New school plans for North Huddersfield

Plans to create a brand new primary school in Kirklees are ready to take another step forward.

Due to the local demand for school places, we aiming to create a 420-place primary facility in the North Huddersfield area for children aged 4 to 11.

We’ve been working closely with school leaders to discuss the best ways of meeting need across the community, so that children and families can access sufficient high-quality places.

The new school would complement existing schools in the area and would further enhance high standards of care and education.

The proposal is to build the school at Clare Hill Playing Fields. The land is currently owned by Greenhead College, who have confirmed their willingness to work with us with a view to us acquiring part of the site.

The purchase of the land would be subject to planning permission for a new school. A planning application has been submitted and a decision is expected in Spring 2017.

It is a government requirement that all new schools are free (academy) schools. This means the council will invite proposals from potential ‘sponsors’ who wish to run the new primary and the members of the Kirklees Cabinet are now being asked for permission to begin this process.

Cllr Masood Ahmed, Cabinet member for Schools, said:

“We are committed to improving the quality of education in our schools to give every child the best possible start.

“We have never faced greater financial pressures, but these proposals for a brand new school show we are putting children at the heart of what we do.

Our aim is provide enough excellent school places in the areas where communities and families need them.

The growing number of school-age children provides real challenges in some parts of the borough, especially where opportunities to create extra places are very limited, but we are seeking collaborative solutions.

This involves schools and our partners working both with each other and with the local authority to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Discussions with local head teachers, governors and ward councillors mean we can work together to support our families. We are also looking at the way other local authorities are meeting similar challenges. Seeking applications from proposers to run a new primary academy school will support a community-wide approach. We always want to bring new expertise and energy to the school system. Among many other ways of adding more places, we’ve already created an all-through school at Royds Hall and formed the new Beaumont Primary – investing in the future and helping children fulfil their potential.”

The members of Cabinet will discuss the proposals on Tuesday 7 March 2017.

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