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Leon Warren, Lucy Lowther, Luke Richardson, David Ferrari, Nico Ferenc and Megan Sockwell-Allen, at Ravenscliffe High, with plans for the new college at Spring Hall

Leon Warren, Lucy Lowther, Luke Richardson, David Ferrari, Nico Ferenc and Megan Sockwell-Allen, at Ravenscliffe High, with plans for the new college at Spring Hall

The ethos of Ravenscliffe is for those that can, do.

Ravenscliffe Spring Board students are immersed into chosen working environments, one day per week.

Outside of the school walls, pupils learn a range of skills including social and communication skills, independence and punctuality.

32 students go out one day a week to complete work placements with locally based companies including Co-Operative, Lloyds Banking Group, Sainsbury’s and Tesco who offer full and part time paid employment for Ravenscliffe school leavers.

Ravenscliffe offers Step Up school placements for 27 students, across all years.

Student Lucy Lowther, 17, goes to Matalan and All Saints pre-school, Halifax, once a week to experience a day in the life of work.

“When I leave school, I want independence. I hope to get paid employment as I get a lot from going out to work - I’ve made new friends and getting the bus has given me confidence.”

Sixth former David Ferrari, 18, who wants to be a singer when he leaves school, travels to school independently via public transport, said: “I think there will be more chance to meet new people at Spring Hall.

“I work in the school office and have been trained as a wheel chair buddy so I can push my friends around. I’ve got more opportunities here, we’re treated like an adult. I was a pain in the neck when I first came here but now I’m in sixth form I’ve learnt to control my behaviour because I feel more independent.”

Luke Richardson, 13, is a keen sportsman and prospective Spring Hall sixth form student.

Luke said: “I’m looking forward to running, jumping and football at Spring Hall. I want to work when I leave school - travelling independent on two buses to school will help me get a job.”

Leon Warren, 15, advanced from the internal Step Up school kitchen placement to external employer Tesco, Sowerby Bridge, at an earlier age as he demonstrated work skills and initiative. Leon said he is looking forward to the opening of Spring Hall and hopes to work in its cafe.

Ravenscliffe deputy head Julie Crabtree said: “Spring Hall will accommodate 57 sixth formers and offer in and after school facilities for the community.

“Like mainstream students, our students need a separate sixth form identity for older students.

“The more central site will allow us to welcome more of the local society into our school through our Community Volunteer Scheme - where we host a cafe for the elderly and plan for students to volunteer in nearby care homes. We also plan to welcome people to our planned aromatherapy suite at Spring Hall.”

Of 2013’s school leavers, four successfully gained full-time paid employment.

 

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