Plea to help build new sixth form centre

Jill Grant with daughter Kate
Jill Grant with daughter Kate

A mother is hoping to build up support in Brighouse for a new sixth form centre to benefit students with disabilities and educational needs.

Jill Grant, who works at Longroyde Surgery in Rastrick, is looking for people to help back plans for Spring Hall Sixth Form and Community Centre which will be run by Ravenscliffe High School.

Her daughter Kate, 19, a former pupil at Highbury School, Rastrick, is a current pupil at Ravenscliffe High School, and mum Jill said the development will not just benefit people in Halifax but those in the whole of Calderdale.

“Many people know about the work Highbury School but Ravenscliffe is the next step for pupils.

“Not many people know about the school but it educates many people in the Brighouse and surrounding areas.

“However, for this to continue it needs the support of everybody for it to expand and continue its work in the community.”

Kate, who has cerebral palsy, has benefitted from the work at the school with a supported work placement at Lloyds Banking Group in Copley.

“She has always been quite anxious about new situations but her self esteem and confidence have grown enormously since she started.

“She was the first student to work there and the whole school community, especially her pastoral staff, made great efforts to encourage her and congratulate her, calling her a trailblazer for the school.

“If we can get the support of people and business there will be more opportunities for students to do things like this.”

Over the last decade, the Ravenscliffe High School population has been steadily out-growing the sites capacity.

The Halifax school building should comfortably accommodate around 69 students, plus staff. The number of students on roll presently stands at 139.

Accommodating up to 70 students aged 16-19, the site will boast a running track, shower facilities designed for pupil and community use, a kitchen and cafe, and classrooms with potential for after-school private hire as well as dual school and community purpose.

Calderdale Council has awarded £1.5 million to the project but a further £1.2 million is needed to commission the build.

The school has asked pupils, parents and Calderdale to ‘Buy a Brick for Ravenscliffe’ to help raise some of the £1.5million needed to fund the construction.