, at which a wide range of topical issues were discussed, with some lively debate! The meeting was attended by a selection of Staff, and student representatives included (or will include) Kenzie, Keanu, Salvador, Lily, Louie, Damien, Myles, Shiloh and Joshua. The Council will meet twice per Term, and will ensure that our students views are properly represented. 

Molly's marvellous Cakes!

A BIG thank you to Molly, who baked so many fantastic cakes for the recent Careers Day, which was very well attended! The left-over cakes were donated to a local Autistic Charity - so they went to a very good cause!

World of Work Day - for Secondary students

Following the great success of the World at Work Day at Coombe Cliff, we will soon be holding a series of events for our Secondary students too, to follow on from the recent Careers event. This will allow them to hear about a whole range of jobs and careers, and to speak with those they are interested in.

Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme - at Cressey!

We're delighted to announce that we're launching the DofE scheme at Cressey in 2018, which allows students to learn new skills, push personal boundaries, and have a lot of fun. It's potentially an extremely rewarding experience! It will be open to Year 9 students and above. Students will start on the Bronze programme; and there will be the chance to progress on to the Silver and even Gold programmes in future years. For more information, click here

Coffee Mornings for Parents / Carers

A reminder to Parents / Carers that there are Coffee Mornings coming up at Adeline (12 Jan), Moorings (26 Jan), Birdhurst (09 Feb), Coombe Cliff (26 Jan) and Denmark Hall (date tbc). All are welcome, please do come to meet the staff and other parents. 

Workshop on the "Festival of Holi Colours", 01 March 2018

On 01 March we are holding a workshop on the "Festival of Holi Colours", which is a Hindu celebration of the arrival of Spring, and of love and the triumph of good over evil. Parents / Carers please do support our work to help your children to understand and appreciate other cultures!

World of Work Day, 26 Jan 2018

On 26 January there will be a number of adults coming to talk to our Primary students at Coombe Cliff, about all the different jobs they do. This is to broaden their awareness of the very wide range of work options. Speakers so far include a Musician, a Sports Coach, a Builder (tbc), a Graphic Designer, a Footballer, a Headteacher and a Solicitor.

Winners of the Creative Writing Competion

We had some excellent entries this year, which has made it difficult to select the winners! Wamest congratulations to Ben (Shernall) who was the Primary Winner; to Jimmy (Shernall) who was Primary Runner up; to Drew (Birdhurst) who was KS3 Winner: to Keyshia FACE Youth) who was KS4 Winner: and to Charlie (FACE Youth) who was KS4 Runner Up. Also a big Well Done for Special Mentions for Blue and Jamie (both Birdhurst) and to Mikayla (Adeline), for their great work. 

Anti Bullying Policy - Parents / Carers please tell us your Views?

Our Anti-Bullying policy has now been updated, including input from students. We would also warmly welcome the views of Parents and Carers - so please do have a look, and tell us what you think? To see the Policy please click here, and send your comments to Brian Usher, at , please!

SEN Careers Event, 28 February 2018

This year we will taking Cressey students to a specialist SEN Careers event, on 28 February 2018. This is an event for students in or above Year 9, and the event is in addition to our own Careers Day on 19 January.

Birdhurst Coffee Morning for Parents / Carers - Fri 09 Feb 2018

All Parents / Carers of Birdhurst students are invited to attend a Coffee Morning at Birdhurst on Friday 09 February, with Students and Staff. Please put the date in your diaries! The Staff will confirm the details to you. 

Importance of Annual Reviews - Parents / Carers please do attend!

We appreciate how hard it can be for Parents / Carers to get time off work, but these Review meetings are your chance to get your views recorded in your child's updated EHCP. So please do attend; and if you cannot then please tell us as early as possible. Our Annual Review Coordinator is contactable via

Moorings Coffee Morning for Parents / Carers - Fri 26 Jan 2018

All Parents / Carers of Moorings students are invited to attend a Coffee Morning at Moorings on Friday 26 January, with Students and Staff. Please put the date in your diaries! The Staff will confirm the details to you. 

Riding Qualifications for Adeline students!

Congratulations to Jade and Mikayla on achieving their Level 3 Horseriding qualifications; and to Dianne who has achieved Level 1 in Carriage Driving! Well done indeed to all three of you!

