Ravenscliffe High School has been awarded a substantial National Lottery grant towards their campaign to build a new sixth form and community centre.
Calderdale’s only secondary special school has secured £113,882 of funding from Sports England Inspired Facilities fund.
The grant will go towards changing facilities and adapted bike storage at the proposed new sixth form site at Spring Hall, Huddersfield Road, Halifax.
As part of the dual school/community usage - facilities will be fully accessible for disabled users and will benefit the 30,000+ visitors to the athletic track each year.
Calderdale Council has commissioned £1.5m towards the build but the school has to fund a further £1.2m to make the dream a reality.
It is hoped plans for the track-side sixth form centre will come to fruition by September 2015.
Ravenscliffe was one of 324 sports projects to secure a share of £17m Lottery funding.
Sport England property director, Charles Johnston, said: “It’s great to see Ravenscliffe join the long list of successful organisations to benefit from this fund.”
Headteacher, Martin Moorman, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can provide much needed community facilities as part of our new project.
“The community is at the very heart of our plans for Spring Hall, and the Sport England funding adds much needed capital and great prestige to the project.
“The funding will help the local and wider sporting community, and will support Spring Hall in becoming an athletics facility for all, regardless of ability.”
The school has written grant applications to a number of organisations in the pursuit to generate the £1.2m total needed.
To make up the deficit, the school is holding a number of community fundraising events including a recent Dress Down for £1 - where 40 Calderdale schools dressed in non-uniform to raise money for Ravenscliffe@SpringHall.
Members of the public can buy a brick for Ravenscliffe for £10, £20 or £30 and your name will feature on a piece of artwork at the new centre.
To buy a brick or to find out about other fundraising events coming up, visit www.ravenscliffe.calderdale.sch.uk