Academy ‘sponsor’ confirmed for new school
A final decision has been made on who will run a new primary school in Huddersfield.
The new school, proposed to be built at Clare Hill, will be operated by South Pennine Academies.
Due to the demand for primary places, Kirklees Council plans to create a brand new school with 420 places for children aged four to 11
It is part of the council’s work to meet the local need for places whilst also achieving the highest possible standards of care and education.
A government requirement is that new schools must be free (academy) schools. This means they are run by a ‘sponsor’, rather than the local authority, and interested parties are able to apply.
A number of organisations made a bid to run the new school, but the Regional Schools Commissioner has approved South Pennine Academies (formerly the Moor End Multi Academies Trust).
Cllr Masood Ahmed, Kirklees Cabinet member for Schools, said:
“We are pleased to welcome South Pennine Academies as the sponsor of the new school.
This means a local provider which already operates successfully in Kirklees will be working with us to create these much-needed primary places.
The new school is an exciting project and an investment in several generations of Kirklees children and families.
It highlights our commitment to giving children the best possible start in life.”