Welcome to Crackley Hall and Little Crackers Nursery's Admissions e-newsletter. Filled full of information and advice, it gives you a wonderful feel for school and nursery life, tells you about forthcoming events which are open to prospective pupils and their families and has plenty of helpful guidance about the admissions process, particularly for those who are looking at entry in September 2024 and beyond.

The newsletter is issued twice a year to coincide with key admissions periods, the next edition will be published in Autumn 2024.

If you have any feedback, comments or queries please feel free to email the team at admissions@crackleyhall.co.uk.



Headmaster's Welcome

I would like to extend a very warm welcome to Crackley Hall School. Our Admissions Update is designed to give you the latest information on our admissions process, as well as news and developments at Crackley Hall and Little Crackers Nursery. We also hope that the newsletter will convey a feel for the family atmosphere the inclusivity, challenge and support and the understanding of the individual at Crackley as well as a taste of the many opportunities available, and achievements of the children in our community, from academic to sporting and the arts.

We continue to thrive following our latest inspections, which you can read in full here. In their most recent report, the inspectors highlighted, “The teaching enables pupils to make good progress”, “Principles and values are actively promoted which facilitate the personal development of pupils”, and “Leaders and managers demonstrate good skills and knowledge”. 

Crackley Hall retains the small-school feel, with favourable class sizes to ensure each child is understood and given the attention needed at this critical time in their development. We continue to offer a wealth of opportunities, often delivered by larger schools, that stretch and challenge every child. We see children as individuals who are very well known to every member of staff. Our children are happy and this matters very much to us. Just as importantly, our parents feel a real sense of connection and involvement. 

We look forward to welcoming you to Crackley Hall and Little Crackers Nursery soon.

Princethorpe Partners With Team Super Sports To Offer Summer Holiday Camps

Princethorpe College is delighted to be partnering with Team Super Sports to offer Holiday Camps to children aged 5 to 16 years for six weeks this July and August. 
The initiative is part of the Foundation’s new Commercial Enterprise activity aimed at generating additional sources of income and is in response to feedback and demand from parents. 
The Summer Holiday Camps will run from 8.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday from 15 July to 23 August and are open to all. They will offer a wide variety of sporting activities, taking advantage of the College’s extensive grounds and sporting facilities. Youngsters aged 7 to 16 can take their pick of rugby, cricket, football, gymnastics, netball, hockey and tennis and create their very own sports camp. In addition to sports, dance and games there will also be optional arts and crafts activities for younger children aged 5 to 7. 
Comments, Gemma Cullinane, Princethorpe Commercial Enterprise Manager, “Team Super Sports are an experienced provider of sport and multi-activity holiday camps with a fantastic reputation for top-level coaching for children of all abilities. We are very excited to be joining forces with them for the first of many holiday camps to come. 
Dan Super, Founder of Team Super Sports, added, “Princethorpe’s beautiful campus is the perfect setting for a holiday camp. We are expecting it to be a very popular choice for many families in the local area.” 
For more information and to book your child’s place simply visit the Team Super Sports website here. The camps are priced at £37 a day. Bookings before the early bird deadline of Sunday 9 June attract an extra 10% discount and there are further discounts available for siblings and four and five-day bookings. Childcare vouchers are also accepted. 
Team Super Sports will be on hand at the College’s Open Evening on Wednesday 5 June and at Induction Day on Wednesday 26 June to answer any questions families may have or you can contact them at info@teamsupersports.co.uk or call 01675 448494. 
Crackley Hall’s Holiday Club will continue to run as normal.

Four Pupils Awarded Gold In Primary Maths Challenge

Four pupils were awarded Gold certificates in this year's Primary Mathematics Challenge, a fun and exciting mathematical competition aimed at pupils in Years 5 and 6.
This year, Crackley Hall had 20 Junior 6 and 10 Junior 5 pupils take part in the challenge which involves tackling a series of questions that boost confidence in mathematics, develops reasoning skills and encourages problem solving.
Congratulations go to Ding, Arthur, Beatrice and Elizabeth who all received a Gold certificate, a really excellent result. Plenty of pupils also received Silver and Bronze awards.
A huge well done to all who took part!

