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Cliffdale Primary Academy



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Welcome to Cliffdale Primary Academy Website

We hope you enjoy your journey around our website and that it helps you to learn about our achievements and the exciting developments that are taking place within our school.

We are a primary special school for 182 pupils aged 2-11 years who have complex learning difficulties; over 70% of our pupils have autism and severe learning difficulties. Our nursery provision is for 36 children aged 2-4 years.

Cliffdale Primary Academy is a fantastic place to learn. We are committed to ensuring that our pupils are confident, happy and proud of themselves and their achievements. We have created the most stimulating learning environment with a focus on outdoor learning. We deliver a highly personalised, motivating and aspirational curriculum and have an active partnership with families and the communities, within which our pupils live, work and play.

Cliffdale is a member of the Solent Academies Trust, a partnership of schools including Mary Rose Academy, Redwood Park Academy and Littlegreen Academy. Together we ensure that our pupils experience the very best education possible and achieve great things.

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Our vision at Cliffdale Primary Academy

We believe that Cliffdale Primary Academy is a place of learning that is filled with awe and wonder for our pupils. Our pupils enjoy their learning and as a result their minds open up and they benefit from all the opportunities on offer.

Each member of our team has a critical part to play, a chance to grow and develop, move forward and focus on the belief that all things are possible.

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Forest School

We are very proud to be a Forest School. We all benefit from the opportunities this brings for both pupils and staff and the practical, active and exciting approach to learning means that we all really love it. The wonderful textures, smells, sounds and sights in the woods appeal to all our senses even when we are knee deep in squishy, squelchy mud.

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Our Ofsted reports

We were judged as outstanding in our Ofsted inspection in November 2016 and are proud to have been recognised as a school that provides an excellent education for our pupils.


Latest news

23rd October 2020 General news
Kayaking Fun!

Kayaking Fun!

This half term Racoon, Alpaca, Meerkat and Lion class took to water like ducks as they went kayaking!

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24th September 2020 General news
Early Years Topic Launch

Early Years Topic Launch

Environments around the building were set up for children to explore and search for different animals as if they were on safari. Rooms and spaces took on animal themes for example pets, jungle, dinosaurs, zoo, polar and desert.

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23rd September 2020 General news
Lower School Topic Launch

Lower School Topic Launch

The new topic for the autumn term in Lower School was launched in true Cliffdale fashion.

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22nd September 2020 General news
Upper School Topic Launch

Upper School Topic Launch

This term, Upper School are learning about friends and family, our five senses, our likes and dislikes and how we look after ourselves in the topic ‘Incredible Me!’. We celebrated the start of the topic with our ‘Topic Launch Day – Five Senses’ where we all explored each of the five senses in different areas of the school.

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