Hall Cliffe School

Education that nurtures social and emotional strength. Support that prepares young people for independent and positive futures.

"We were all really impressed with the facilities and the lovely calm, welcoming ethos – we all left with smiles on our faces! Meeting two of our ex pupils was wonderful, they both have been to several provisions and coming to you it was great to see how much they had developed and changed."

SENCo at mainstream school

Welcome to Hall Cliffe School

Hall Cliffe School is an independent specialist day school in Horbury, near Wakefield, which provides high quality education for boys and girls aged 8 to 16.  The school meets the needs of a diverse group of students with a range of complex learning needs, social and emotional difficulties, and challenging behaviours. 

We offer personalised, engaging and relevant curriculums with a range of integrated therapeutic support.

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Our Aims & Ethos

We aim to provide high quality education, which supports and nurtures social and emotional wellbeing as well as preparing students for their adult lives.

The school seeks to provide a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum, including the National Curriculum, which is modified where appropriate, in order to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, academic and physical development of the students, whilst also preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

Hall Cliffe School at a Glance

  1. ADHD, ASC, Asp, SEMH
  2. 8 - 16
  3. Day
  4. Boys & Girls

“Thank you for being a brilliant school. My son’s behaviour has changed so much for the better and that is because he is happy at Hall Cliffe. Thanks so much.”


Below are just some of the key features that pupils can experience at Hall Cliffe School:

  • A high quality learning experience delivered by qualified, specialist teaching staff.
  • A holistic, solution focused and highly restorative approach to student support and behaviour management.
  • A commitment to achieving outstanding educational, vocational, personal and social outcomes for all students.
  • A unique school building and learning environment supported by extremely high levels of educational and ICT resources, as well an on-site therapeutic team.
  • A strong ethos and commitment to ensuring that students’ views and needs are central to the further development of the whole school through an established ‘student voice’.

Our SEN Information Report

As a parent or carer we understand you will have plenty of questions when considering the best school for your child.

Our SEN Information Report (Local Offer) attempts to answer many of these, but you can visit the rest of our web site to find out more. We will also be happy to answer any questions over the phone or arrange for you and your child to visit the school, so please just get in touch.

Click here to view our SEN School Information Report

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Message from the Head Teacher

At Hall Cliffe School we enable pupils with a wide range of needs to access the curriculum, develop their self esteem and reach their potential. Our values based curriculum model is tailored to the needs of each individual and supports them to make rapid progress both socially and academically. 

We provide an accepting, positive and welcoming learning environment for all of our young people and offer a broad and balanced curriculum, which allows pupils to follow both academic and practical subjects.

The school is located in a beautiful Grade 2 listed building with state of the art facilities which creatively enhance the curriculum and reflect the nurturing ethos of the school.

All the classrooms have high quality ICT to enhance the delivery of the more traditional subjects like English, Maths and Humanities.

Our school’s positive and happy environment allows students to work, learn and enjoy their educational experience. We welcome visits to the school from parents, carers and local authorities, so please feel free to contact us with a view to arranging a visit at a mutually convenient time.   

Mark Richardson

Interim Head Teacher

What we’ve been up to at Hall Cliffe School

Pupils from Hall Cliffe get creative

The creative pupils of Hall Cliffe School have been enjoying trying out new skills. Firstly, the pupils took part in a two day stone carving workshop with Anthony Lysycia, a professional stone carver from London. The budding designers learnt ...

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Pupils help local homeless shelter

Pupils at Hall Cliffe School recently took part in a Harvest Festival as part of their concerted efforts to help people in their local community. Each class across the school decorated and filled their baskets ahead of a school assembly where ...

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