Anti Bullying Policy

We have just reviewed our anti-bullying policy, and this will be available very shortly on the Policies page of this website. This has been done with contributions from students as well as from staff - and they've made some fabulous posters in the process!

Careers Day, 19 January 2018

On Friday 19 January we're having our annual Careers Day at St Lukes Hall, to raise awareness of a wide variety of careers options. This is for students in Years 9-12, and will feature stalls with information on Work Experience, College Applications, Interview Skills, Vocational Qualifications, Core Subject Qualifications and Career Pathways.

Adeline Coffee Morning for Parents / Carers - Fri 12 Jan 2018

All Adeline Parents / Carers are invited to attend a Coffee Morning on Friday 12 January, with Students and Staff. Please put the date in your diaries! The Staff will confirm the details to you.

Target Setting Day, 02 January 2018

Parents / Carers are invited to meet with their student's staff team on 02 January, to discuss and agree the targets for the coming Term. Please keep the date free. The staff team will contact you regarding what time the meeting will be, but do please feel free to discuss it with them.

World of Work Day, 15 December 2017

On 15 December there will be a number of adults coming to talk to Coombe Cliff students, about all the different jobs they do. This is to broaden their awareness of the very wide range of work options.

Christmas Jumper Day, 15 December 2017

For any Parents / Carers who may not be aware, our Christmas Jumper Day will be on Friday 15 December this year, and it would be lovely if you could support this through your child wearing a Christmas Jumper that day, if you are able to? It's not only fun for the children, but is also to raise money for Save the Children.

Creative Writing Competition

Parents / Carers may wish to be aware that the annual Creative Writing competition is coming up soon, and the winning entries will be announced before Christmas. We are encouraging as many as possible to take part, and your encouragement from home would be much appreciated! 

Student Support Plan - updated format

We've just updated the format of our Student Support Plans, which will be of interest to Parents and Carers. The template for the new format is at this link. If you have any questions about the format, then please do discuss this with your child's staff team. 

Christmas Holidays, and start of Spring Term 2018

Looking ahead to Christmas please note that the Autumn Term will end at 1230 on Tuesday 19 December 2017. The Spring Term starts with a Target Setting Day on Tuesday 02 January 2018, when Parents / Carers will be invited to accompany their child for a meeting with their Staff Team, to discuss and agree the targets for the coming Term. The first full day of school is Wednesday 03 January, starting at 0900 as normal.  

External validation of Teaching standards

We recently had staff from a local Maintained School coming in to observe our staff in action, to provide independent validation of our teaching standards. This has been really valuable, and we're very grateful for the constructive advice and criticism provided. It's an important aid to help us to be Outstanding in all that we do.

Anti-Bullying poster competition

We've has some great Anti-Bullying poster designs. Click here to see a selection!

Helping your child to keep safer on-line

Goosberry Planet emails out a weekly free update with tips and thoughts on keeping your child safer on-line. These are really helpful emails, very easy to read, with very helpful advice. We already distribute this to all staff, and we also recommend it to all Parents and Carers. For further information please go to or call 01865366468.

Cressey's Vision

In view of the Award below, this is a good time to remind everyone of our Vision. In summary we want Cressey to be an outstanding school in all respects, that transforms the prospects of our students, and where staff love to work. We will continue to do all we can to achieve this. 

Cressey wins top Croydon Excellence Award for contribution to the Community!

We're delighted that Cressey has been judged to be Croydon's very best organisation for Commitment to the Community. This prestigious public honour is in recognition of the tireless dedication and passion of our fabulous staff teams, for Cressey's sustained success in transforming the lives of our students, and for our altruistic motivation to help our students as much as we can, and however we can. We hugely appreciate this public recognition; but we will continually strive to be even better in all that we do. For more details click here.

Half-Term Dates

Just a reminder that the Half-Term dates are 23 - 27 October 2017; and that Monday 30 October is an Inset Day, for Staff Training. So the second Half of Term starts on Tuesday 31 October 2017.

Giant African Landsnails!

Our latest new arrivals at Birdhurst are some Giant African Landsnails. For more details please see the next newsletter! 

Anti-Bullying Competition

This year we are again holding an Anti-Bullying competition, to find the best anti-bullying Poster and the best anti-bullying video; and in the process we will refresh everyone's anti-bullying awareness. Parents / Carers do please support this at home! 

