An Independent School

Cressex Lodge

Cressex Lodge is a small independent school offering secondary education. Our approach is innovative and nurturing to boys with a variety of educational and social needs. We tailor our approach as much as possible to the individual needs of pupils so they are able to achieve their greatest potential and prepare them for further education, work and life.

Our approach is different from that of a mainstream school whilst providing a full range of qualifications, from entry level to GCSE. It is a supportive environment that enables pupils to feel valued, recognised as individuals and capable of achieving.

Mission Statement

Our Mission

Our aim is to provide each of our pupils with an Education for Life, by valuing and respecting them as individuals, developing their self-esteem, relationships and attachments; encouraging their individual abilities to their full potential in a caring and orderly environment.

Values: At Cressex Lodge School we embed Tolerance, Acceptance, Inclusion and Celebration into everything we do. We promote mutual respect for everyone within our community.

Vision: Our vision is to prepare pupils for the rest of their lives, to make the changes necessary to ensure this and give them every opportunity to be successful members of society.

Ethos: To achieve this vision we create an environment at Cressex Lodge School that supports and nurtures each individual. Every day is a new day.

Education Team

Key People

Sarah Snape


BA (Hons), PGCE, PGCE Special Education, NPQH

After gaining a BA Honours degree in Psychology and PGCE in Special Education, Sarah began her teaching career in East London before moving to a residential SEBD school in 1994. From there, she headed up a variety of special settings, including a behaviour support service, pupil referral units and a residential special school, all the while developing experience of teaching from Key Stages 1-4 and working closely with educational psychology services. Sarah has a particular interest in developing the social and emotional skills of pupils and believes every child and young person is entitled to a broad and balanced education and as many opportunities in life as possible – values she shares with SWAAY and which contributed to her appointment as SWAAY school headteacher in 2012.

Natalie Hammond

Special Education Needs Coordinator

BSc (Hons), Level 5 Cert SpLD, Dip RSA, SENCO specialist cert

Natalie joined SWAAY in 2005. She works closely with other professionals such as psychologists, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists and has deepened and broadened her understanding of the learning process and the different (often hidden) barriers that might be at play. Over her years at SWAAY, Natalie has worked with a diverse range of different learning needs and is passionate about supporting young people to access their education in the way that works best for them to maximise their chances of success.

Rob Seymour

Deputy Head, Pastoral Lead, PE teacher

B.Ed in Physical Education

Following initial teaching experience in mainstream schools, Rob decided to focus on Special Education and helping disadvantaged young people enjoy sports and being active. Rob joined SWAAY in 2000 and has developed the pastoral role within the school while being passionate about supporting the young people to stay healthy, fit and emotionally strong. Rob hopes each young person will find an activity or sport that they improve at and will take further in their own time.

Aaron Vince

DofE Manager, Science teacher

NVQ Level 3 Custodial Care

After spending 10 years in the prison service focusing on the rehabilitation of young people in custody, Vinny joined Cressex Lodge, first as a Teaching Assistant and then Science teacher. Vinny was actively supporting with the Duke of Edinburgh programme and in July 2018 became the Duke of Edinburgh Manager. Vinny has a real passion for helping the young people experience new opportunities through the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and guiding them to achieve their full potential in science, by opening their minds to all aspects of both the science and outdoor curriculum.

Glyn Ingram

Transitions Lead, Examinations Officer, English teacher

BA (Hons) English, PGCE

Glyn has taught across a range of settings including secondary and further education, later progressing to Head of English at Farnbrough College of Technology. Alongside English, his subject-specialisms include media and film and he has taught at all levels. Glyn has undertaken study programmes at Universities as far afield as UNLV in Las Vegas. He is an experienced examiner and moderator for a number of examination boards and has previously taken part in research-programmes with assessment bodies to help shape and inform future curriculum choices. Since arriving at Cressex Lodge in 2017, Glyn has used his wealth of experience in post-16 education and working with assessment bodies to shape the role of Transitions Lead and Exams officer. Glyn supports pupils make their steps from school into college or apprenticeships, alongside ensuring the smooth implementation and operation of the school’s external assessment processes.
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School Details

“We are committed to providing each pupil with the best chance to achieve. We do this by treating everyone as an individual, an individual who has a say in how we best meet his educational needs.”

Sarah Snape, Headmistress


Cressex Lodge, Terrace Road South, Binfield, Berkshire, RG42 4DE

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