About Hall Cliffe Primary School

Hall Cliffe Primary School is a co-educational, independent, specialist day school providing high quality education for boys and girls. Based in Wakefield, the school meets the needs of a diverse group of pupils with special educational needs including speech, language and communication difficulties, autism, ADHD,  Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) and Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) difficulties.

Notification: Coronavirus/COVID-19

We want to reassure parents and carers that as a school we are closely following government guidance concerning the current Coronavirus situation.  We are also regularly monitoring any updates concerning the guidance.  You can view the current government guidance by clicking the button below:

Government Guidance 


Our location

Hall Cliffe Primary is located in Wrenthope in Wakefield. Pupils who attend our school travel from across the Yorkshire region.

We love having visitors and would welcome you to enjoy the Hall Cliffe Primary experience for yourself. To arrange a visit contact us directly.

To help you plan your journey download our location map here.

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Welcome from the Head Teacher

Our family orientated school provides a safe space for pupils to develop a range of skills that create a strong foundation for adulthood. We foster and nurture resilience and teach the skills children need to manage their own emotions and self-regulate their behaviour. Our highly trained specialist staff offer high levels of support and encourage pupils to become independent, productive members of society.

We pride ourselves on being a friendly and inclusive school that values and celebrates the differences of all of our children and their families. We strive to engage our pupils in learning in a fun and interactive way to ensure they all achieve the best possible outcomes. Our exciting curriculum is individualised to meet the needs and learning styles of each pupil. In addition to the provision of the full national curriculum, which includes intervention programmes where appropriate, we also offer our ‘Curriculum Around the Pupil’. This daily session provides pupils with opportunities to develop skills and talents in areas such as cooking, computing, arts and crafts, gardening and sport.

We would be delighted to welcome you to the school to see for yourself our very special and inspirational environment and for you to meet our equally inspiring pupils.

Claire Traynor

We are dedicated to:

The highest quality outcomes socially, emotionally and academically through a wide range of personalised opportunities.
Positive, safe and nurturing environments where pupils are valued as individuals and can develop their confidence, self-esteem, independence, self-discipline and respect.
Developing positive relationships between school, home and the wider community.

Aims and Ethos

We are committed to providing our pupils with a happy, nurturing and motivating atmosphere, so they can enjoy their learning and work to reach their potential.


Our school at a Glance

A highly qualified staff team. All staff receive ongoing training from our Speech and Language and Occupational Therapists. Our therapists also assist education staff in providing assessment, devising programmes and supporting delivery.
Our ‘Curriculum Around the Pupil’ provides pupils with opportunities to develop skills and talents in areas such as cooking, computing, arts and crafts, gardening and sport.
In-school therapy team which liaises with external agencies to provide highly effective and individual therapeutic interventions.
Small school (maximum 32 pupils) and small class groups (average size six) with pupils grouped according to ability, where appropriate.
Pastoral staff provide key worker sessions that allow pupils the opportunities to reflect and plan their own next steps of development.
Individualised curriculum with specialist intervention programmes to ensure pupils make sustained and rapid progress.

We are part of Witherslack Group

We are proud to be part of Witherslack Group, the leading provider of inspirational education and care to children and young people, resulting in life changing experiences and countless stories of success.

Witherslack Group provide specialist education and care for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs, communication difficulties (autistic spectrum conditions; Asperger’s Syndrome; speech, language and communication needs), ADHD and complex learning needs.

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