Fundraising for MacMillan Cancer Support

In the spirit of giving, there's a ‘Coffee & Cake Morning’ at Coombe Cliff on Friday 29 September, to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Parents/Carers please do attend, we'd be delighted to see you, and our primary students are looking forward to giving you freshly made coffee and sweet treats. We're hoping to beat the £80 we raised for MacMillan last year!

Christmas Card competition!

Our annual Christmas Card competition is earlier this year, to give more time for us to print copies of the winnning entry, which will then be on sale to raise money for charity. So Parents and Carers, please do get your Christmas Cards from us this year! You'll be able to see the winning cards on this page, in early November.

Charity Fundraising - "Jeans for Genes" Day

22rd September 2017 was ‘Jeans for Genes Day’, when Staff & Students wore jeans to raise money for genetic research. A big thank you to Parents & Carers for helping to support this.

Congratulations to Dante (Year 8) on his Maths GCSE!

Very big congratulations to Dante on the achievement of a Grade 5 GCSE in Maths (equivalent to a high C or low B), while still being in Year 8. This was a huge achievement, and not only because he took the exam three years early. Well done Dante!

Cressey shortlisted for Croydon Award for Commitment to the Community

We're delighted that Cressey has just been shortlisted for a Croydon award for Commitment to the Community. This is in recognition of the many, many students whose prospects have been transformed during their time at Cressey, thanks to the tireless dedication and passion of our excellent staff teams; and we really appreciate this public recognition!

GCSE results - well done to all concerned!

Well done to all our students who took GCSE exams this summer - we're all very proud of the great efforts you made, and there were some excellent results!

Students of the Year!

Warmest congratulations to Andrew, Jamie, Lily, Leon, Nathaniel, Tristan and Tyler who were awarded Student of the Year prizes for their respective sites, in recognition for their excellent progression during the year. In addition, even bigger congratulations to Lily who was voted to be Cressey's overall Student of the Year. Well done indeed!

Congratulations to all our fabulous Achievers!

A very big thank you and huge well done to everyone who contrbuted to make this Year's Achievers Day such a fun and excellent event. The acts and performances were just brilliant! It was a great way to end the Summer Term, and we wish you all a very good summer holiday.

Curriculum Resources

At Cressey we use a rich variety of academic resources, which is necessary to support the very highly differentiated programmes that we provide for our students. These resources are illustrated in the attached Resources Map

Academic Progress Statistics

Most Cressey students who've been with us for more than two years haven't just met but have exceeded the academic progress that Ofsted requires. For example in Maths, 93% averaged 2 or more sub-levels of progress per year, which is Ofsted's required rate; and a fantastic 71% averaged 3 or more sub-levels of progress per year, which greatly exceeds the expected rate. Given that our great students have such complex needs, including serious learning difficulties in some cases, this is outstanding progress - so huge congratulations to all concerned! Click here for more details. 

Four more TAs selected for Teacher Training

Warmest congratulations to Cassie, Hope, Ali and Morgan who all joined Cressey as Teaching Assistants, but who have now been selected for our Qualified Teacher training programme, which we run in partnership with the Beckmead Family of Schools. Their training will start in Sep 2017, and they should achieve Qualified Teacher Status in Sep 2018.

Swimathon fund-raising event

The 3rd of our fundraising events for the MIND mental health charity will be a Swimathon on 06 July. We know this is the 3rd fundraising event in quick succession, but it really is for a great cause. So please do sponsor your child. Alternatively if you are a friend of Cressey without any connection to a particular student, then please call our School Office on 0208 256 0540, and ask for Mimsy who will take your details and tell you how to donate.   

Cressey Cultural Day

Thank you and well done to all those who took part in our Cultural Day on 23 May 2017. Lots of different cultures were represented, and it was a great celebration of the many different cultural backgrounds of our students ... and also of the many traditonal food dishes on offer! 

Sponsored clean-up of the Park

On 30th of June, Cressey students will be doing a sponsored clean up of the Park Hill Recreation Ground. Parents, Carers and all friends of Cressey, please do sponsor a student aand contribute to a great cause! All funds raised will go to the MIND mental health charity. 

