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
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.
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.
Special Olympics Fundraising
MATP Leeds is a Special Olympics sports club based at West SILC. This Summer the National Special Olympics are being held at Sheffield between 7th and 12th August 2017. We are supporting 8 athletes to the games and are busy raising money to support our students.
We have been busy raising valuable funds for this incredible event to support the achievements of our students. In the last MATP challenge event, our families, friends and colleagues raised an amazing £1700 and we would like to thank them most sincerely for their generosity and commitment to the cause. We will continue to raise much needed funds to ensure our students participation is secured; our long term aim is to secure funding so that our students can participate in the event in future years.
If you feel you can help, please contact Angela Lydon at our Farnley Academy Partnership on 0113 2244090 or Alison Kirby on 0113 386252 or simply donate to our Just Giving Page on
Thank you for any support you are able to offer.
MATP & Active Schools
We are very proud to have had an article written about us in the Spring Term Active Schools Newsletter. The article acknowledges the excellent and hard work that the MATP is doing in providing PE provision for students with Complex and Multiple Learning Needs. Well done to Angela and the team at our Farnley site! Please see the newsletter below for further information.
Think before you send Campaign
The Leeds Safeguarding Childrens Board, along with its West Yorkshire partners, has launched the "Think before you send" campaign which is to raise awareness of the consequences of sexting amongst teenagers. If you would like to know more about the campaign, please click on the following link:
Lets Double the number of Autistic people in work
We are supporting the "Let's double the number of autistic people in work" initiative, being run by The National Autistic Society.
Incredibly, Just 16% of autistic adults are in full-time paid employment. In almost a decade, this situation hasn’t improved. Employment wont be right for all autistic people, but 77% of unemployed autistic adults, or people responding on their behalf, have told the society they want to work.
The society are determined to change this but are requesting support. They have started a petition calling on the Government to double the number of autistic people in work by 2020.
If you would like to give your support to this petition, you can do so by clicking on the link below:
The National Austic Society have asked "Please sign our petition today so that more autistic people get the jobs they deserve."
Primary PE & Sport Premium Award
We were very proud to receive a Highly Commended Award at the Primary PE and Sport Premium Awards initiatve. Well done to Angela Lydon for all her hard work! More details on the PE and Sport Premium page.
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
Main Site (Milestone)
4 Town Street, Stanningley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 6HL Tel: 0113 38624500113 3862450 E:firstname.lastname@example.org