Mark Armstrong – Headteacher
The purpose of our website is to give you a brief introduction to our school. I would very much encourage you to visit as a supplement to it. You will discover the calm and purposeful atmosphere that inspires our pupils in their learning.
Critchill School is an establishment which provides education for between 50-60 pupils who are primarily drawn from the Mendip area. All of our pupils have an Education, Health and Care Plan and we have a very wide range of abilities within our pupil population. Each pupil’s needs are carefully and individually evaluated, so that within the context of our well-developed and expanding curriculum, all of our pupils can aspire to reach exceptional standards.
Pupils should enjoy school and have fun while they learn. Our staff are committed to work as a team to provide the opportunity for a specialist education, enabling all children to develop a full range of academic, functional and independent skills. We are ever keen to work with parents, carers, other stakeholders and professionals to ensure continuity of approach.
The school is situated on the outskirts of Frome within ‘green’ and spacious grounds. We have completed major updates to buildings in 2011 and 2015 which have improved learning spaces and further specialist resource areas. We now have a dedicated Creative Technology Room, an Art and Science Room and Food Technology Room. As part of a community engagement programme, our newest development on-site is the Critchill School Cycle Workshop which opened for use in September 2015. The programme will also see our older students learning in Victoria Park greenhouse and, in addition, please have a look at two videos (on “Our School/School Archive/Videos” page) for our “Take a Seat” idea for the newly acquired Frome Town Hall.
We are committed to providing a range of opportunities for our children to learn together with alongside their mainstream peers. To this end we have an Inclusion Team who work with our pupils in their local mainstream schools and other mainstream pupils with SEN in any school across Mendip. We are able to offer support and advice to staff from other establishments on SEN subjects. Our Learning Support Centre, based within the school, is a community resource library of resources to support the National Curriculum.
High standards are expected from pupils and staff at Critchill School. We are a forward looking special school which believes that all pupils can aspire to contribute to their communities and achieve their full potential.
Please do contact me if you would like to know more about the school.