Approval secured for new Specialist School for Children

We are delighted to have secured approval from Sheffield City Council for the use of Thorncliffe Hall as a new school facility for Paces Sheffield.

Paces delivers the National Curriculum through the framework of Conductive Education. It is a small, specialist school for children living with Cerebral Palsy and other neurological disorders from Sheffield and other neighbouring authorities. Currently located at Pack Horse Lane, High Green, the existing school is within close proximity to the proposed new site.

The pupils at Paces thrive on the high expectations that staff have of them and the constant encouragement and opportunity to develop their independence. The aim of the school is to provide and develop a curriculum that enriches the learning opportunities for all the children. Each day at Paces is very carefully planned by their fantastic team of staff who are dedicated to providing the highest level of education possible for the children.

The welfare and safeguarding of pupils is a consideration of paramount importance. Everyone is committed to working closely with parents/carers and other professionals. The success of Paces requires additional accommodation and facilities both now and in the future.

The initial proposals are for the use of Thorncliffe Hall as a Special School for up to 60 disabled children with up to 45 members of staff. This will accommodate the expansion of Paces School, which currently stands at 34 full time equivalent places, with the hope to increase to a new full-time capacity of 60 pupils in 5 years’ time.

John HelyarApproval secured for new Specialist School for Children