Alternative Provision

Critchill School is committed to working in collaboration with mainstream schools to provide high quality Alternative Provision. Currently we have the following offers available: 


  • Build a Bike 
  • Creative Therapy Workshops 
  • Creative Therapy Individual Sessions 
  • Play Therapy (Individual and Group sessions) 
  • Music Therapy (Individual and Group sessions) 


Individual Therapy (Play, Music, Creative)

Critchill School provides a variety of therapies in 'The Garden Room', a purpose-built space based in the school's sensory garden.  The Garden Room is a space where young people can access therapy, including Play Therapy, Music Therapy, and Creative Therapy, depending on the young person's individual needs.  The benefits of therapy can include reducing anxiety, dealing with past trauma, improved confidence and self-respect, being able to form healthy bonds and relationships, and learning healthy coping strategies.


Pricing and referral information





Creative Therapy

The Bike Shed

The Bike Shed @ Critchill School provides vulnerable and disengaged students including those at risk of permanent exclusion with the opportunity to learn new skills, develop self-confidence and gain a sense of achievement. They will also begin to build work-related skills such as self-reflection, team-working and problem solving.


Bicycle maintenance is the primary focus of the provision but students can also learn about healthy living, nutrition for exercise, planning cycle routes and preparing for different weather conditions and health and safety in the workplace. 


Students are able to keep the fully refurbished and safety checked bike they have worked on, at the end of the term if the agreed contract has been fulfilled. 


They will also get the opportunity to undertake two bike activity coaching sessions at a local BMX track with a qualified Activity Coach during the project. 


The provision is available once a week on a Wednesday, for up to 4 students. The initial courses will run for 9 weeks each. 


Two members of staff from Critchill School teach and supervise students at all times. Bike coaching sessions are delivered in conjunction with SEND IT! BMX Academy who are British Cycling approved.


Creative Therapy Group

Creative therapy workshops for up to five young people.  ‘The Garden’ is a purpose built learning space based in the school’s sensory garden. It is a space where young people who are vulnerable and disengaged are given the opportunity to learn new creative and art based skills, develop self-confidence, work with others, reflect and gain a sense of achievement.

This group will provide a safe space to:

  • Create things to help self & emotional expression

  • Develop skills on how to relate to others

  • Learn about themselves

  • Develop new healthy coping strategies