Cabinet members asked to approve major investment in Kirklees schools

We are ready to spend over £4.5million on high-quality new facilities for local schools.

What’s happening?

Cabinet members are being asked to approve the investment, which would ensure all Kirklees families can access a school place and would benefit thousands of children for many years to come.

Several secondary schools have welcomed extra pupils over recent years, accommodating short-term rises in demand across their local communities.

What are the proposals? 

The proposals would help those schools to deal with higher numbers whilst also improving facilities for the longer term and supporting children to fulfil their potential.

The biggest project would be at Manor Croft Academy in Dewsbury but, if Cabinet approve at their meeting on December 14, vital works would also take place at North Huddersfield Trust School, Thornhill Community Academy, Westborough High School, Headlands CE (VC) J I and N School, Reinwood Infant and Nursery and Reinwood Juniors.

Cllr Carole Pattison, Cabinet member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities, said:

“These plans show our ambition for children and young people and highlight the excellent relationships we have with our schools.

“It’s so important that families can access school places in their local area and know that their children will have the best possible opportunities to thrive.

“We have worked closely with schools to monitor population changes, which impact on demand, and then carefully plan how extra children can be accommodated.

“We are investing in future generations, working hard to improve outcomes and aiming to give all children and young people the best start in life.”

Cllr Paul Davies, Cabinet member for Corporate, said:

“The proposals aim to support schools in meeting local need but will also create the standard of facilities that our children deserve.

“Schools are at the very heart of their communities, delivering essential education, health and well-being activities for children, parents and the wider community.

“These improvement works would also further reduce our carbon footprint because new-build accommodation would be created with energy efficient materials and equipment.

“We are striving for all school buildings to provide excellent, clean and green facilities for everybody who uses them.”

Manor Croft Academy 

The proposal for Manor Croft Academy would include six new classrooms, an extended dining room space and a larger car park. The school would permanently expand by 30 pupils per year group.

The total cost of the works would be £3.2million, with £500,000 provided by Delta Academies Trust of which Manor Craft is a part. Cabinet members are being asked to agree the remaining £2.7million and, if approval is given, it’s expected work would begin on site in spring of next year.

Thornhill Community Academy 

Thornhill Community Academy has been taking in extra pupils for the last three years in order to meet additional demand for places. The proposal is to invest £600,000 in improved dining facilities.

North Huddersfield Trust School

North Huddersfield Trust School needs extra toilet facilities at a cost of £250,000, while Westborough High School requires £100,000 of work to expand outdoor dining and to help the flow of pupils around school.

Headlands CE (VC) J I and N

At Headlands CE (VC) J I and N, the proposal is to spend £650,000 on replacing a modular building with a new, permanent block to ensure the school can keep its nursery provision.

Reinwood Infant and Nursery and Reinwood Juniors

At the shared site of Reinwood Infant and Nursery and Reinwood Juniors, £215,000 is needed for remodelling as pupil numbers return to normal levels.

More information 

For more information, you can read the Cabinet report on our website.