New school centre to be built at Spring Hall

Spring Hall estate, Huddersfield Road, Halifax
Spring Hall estate, Huddersfield Road, Halifax
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Councillors are set to make a decision on whether to approve capital funding a new sixth form centre at Spring Hall.

Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College is Calderdale’s only secondary special school and school chiefs say they need extra space.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet will meet tonight and discuss whether to commit £1.5 million in funding from the school capital budget to the project.

The school caters for children with special need from 11 to 19 and has around 140 students with 50 of these aged 16 to 19.

A report to cabinet says the school faces significant overcrowding issues and growing demand for places so a Ravenscliffe Sixth Form, housing the 16 to 19 year olds, on Spring Hall, off Huddersfield Road, could be the solution.

The site currently houses the Register Office, an athletics track and football pitch but there are no concrete plans of how the centre will look or where it will be sited - although it will be a new build.

Council officers have recommended that the proposal should be approved by councillors.

They also affirm that, if successful, the school will have to find ways to secure funding for the future under new guidelines.

The school has been rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in its most recent inspection.

The cabinet meeting will be held at Halifax Town Hall at 6pm.