Crosshill is a secondary special school for children aged 11 to 16 with a post-16 provision for young adults aged 16 to 19.

Students must have an Educational, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) to be eligible for a place.

We cater for a wide range of needs, specialising in severe, moderate, and global language and cognition learning difficulties.

Students often display a second need; These can include speech, language or communication needs (SLCN), Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Hearing or Visual Impairment (HI & VI), Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs, or other physical or medical disabilities or conditions.

Our admission arrangements, including post-16 study, are determined by Blackburn with Darwen Council. The special school application process is different than for mainstream schools as applicants require an Education, Health and Care Plan.

The Special Educational Needs Statutory Assessment Team deal with requests for statutory assessments. Information on special school admissions can be found here, or phone 01254 666739 or email

If you would like to visit Crosshill School please contact Paula Thornton on 01254 667713 or email

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