“From the moment pupils first join the school, staff get to know their interests and aspirations well. They work hard to help pupils experience success and achieve their potential.”                 “Staff get the best out of pupils by offering support and reassurance. Pupils are put at ease by the respectful, trusting and professional relationships staff form with them.”                 “Staff have high expectations. Pupils describe their school as a place where ‘each day is a fresh new start’.”                 “Staff are positive role models. They reinforce what is expected and help pupils to regulate their behaviour so that learning is not disrupted.”            &nbs;    “Staff work effectively in order to help pupils to remove barriers to their learning and attendance.”                 “The curriculum is interesting and ambitious”

Welcome from the Headteacher

I feel extremely proud and privileged to be the Headteacher of Serenity School Crawley. Our school community’s diverse cultures, languages and experiences make it an exciting place to be, where children, parents and staff respect each other’s differences and celebrate our commonalities. We are a therapeutic school and offer a holistic approach to the education of young people. We are a 5-18 non-selective day school for boys and girls who have a wide range of SEND needs. Serenity has a culture which fosters a love of learning and intellectual curiosity within a strong and supportive community.

All staff have a shared vision and commitment to ensuring children at our school receive exciting learning opportunities, the knowledge, and skills to adapt to the fast-changing world we live in. We want our children to be confident, respectful, resilient, and inquisitive individuals. I am passionate and committed to our school’s core values and our pupils and staff are encouraged to live these values in all aspects of school life.

  • We take care of ourselves.
  • We take care of each other.
  • We take care of our learning.
  • We take care of our school, community, and the world.
  • We take care of our future.

We provide a well-planned and engaging curriculum by focusing on a student-centred approach where individual bespoke needs are matched with a rich and varied curriculum. The curriculum is highly personalised to suit pupils’ individual and wide-ranging needs. This not only means ensuring that pupils achieve academically, albeit very important, but it also means ensuring that all our pupils make progress socially and emotionally. We ensure pupils can understand their emotions and communicate their feelings. Importantly, pupils are supported to become well-rounded citizens that are ready to take their place in the world. We equip students with the tools to develop their individual character, in an environment which promotes dignity, integrity, self-discipline and self-esteem.

At the heart of our work at Serenity school lies the uncompromising belief that all children, regardless of their experiences and backgrounds, have the right to reach their full potential, instilling confidence in children to understand that barriers don’t have to limit their lives.

As parents and carers, you have a vital role in the education of your children; we actively encourage close co-operation between home and school. I know you have high aspirations for your child’s educational achievements and look forward to developing a successful partnership that will support you in achieving this and help in making your child’s time at Serenity school both happy and successful. We value your views and welcome any ideas you may have in helping us to further improve our school. Prospective parents and pupils are welcome to visit our school. Please contact the school office if you wish to arrange a visit.

I am delighted to be the Headteacher of Serenity Crawley and look forward to what we will achieve together.

Claire Pettman


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