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.
Eight Crackley Hall pupils aged 5 to 11-years old have just completed a sponsored fast to raise money for local food banks. The children, Amelia, Leyton, Millie, Annalise, Samuel, Jasper, Seb and Henry, set out to raise £100, but their thoughtful fundraiser has touched people’s hearts, helping the children to raise just over £2,000.
9th December 2020 — Eight Crackley Hall pupils aged 5 to 11-years old have just completed a sponsored fast to raise money for local food banks. The children, Amelia, Leyton, Millie, Annalise, Samuel, Jasper, Seb and Henry, set out to raise £100, but their thoughtful fundraiser has touched people’s hearts, helping the children to raise just over £2,000.
The idea for the sponsored fast came after the older children had reflected on empathy in RE lessons at school. Their empathy for local families and children who, through no fault of their own, might face a Christmas without food, led to the idea of a fast to raise funds for the food bank to help families in need have a Christmas dinner this year.
Between them the children decided to fast for a day, and to go without food from 7.00am to 5.00pm. Their fast took place on Saturday 28 November, and having not eaten since the evening before, in the end the children managed a whole 22 hours without any food.
Amelia’s younger brother Leyton, aged just 5-years-old, joined in the sponsored fast, planning to fast for five hours, but was so in inspired by his sister and her friends’ actions that he went without food for the whole day as well.
Amelia explains, “It wasn’t too difficult and we talked to each other during the day and that really helped, but I only realised quite how hungry I was when I finally had something to eat after we finished the fast at the end of the day.”
It has been a valuable lesson for the children about the importance of empathy, as well as giving them an insight into the experience of children who face this situation in their daily lives.
So far, the fundraising fast has received donations of £1,770.44 and including gift aid, the total raised is an amazing £2,125.69. The money is all being donated to The Trussell Trust, who support a network of food banks across the UK.
Crackley Hall School is very proud of all of the children and their achievement which was shared with all the pupils in assembly in school.
Crackley Hall Pupils Are Prize Winners In The ISA Midlands Art Competition
Crackley Hall's young artists have once again been recognised in the Independent Schools’ Association’s Midlands Region Art Competition.
3rd December 2020 — Crackley Hall's young artists have once again been recognised in the Independent Schools’ Association’s Midlands Region Art Competition.
Former Crackley Hall pupil, Cadie Hardwick, has been awarded first place in the Key Stage 2 Art 2D Individual class. Her entry, 2.20am, a watercolour on paper, depicting the sinking of the Titanic, which she produced last year when she was in Junior 6. Then former Junior 6 pupil, Neve Anderson, who is now in Year 7 at Princethorpe College, took second place in the Key Stage 2 Art 2D Individual class with her painting on card, a poignant reflection on this year’s events, View From My Bedroom.
Other award winners from the school included Elizabeth Edkins who received a highly commended in the Key Stage 1 2D Art class for her colourful oil pastel, After Georgia O’Keeffe and last year’s Junior 3 for their watercolour on paper, After Henri Rousseau, their work was awarded second place in the Key Stage 2 Art 2D group category.
It was a super set of results for the young artists and we congratulate them all on their success.
LAMDA Distinctions All Round For Crackley Hall Pupils
All 54 Crackley Hall pupils who took the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA) examinations in September have been awarded the highest grade possible, a distinction.
6th November 2020 — All 54 Crackley Hall pupils who took the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA) examinations in September have been awarded the highest grade possible, a distinction.
The children who are now in Junior 2, Junior 3 and Junior 6 (pictured) studied for the examinations in their Drama lessons in school last year.
Teacher Nicki Wildey, explains, “The children worked so hard for their exams but then had them cancelled at very short notice due to the lockdown. Since then they have continued to work tirelessly to polish and perfect their performances.”
The examinations finally took place when the children returned to school in September and the children took the Solo Introductory Stage Two, Solo Introductory Stage Three and Speaking Verse and Prose Grade 1 examinations respectively.
The children are judged on interpretation, technique and knowledge. They have to consider their diction, expression and movement.
Nicki Wildey continues, “What’s brilliant about the LAMDA exams is that they equip the children with communication skills which will serve them throughout life. They not only promote an appreciation of literature and poetry, but also help unlock their imagination and creative-thinking. All the children’s hard work and extra practice certainly paid off. We are delighted with this super set of results, some of the best the school has ever seen.”
Congratulations to all of the children, Crackley Hall School is very proud of you.
Crackley Hall pupils raised a whopping £2,2320.90 for the Sister Mary Aloysius College Of Mercy in Nigeria.
1st October 2020 — Crackley Hall pupils raised a whopping £2,2320.90 for the Sister Mary Aloysius College Of Mercy in Nigeria.
Back in February this year, Crackley Hall’s pupils took it in turn to hop, skip or jump in a charity skipathon, organised by Crackley’s Mini Vinnies. The Minnie Vinnies are the junior arm of the St Vincent de Paul organisation, a charity who work to make a difference to underprivileged people’s lives.
Mini Vinnies’ Co-ordinator, Mrs Dolores Simmonds explains, “Children at the school enthusiastically took part in the skipathon in February to support the Sister Mary Aloysius College of Mercy in Nigeria. It is a school funded completely by donations and named in thanks after a Sister of Mercy. The Minnie Vinnies chose to support the charity because Crackley Hall School has long-time links with the Sisters of Mercy, as Sister Philomena, who is in charge of the Sisters Of Mercy order, was once Headmistress here.”
Pupils at Crackley Hall took turns, one form at a time, to skip, hop or jump. Supervised by Mrs Simmonds and their teachers they skipped, jumped and bounced their way forwards and backwards across the school hall. Their energy was infectious and together through sponsorship they collected an amazing £2,232.90.
This week the money raised was sent to the Sister of Mercy. It will be used by the Sister Mary Aloysius College of Mercy in Nigeria to help fund teachers, enabling more children in Nigeria to benefit from an education.
Mrs Simmonds continued, “Well done to all the skippers who took part and a big thank you to those who generously donated to the skipathon. I know the teachers at the Sister Mary Aloysius College of Mercy and Sister Philomena will be delighted to receive the cheque.”
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.”
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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