Kirklees Council is set to invest around £3million in high-quality facilities for local school pupils.
The project would enable an expansion of North Huddersfield Trust School, with a new, five-classroom teaching block being built to accommodate the school’s growing numbers.
To meet the demand for school places, North Huddersfield Trust School has already taken in extra pupils and – if Kirklees Cabinet agree the proposals when they meet next week – it will permanently expand from 900 to 1050 places.
In the short term from September 2023, modular buildings would 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 proposals, which would benefit thousands of families for many years to come.
The major investment would include 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: “These are exciting proposals which not only meet the demand for places in North Huddersfield but will also make a long-term difference for so many families.
“Schools are at the centre of their communities. They deliver vital educational, health and well-being activities for children, parents and the wider community.
“North Huddersfield Trust School have been involved in the early design stages of the proposed new classrooms and, subject to approval by Cabinet, we will continue working with them all the way through to completion.
“These works would be a major boost in ensuring young people have the best possible opportunities to achieve well and fulfil their ambitions.
“Meeting the need for places is essential across Kirklees and we’ve been grateful to work with many schools who, like North Huddersfield Trust School. have agreed to accept additional pupils.”
A decision on the proposals will be made by Cabinet on December 21st. The council is already expanding Manor Croft Academy, Dewsbury, by 150 places in order to address population pressures in North Kirklees. An investment of £2.7million was agreed last December.
Developing learning in Kirklees
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. To find out more, please visit www.kirklees.gov.uk/kirklees-futures