Principal – Michelle Wilman
School breaks for Summer Friday 17th July and re-opens on Monday 7th September - Happy Holidays!

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” with Leadership and Management being judged “Outstanding" in its last Ofsted inspection in July 2013 – 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

We have had a really busy Summer Term with lots of Sporting Events, Trips and also our Leavers Prom.  You can see further details of class trips on individual class pages.

We had an amazing morning on 9th June 2015 at the Main Site with a Super Cars event, organised by Steve Duckworth.  It was amazing to see such fabulous cars and the students really enjoyed the morning and being able to sample the super car experience (more details and photographs can be seen on the Special Events page).

We held our Annual Sports Day on Tuesday 7th July, kindly hosted at our Farnley Academy Partnership site.  It started well but the heavens really did open and we had just about every type of weather, other than snow!  The students, as always, really enjoyed the event and the horrendous downpours certainly did not dampen their spirits!  An amazing conga took place while the weather picked up a little, with students sporting huge smiles with lots of laughter!

Our Leavers Prom this year was a really special event as always.  It was fantastic to see all the beautiful dresses and formal attire - there were many budding James Bonds among them coupled with leading ladies.  It was fantastic to see extended families attend the event and it really does reinforce the sense of community within our fabulous school. It is always a real "milestone" to see our leavers at this event, having watched them flourish during their time with us.  The Prom is always tinged with a little sadness at having to say farewell to our leavers, but we know they have to move on to the next chapter of their young adult journey.

As we draw to a close this academic year, we would like to extend our very best wishes to all our students and our families and wish you a very healthy, happy and safe summer and we look forward to seeing our students again in September.  






We were rated Good with Outstanding Features in our last Ofsted Inspection in July 2013.  For details of our last inspection, please click on the link below.

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4 Town Street, Stanningley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 6HL   Tel: 0113 38624500113 3862450

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