Changes to Ravenshall School Approved


Changes will be made to a local special school so that vulnerable young people in our area can receive extra support.

Following a successful pilot scheme, our cabinet members have decided to raise the upper age range of Ravenshall School, Dewsbury, from 16 to 19 years.

The change will mean certain students with special educational needs – those who are not yet ready to leave school – may have the option of a place at Ravenshall after Year 11 and will be given extra help in preparing for life after school.

Students who are eligible for the post-Year 11 places will be supported to make the shift from college to adulthood.

Our pilot scheme was highly successful after being introduced in partnership with Kirklees College.

We then held a public consultation about making the change permanent. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive and final approval has now been given.

The provision will not be a general sixth form as most students are ready to leave school at the age of 16.

It is to ensure that young people from Ravenshall, Lydgate and Longley schools who are in greatest need of support are able to take up a place and get all the extra help they need.

Cllr Shabir Pandor, our cabinet member for Schools and Learning, said:

Having visited the school, talked to staff and met with learners, I’m not at all surprised that Ravenshall is well established as an outstanding special school for children and young people with complex needs.

Ravenshall plays a crucial role in the lives of pupils and families and, through this post-16 provision, it has enhanced its offer even further.

The post-Year 11 pilot scheme has made a vital difference in preparing especially vulnerable young people to move into adulthood.

By making this permanent, we are ensuring many more young people with special educational needs (SEN) will continue to receive the extra support they need.

We have been analysing our SEN provision for many years and we are committed to achieving the highest possible standards across Kirklees.

This is a positive opportunity for some of our most vulnerable learners and means we can continue responding to the needs of pupils and their families both now and in the future.”

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