Crackley Hall Delivers A Dazzling Evening Of Performing Arts

Crackley Hall’s Key Stage 2 Evening of Performing Arts took place on Tuesday 6 February showcasing the breadth and depth of pupils’ musical and dramatic talents.

Musical Theatre Group opened the proceedings with a spectacular The Greatest Showman Medley and that was followed by 22 performances all sparkling with crisp clear deliveries, fine-tuned fingers and well-rehearsed polish.

The evening finished, as it had begun, with the stage packed with performers as the Chamber Choir and Choral Group delivered glorious performances of favourites such as Hold Back The River and There’s A Power In The Music.

Headmaster, Rob Duigan expressed his delight at it all announcing, ‘There is no better way to spend an evening than to come and watch Crackley’s children perform. They never cease to amaze me. Thank you to them all, it has been a truly memorable evening.”

Many thanks to all of the staff involved in preparing the children and supporting the production and to Mrs Olden, Mrs Wildey and Mrs Paphitis who have shown us yet again what talent, energy and zest for the performing arts there is at Crackley Hall.

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Robotics Lesson Sparks Pupils' Passion for Computing

Our Junior 6 pioneers used their Lego and programming skills to build robots in their Computing lessons. Some pupils finished in record time and started to programme their robots to move and sense the environment around them.

The robotic kits are just some of the recent investments we are making in Departments across the school, to aid pupils' learning with cutting edge technology.

Our Key Stage 1 pupils can look forward to using the equipment to build Lego houses and then use Scratch to programme the rooms inside.

It was all very exciting and developed lots of futureproof skills!

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Gold And Bronze At ISA Tag Rugby Tournament

Crackley Hall School took two teams to the ISA U11 Midlands Tag Rugby Sevens at Princethorpe College on Friday 15 March and had a very successful day. Crackley finished first and third overall, bringing home the Tournament trophy and earning themselves Gold and Bronze medals respectively.

The teams showed great effort, determination and teamwork in the group stages. Crackley A played in Pool B and won all five of their matches, against Arnold Lodge 35-15, Crescent B 30-20, Edenhurst Prep 35-15, Stafford Prep 25-20 and Mylnhurst 30-15. They came first in the group and sailed through to the semi-finals.

Crackley B played in Pool A and won three of their five matches, against Bowbrook 30-10, Dixie Grammar 25-20 and Highclare 30-25 but lost to Crescent A 20-25 and St Peter’s School 15-20. That just clinched the second spot in the group and a well-earned place in the semi-finals.

In an unfortunate quirk of fate, this meant the As and Bs were drawn against each other in an all-Crackley knock-out semi-final!  Despite a very end-to-end game and some excellent weaving runs from the Bs, the A side unsurprisingly emerged on top, their tight defence proving the difference between the teams.

This then led to the Bs playing Crescent B for 3rd place overall, and the As facing Crescent A, a seriously strong showing from the Foundation.

Both games went exactly the same way, with Crackley taking advantage of early errors to get ahead and despite strong comebacks holding out for wins. Congratulations to the entire squad, you should be proud of yourselves on an excellent day of rugby.

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British Science Week Began With A Whoosh

Assembly went with a whoosh when Crackley Hall welcomed four Princethorpe Sixth Formers to kick start the learning for British Science Week. The College’s STEAM Ambassadors introduced this year’s theme of ‘Time’, conducting exciting live experiments that amazed and impressed all.

The Princethorpe Sixth Formers then ran practical Physics and Biology workshops for Junior 5 and Junior 4 who had great fun making and timing pendulums and then exploring the spread of infectious diseases. It was wonderful to see everyone's enthusiasm for science and to see them all getting involved.

