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At Ripplevale School we believe that different thinking is needed to improve the lives of our pupils and their families. This thinking starts right here in our Primary department. By providing a life enhancing starting point to education, we have expectations for all our pupils to achieve at school, home and in their communities. We are often the first educational setting that some pupils have attended and therefore we believe in open door classrooms and work in close partnership with parents/carers and our highly skilled therapy team to ensure the success of our pupils. We welcome visits and collaborative working to ensure the best possible impact and to deliver meaningful outcomes.

Pupils in primary benefit from small classes (max size 8) with a teacher and a minimum of two teaching assistants. Our dedicated primary team support our pupils to maximise learning opportunities and provide a stimulating and safe environment for all young people.

Class groups are generally age based however; flexibility is exercised when required which enables pupils to be placed in group suitable to their individual needs.

In addition to the general teaching spaces in the primary building. Primary pupils have access to specialist teaching spaces, such as food technology room, computer room, vast outdoor spaces, sports hall, therapy spaces, sensory room and library.


All our pupils are working below age related expectations. Our primary department provides a rich, personalised curriculum offering highly personalised learning opportunities that are informed by the National Curriculum and reflect Education, Health and Care Plan outcomes.  Young people follow an individualised curriculum that is adapted to ensure it is both functional and meaningful.

Ripplevale School provides a dynamic programme of education that is augmented by specialised resources and the expertise that ensures their special educational needs are addressed effectively. Our staff are highly skilled and are committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for the pupils in their care. 

The individualised and personalised curriculum allows for both academic and personal progress to be made through experiential and meaningful learning opportunities that are specifically designed to revisit and reinforce key and life skills.

We offer a relevant, rich and dynamic curriculum which includes all statutory curricula for relevant ages. Learning is linked to a “theme” to allow for a cross-curricular and holistic approach, incorporating statutory subjects alongside enrichment opportunities, outdoor learning and specific targeted intervention.

Primary Programme of Study


Visits and experiences play a vital role in the teaching and learning here at Ripplevale. Each topic involves carefully planned visits or experiences designed to bring the learning alive, give learning a real-life context and equip children with experiences that they often miss. These experiences form part of our weekly enrichment afternoon programme.


At Ripplevale we teach the Letters and Sounds synthetic phonics programme in all year groups in Primary. Pupils continue to learn phonic skills throughout their school lives. It aims to build pupils’ speaking and listening skills in their own right, as well as helping pupils learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.

Lunch and Break Time

Ripplevale School is fortunate enough to have our own catering team on site providing all our pupils with a daily home-cooked meal using locally sourced produce. Cold options are also available which include, a salad bar and sandwiches. Our dining room has a relaxed homely feel about it, this gives our children and young people the opportunity to eat their lunch in a calm and positive social environment with peers and staff

Transition to Secondary:

The move into the secondary phase of education can be a little daunting at any school so we work hard to ensure there is a smooth transition from Primary into Secondary. We have a year 7 transition class which supports new students coming to the department. Throughout year 6, students will have small ‘taster’ sessions in Secondary so that the transition is not too much of a shock to them and they regularly come into contact with staff from Secondary too.

Primary Charter of Experiences

At Ripplevale we believe that our curriculum should not only include learning through the requirements laid out in the National Curriculum but also learning through exciting and enriching experiences.

In light of this, we set up the Primary Charter of Experiences. As part of this Charter, we pledge that all children will have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities that will broaden their life experiences and develop a wider understanding and appreciation of the world they live in.

When pupils start primary they will be given their own Charter presentation folder. As children take part in an experience, photographic evidence will be taken which will then be added to their charter. Their charter will follow them throughout their Primary years and will finally be presented to them during their end of Year 6 Achievement/moving on assembly.

The Primary Charter of Experiences is made up of 115 exciting opportunities. Click here to find out more…