Admissions Criteria

"For complex children there's no question. You (Cressey) are our preferred provider. You're succeeding with the most challenging children we have. Without going into details, the other schools just can't do what you do."

Head of SEN, at a London Local Authority, Nov 2017

"For the first time in the whole of his life he has friends and is doing academic work. Before Cressey he had neither. Cressey's just brilliant."             

Parent, July 2015

Admissions Criteria

Cressey College succeeds where other schools have been unable to, with the very same students. We will consider admission for young people:

  • with social, emotional, attachment and mental health difficulties
  • with additional complex needs including ASD, Aspergers,  PDA, PDD, ADHD, ODD, OCD, Anxiety, Conduct Disorder, Dyscalculia, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Global Delay, Tourettes, Tics,  and others
  • who need nurturing and have low self-esteem
  • with learning difficulties
  • who display challenging behaviour
  • who have attention and concentration difficulties
  • who have speech and language difficulties
  • who have sensory difficulties
  • who have literacy and numeracy difficulties
  • who display inappropriate sexualised behaviour
  • who have been known to abuse drugs / solvents
  • who have been excluded from mainstream education
  • who have a history of criminal activity
  • who need 1:1 or 2:1 staff support

All our current students have EHCPs or Statements, and the very large majority have additional complex needs. To give a feel for the most common of these additional complex needs (in addition to social, emotional, attachment, mental health and behavioural difficulties), in January 2017 out the 102 students we had at that time:

  • 65% had low self-esteem at their previous school
  • 43% had ASD  / ASD traits or Aspergers
  • 42% had ADHD / ADHD traits 
  • 42% had anxiety or severe anxiety
  • 40% had some degree of speech and language difficulties
  • 40% had some form of sensory difficulties
  • 25% had some degree of fine or gross motor difficulties
  • 24% had some degree of learning difficulties
  • 11% had ODD

In addition, we also currently have students with Athsma, Cerebral Palsy, Claustrophobia, DAMP*, Depression / Low Mood, Diabetis, Eating Disorders, Eneuresis, Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, Gender Identity Disorder, Hypermobility Syndrome, Insomnia, Obsessive Behaviours, PTSD, Psychotic Difficulties, Seizures and with a history of Self-Harming.

To give a feel for the scale of therapy support we provide for our students, as at September 2017:

  • there were 35 students scheduled to have Speech and Language therapy or activities during the Autumn Term 2017,
  • there were 47 students scheduled for Occupational Therapy or OT activities
  • and about 30 scheduled for either Art therapy or Music therapy.

* Deficits in Attention, Motor Control and Perception

Admissions Enquiries

For any Admissions enquiry please contact John Herring on 07474 145 445 or email


"She is so much happier since being at Cressey. She really likes all the teachers, and the atmosphere in the house has changed to be so much better."

Parent, April 2016