Many thanks to the College's Head of Physics, Dan Lee, and to Megan, Giorgio, Tom and Jack for providing such a boost to our BSW learning – they really put on a thrilling show!

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Art Success For Crackley Pupils In Regional ISA Competition

Avni and Amaya, who are now in Junior 1 and Junior 2 respectively, have come first in the Independent Schools Association’s (ISA) Regional Art Competition. While Sara and Harry (both now in Junior 6) and last year’s Junior 1 and Junior 5L have taken second place in this prestigious competition.

Every year the ISA hold an Art competition and Crackley Hall always takes part. It is a great way to celebrate the outstanding artwork produced by pupils across the school.

This year, Avni took first place with her striking Barn Owl pastel in the Art 2D Individual EYFS class while Amaya’s lovely painting, Fish Blowing Bubbles won the Art 2D Individual KS1 class.

Last year’s Junior 1 placed second in the Art 3D Group KS1 class with Birds In A Terracotta Pot, Junior 5’s Winter Print also took second in the Textiles Group KS2 class and Sara and Harry were awarded second for their Tudor Portraits in the Art 2D Group KS2 class.

We congratulate all the artists on their super success.


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Orchestral Workshop With Crescent School

Crackley Hall pupils visited fellow Foundation Prep school Crescent School on Tuesday 12 March, to take part in an orchestral workshop. Designed to develop and stretch music and performance skills, pupils worked under the guidance of Crescent’s Director of Music, Julie Barnes, to prepare and rehearse a mixture of pieces ready for an afternoon performance.

The children relished making music, especially in such a big group. They worked hard to prepare three challenging pieces, including Yesterday by The Beatles, Chariots Of Fire by Vangelis and In The Mood arranged by Glenn Miller, all three pieces testing the players’ technical and music-reading ability.

The day finished with a short concert for parents where four soloists also showcased their musical skills. For Crackley Hall, Angelica, from Junior 4, played the theme from The Pink Panther on cello while Elsie, from Junior 6, played Knock On Wood on the drums.

The workshop was a great opportunity for them all to play together, thank you Crescent School for an excellent day.

You can watch a short clip of the orchestra performing here.

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U9 Netballers Take Gold At The ISA Midlands Tournament

Our U9 Netball Girls took part in the ISA Midlands Netball Tournament at Stafford Prep on Tuesday 19 March.

12 schools had entered the tournament so the girls enjoyed plenty of netball and played with enthusiasm and determination. Crackley Hall impressively won all eight of their matches, conceding only three goals throughout the day. The team were focused, worked well together and demonstrated skill and accuracy. A huge well done to them all!


Little Crackers Hosts Mother's Day Tea Party

We celebrated Mother’s Day at Little Crackers Nursery with a special Tea Party. We were joined by lots of the Mums and the children enthusiastically performed three charming songs. Our lovely Little Crackers excitedly took their Mums to the craft and activity tables to show them how to make beautiful bead and pipe cleaner bracelets or colour pictures of spring flowers. Of course our party had lots of tea and homemade and hand decorated cakes for us all to enjoy. Then as everyone left, the children presented their wonderful Mums with a daffodil and a carefully made Mother’s Day card.

It was wonderful to welcome everyone into nursery and to see how much the children enjoyed the fun.

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Drama Tots Visit Is A Roaring Success

Nursery children were treated to a special visit in February, which included a dragon, a rat and a host of other animals. Liz from Drama Tots UK led a thrilling session based around the Chinese New Year story - her infectious energy and vivacious presence captivated the youngsters' imaginations and it was lovely to see how much fun they had.

Take A Look At The Crackley Review

The latest edition of the Crackley Review is now available. 

This publication is a super insight into life in school and the wonderful learning that goes on day in day out here at Crackley Hall School and Little Crackers Nursery.

It makes a wonderful memento for our families, and we hope you all enjoy looking through the stories and photos.

You can find an electronic copy of the Crackley Review on our school website here which you are welcome to download to share with family and friends.

