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Classrooms and corridors are packed with project work and pictures – all evidence of the enthusiasm of teachers and pupils. ‘We like to be really creative, working across disciplines to make learning lively and interesting,’ one teacher told us. For a school challenged by physical space, the half an acre sprawling Forest School to the rear is a revelation. Drama department very committed to LAMDA programme. Every child from year 1-6 sits exams each year. A little daunting for some? Head of drama assures us that…

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What the school says...

Crackley Hall is one of the preparatory schools of the Princethorpe Foundation, the senior school of which is Princethorpe College. We share the same ethos, resources and love of learning and have our own on-site day nursery, Little Crackers which takes children from two years old.

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. Described as the next best place to home by our pupils, the school succeeds at making learning fun with a wide and varied curriculum, designed to help all pupils get the very best of starts on their individual educational journey.

In this warm, dynamic and engaging environment, we see children's self-esteem and confidence grow as they discover at an early age where their talents lie.
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Since 2011, Rob Duigan (50s). Attended boys’ catholic school in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. One of four brothers, his was a ‘happy, busy, outdoors childhood with lots of sport’ – first league cricket, amateur premier league football, athletics, fly half rugby, tennis and golf. Degree in commerce and education from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (where he met his wife, Wendy) and a master’s in educational leadership from the Australian Catholic University, New South Wales. While at university he did a stint as a volunteer coach back at his old school and it was then that one of the teachers, nun Sister Anne, told him that teaching was his vocation. ‘Accounting became a distant memory and here I am 30 years later.’

Following first teaching post in large state school, he became...

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Special Education Needs

Crackley Hall supports pupils with a variety of mild learning difficulties. We screen in Years 2 and 4 for dyslexia and we have both a Learning Support teacher and assistant who work in English and Maths, both one to one and in classrooms offering support.

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