Disabled pupils can stay at top school for three more years

Disabled pupils can stay at top school for three more years

DISABLED pupils are to keep getting extra help following a successful trial at one of the area’s best schools.

The upper age limit at Ravenshall School in Thornhill Lees will be permanently raised to 19.

It follows a three-year pilot scheme of post-Year 11 provision introduced in partnership with Kirklees College.

Ravenshall was rated outstanding in all fields when last inspected by Ofsted in October 2013.

Pupils at the Ravensthorpe Road school have a range of disabilities, including autism.

The change means that young people who are not yet ready to leave can get extra help to prepare them for life after school.

Those who took part in the trial scheme made successful moves into college and adulthood.

Deputy headteacher John Page said: “We’d previously seen some children stumble when they got into a college setting.

“But the pilot project has seen the gap improve and so we’re delighted to have it continue.”

Kirklees Council won backing in a consultation to permanently raise the upper age range from 16 to 19.

It will not create a general sixth form, as most children at Ravenshall are ready to leave by the end of Year 11.

The proposal is to ensure those in greatest need are able to get all the extra help they require.

Cabinet member for schools Coun Shabir Pandor said: “This proposal shows our commitment to creating the best possible provision.

Coun Pandor (Lab, Batley West) added: “The pilot scheme had a real impact in preparing especially vulnerable young people to move away from school.

“We are working on the eligibility criteria and making sure places are available to the students who need them most.”


• Year 11 pupils at Ravenshall have taken their GCSEs, including colourful contributions to art exams.

Students are also reaping the rewards of hard work last year in their orchard and allotment.

Broad beans, onions, garlic and peas planted last autumn are being harvested along with bright summer flowers.

Now they are busy raising tomato, carrot, leek, beetroot, pumpkin and leek seedlings to plant.

Flowers in trugs are available for sale until the end of term on Friday June 26 for £5.

For details call Janet Ellis at the school on 01924 325234.

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