Latest Minnacle Showcases Pupils' Work

The latest issue of The Minnacle has just been published, showcasing our pupils' work. The Minnacle celebrates our pupils at their best and this latest edition includes plenty of amazing examples, from fabulous art and design work, to super descriptive writing and excellent examples of scientific working. Why not have a read yourself - you can download a copy from our school website here.

Take a look at The Pinnacle too, it celebrates the work of pupils at our Foundation's senior school, Princethorpe College, you can find a copy on their website here


Stay 'n' Play Our Friendly Toddler Group

Our Stay 'n' Play sessions run every Wednesday during term-time from 10.30am to 11.45am and are just £2.50, including refreshments. This is the perfect way to familiarise yourself and your child with Little Crackers. All are always welcome, so why not bring a friend!

Stay 'n Play regularly organises special activities for parents and little ones to enjoy. From drama and dance activities to hands on creative fun, and not to mention our annual Teddy Bears' Picnic and Christmas Party, there's guaranteed to be something for everyone at our friendly toddler group.

To see the latest upcoming events click here to visit the Stay 'n' Play page on our website.

There is no need to book for a regular session but some of the activities may need to be booked in advance, please contact Mrs Jenny Vaughan on 01926 514410 or email staynplay@littlecrackers.co.uk to reserve your place.

For more information, you can also visit www.littlecrackers.co.uk/stay-n-play


Crackley Hall and Little Crackers Open Evening

Thursday 9 May 2024 - 5.00pm to 7.00pm

Prospective pupils and their parents are warmly invited to Crackley Hall and Little Crackers Open Evening on Thursday 9 May from 5.00pm. 

Come and find out more about what a Crackley education can do for your child. This is a great opportunity for prospective families to get a feel for the school and nursery, to meet Mr Duigan, the Headmaster, and speak to key members of staff.

To book your place, please click here.

If you have any questions or need further information then please do contact our Registrar, Mrs Jenny Vaughan on 01926 514410 or email on admissions@crackleyhall.co.uk. More information is also available on the school website www.crackleyhall.co.uk/admissions-crackley

Foundation Senior School Open Event

Wednesday 5 June 2024 - 6.30pm to 8.30pm 

Princethorpe College's Summer Open Evening will take place on Wednesday 5 June from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. This is a perfect opportunity for those looking to join the College in 2025 and beyond to visit the school. There will be activities in each department for children to participate in and our Headmaster, Grove du Toit, will also address visitors during the evening.

Light refreshments will be available.

Please do spread the word amongst friends and family, as all are welcome.  

To book your place please click here.

For further information on admissions to Princethorpe College please contact the Admissions Team on 01926 634201/297 or email admissions@princethorpe.co.uk




Princethorpe College Summer Art, Photography And Design Show

Thursday 27 June from 6.00pm to 8.30pm and Sunday 30 June from 2.00pm to 4.30pm

A celebration of the College pupils' GCSE and A-level Art, Photography and Design work will take place in the Sixth Form Centre on Thursday 27 June from 6.00pm to 8.30pm and on Sunday 30 June from 2.00pm to 4.30pm.

A range of design and technology projects, from resistant materials to textiles, will be showcased alongside the stunning art and photography work the College is renowned for.

Comments, Paul Hubball, Head of Art, "This is a great opportunity to share our pupils' fantastic creativity with a wider audience and to welcome more art and design lovers to Princethorpe."

All are welcome. On Thursday evening admission is free, on the Sunday admission will be £2 per car including entry to the College's Summer Fête and Motoring Festival. Light refreshments will be available.

Princethorpe College PTA Summer Fête And 27th Annual Motoring Festival

Sunday 30 June 2024 - 2.00pm to 4.30pm

The Princethorpe College PTA Summer Fête and 27th Annual Motoring Festival is back this year! Entry to the event is just £2 per car and all are welcome.