Zach selected for England Basketball Team!

Huge congratulations to Zach, who has recently been selected for the England U16 Basketball Team. We're all extremely proud. Well done indeed, and very best of luck!

Moorings students' Charity Cake Sale

On 8th June, the Moorings students are holding a Cake Sale, which is the first of three events to raise money for the MIND mental health charity. This is a truly great cause and we therefore ask all our friends, parents and carers to support at least one of these three events. Please do support our students' efforts, and give generously.

Parent View Survey

"Parent View" is an on-line survey, which allows Parents / Carers to tell Ofsted how your child is progressing, and what you think about Cressey. Please click here to visit the Ofsted website and do the Survey. Please do tell Ofsted what you think!

Term Dates for 2017 / 2018

For the term dates for 2017-18 please click here.

Healthy Eating Week

Cressey is supporting Healthy Eating Week, coming up in June. This involves 5 Challenges, which are: Have Breakfast, Have 5 A Day, Drink Plenty, Get Active and Trying Something New and Healthy. Trying something new and healthy could be any food, drink, experience or physical activity you have not tried before! Parents / Carers we would warmly welcome it if you can support this at home as well?

24 May 2017 - Invitation to Parents / Carers: join us for coffee and a briefing on the chance for Parents to take Functional Skills Qualifications at Cressey

This is a briefing on the opportunity for Cressey Parents / Carers to achieve free Functional Skills Qualifications in Maths & English. Timing 1000-1200, at Coombe Cliff. This is for all parents / carers of current or potential Cressey students. For more details click here. All welcome!

Applicants for Cressey's Teachers Training programme

There is an opportunity for current Cressey employees to apply for our Teacher Training programme for 2017 / 18, which starts in September 2017. Please note that this only applies to existing employees, who have passed their probationary period.

Transition Planning - for Summer 2017

We are now starting transition planning for students who will be moving from one site to another in September 2017, and for those who will be leaving Cressey in July 2017. We are now contacting everyone concerned, but Parents and Carers please feel free to contact the relevant Senior Teacher at any time, if you have any questions.

Date of the Summer Half-Term

Parents and Carers please note that the Summer Half-Term dates are Friday 26 May - Tuesday 06 June 2017. Please note that school ends at 1230 on 26th May, not 1430. Also please note that Monday 05 June is an Inset Day for staff training, so the second half of Term starts on Tuesday 06 June, at 0900 as normal. 

Discussion about Mental Health and Wellbeing

The latest of our parent coffee morning was earlier this week, when Parents from two sites attended a discussion on Cressey's approach to supporting mental health and wellbeing. Thank you for coming, and we look forward to seeing more of you at future events.

Commendation for Lily!

Congratulations to Lily at our Adeline site, who has just been awarded an official Commendation for showing great judgement and courage, when she did the right thing in an awkward situation. She has set a great example!

£250 raised for Charity, on Red Nose Day

A big thank you to all the Parents and Carers who attended our Red Nose Day event at the end of last Term. We raised over £250, which was donated to Comic Relief.

Management Development Programme

Warmest congratulations to all those staff who completed our Management Development programme in March 2017. This is a Year long programme, designed to better qualify them for selection to be a member of Cressey's Senior Leadership Team.

Target Setting Meetings for the Summer Term - 18 April 2017

Parents / Carers are invited, with their student, to meet with the staff team to set targets for the coming Term. Please keep the date free. The staff team will contact you about the time you should come in. 

Work Experience Award for Cressey Student

Leon has recently completed a successful work experience placement in a local business, and did so well that he has been awarded the 'Jack Petchey' award worth £250. Great effort, Leon!

Level 10 in Trampolining

Big congratulations to Jade, who has just achieved Level 10 in Trampolining. She is the youngest Cressey student to have achieved this excellent level - which is a great effort!

Coffee Morning for Parents / Carers, 22 March

On 22 March there is a coffee morning for Parents and Carers, at 1000 at Coombe Cliff. This will be very relaxed, and a good chance to meet other parents and have a chat with them, and with senior Staff. Parents / Carers of potential students are also very welcome. Please tell Maria on 0208 256 0547 if you would like to attend. 

