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Special Schools

Within Kirklees, there are number of specialist setting for children or young people with very complex special educational needs. In order to go to these settings, the child or young person needs to have an EHCP and a place at a specialist setting can be considered at an EHCP review or in the case of a new EHCP, during the first EHCP planning meeting.

Kirklees Special Schools

Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (links open in new window) 

Fairfield School 

Castle Hill School 


Complex Needs School 

Ravenshall School  (Ravenshall also offers a post 16 option, called Preparing for Adulthood)

Southgate School 


Autism Specialist School 

Woodley School and College 


Social, emotional and mental health specialist School (including those with behavioural and anxiety issues) 

Joseph Norton Academy (Kirklees Key Stage 2 – 4  provision)  

Within Kirklees, we also have Ethos Academy Trust which provides education for those who are at risk of permanent exclusion, or who have been excluded already.   Ethos also provides education for children and young people who cannot attend an educational setting due to medical reasons (such as anxiety or complex medical reasons) (All ages up to 16)  

Ethos Academy Trust consists of three parts: 

  • Engage Academy – ages 5-11 
  • Reach Academy – ages 11-14 
  • Ethos College – ages 14-16, this provides longer term full time education. 

To access the education provided by Ethos Academy Trust, schools need to complete a SPR (Single Point of Referral) form which can be found on the Ethos website (opens new page).

Children and young people who attend any of the Ethos Academies or receive education from them are usually “dual registered” at a mainstream school and Ethos.  If children attend Engage or Reach Academy They will usually attend one of the Ethos Academies for a set period of time and then return to their mainstream school after this time.  If the child or young person has been permanently excluded from a school, Ethos will work to ensure that the right school is found for them as well as ensuring that the right support will be in place, this may mean that Ethos will apply for an EHCP for that child or young person.  If a child or young person attends Ethos, they will usually attend full time for years 10 and 11. 

If a child or young person is receiving education from Ethos due to medical reasons, Ethos will work individually with those young people in their home, at a public place or in a medical setting depending on the young person. 

We have links with a number of provisions that are not within Kirklees, such as those in neighbouring council areas (mainly Leeds, Calderdale, Wakefield and Bradford).  Each of these councils has a local offer page which details what special schools they have (all links open in a new window).

Leeds local offer  

Bradford local offer 

Wakefield local offer 

Calderdale local offer 

Kirklees will also sometimes use independent specialist settings.  Details of these schools can be found in the schools directory area (opens in new window).  If you are considering one of these settings, then it is advisable to speak with SENDACT (opens in a new window) about this.  Please note, in order to attend one of these settings the child or young person must have an EHCP.

The Children’s and Families Act 2014 (opens in a new windows) states that councils need to use approved schools.  These schools have been approved under section 41 of this act and a list of all approved schools is published by the government, this can be found in the Section 41 Approved providers list (opens in new window).

Natspec can also provide a list of approved schools and can search by map, this can be found on the Natspec website (opens in new window).

C&K Careers can also provide advice on what independent settings are available, contact details can be found on the C&K Careers information page (opens in new window).

Last updated: 07/12/2020