£36million of investment planned for Kirklees special schools

The investment would see two special provision schools rebuilt in different areas of Huddersfield.

Kirklees Council is putting forward exciting new proposals for special school provision in the district.

The plans would involve a massive investment of £36million by rebuilding two schools – Joseph Norton Academy and Woodley School and College – which both cater for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

If Cabinet members give permission on Tuesday October 5th, the council will start the process of conducting site surveys and drawing up designs for state-of-the-art facilities.

Both schools have been heavily involved in the proposals and Kirklees Council will ensure children and families are given an influential voice in shaping their future.

Under the plans going to Cabinet, Joseph Norton Academy would relocate to a site in Deighton, Huddersfield, while Woodley School and College would relocate to a site in Almondbury. Both would increase their pupil numbers.

Cllr Carole Pattison, Cabinet member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities, said: “Our vision to build two new schools is incredibly ambitious and shows our commitment to families, especially those who are vulnerable. Improving the lives of our children and young people, both now and in the future, is at the heart of our proposals

“Woodley and Joseph Norton provide high standards of care and education and we would like to thank staff and families for providing this support. Equally, the facilities at both schools need to be upgraded significantly and their current sites don’t allow for this to happen.

“There is a growing demand for special school places in Kirklees and we must ensure this demand can be met in the future. Relocating these two schools, and providing brand-new facilities at a cost of £36million, would provide a wonderful opportunity.

“The proposed sites have been carefully considered – amongst many other things, we have looked at access, the potential for growth, highways issues and the scope to provide important outdoor learning. Pupils at the schools come from wide areas, so geographical location was also key.

“Ultimately, the new sites had to provide everything that is needed for children and young people with SEND. The schools have supported this process from the beginning and we all want to do the right thing for our children and families over many years to come.”

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