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The Vision

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Ravenscliffe@SpringHall will be a centre for post-16 learning and for the community. The new school building is planned to help alleviate overcrowding at the main Ravenscliffe site at Skircoat Green, as well as be a centre for inclusivity for Calderdale and it's community.
The School proposed the vision of Ravenscliffe@SpringHall to Calderdale Council, and following protracted negotiations and planning, we are now a step closer to realising the dream. Our vision is that Ravenscliffe@SpringHall will be a resource that helps meet the needs of our Post-16 learners at Ravenscliffe High School, whilst also enhancing the the Spring Hall athletics facility by providing community accessible changing rooms, spectator areas, and a cafe.
Hopefully, as you can see from the architects drawings, the building will be track side to enable community use both in and out of hours. Importantly, there will be no impact on the existing sporting facilities or the Spring Hall Mansion itself. In fact, we are sure that the development will only add to and enhance the sporting provision and prestige of the Spring Hall site.
We have been researching this project for the past 10 years, and feel that Spring Hall is the perfect location for our School and the wider Calderdale community. We really do believe that Ravenscliffe@SpringHall will have far reaching benefits for our students and the community both now and in the future.
After much research and discussion, we found ourselves attracted to a new 6th Form provision at Castle School, Newbury which was designed by IBI Group  ( As a School, we loved the idea of a single level building in a horseshoe shape that contained an enclosed, secure courtyard. The build made maximum use of natural light, and was built to a variety of standards to ensure it was environmentally friendly as possible.
As a result, Calderdale Council approached IBI Nightingale and asked them to conduct a feasibility study to confirm that a new build meeting our requirements at Spring Hall was possible. As part of the brief, IBI Nightingale produced some initial architectural designs that matched the requirements of the School and the wider community. These requirements include:
  • Provision for Community, Sports, Education and Recreational use of parts of the building both in and out of School hours.
  • A building that has low maintenance costs and that is energy efficient
  • Community and School parking
  • Space for two School Minibuses
  • Safe routes for pedestrians from Huddersfield Road into the site
The building itself will  include:
  • A Community Cafe
  • Community changing rooms to enhance track facilities
  • Six learning and resource bases which include; PSHCE, Food Technology, Work Related Learning and Community, Library, IT and Audio, Performing Arts and a Sensory/Therapy Room.
  • Storage and workshop area for the School's fleet of adapted bikes.