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Ravenscliffe@SpringHall : A purpose built, fully accessible Sixth Form and Community Centre in the heart of Calderdale

Ravenscliffe@SpringHall is the culmination of a decade of careful thought, planning and consideration in response to an ever growing school population and increased capacity issues at Ravenscliffe High School (RHS). As Calderdale’s only secondary special school, RHS caters for young people with a wide range of learning and physical disabilities. Central Government guidelines indicate that the existing school building is fit to accommodate the learning of a maximum of 69 students; in January 2017 it's student population reached a record high of 172, more than double capacity. With future numbers projected to rise further, and under increased pressure from both inside and outside Calderdale for places at the OFSTED rated “Outstanding” School, RHS is swelling at the seams and in desperate need of a long term solution.

That solution is Ravenscliffe@SpringHall; a purpose built, fully accessible Post-16 learning centre and out of hours community centre situated approximately one mile from the current site.  Lying adjacent to an existing athletics track, and with no impact on current facilties, the centre will provide exciting and innovative learning opportunities for up to 70 young people aged 16-19, whilst relieving the capacity issues at the main school building and thus affording better provision for younger students.

Since 2005, we have explored a number of options in the hope of addressing our capacity issues.  However the majority of these involved the renovation of existing brownfield sites in various locations across Calderdale; they were simply unfit for purpose, inaccessible and too far removed from the main school community.  Our young people deserve a purpose built, fully accessible centre in which they can thrive and develop to the best of their abilities. Ravenscliffe@SpringHall will provide just that, and much more

We have now secured the required investment for the building, and a planning application was granted in July 2016. The project was advertised for tender on February 2nd 2017, and work is expected to commence in late spring/early summer 2017. A September 2018 opening is now more than achievable.

We are now seeking the remaining £280,000 we think is required to equip the centre to the highest possible standards.

If you would like to help us cross the finishing line, we would be delighted to hear from you!

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