Beechcliffe School

Safe Joyful Learning

01535 603041

Acting Headteacher: Michelle Nichols

Keighley: Greenhead Road, Utley, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD20 6ED

Thackley: Ellar Carr Road, Thackley, Bradford, BD10 0TD

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About Us

Beechcliffe School is a co-educational, generic community special school catering for pupils aged 11 to 19 years who have a wide range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

In order to have a place at Beechcliffe a child must have a Cognition and Learning need and be functioning well below the attainment levels of their mainstream peers. In addition, some of our pupils have:

  • communication and interaction needs.  This includes autism.
  • Sensory and physical needs including physical difficulties, complex health and medical needs and sensory needs such as visual or hearing impairment.
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs which can result in withdrawal, school refusal or challenging behaviours.

We have pupils who will spend all of their school life and beyond dependent upon some form of support and help, and others who may progress onto further education and independent living.

Beechcliffe Keighley Site moved into a new purpose built building in May 2011. As a purpose built special school we are very proud of the facilities we can offer including the sensory rooms, hydrotherapy pool and the rebound room to name a few.

Alongside a range of different outdoor facilities, we also have two school allotments which pupils visit and work in on a regular basis. We encourage the pupils to grow different vegetables and when harvested these are used in food technology sessions or sold to parents.

The Keighley site is co-located with The University Academy Keighley (UAK).

We grew in 2020 and added a second school in Thackley. This provision is dedicated to pupils with SEMH needs and is currently having building works completed to enhance the provision available. 


Beechcliffe School Vision, Ethos and Aims.

Our Vision is:  'Safe, Joyful learning'

The school ethos is 'To provide opportunities within a broad and balanced, therapeutic curriculum so that each child can achieve success. We have high aspirations and support indivduals to overcome their personal challenges to become rounded individuals socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and creatively.

Beechcliffe School Values

At our school review April 2017 we identified the following  values that were key to our school. These were:  

                                                   Equality                Independence        Responsibility        Tolerance                Thoughtfulness

                                                Friendship           Love                          Courage                   Honesty                  Empathy

                                                Co-operation       Positivity                 Peace                        Happiness             Hope

                                                Patience               Care                          Humility                   Determination      Trust


Beechcliffe School Aims and Mission Statement

At Beechcliffe School, our aim is to provide a safe and joyful learning environment that empowers our pupils to reach their intellectual, physical and personal potential, whilst nurturing their self confidence and self esteem.

We recognise that:

Each of our pupils is an individual and that all have equal value, irrespective of ability, race, gender, or age.

School Aims

  • To give Equal Consideration of Interest to each member of the school community, recognising that all have equal value, but different needs and future paths.
  • To ensure safe practice that meets the needs of children’s health, therapy and personal care and SEMH needs.
  • To provide an environment that is safe, caring, trusting, friendly, exciting, stimulating, challenging and conducive to learning.
  • To pursue innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment.
  • To provide a broad and balanced, stimulating, enjoyable and diverse curriculum which meets the needs of all our pupils.
  • To use Information Communication Technology innovatively to support pupils’ learning and to break down barriers to communication.
  • To raise standards of attainment.
  • To listen to pupils and enable them to make choices.
  • To equip pupils with the skills and necessary knowledge to live as independent a life as possible.
  • To encourage our pupils to have respect for themselves and others.
  • To encourage pupils to be self motivated and as far as possible to develop a responsibility for their own learning.
  • To encourage a partnership between home and school which respects the central role that parents, carers, and families play in the lives of pupils with SEN and disabilities.
  • To work as partners with our co-located Mainstream School to establish collaborative projects and structures.
  • To work in an open and collaborative manner with all outside agencies.
  • To work in an open and collaborative manner with the community, to break down barriers where possible and champion tolerance, inclusion and equality 

The School’s Resources

The school currently has 13 classrooms plus specialist facilities for Food Technology, Science, Art and Design, Music and ICT. It has 2 Sensory rooms and a Therapy Suite for visiting professionals which includes a Pool and Rebound Room

We have 2 school mini-buses, a range of Outdoor Education equipment, and an extensive range of Information and Communication Technology equipment. The school rents two allotments which are used by all the pupils throughout the year.

The Staff 

The staff of the school is made up of a team of an Acting Headteacher, two Deputy Headteachers a SENCo, Teachers, Special Needs Teaching Assistants and Administrative Staff.

There is also regular input from a Music therapist, Speech and Language Therapist and a Physiotherapist, both of whom work with staff as well as pupils, and who will also give advice to parents and carers.

We have regular contact with the school nursing team and a nurse is on site every day for part of the day.

We have a good working relationship with other agencies such as Social Services and Transition Team Workers.