Exciting proposals for the local schools system have moved a step closer.
Cabinet members have viewed the feedback from a recent consultation and agreed that the possible changes will go ahead to the next stage.
One of the proposals is to create a brand new primary school in Huddersfield.
In order to meet the growing demand for primary places in the south west of the town, it is proposed to create a 630-place school for children aged four to 11.
The new-build school would be in the grounds of an existing secondary school – Moor End Academy, in Dryclough Road, Crosland Moor – and would be part of the council’s work to meet the need for places in Kirklees whilst also achieving the highest possible standards of care and education.
The new school would be a separate school to Moor End Academy, which would continue as a secondary, but the two would work closely in partnership to benefit children and families.
The new primary – which, due to government regulations, would be an academy – would complement existing schools in the area, who work together to meet the needs of the local community.
The recent consultation also sought views about a proposal for three current schools: Thornton Lodge Nursery School, Dryclough CE (VC) Infant School and Crosland Moor Junior School.
The schools already share one site and benefit from close links. To build on this strength, it is proposed to bring them together as one primary for children aged two to 11, using their existing buildings.
There is also a proposal that another school in south west Huddersfield, Mount Pleasant Primary, should retain its current number of 630 places.
Mount Pleasant is a close partner of other schools in the area and was expanded in 2010 as the demand for local places was already growing.
Cllr Shabir Pandor, Cabinet member for Schools and Learning, said:
“Going ahead with these proposals would need significant investment by the council, but our priority is to achieve the best possible standards for current and future pupils.
“We are working closely with the schools in south west Huddersfield so that we can meet the demand for places and continue high quality education for local children. We want to thank them for their support in these excellent, creative solutions.
“We are also seeking input from parents and carers, governors, school staff and the local community and we all share a common goal of helping children fulfil their potential.
“This is a really positive step in providing extra school places – this will have a massive impact in ensuring we meet the demand and the pressures on school places in this part of Huddersfield.”
The proposals will now move on to the next stage in the process. This is to:
• Publish legal notices, which is another chance for people to have their say
• Work with parents, staff and governors to ensure the changes (if they are eventually approved) are a success for local families
• In the case of the proposal for a new primary school at Moor End, publish an ‘invitation to bid’ document which seeks interest from possible academy sponsors