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“You clearly have a lot of experience in your field and this shows through your provision of education and care” Doncaster Children’s Commissioning Officer "When everyone else gave up the school steps up... It’s an amazing provision for boys who need help, love and support" (Parent) "Leaders provide equality of opportunity and diversity, all pupils thrive in this wonderful school" (Ofsted) "The School is a safe, caring and welcoming place" (Ofsted) "Personal development, behaviour and welfare are outstanding. The School prepares pupils well for the life they will lead after school" (Ofsted) "The whole school curriculum offer is broad, extensive and exceptionally well balanced" (Ofsted) "Amazing School with fantastic staff, my son is loved and cared for and has been given such brilliant opportunities to thrive and be himself" (Parent) "Parents and carers referred to the school as ‘amazing’ ‘astounding’ ‘revolutionary’ and a ‘miracle worker’" (Ofsted)

Local Offer

If you require further information please email:

local.offer@calderdale.gov.uk 

 

We are a Non-Maintained Special School of around seventy boys between the ages of 7 and 19.  All boys placed with us have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)  We are based in Brighouse, West Yorkshire. 

There are three core elements to our provision: 

Education

We teach most subjects in the National Curriculum and boys study up to GCSE level and gain many other further qualifications on the way.  We put a lot of time into catching up on Literacy and Numeracy and, beyond that, we learn a lot through doing - with some very practical Short Courses like Chef Skills, Gardening, Photography, Sailing, Fishing and Drama.  We always find places for our boys in their local colleges when they leave.  Some boys stay on for our 16+ provision. 

 Emotional Well-Being

We have a wide range of mental health professionals offering Therapy on site to help with emotional needs and communication and sensory issues.  Many boys are referred to us for negative behaviours and we constantly look behind the behaviour to address the root causes.  Common diagnoses amongst our boys include ASD, ADHD, Autism and varieties of Conduct Disorder.  Part of our provision includes Family Outreach work and support.  We link closely with CAMHS services in our Local Authorities.

 Living and Social Care

The vast majority of boys are placed with us residentially four nights a week, although we do have a limited number of day places.  Our wide-ranging curriculum wraps around the boys for 24 hours a day, with a social skills programme, life and living skills packages and a varied activities programme that addresses social and emotional needs.  Boys live in one of our four houses of around 12 boys in each, with their own bedrooms.  Ofsted have rated our residential Social care provision as 'Outstanding' for 13 years in a row. 

 

Whilst we are always happy to show parents/carers around, please note we work very closely with our Local Authority partners and we recognise the financial constraints on their resources.  As such, we consult very early on with Local Authority SEN departments about any potential placement.