A new primary school to be created in Huddersfield

Mount Pleasant

School child
Plans have been approved to bring together three existing schools – Thornton Lodge Nursery, Dryclough CE (VC) Infants and Crosland Moor Juniors – as one new school for the local community.

The three schools already share one site and benefit from close links. Bringing them together will build on their current strengths.

They will become one new primary school for children aged 2 to 11, including nursery and childcare places, using their current buildings.

Cllr Shabir Pandor,  our Cabinet member for Schools and Learning, said:

“This is an exciting development for local education.

It will be easy to develop an all-through primary school from Thornton Lodge Nursery, Dryclough Infants and Crosland Moor Juniors, but the change will bring a whole range of benefits for children and families.

There will be no need for pupils to change school at any stage of their primary education, leading to closer relationships between families and school staff over a longer period.

This will help children to fulfil their potential, while the new school will also be a greater focal point for the local community.

Our consultation earlier this year showed support for the change, which is designed to achieve the highest possible standards of care and education.

We will continue working very positively with the current schools, with the local community and with the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.

We have a huge commitment to achieving excellence across our schools system in Kirklees.

A lot of fantastic work already takes place and, despite major funding cuts from central government, we are investing heavily to raise standards even higher for children, young people and families.”

What happens next?

All children who attend Thornton Lodge Nursery, Dryclough CE (VC) Infants and Crosland Moor Juniors will automatically become part of the new primary school, which will be Church of England voluntary controlled.

The change is due to take place in May 2016. The current schools will be legally ‘discontinued’ and brought together as one new school with a different name. However, their facilities will not close down in any way and children will continue attending school as normal.

Moor End Academy

Proposals to create a 630-place new-build primary school on the same site as Moor End Academy were also discussed.

One organisation has put itself forward to run the school. However a final decision lies with the government.

As there is a growing demand for primary school places in this part of Huddersfield, each of the council’s proposals – including retaining Mount Pleasant Primary School – is designed to ensure there are enough, high quality places to serve the local community.


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