Lancashire school to allow girls for the first time

Shauna is one of the first female pupils at Crookhey Hall

Shauna is one of the first female pupils at Crookhey Hall

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A Lancashire special school is writing its own history by taking in girls for the first time.

Crookhey School, near Lancaster, has been a boys only school for the last decade but decided to offer girls with emotional, social and behavioural challenges a specialised educational experience.

We are pleased to be able to extend that further by opening our offer to female students who can now come and achieve their full potential with us.

Headteacher Peter O’ Connell

The independent school, part of the Acorn Care and Education group, caters for pupils aged between 10 and 17 .

Headteacher Peter O’ Connell said: “Crookhey Hall works in partnership with local authorities to place students with us who have the best chance of thriving here and benefiting from an education with us.

“We are pleased to be able to extend that further by opening our offer to female students who can now come and achieve their full potential with us.”

The school provides an educational experience to extend academic and vocational social skills and abilities, as well as enhancing their personal growth.

One of the first female students, Shauna, 15, was out 
of the education system for a year before going to Crookhey and is now studying a 
Level One Diploma in horticulture and Level Two in basic cooking skills.

Shauna said: “I wasn’t interested in learning about horticulture at first, but once I gave it a go I enjoyed it. I’ve got my own gloves and boots and have been planting flowers, painting fences and plant pots and feeding the chickens in the garden.

“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.”