Calderdale Council has pledged extra-funding to the campaign to build a new sixth-form and community centre for pupils of the region’s only special high school.
The council had agreed to contribute half of the capital needed towards Ravenscliffe High School’s plans to build a £3m centre at Halifax’s Spring Hall, Huddersfield Road.
The school has been on a massive community campaign to raise the pounds to make the dream a reality for students and to take the pressure off the over-subscribed Halifax high school.
Community fundraising,school savings, grants and key stone donations have generated £750,000.
To commission the ‘green light’ on the build, the council has said it will invest an additional £100,000 to the Ravenscliffe@SpringHall project.
Cabinet member for children and young people’s services, coun Megan Swift, said: “The additional funding will contribute significantly to the additional money needed. I’m delighted we’re a step closer to making the vision a reality.”
She said the funding will ensure the school can meet growing demand for places and provide top-class facilities and support for pupils with complex needs.”
Ravenscliffe head teacher, Martin Moorman, announced the good news to an audience at the school’s Tour de Force Concert. He said: “Our sincere thanks go to the council for backing us with this project. The practicalities are that the project will move towards a ‘design freeze’, hopefully by the end of July 2014 which will then generate planning and tendering applications. The first spade in the ground is probable around April 2015 with a 40 week building programme following this. Massive thanks to our supporting community.”
It is hoped the trackside centre will open in September 2016.