Outreach Programmes

"The small minority of pupils who are educated at home by school staff make similar progress to other older pupils. The arrangements for monitoring their progress, attendance and behaviour are very effective."

Ofsted Report, March 2018

"I'm so pleased with his progress since starting at Cressey, especially after everything that happened at his previous setting. The Outreach team did a great job at settling him and gaining his trust, and that has continued since starting on site."

Parent, March 2016

Outreach Programmes

Our Outreach programmes are specifically designed for students who are waiting for a full-time place, either at Cressey or elsewhere. These programmes can be tailored to meet individual students' needs, but in outline our normal Outreach programme arrangements are as follows.

  • Cressey would provide a fully differentiated part-time programme. This would be delivered at the student's home if this is practical and appropriate, or at a suitable nearby alternate location (eg a library); but not at Cressey College.
  • The academic subjects offered are Maths, English, ICT and PSHE. All lessons would be at whatever pace and level is right for the student. 
  • We would also offer educational visits, and sporting activities. Subject to practicality, a very wide range of activities is potentially available.
  • The balance of academic and practical activities in each student's programme will be decided according to whatever is needed to achieve the short term aims. If it is necessary to focus initially on practical activities, to build trusted staff relationships to enable subsequent academic engagement, then this can be done.  
  • Subject to advice from the parent / carer, we normally start with a maximum of three sessions per week, with a view to increasing towards five per week when the strudent can manage it. Each session would comprise of 2-3 lessons, depending on the pupil’s engagement and endurance.
  • We would deliver only one session per day, either in the morning or afternoon. The detailed timings would be agreed with the Parent / Carer.
  • We would normally provide 1:1 staffing; but if required then we can provide 2:1 staffing, if safeguarding considerations require it. The programme is normally delivered by a small team of 3-4 teachers and TAs, one (or two) of whom would work with the student each day. All programmes are supported and overseen by an experienced senior teacher.
  • Outreach students are on Cressey’s Roll, and we would organise Annual Reviews in the same way as for any other student at Cressey College. We would also support access to multi-agency interventions, if this were to be appropriate. 

"His Outreach tutor was amazing. He was so patient. It turned (my son) around, it really did, and he's not looked back since then."

Parent, July 2016

"Many thanks for all you are doing. After the football session (my Son) told me 'he loved it'. So great its so positive for him."

Parent of an Outreach Student, October 2017


"He loves it at Cressey. He'll be so bored in the holidays! He's already looking forward to next term, and this one hasn't even ended!"

Parent, July 2016