Here you will find links to information and support the school curriculum

‘The school’s curriculum is outstanding. Leaders have reviewed and developed the curriculum to ensure that as more pupils with complex needs attend the school, the curriculum continues to meet the needs of all learners.’

(Ofsted, February 2019)


The Ravenshall curriculum is designed with the intent of developing pupils’ communication, collaboration, cognition, physical development, independence and resilience, all transferrable skills that equip children and young people for life beyond the school.

Our curriculum strives to be responsive to each learner, building on individual strengths and interests in addition to pupil and parent long term aspirations. The strong emphasis on building culutral capital throughout the curriculum provides all pupils with a range of opportunities to develop both academically and personally in preparation for their next stage in education and adult life.


We have a broad and balanced curriculum which focuses on applying core skills across a wide range of subjects as well as being responsive to each learner, building on individual strengths and interests. We provide all our pupils with opportunities to learn and develop skills outside of the classroom through relevant trips, residentials, forest school, as well as vocational, leisure and arts activities. At Ravenshall, all pupils follow personalised curriculum pathways based on individual strengths and needs, either through a Semi-Formal or Formal curriculum or through personalised accreditations in Key Stage 4 and Post 16.

We strongly believe that our curriculum spreads much wider than subject based learning and we see every moment as a learning opportunity, in and out of the classroom.

Our class groups in each Key Stage are organised according to the pupils’ developmental stage and not by age. The curriculum pathways are divided into Semi-Formal, Formal and Preparation for Adulthood (Post 16 learners only). The table below shows how the curriculum is implemented in each area.

‘The broad and rich curriculum provides a strong focus on practical learning and preparation for adulthood.’

(Ofsted, February 2019)


Our pupils’ academic progress is monitored through our own bespoke system which enables us to identify areas of need and devise individual learning and support plans for each pupil. We assess and track pupil progress towards EHCP outcomes through our own holistic target setting system, which is supported through our holistic approach to learning in all subjects and activities. More information on the progress of our pupils can be found on the Curriculum Impact page.


Leadership Blog

Welcome back to Autumn Term 2! I hope that you all had a lovely half term break and are now ready to enjoy the seasonal festivities upon us in November and December. May I take this opportunity to give a few snippets of information that we’d like to share with you. As...

Ravenshall Yellow Day

Ravenshall Yellow Day

On Friday 8th October, pupils and staff were encouraged to wear yellow to raise awareness of mental wellbeing for young people on World Mental Health day.  We are delighted to have raised £150 for the Young Minds organisation through £1 donations for being able to...

Internet Safety Session for Parents

Internet Safety Session for Parents

Are you interested in learning more about how to keep your children safe when using apps, social media and gaming? If so, there will be an internet safety session held at The Neighbourhood Nest, Overthorpe CofE Academy, Edge Top Road, Dewsbury, WF12 0BH at 9am on 11th...

Online Safety

Covid-19 Information

Letters to Parents

Latest News

CEOP's Child Protection Advisors

Ravenshall School
Ravensthorpe Road
Thornhill Lees
WF12 9EE

Tel: 01924 456811