Crackley Hall is a mixed 4-11 independent Catholic day school with some 240 pupils, we have our own on-site day nursery, Little Crackers which takes children from two years old.
About the school
Crackley Hall has been described as the ‘next best place to home’ by its pupils. Central to the school is its strong Christian ethos, high standards of care and a compelling feeling of community as both staff and parents work together for the good of all the children.
As a Catholic Independent Junior School, which welcomes pupils of all faiths, we believe traditional values still have a place in a modern educational environment. We take a balanced approach to providing our children with an all-round education that will see them excel not only in English, maths, science, music and drama, but also understand the importance of kindness and courtesy to others.
Tudor for a Day - Reinforces Learning for a Lifetime
On Thursday 23 January Junior 5 left modern day Britain behind and travelled back in time to the Tudor era. Children, staff and even parents came to school dressed in costume and enjoyed a memorable day exploring life in the 16th century.
28th January 2020 — On Thursday 23 January Junior 5 left modern day Britain behind and travelled back in time to the Tudor era. Children, staff and even parents came to school dressed in costume and enjoyed a memorable day exploring life in the 16th century.
They began in the court of King Henry VIII in the year of our Lord 1536. Despite rumours and intrigue surrounding his second wife, Anne Boleyn, the King’s household had plenty of tasks to attend to. Set out in Crackley’s Great Hall were typical Tudor professions and a range of crafts that included: Alchemists, Apothecaries, Barbers, Chandlers, Embroiders, Leatherworkers, Miniature Artists, Scholars (ink making and writing), Scent bag and Soap makers. The children all enjoyed taking part in the traditional Tudor activities, it was fantastic hands-on learning.
In the afternoon the children took on various roles at a mock royal banquet. Some were servants whilst others were entertainers, dancers and even singers. As they worked, more rumours swirled around the ill-fated Anne Boleyn. The background narrative really helped bring the Tudor era alive.
Crackley’s Tudor Day was led by History Off The Page, a company who run historical workshops. Junior 5 teacher Sarah Lammas, commented, “The children were immersed in history and surrounded by authentic replica artefacts. It was a day full of practical learning, storytelling and drama.“ Fellow Junior 5 teacher, Julia Roberts added, “History Off the Page were knowledgeable and enthusiastic. All of the children and adults thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, a huge thanks goes to all of the parents, who joined in the fun, dressed up and so ably assisted us.”
Crackley Hall’s Catholic Life and Collective Worship Rated Outstanding
The ‘Catholic Life’ of Crackley Hall School and its ‘Collective Worship’ have been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Archdiocese of Birmingham in their recently published Canonical Inspection Report.
17th January 2020 — The ‘Catholic Life’ of Crackley Hall School and its ‘Collective Worship’ have been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Archdiocese of Birmingham in their recently published Canonical Inspection Report.
Inspectors from the Archdiocese spent two days at the School at the end of November, visiting Religious Education lessons and classes, interviewing pupils and staff and attending the School Council and assemblies.
The focus of the inspection was on the impact, quality and leadership of the school’s provision of Catholic Life, Religious Education and Collective Worship.
In all aspects the inspectors were incredibly impressed with the School’s pupils and staff:
“All pupils have a profound understanding of what it means to be created in the image and likeness of God and so treat one another with compassion and respect. Consequently, pupils are polite, and the standard of behaviour throughout the school is exemplary.”
“As a result of high-quality Collective Worship, pupils’ spiritual development is a real success of the school. Regardless of their faith or background, all pupils benefit from stillness and quiet reflection on how to become witnesses to the school’s values.”
"The standard of pastoral care is very high; staff ensure they know each pupil individually. Consequently, pupils feel exceptionally safe and happy at school and know what to do if they wish to discuss their wellbeing."
"Parents are positive about the impact the school has on their children. They value the individual care and attention given to their children by school staff, which they say makes for a welcoming atmosphere."
Comments, Robert Duigan, Headmaster, “The Inspection Report makes for excellent reading. It is particularly pleasing to see the wide impact of our Catholic ethos which is at the heart of all we do. Congratulations to all our pupils and staff and particularly our Religious Education and Chaplaincy colleagues who work so hard every day for the good of our community.”
Junior 6 took a trip back to Victorian times on Thursday 12 December courtesy of history specialists, History Off The Page. The school hall was transformed into a Victorian school and the children, all wonderfully dressed for the part, sat in orderly rows facing the chalkboard in their new classroom.
19th December 2019 — Junior 6 took a trip back to Victorian times on Thursday 12 December courtesy of history specialists, History Off The Page. The school hall was transformed into a Victorian school and the children, all wonderfully dressed for the part, sat in orderly rows facing the chalkboard in their new classroom.