The Fête takes place in the Orchard between 2.00pm and 4.30pm. There is lots of entertainment for both children and adults alike, which usually includes a large inflatable slide for the kids, BBQ, refreshments, bar, pupils’ stalls, over 30 external stalls, a raffle and many, many more exciting things for all the family to enjoy.  

One of the highlights of the School Calendar is the Annual Motoring Festival, now in its twenty-sixth year.

The Motoring Festival coincides with the College Summer Fête, and is open to anyone keen to bring any sort of classic, vintage, veteran or interesting vehicle along for the afternoon. There are rally plaques for all vehicles pre-booked by Tuesday 21 May 2024 and there are awards for self-judged competitions.

For more information and for entry forms for the Motoring Festival please visit the Princethorpe College website. 

So save the date and we look forward to seeing you at this fun, family event.

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Admission To Crackley Hall - Reception To Junior 6

Most of our pupils enter at Nursery and progress through to Reception. Some pupils also join us at Reception and pupils are welcome at any age, dependent on a place being available. Places in other years may be limited and, in years where there is no place available, we operate waiting groups.

We encourage prospective parents and pupils to visit us both formally and informally to get a true flavour of the school. We hold various Open Events throughout the year, including a specific Nursery and Reception Open Evening in October, which prospective parents and pupils are most welcome to attend. Individual tours are also available. A meeting with Mr Robert Duigan, the Headmaster, is also a key part of the admissions process.

Our Registrar, Mrs Jenny Vaughan will be pleased to talk you through the admissions process and current availability, please contact her on 01926 514410/514444 or email her on admissions@crackleyhall.co.uk. To request a prospectus pack please click here.

To download our current Crackley Information Booklet click here.

Reception 2024

We had very high levels of interest in places for our Reception class for September 2024 entry at the Early Bird Application deadline stage. As a result, we have already allocated all of the available places in these year groups for September 2024. We are now operating a waiting group in this year group for families who are still interested in a place, should one become available. If you have not yet registered but are interested in joining the waiting group, you are still very welcome to apply.

Current Reception to Junior 6

Applications for places in the current Reception to Junior 6 will be treated on an individual basis. In years where there is no place available, we operate waiting groups. Please contact Jenny Vaughan, our Registrar, to discuss.

Should a potential place be available you will be invited in to meet with Mr Duigan, the Headmaster, then if appropriate you should complete a Registration Form and return it with the accompanying fee of £75 (non-returnable), after which time your child will be invited for a Taster Day. 

We will also ask for your child’s most recent school report to support your application and will seek a reference from your child’s current school. Following receipt of this information, confirmation of a place being offered would be made in writing. To secure your place return your completed Confirmation of Acceptance Form with a deposit of £400 within 14 days of the date of the offer being made.

The final deadline for applications and completed registration forms for entry in September 2024 is Friday 24 May 2024. All incoming pupils need to have completed the admissions process by Friday 7 June 2024 to enable the applicant to attend our planned Induction Morning at the end of that month. (Although a place at Crackley Hall may become available after this date, and applications will be processed, we cannot guarantee availability of places.)

New pupils are given the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the school, staff and fellow pupils when they are invited to our Induction Morning in the Trinity Term, normally at the end of June. 

Bursaries are available for pupils wishing to join Crackley Hall although these are normally awarded to children from Junior 3 and above. Whilst the main financial criteria are household income and net assets, each application is considered on its own merits. 

Costs associated with dependant sick or disabled children will be taken into account and an allowance is made where there are other children already in the Foundation.

Our general guidance is that currently bursaries are not normally granted where gross household income exceeds £60,000 per annum and/or total net assets exceed £250,000.

Applications are made via an online system, please contact feessupport@princethorpe.co.uk to be sent a link to the system.

Note: Deposits are refunded after the end of the final term which the pupil spends at the school.

For more information and to download a registration form please click here.

Overseas Applications

The Crackley Hall community is enriched by the inclusion of children from many different countries and we are happy to assist parents relocating from overseas with their applications. The Crackley family currently includes children who have joined us from the USA, China, Brazil, Spain, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Korea.

