Careers & Transition

"You make amazing progress with such complex children, who have been excluded by all the other schools. But somehow you help them feel happy and relax, so they can get back to learning. I'm so impressed by all the nurture."

SEN Case Manager, November 2018

"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