Specialist school welcomes girls to join for first time

Shauna, one of the first female pupils at Crookhey Hall School.
Shauna, one of the first female pupils at Crookhey Hall School.

A school for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties has admitted female students for the first time.

Crookhey Hall School in Cockerham has been a boys only school for the last 10 years but has already welcomed female pupils.

Headteacher Peter O’Connell said he was delighted that Crookhey Hall had become co-educational.

He added: “Crookhey Hall works in partnership with local authorities to place students with us who have the best chance of thriving here. We are pleased to be able to extend that by opening our offer to female students to achieve their full potential with us.”

Crookhey Hall’s model combines academic and vocational education to enhance personal growth and ensure pupils make a positive contribution towards society.

Shauna, 15, has been a pupil at Crookhey Hall School since January and is now studying a Level 1 Diploma in Horticulture and Level 2 Diploma in Basic Cooking Skills.

“I wasn’t interested in learning about horticulture at first, but once I gave it a go I enjoyed it.

“I’d been in and out of school before I came to Crookhey and it’s a decent school - it’s the best one I’ve been to.”