If parents are visiting the UK we ask them to meet with Mr Duigan, the Headmaster.  Where a taster day is not possible and where children are English-speaking and in Year 2 or above, we can arrange for assessment papers in English and Maths to be sent to the child’s current school for them to administer and send back to us for marking.

Where children do not speak English as a first language or are too young to take assessment papers, we ask for school reports and a reference from the current school prior to offering a place.

We work closely at Crackley with a trusted partner who is experienced in English Language teaching and who can tailor a programme to meet the individual needs of children joining us.  This normally focuses on an initial intensive period of English Language support, tailing off as the child becomes more proficient and settles into life at Crackley Hall.

Our Registrar, Jenny Vaughan will always be happy to answer any questions regarding applications from overseas and to ensure that the admissions process runs as smoothly as possible.

You can email her at admissions@crackleyhall.co.uk or telephone her direct line on 01926 514410.


Frequently Asked Questions – Crackley Hall

We understand that prospective parents may have many questions that they would like to ask ahead of applying for a place for their child at Crackley Hall.  We have included those most frequently asked, but should you have a query that isn’t covered here, please call Jenny Vaughan (pictured), our Registrar, on 01926 514410.

Q: Will my child need to take an entrance exam for Crackley Hall?

A: Whilst we do not have a formal entrance examination for Crackley, we wish to ensure that every child will fit into school life and engage with our stimulating and varied range of activities and our ethos.  We ask prospective parents to meet with Mr Duigan, the Headmaster, and normally ask for children to join us on a taster day which can be arranged for a mutually convenient date. During the course of a taster day, we ask children in Years 2 and above to take papers in English and Maths although we will look at the taster day as a whole when offering a place. 

Q: Are there set joining points within the school year?

A: No, where places exist, we take children throughout the school year according to the preference of parents.

Q: What is the average class size at Crackley Hall?

A: The average class size is 18 pupils. Where class sizes exceed this we provide additional teaching support to ensure the same high standards and level of personal attention for each child. Our teacher to pupil ratio is 1:11 and our adult to child ratio is 1:8.

Q: Do you have to be Catholic to join Crackley Hall?

A: No. We welcome children from all faiths and cultural backgrounds. The Catholic ethos of the Princethorpe Foundation underpins the school and is central to its character as a caring and friendly environment where children are encouraged to be the best that they can be. The Crackley community includes Catholic children whose families wish their children to be educated within a Catholic setting but also other Christian denominations and children of other faiths or no faith.

Q: What makes Crackley Hall special?

A:  We talk a lot about the ethos of the Princethorpe Foundation and it is not just talk; it really is the basis of all that we do at Crackley Hall and parents often comment on the friendly atmosphere when they visit. We encourage the children to be kind to each other and to show respect for their peers and teachers, which in turn creates an environment where they are free to try their best and to develop their talents. The school has grown in recent years, but the family feel where each child is known as an individual remains. This combines with the highest standards of teaching and tuition from specialist teachers in Music, Drama, French, Sports, RE and Mandarin. 

Q: My child is a high achiever; how will Crackley benefit him/her? 

A: Children who demonstrate a high standard academically will be supported to further develop their abilities. A structured Able, Gifted and Talented programme operates through the school, ensuring that we meet the needs of children not just academically but also in other areas such as sports and performing arts. Sometimes parents worry that because their child is quiet or falls in the middle ground, they will be overlooked – this is not the case at Crackley as we strive to develop the potential of all children and to develop their talents.

With the support of our senior school, Princethorpe College, we have introduced the Junior da Vinci Programme to stretch children and to engender the idea that any child can be a gifted or talented student if they work hard. The programme encourages children to develop a growth mind-set and to take an active part in their own learning.

Q: My child may need additional support – what can Crackley Hall offer?

