Kirklees Council is investing around £3million in high-quality facilities for local school pupils.

The project will enable an expansion of North Huddersfield Trust School, with a new, five-classroom teaching block being built to accommodate the school’s growing numbers.

In the short term from September 2023, modular buildings will be used by staff and pupils. But it is hoped that the new block could be ready after one school year, providing excellent facilities which help young people to achieve their potential.

The school and the council have been working together on the plans, which will benefit families for many years to come.

The major investment includes using modern, energy efficient materials and equipment that will contribute to an ever-reducing carbon footprint.

Cllr Carole Pattison, Cabinet member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities, said: “I’m delighted that we will not only meet the demand for places in North Huddersfield but also make a long-term difference for so many families.

“We truly value our relationships with the Kirklees family of schools. They are at the centre of their communities, delivering fantastic activities and support.

“The new classrooms will be developed in close partnership with North Huddersfield Trust School and we sincerely thank the school for their essential input.

“This project is another step in giving our young people the best possible opportunities to achieve well and fulfil their ambitions.”

The council is already working with Manor Croft Academy, Dewsbury, to support an expansion by 150 places in order to address population pressures in North Kirklees. Cabinet agreed an investment of £2.7million last December alongside a £0.5million contribution from Delta Trust.

Enabling pupils to access a high-performing education system, and to learn in environmentally-friendly settings, is part of Our Kirklees Futures – the long-term vision for all learning across the district.

Our Kirklees Futures brings together the full range of education providers, plus wider partners, with the shared aim that learners of all ages will reach their full potential and be equipped with vital skills for life.

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