Ofsted report


"You guys have done SO much for (her). Cressey's amazing. You nurture them, give them life skills. And you don't fail the children, you fight and fight to help them."

Parent, Nov 2017


"I’d given up hope before we found Cressey - I never thought he’d be excited about school again, let alone moan when it’s the holidays! The relationships he’s built with his staff have been incredibly special to him."   

Parent, July 2016

Last full Ofsted Report, November 2013

Cressey College was last inspected by Ofsted in Nov 2013. The report included the following statements. To access the full report please use the link at the foot of this page. 

Pupils Achievement - Good

"Students are very well supported so that from their very low starting points, often the result of severely disrupted prior education, they make strong and sometimes outstanding progress, and achieve well."

Pupils' behaviour and personal development - Outstanding 

"The behaviour and personal development of students is outstanding and is supported by a well developed and effective scheme for their spiritual, Moral, social and cultural development.

"Local Authorities ... feel that the success achieved with the most challenging of students is a reflection of the great expertise that is available within Cressey College."

Quality of Teaching - Good

"The quality of teaching is good and some is outstanding."   

"Teachers and support staff work together effectively, and display empathy and understanding. They never give up in their determination to help every student to be successful."

Quality of curriculum - Outstanding

"What makes the quality of the curriculum outstanding is the way in which, while based on the natural national curriculum, it is individualized in response to the specific learning and behavioural needs of every student."

" ... the curriculum helps many students to transform their lives through becoming active participants in learning, often for the first time in many years."

Pupils’ welfare, health and safety - Good

"Students say they feel very safe at school.  They appreciate the positive part played by staff who act as positive role models."

"Recruitment procedures are good and nobody is allowed to take up a post until enhanced checks are completed."

Leadership and management - Good

"The headteacher brings a clear vision and has strong support from staff throughout the college." 

"Self-evaluation is very effective, so the school knows itself well and is able to show that it meets all the Independent School standards."

Click here for the full Ofsted Report.  

Ofsted Inspection, October 2016

In October 2016 we had an Ofsted Inspection to check some minor points that required correction, that had been raised during Ofsted's previous Inspection.

This confirmed that all required actions were complete, and concluded that the School meets all independent school standards that were checked during this inspection. This was not a full inspection, and no Grading was therefore given.

Of course it is good to have this confirmation. However we are not complacent, and we continue to strive to do better in all that we do. We also continue to welcome feedback and suggestions.

Particularly importantly, if anyone ever has any concerns then please do tell us without delay. Whether you are happy or unhappy, then we want to know, please!

Adrienne Barnes,



Click here to see the Head's letter to all Parents and Carers, regarding the 20 October 2016 Report's findings. 

Click here to see the full Ofsted Report of 20 October 2016.