A: Our learning support team, which includes a Speech and Language therapist, works with children providing extra help at whatever level they need from 1:1 support to inclusion in small groups to hone their skills in specific areas, such as communication and language, numeracy and co-ordination.  

We are quick to recognise children who may need extra support and we try to 'catch' them before they begin to struggle. This means that class teachers refer children to our Learning Support Co-ordinator as soon as they are concerned. In this way we try not to miss anyone and to keep all children’s self-esteem high. We welcome input from parents and are very happy to discuss any concerns they may have.

When a child needs support that is additional to, or different from that provided for other children of their age, then we follow the Special Needs Code of Practice fully. This includes the process of applying for an Education, Health and Care Plan where required, so that parents are fully involved and children get the support they need.

Support for a child may entail 1:1 teaching for which there is a termly charge. Children who require this teaching will receive a structured, cumulative, multi-sensory learning programme tailored to their individual needs.

Should your child need any additional learning support, please indicate this on the registration form.  He/she will then spend some time with our SENCo during the taster day.

Q: What extra-curricular clubs do you offer?

A: We offer over 90 different lunch-time and after school clubs that cater for all interests – see the section on clubs, sport and music within this update. 

Q: I am a working parent – do you offer wrap around care and holiday provision?

A:  We offer free ‘early bird’ supervision from 7.45am and paid-for after-care until 6.00pm.  We run a holiday club subject to demand, in all school holidays apart from the Christmas week.

Q: If I have two or more children joining, will I get a discount?

A: Yes, families with more than one child at either Princethorpe College or Crackley Hall School receive a discount of 5% for a second or third child and 10% for a fourth or subsequent child. The discount does not apply to Little Crackers, although children are entitled to 15 hours a week free-of-charge for a maximum of 38 weeks when the child turns 3.

Q: Do you accept childcare vouchers?

A: Yes, we take vouchers from most of the major schemes, which may be used against after-school care or holiday club.

Q: Do you operate a bus service to Crackley?

We do not currently operate a bus service, however should you accept a place we are happy to pass your details on to current parents in your post-code so that you can explore lift-share opportunities.

Q: When do I need to apply for a place in September?

A: We always advise the sooner, the better as classes fill up.  Children need to be registered by Friday 24 May 2024 at the latest in order for their application to be progressed for our Induction Morning in June. Our prospectus pack includes a registration form and once you return it to us with the registration fee, we can start the admissions process.

Q: If I apply, when will I hear about a place?

A: Once you have completed and returned a registration form, we will contact you to arrange for you and your child to meet Mr Duigan.  We will also ask for a copy of your child's latest report and request a reference from your child’s current school, when we have this information we will advise whether we will offer a place.  

Q: Will joining Crackley Hall give my child priority for joining Princethorpe?

A:  Crackley children do not automatically gain entry to Princethorpe and whilst in Year 6 take the Princethorpe examination paper.  However, they are well prepared for the examination and have a high success rate as a result.

Uniform And Dress Code

Uniform is compulsory for Crackley Hall pupils and helps to create a sense of shared identity, community spirit and pride in oneself and in the school.

Uniform can be purchased from the School Shop located at Princethorpe College.

Normally the Uniform Shop is open from 3.30pm to 4.30pm Mondays and Wednesdays during term time. Additionally, during the summer holidays, the shop is open on selected dates on an appointment only basis.

A uniform list is available in the Crackley Hall Information Booklet that can be found on the Admissions page of the school's website here.

Music, Drama, Sport And Extra-Curricular Clubs At Crackley Hall

Music and Drama

Music is an integral part of life at Crackley Hall and at Little Crackers Nursery where the children benefit from a music and movement class each week.

Mrs Olden is our specialist music teacher and every class has one hour of music a week.  In Junior 1, every child learns to play the recorder and to read music and to play with others. 

In addition, children are encouraged to take part in private lessons with our experienced peripatetic teachers. 

We have a thriving choral group, chamber choir and orchestra and there are many opportunities to sing and play at school and at external events such as Young Voices in which the school has participated for many years.

