About Hall Cliffe School

Hall Cliffe School is a co-educational, independent, specialist day school providing high quality education for boys and girls. Based in Wakefield, the school meet the needs of a diverse group of pupils with a range of complex learning needs, social and emotional difficulties and challenging behaviours.

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:

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Our Location

Hall Cliffe School is located in Wakefield and pupils who attend our school travel from across the Yorkshire region.  We also have young people who live with us at our nearby children’s homes.

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

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Welcome from the Head Teacher

We provide our pupils with an accepting, positive and welcoming learning environment where they can access a broad curriculum enabling them to pursue academic, vocational or a blended pathway of the two, allowing individuals to grow and achieve.

We have a dedicated and talented staff team, who are relentless in their support of all our pupils. Their experience and expertise combine to ensure outstanding progress and outcomes for every child that results in them being able to exceed expectations. We foster and nurture resilience and teach the skills pupils need to manage their own emotions and self-regulate their behaviour.

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.

We welcome visits from parents, carers, local authorities and other agencies, so please contact us for further information.

Sara Roe

Interim Head Teacher

We are dedicated to:

Achieving the highest quality education and nurturing care so that every child can achieve their full potential academically, socially and emotionally.
Developing positive relationships between school, home and the wider community.
Providing a happy, positive, secure and caring environment.
Offering a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum.

Aims and Ethos

We are committed to providing our pupils with a happy, nurturing and motivating atmosphere for them to enjoy their learning and where they are encouraged to reach their potential.


Our school at a Glance

Internal Team Around the Child (ITAC) meetings, where all staff involved with the child discuss progress and plan new strategies, establishing an integrated approach between education and therapy.
A unique and personalised curriculum model which aims to improve self-esteem, motivation and achievement; engage pupils in their learning; and develop skills for adult life.
Small class sizes of no more than 8 pupils with high staff ratios and additional pastoral and academic support.
In-school Clinical Team which liaises with external agencies to provide highly effective and individual therapeutic interventions.
Experienced and specialist skilled staff are dedicated to ensuring that our pupils feel safe, secure and supported.

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.