Kirklees Council is inviting proposals to run a new school in Huddersfield.
A document has been launched which invites local and national organisations to ‘bid’ for the running of the school, which is planned to open in September 2016.
Due to the growing demand for primary places in south west Huddersfield, we recently held a consultation about creating a brand new, 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 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.
Due to government regulations, the new school would be an academy – this means it would be run by a ‘sponsor’ instead of being run by the council, although we would have an vital role in supporting it. A detailed document has now been published inviting potential sponsors to express their interest.
Cllr Shabir Pandor, Cabinet member for Schools and Learning, said:
“We need to start the process now because, if the proposals for a new school are approved later this summer, we want it to be open as quickly as possible for local children.
“The proposals for a brand new school show we are committed to not only meeting demand for places but also to providing excellent facilities. This would be a very significant investment.
“The new school would have to be an academy – there is no other option – and we are confident that a high quality sponsor will be chosen.
“The final decision will lie with the government but, once bids have been received by the end of August, we will consider all of them and make our recommendation.
“We expect proposers to show ambition for local families and demonstrate that they will have high expectations for what every pupil and teacher can achieve.
“The new school is an exciting development in local education and will become part of the Kirklees family of schools. We will work closely with the sponsors in order to provide the best possible outcomes for children and families and build on the strong partnerships that already exist.”