Crackley Hall’s boys and girls immersed themselves into their new roles and with a dip pen and ink, or a chalk and slate, they studiously undertook the lessons their new schoolmaster presented.
In the afternoon, the 48-strong class was challenged to select, learn and perform an act of their choice from a contemporary Victorian Music Hall bill. The children put on a programme of fine performances, with strongmen, ventriloquists, hearty songs and a flea circus all jostling for the limelight.
Modern day Junior 6 teachers Mrs Vaughan and Mrs Horan commented, "Our Victorian Day has given the children a rich, detailed experience of this period in history. The children have had a lot of fun, it has been hugely informative and a fantastic way to round off our term studying the Victorians!”
On Tuesday 3 December, the Reception children took to the stage to tell the story of Everyone Loves A Baby.
19th December 2019 — On Tuesday 3 December, the Reception children took to the stage to tell the story of Everyone Loves A Baby.
Except the only problem was, that the lovely children in the nativity would rather have anything but a baby maybe... a dog... a donkey... a camel, or even a sheep!
That was until a very special baby was born. The children couldn't believe why all the people would come from near and far to visit this baby. But the amazing thing about this baby, was that he came to bring God's love to everyone.
That called for a party! And everyone was invited. The children were allowed to stay up late to celebrate... and they realised that babies weren't so bad after all!
On Saturday 23 November 2019, the U11A rugby boys travel to the Madejski Stadium in Reading to support London Irish RFC in a European Cup rugby match against Bayonne (France).
19th December 2019 — On Saturday 23 November 2019, the U11A rugby boys travel to the Madejski Stadium in Reading to support London Irish RFC in a European Cup rugby match against Bayonne (France).
The visit was part of a wider day-trip organised for the boys by our U11A coach and Assistant Head, Charles Lamprecht. Originally the team were due to start the day in Windsor in a fixture against Mr Lamprecht’s previous school, St John’s Beaumont Prep School – a Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition. Sadly, the fixture had to be cancelled due to water-logged pitches.
However, all was not lost, as the boys were still keen to attend the second part of the day, an outing to watch a professional rugby match. Safely sheltered from the rain, the boys were entertained by a great game that was a real ‘try-fest’. The highlight of the day for all was being chosen to be the guard of honour as the players made their way out onto the sodden pitch. It goes without saying that London Irish gained a few fringe supporters on the day.
Mr Lamprecht commented, “Our sincere appreciations go out to Patrick Hennessy (Director of Sport at SJB) for his efforts in promoting the Catholic links between our two schools, to London Irish RFC for hosting us and to all the parents who supported us on the day. The boys certainly all enjoyed themselves and there was plenty of laughter and bonding off the playing pitch which is just as important to the development of our Crackley children. I have no doubt they will have fond memories of the trip for many years to come.”
On Thursday 3 October, Junior 3 took time off from their modern-day studies and stepped back into the Stone Age when they took part in a sensational, cross -curricular, themed day.
16th October 2019 — On Thursday 3 October, Junior 3 took time off from their modern-day studies and stepped back into the Stone Age when they took part in a sensational, cross -curricular, themed day. The children spent all day out in the school's wood taking part in challenges and activities that immersed them in the lives of our long distant ancestors, the Stone Age hunter-gatherers. The experience supported the children’s understanding of how Stone Age people would have lived, teaching them the skills essential for what was then a very different type of life.
Junior 3 took part in activities that included fire-making, shelter building, wattle and daub, dough-making and cave painting. Working in groups they took turns trying their hand at the essential skills every hunter-gatherer needed. They struck flints to make sparks and lit their own fires. They gathered sticks and branches and built their own shelters. They hammered in stakes and wove branches and then plastered on daub. They ground wheat and mixed the resulting flour with water to make dough. And last but not least, they got hands on and creative with charcoal to make their own cave paintings.
It was a fantastic fun-filled day of learning for all, well organised by Forest School and Outdoor Workshop Leader, Vix Powell and Crackley Hall’s Forest School Practitioner, Verity Clark, both of whom came dressed in costumes that really added to the atmosphere of the day. Junior 3 headed back to the classroom excited and inspired and with a much deeper understanding of the Stone Age.
Most pupils enter at Nursery, and then progress through to Reception or as the children call it 'Big School'. Some pupils also join us at Reception and pupils are welcome at any age dependent on a place being available, although places in other years are limited and in years where there is no place available we operate waiting groups.
We encourage prospective parents and pupils to visit us both formally and informally to get a true flavour of the school. We hold various Open Events throughout the year, including a specific Nursery and Reception Open Evening, which prospective parents and pupils are most welcome to attend. A meeting with Mr Robert Duigan, the Headmaster, is also a key part of the admissions process.
Our Admissions Secretary, Mrs Jenny Vaughan will be pleased to talk you through the admissions process and current availability, contact her on 01926 514410/514444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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