Valentine's Day Card Competition

We recently held an ITC competition to see who could make the best Valentine's Card. Many congratulations to Jonathan from Denmark Hall who won the competition, and to Haider (also Denmark Hall) whose card came second; and to Aaliyah, Diane and Tailor, whose entires were also excellent.

Results of Parent / Carer Survey

Thank you to all the 24 Parents / Carers who completed our recent Parent / Carer survey. 100% of you said that you would recommend Cressey to another Parent. We are delighted that your responses were so very positive. But we will not be complacent, and we will continually strive to do better.

Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Gay and Transgender (LBGT) History Month

This month we've included lessons on LBGT history to enrich the PSHE curriculum, and there's been some excellent work produced. Well done to all concerned!   

Police Educational Visits - "You and the Law"

This term we're having a series of visits by the local Police, to talk about aspects of the Law, and career opportunities in the Police. These sessions have been fun and educational, end enjoyed by all. A big thank you to our Police friends!

22 February - Invitation to Parents / Carers: join us for coffee and a talk about ADHD

Join us on Wed 22 Feb 2017 (1000-1200) for coffee and a talk about ADHD. This is for Parents / Carers of students diagnosed with ADHD, or who are exploring the possibility. This is for all parents / carers of current  Cressey students, and potential Cressey students. For more details click here. All welcome!

10 February - Careers Day

On Friday 10 February we're having our annual Careers Day at St Lukes Hall, to raise awareness of a wide variety of careers options. This is for students in Years 9-12, and will feature stalls with info on Work Experience, College Applications, Interview Skills, Vocational Qualifications, Core Subject Qualifications and Career Pathways. 

Parents and Carers - Ofsted want to know your views

Ofsted have a short online Survey system, so that you can easily make your views known to them. It's called "Parent View", and takes only 5-10 minutes to do. Please do make your views known! To do the Survey please click on this link.

Christmas Jumper Day - fundraising for Save the Children

In December we had a Christmas Jumper fundraising day,  and over £42 has now been donated to Save the Children. Well done to all concerned, for helping less fortunate children!

Cressey's Nurture Policy - at the heart of all that we do!

Cressey's whole approach is nurture based - so we're really keen that Parents and Carers do fully understand what we mean by "nurture". Please click here to see our updated Nurture Policy.

Supporting those who Self Harm

We have recently updated our Policy on how we support those who Self-Harm. Parents / Carers please do have a look, even if you feel it's not relevant to you. To see the Policy please click here

25 January - Invitation to Parents / Carers: join us for coffee and a talk about Keeping Your Child Safe

Join us on Wed 25 Jan 2017 (1000-1200) for coffee and discussion about the threats that children face in today’s world, the stress they can experience, the signs that Parents / Carers should watch for, and where to get advice. This is for all parents / carers of current  Cressey students, and potential Cressey students. For more details click here. All welcome!

Creative Writing Competition

Very well done to all students who took part. It was great to see so many willing to challenge themselves and produce such excellent results. English teachers from each site judged the competition and there were some very tough decisions! Click here to see the winning entries.

Follow us on Twitter!

Cressey's Twitter account is now active! Follow us at @CresseyCollege for regular updates about School life, and drop us a Tweet to keep in touch!

Christmas Card Competition

Warmest congratulations to all our students who produced such lovely Christmas Cards! The winning cards will be announced soon. To see a selection of the cards, click here.

Target Setting Meetings for the Spring Term - 03 January 2017

Parents / Carers are invited, with their student, to meet with the staff team to set targets for the coming Term. Please keep the date free. The staff team will contact you about the time.  

15 Shoeboxes given to the Purley Cross Community Centre

During November, Cressey students collected and filled 15 shoeboxes, for families who are unable to enjoy the Christmas season, for example because  they have to prioritise electricity over buying presents. Well done for helping less fortunate families have some presents for Christmas!

07 December - Invitation to Parents / Carers: join us for coffee and a talk on our Nurturing Approach

Join us on Wed 07 Dec 2016 (1000-1200) for coffee and discussion about Cressey's Nurturing approach. This is for all parents / carers of current  Cressey students, and potential Cressey studnets. For more details click here. All welcome!

Fundraising for MacMillan Cancer Support

In the spirit of giving, our Primary site organised a ‘Coffee & Cake Morning’ to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Parents/Carers were welcomed by the primary students who gave them freshly made coffee and sweet treats. With your help we raised over £80!!

