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Welcome to CGS!

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Cricket Green School.  

We were once described as “Like school. Only better!” and that's what we like to believe we offer to all our pupils and families. 


Cricket Green is a thriving and outstanding special school, which offers learners the opportunity to grow and develop in an environment where they and their achievements are valued. Pupil well being is at the heart of all we do as we strive for all our learners to be happy, develop skills and competencies for life and grow in to secure and confident young people taking their place in society. 


In 2010, 2013 and 2017 Ofsted judged us as an “Outstanding School”,

praise doesn’t get any better than that but it hasn't stopped us striving to do better to continue to make Cricket Green a happy and outstandingly successful school. We surround ourselves with remarkable people and have amazing pupils!


OUTSTANDING 2010 - 2017 !!!

Celia Dawson

Headteacher: Celia Dawson, OBE

About Us

Cricket Green School is a community in which we aim to educate and develop children, in order that they lead independent, fulfilled and happy lives.

We aim to enable pupils to make informed choices and to develop greater levels of independence together with an increased awareness of themselves as learners, as individuals and as members of their local community.

With this aim in mind,we work hard to ensure that each pupil has many opportunities during their school life to develop skills, qualifications and confidence.

We have a highly-skilled staff of teachers, assistants, lunchtime supervisors and office staff.

We work hard to ensure that each pupil has many opportunities during their school life to develop skills, qualifications and confidence. We aim for pupils to increase their employability options, use their leisure time and enable each one to make a contribution to their community.  


Mrs Celia Dawson, Headteacher of Cricket Green School, Merton has been awarded an Order Of The British Empire (OBE) in the King’s New Year’s Honours list. Mrs Dawson was given the award for her ‘Outstanding and exemplary lifetime services to Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs’. 

Mrs Dawson has been the Headteacher of Cricket Green school for 22 years and led the creation of Mitcham Town Community Trust, a thriving schools co-operative consisting of 9 primary schools, 2 special schools and 1 secondary school. As a Trust Chair Mrs Dawson has been visionary in leading projects and supporting all member schools in raising standards in teaching and learning and improving life chances for all.

Mrs Dawson has also made a significant contribution towards improvements in Merton’s special education provision as a consultant, mentor and trainer. Working with other school leaders, charities and the business community across Merton and beyond, Mrs Dawson has directly contributed to many positive changes and outcomes for children and their families. 

Alongside her school work, Mrs Dawson also established a Project Search internship programme for Post 18 young adults with learning difficulties. The programme is based at St George’s Hospital and has been continuously successful in supporting young people with skills development and finding employment.

Most recently Mrs Dawson was at the frontline, helping staff and families during the Covid pandemic. She helped with a range of extraordinary tasks: from running a testing station, packing and delivering foodparcels and homework deliveries, to providing wellbeing support initiatives. During the Lockdowns Mrs Dawson was in every day, keeping the school open for our most vulnerable pupils and families.

When asked about her work Mrs Dawson always says ‘it’s the best job in the world’ and she is known as a caring leader with a positive attitude towards life.

Mrs Dawson said. “I’m humbled and proud of the incredible work of my team and local community who have helped me shape Cricket Green School into the ‘child centered’ school that it is today. This award is shared with everyone with me on the journey.”

Congratulations Mrs Celia Elaine Dawson, OBE.


Come and join us for drink and chat at The Orchard Café in Chapel Orchard!

Friday mornings from 8.30am - 10.15am

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Calendar Dates



last day of term 
1pm finish






Bank holiday
school closed



Bank holiday
school closed

29 may - 02 june

half term

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