Drama is also a core part of life at Crackley Hall and children develop their skills in choral speaking, improvisation, public speaking and performance. From the annual LAMDA Communication and Drama Exams to local drama festivals and in-house performances, there are many opportunities for children to develop their confidence and poise through drama. Some of our children have even taken part in professional productions at the RSC and in the West End.

Our end of year music and drama production is always unmissable and gives the children the opportunity to participate in a show of professional quality in a real theatre.


Our success in competitive sports is testament to the importance of physical education and the promotion of an active lifestyle at Crackley Hall. 

Whether children want to take part in an individual pursuit such as athletics or swimming or a team game such as netball or rugby, they will be encouraged by our enthusiastic and committed staff led by Mrs Vaughan, Head of Sport, to find an activity in which they can develop their skills and confidence. 

Our curriculum and programme of clubs take in a wide range of activities including dance and gymnastics.  We are lucky to have spacious playing fields and we also use the sports facilities at Princethorpe College and The University of Warwick.


Our extra-curricular programme is extremely popular at Crackley Hall and we encourage children to find something that they will enjoy. From sports to singing to creative arts, with 90 different lunchtime and after schools clubs, there is something for every taste.

Our current clubs include rugby, netball, chamber choir, cookery, yoga and mindfulness, lego, chess, ballet, karate, ultimate frisbee, Mad Science, football, sewing and orchestra and homework club. Some of these clubs are run by teachers and are free of charge whilst some are from external providers.

Foundation Term Dates 2024-25

For those who like to plan ahead the Foundation Term Dates are:


Michaelmas Term 2024 
Tuesday 3 September to Wednesday 18 December 
Half Term

Saturday 19 October to Sunday 3 November
Lent Term 2025  
Tuesday 7 January to Thursday 3 April
Half Term

Saturday 15 February to Sunday 23 February 

Trinity Term 2025 
Monday 28 April to Thursday 3 July
Half Term

Saturday 24 May to Sunday 1 June


Michaelmas Term 2025 
Tuesday 2 September to Wednesday 17 December 
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Saturday 18 October to Sunday 2 November
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Tuesday 6 January to Thursday 26 March
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Saturday 23 May to Sunday 31 May

Nursery Admissions

Admission To Little Crackers Nursery

We take children from when they turn two-years old and advise parents to apply in good time, at least a year in advance for places in our youngest Dormice room. The nursery day currently runs from 7.45am to 6.00pm, 51 weeks a year, to cater for the needs of working parents.

Places are available on a term-time only basis or all year round. Flexible morning and afternoon sessions are available and government nursery and employer childcare vouchers are accepted.

There is a minimum requirement of four sessions a week. 

We have dedicated nursery staff for our Dormice (two-year-olds), Hedgehogs (three-year-olds) and Badgers (four-year-olds).  Each group has its own leader and dedicated staff so they and the children get to know each other well.

If you are interested in your child attending Little Crackers we would recommend that you contact Mrs Jenny Vaughan, our Registrar, who will make an appointment for you and your child to meet with the Nursery Manager, Emma Birch, to discuss availability.

To secure a place, simply complete a Registration Form with your required sessions and preferred start date and return this with the accompanying fee of £75 to the Registrar. You will then receive confirmation in writing that we can offer a nursery place with an acceptance form for you to sign. If the sessions you require are not available your fee will be returned.

Prior to starting, you and your child can attend a number of short settling in sessions, typically two or three, where you will meet your child’s key person. A start date, from which point sessions are billable, will be agreed with Nursery staff at the settling-in sessions.

Little Crackers Availability

If you are interested in a place at Little Crackers for your son or daughter we advise you to enquire in good time as places are limited and tend to get booked up early.

We are currently accepting places for September 2024 entry and beyond across all age groups. 

For further details on the places available, please contact Jenny Vaughan, Registrar on 01926 514410 or email admissions@crackleyhall.co.uk.

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