Black History Exhibition

As part of our students' work during Black History Month, we arranged an exhibition of their work, at Adeline. The efforts and results were really impressive, and a great credit to the students concerned. A selection of photos of the excellent work produced will be made available shortly.

E-safety Information Sheet for Parents / Carers

We recently held a very informative E-Safety workshop, for Parents & Carers, on how to protect your children from the dangers of social media and the internet. If you were unable to attend then please do have a look at the attached Information Sheet - it may well help you to help your child!

Charity Fundraising - "Jeans for Genes" Day

23rd September 2016 was ‘Jeans for Genes Day’, when Staff & Students wore jeans to raise money for Jeans for Genes Day. We raised over £75! A big thank you to Parents & Carers for helping to support this.

Functional Skills Qualifications for Parents / Carers

Cressey will  help any of our Parents / Carers who want to achieve Functional Skills qualifications, at Levels 1 and 2. Workshops for this will start soon. Please contact Maria White at if you are interested.

16 November - Invitation to Parents / Carers: join us for coffee and a talk on Autism

Join us on Wed 16 Nov 2016 (1000-1200) for coffee & a discussion about Autism. This is for parents / carers of an autistic child, or who are currently exploring a possible diagnosis. For more details click here. All welcome!

Anti-Bullying poster competition

Over 20 Anti-Bullying poster designs were entered in the competition. Click here to see the winning entries by Katy, Jack, Megan, Drew, Ashton and Romeo!

Cressey student's Award Winning video on e-safety!

Well done to Dominic, whose video on e-safety won a National Award! To see it click here.

Events for Parents / Carers in 2016-17

The first of this year's Parent / Carer Workshops (Keeping your child safe Online) is at 1000 on Wed 28 Sep 2016. All Parents / Carers are very welcome, and are warmly invited to attend. For details of the rest of the year's Workshop programme, click here

Cressey students raise £400 for Homeless Charity

Huge congratulations to Denmark Hall's students, whose Fun Day in July successfully raised over £400 for a local charity, Safe Homes and Better Futures for Young People in London. Well done indeed to all concerned!

Teacher Training (QTS) Programme

From Sep 2016, Cressey staff can earn Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through our QTS programme; which we're delivering in partnership with another highly respected local school. This offers great prospects for those involved, and further strengthens our mutually beneficial partnerships with other schools. For more details click here.

Cressey explained! A brilliant video by our great students

Click here to see our students telling you all about Cressey. A great video, made by them rather than the staff.

Term dates for 2016-17

For the term dates for 2016-17 please click here.


Parent / Carer Newsletters

Our monthly newsletter for Parents / Carers contains student news, staff news, and a wide range of dates and details that parents and carers would wish to be aware of. To view the latest issue, click the link below.

June 2021 Newsletter

May 2021 Newsletter

March 2021 Newsletter

February 2021 Newsletter

January 2021 Newsletter

December 2021 Newsletter

November 2020 Newsletter

October 2020 Newsletter

September 2020 Newsletter

"I'm so grateful for the support and efforts you're making to make him happy and stay in school. Now he comes out of bed every morning without complaining like he used to. I'm really really grateful. Thanks a million."

Parent, June 2017


"He's achieved above and beyond, more than I ever thought he would."

Parent, May 2017


"He's so different at home since he started at Cressey. Now he's kind and considerate. What you guys have done has been amazing."

Parent, May 2017


"I was over the moon when I heard (she) was visiting Cressey. I think it's a great school, and I don't say that about many SEN schools."

Headteacher of a local State School, May 2017


"Whenever I have to place a troubled child with really complex difficulties, I always think first of Cressey. Your success with these children is really amazing. I don't know any other special school that gets such success."

An SEN Case Manager at a nearby Local Authority, May 2017


"She's a completely different person since she started here, so much so that we're now preparing for her to transfer back to mainstream. She does so much more work here. I don't know how they've done it, but they have! I'm seriously, seriously happy! I'd highly recommend Cressey to any other parent."

Carer of a Cressey Student, February 2017


"My son would be 100%  happier at Cressey. The staff are very professional, way ahead of us parents. This was Utopia. I am absolutely impressed.'' 

Parent of a Potential Student, July 2015