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Principal's Welcome

Welcome to our school. West SILC is a special school for pupils aged 2 to 19 years, on different specialist and mainstream sites. We are based in the West of Leeds and cater for a wide range of needs from moderate learning difficulties; severe learning difficulties; complex and multiple learning needs; Asperger’s; Autism and social and emotional and mental health needs. Some students have additional needs – physical; medical; speech and language; visual, hearing or sensory impairment.  

I am very proud of our whole school community, it is a wonderful place where everyone enjoys learning and are effectively supported to  maximise their potential. Our teaching and learning staff are very committed to the children and young people and strive to bring out the very best in all of them. We work extremely hard to support all our children and young people to develop the skills they will need for the future, particularly focusing on communication, independence and mobility. We are wholly committed to ensuring our school follows restorative principles. This means our ethos demonstrates:

  • Our school as a learning community, with relationships at its centre
  • We work hard to build, maintain and repair relationships through respectful talk and appreciation of others
  • We work in circles to give everyone a voice, and to listen to those voices
  • We build the skills to recognise and manage our own feelings in a safe, caring environment

West SILC was rated "Good” its last Ofsted inspection in October 2016 – follow the link on this page to read the full report. A visit is really the only way to see what we can truly offer to you and your child. Contact the school office and we will delighted to show you around.

Michelle Wilman - Principal

Our Vision

We aim for all our pupils, irrespective of social class, age, gender, ability, religion, race or creed to:

  • Develop confidence, independence and self esteem.
  • Actively contribute to their own learning.
  • Develop respect for themselves and others.
  • Enjoy and achieve their full potential.

We believe that all learners should have the opportunity to work and play alongside their mainstream peer group.

We wish to support and develop schools in the west wedge as safe and happy environments where children and young people with learning difficulties and disabilities can develop a positive attitude to learning and explore their potential.

School News

Short Breaks Director 2019/20

Please see attached information relating to Short Breaks and Fun Activities via Leeds City Council for 2019/20.  

MOMO - What parents need to know

Momo is a sinister ‘challenge’ that has been around for some time. It has recently resurfaced and
once again has come to the attention of schools and children across the country. Dubbed the
‘suicide killer game’, Momo has been heavily linked with apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp,
YouTube, and most recently (and most worryingly)... YouTube Kids. The scary doll-like figure
reportedly sends graphic violent images, and asks users to partake in dangerous challenges like
waking up at random hours and has even been associated with self-harm. It has been reported
that the ‘Momo’ figure was originally created as a sculpture and featured in an art gallery in
Tokyo and unrelated to the ‘Momo’ challenge we are hearing about in the media.

Have your say -

Have your say on proposals to introduce mandatory learning disability and autism training for health and care staff.  This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 12 April 2019.  You can access further information by clicking on the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/learning-disability-and-autism-training-for-health-and-care-staff?fbclid=IwAR0FBHHuV5bL_pX7d5eeonSYYaAPGu6RIXB5YX9bcFnpUrs-JZgOHnHMRn0

Dealing with Missing Children

Please find attached letter issued by West Yorkshire Police Safeguarding relating to dealing with missing children.

Quality Mark Report for West SILC - MOVE Programme

It is with great pleasure that we announce our successful re-assessment of the MOVE Programme at our Farnley Academy Site.  We were re-assessed in February and MOVE summarised that "West SILC (Farnley Partnership) is of high quality in all the components of the Quality MArk.  The programme is excellently led and managed by Sarah Riley and the development of MOVE is well supported by senior management.

Please read the full report below.

Disability Sport Yorkshire - School of the Year 2017

On Friday 24th March 2017, we attended the Disability Sport Yorkshire Awards.  We are very proud to announce that we have won the Tony Stones School of the Year 2017 Award!  Our trophy will take pride of place in school and this is such an achievement and recognises all the hard work our team continues to give.  Well done to Angela Lydon who heads up PE for our school.  

Disability Sport Award

Latest Ofsted Report


We had our most recent Ofsted Inspection on 19th October 2016 and we continued to be "Good".  It was the first short inspection carried out since the school was judged to be "Good" in July 2013.  

Please see attached the official feedback.  You can also view via the following link https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/134884

My Teens and Twenties Matter

The People Matters’ ‘My Teens and Twenties Matter’ project enables young people aged 14 to 25 and with a learning disability or autism to be more independent. Groups meet weekly to do an activity in or around Leeds. The focus is primarily social, but the relaxed environment is used to develop members' social, personal and employability skills, and self-confidence.

Key to this is encouraging members to take an interest, and get involved in decisions affecting them. This is a core value of the project, and so the Teens social groups are member led; group leaders support members to voice their views on and agree the group's weekly activities. 

The project's Engagement Lead has been working with members, their families and group leaders, to give members a meaningful voice on other levels too.  Members have an opportunity to participate actively in and influence the project through their select committee, The Ambassadors. The 7 Ambassadors who currently represent the 5 social groups, meet regularly to discuss and feed back members' views on what Teens does and could offer them. Members are placed at the centre of the project, engaging in decisions which concern them. This has included members deciding on their group names and day trips, and giving their views on proposed courses. 

There is also a quarterly members magazine. Named ACT by a member, it is a magazine for our members about the project, about them and about issues affecting them. Members are actively encouraged, with the help of the Ambassadors, to suggest articles and to give feedback on earlier editions. The magazine also features an increasing number of member contributions. This enables members to improve their communication skills and to express themselves on subjects of importance to them -  for example, bullying. 

To find out more about Teens and Twenties Matter or to be added to the magazine mailing list, call Heloise, the project's Engagement Lead, on 0113 234 6896 or 07783 121049. 


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Main Site (Milestone)
4 Town Street, Stanningley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 6HL   Tel: 0113 38624500113 3862450  E:info@westsilc.org

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