Careers & Transition


"Mum and I have seen a big change in him, his confidence, his attitude to school work. Yes he still has a few problems but nowhere near what they used to be. The system let our son down, but YOU have given us a new hope for him."

Parent, April 2016

"Almost all older pupils have a secure pathway to move on to further education, training or employment .... students are well prepared for their next stage of learning and development ..."

Ofsted Report, March 2018

Transition to further education, or to employment

In Year 9 the students are increasingly encouraged to become more independent in preparation for their transition to Key Stage 4. 

The curriculum continues to offer work and challenges to suit the students’ needs. Students have an opportunity to explore and take part in a full range of vocational courses. We also have two qualified and experienced Career Advisers at Cressey College, who advise students and discuss options as and when appropriate.

Cressey College forges links with mainstream colleges, which gives students in Key Stage 4 and 5 the opportunity to engage in Link courses.

When students leave Cressey

We do all we can to ensure that Cressey College students have a successful transition to adulthood. 

Our philosophy is that by the time a young person leaves our school they will have:

  • Gained a range of meaningful qualifications.
  • Had positive work experiences.
  • Raised their self-esteem and resilience.
  • Developed independent living skills.
  • Explored and widened their understanding of realistic career options.

And either:

  • Enrolled in a college or training provision.
  • Or gained a place on an appenticeship scheme, or employment.
  • Or transferred to a community activity which best meets their needs.

"I can't believe she's going into an Apprenticeship! It takes special people to do what you do at Cressey. Thank you sooo much ...."

Parent, July 2015

“The support he gets from Cressey is brilliant. No other school has been able to work with him like this. I am so pleased with how he is doing.”

Parent, March 2015