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Have your say on our exciting school plans

We are delighted to be working with Woodley School and College to create a special purpose-built school with around 180 places for children and young people with complex autism.

The new school is part of our major investment in the provision of special schools for local pupils and is also part of our work to transform support for those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Woodley School and College is currently based on a site next to the Dog Kennel Bank in Huddersfield, which operates from several buildings. Additional teaching spaces have been added over time, but any further development is restricted due to the site.

The move to a new school will create additional places for pupils aged 5-15, with provision for post-16s. The new school will have superb facilities and will be a suitable environment for a high level of personalized support alongside excellent teaching for pupils with SEND. It will also reduce the need for children and young people with SEND to travel outside of Kirklees for education.

The preferred site for the replacement school is on Fernside Avenue in Almondbury, at the former home of Almondbury Community School – and before we apply for planning permission, we want to hear your views on the project.

A consultation has now opened until 17 Juneth and your feedback will help shape our thinking.

How can I get involved?

You can find more details by visiting the Woodley School and College webpage on the council’s website. You can also take part in the consultation by attending one of our face-to-face sessions, which are a chance to view the proposal and talk to members of our team. These are:

  • Tuesday 14 May, Woodley School and College, Huddersfield, HD5 8JE (4.30pm – 6.30pm)
  • Tuesday 21 May, Hill View Academy, Almondbury, HD5 8YE (3.30pm – 5.30pm)

The creation of a superb new facility for Woodley runs alongside our work to relocate, rebuild and extend another special school in Kirklees, Joseph Norton Academy. More details are available on the Joseph Norton Academy webpage.

Our future Kirklees

Having an inclusive learning system where learners from all backgrounds can fulfill their potential is central to Our Kirklees Futures – our long-term vision for learning in the district.

Kirklees Futures brings together the full range of education providers, plus wider partners, with the common aim of equipping learners of all ages with vital life skills.

To find out more please visit the Our Kirklees Futures webpage.

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