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  • Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College
    Skircoat Green
    West Yorkshire
    HX3 0RZ
  • Head: Mr Martin Moorman
  • T 01422 358621
  • F 01422 329621
  • E admin@ravenscliff…
  • W www.ravensclif…
  • A special state school for pupils aged from 11 to 19 with severe and profound learning difficulties, physical disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, and behavioural difficulties
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Calderdale
  • Pupils: 165
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 29th November 2012
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 24th January 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Has twice as many students as school built for, so some over crowding, eg in corridors...Very individualised approach, eg will fast track students into employment if able... A parent related appreciatively that her daughter, who loves football but is unable to play it, was made the team manager...

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Since 2011, Martin Moorman, BEd in special education from Hertfordshire College of Higher Education (late 40s). Taught in three special schools before moving here, deputy 1996-2008, then partner headteacher for three years. Very resourceful, masses of energy and dedication - gets enormous satisfaction from seeing children develop in independence and social skills, eg the first time a child swims on their own (takes children swimming twice a week). Very strong on relationships – with children, parents, staff and the community; seen as friendly and approachable - he remembers everyone's names, praises parents; students call him Martin (all staff called by their first name) – and is not above tying up a child's shoe laces for them. Accompanies biannual French residential.

Justifiably proud of school's four outstanding Ofsted reports but constantly investigating...

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Special Education Needs

We are Calderdale's only Secondary Special School, and cater for pupils with a wide range of Special Educational Needs, including: moderate and severe learning difficulties, profound and multiple learning difficulties, autistic spectrum disorders, sensory impairment, and physical disabilities. A small percentage have identified moderate emotional and behavioural difficulties. Well-qualified teachers and support assistants deliver the curriculum, to groups, in which favourable staff to student ratios are maintained. The organisation of the school reflects that of a mainstream secondary school, with students predominantly taught in chronological year groups and all National Curriculum subjects offered, plus personal, social, health and citizenship education, careers advice and opportunities for work experience or post school preparation activities. The school also operates specialised needs based communication groups, in which students focus on the development of a range of skills from non-verbal and verbal functional communication, to reading, writing and comprehension. These extend into needs based literacy, numeracy and ICT sessions within key stage groupings. Great emphasis is placed on students becoming involved in the community, visiting local shops and places of interest and developing independence skills by using public transport with appropriate levels of support from staff. Inclusion opportunities are actively promoted and supported. Some students may spend time working collaboratively with mainstream peers, or attend sessions at other local schools or colleges. The school's Springboard programme provides some students with vocational experience opportunities and intensive staff support during extended workplace placements. The aim of Ravenscliffe High School and Sports college is: 'To recognise and respond to the individual needs of its students and provide them with a relevant and challenging curriculum whilst working closely with parents and carers.' We aspire to achieve this by: providing a positive, well resourced learning environment staffed by trained and committed professionals; encouraging students to develop a positive attitude to learning through the celebration of success and achievement; maintaining high expectations in terms of attendance, behaviour and co-operation in learning; providing a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, including the National Curriculum, which excites and challenges students; ensuring a safe and caring environment where individual views on religious and cultural issues are respected as students develop into responsible citizens; working closely with parents, carers and the local community and managing the funding and resources available in an effective and efficient manner. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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