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All change for primary schools in Rastrick

One school set to shut, another set to expand

It's all change for primary schooling in Rastrick.

One Rastrick primary school will be expanded and another closed, after proposals were approved by Calderdale Council’s Cabinet following a public consultation.

The move will have a big impact on hundreds of families in the area.

Castlefields Infant School in Rastrick will close its doors for the final time on August 31, whilst Longroyde Junior School will expand from September 1 to include children from Reception to Year 2.

Both existing buildings will be part of the newly-formed school, with Longroyde becoming a through school for children aged from two to 11.

It will provide the same number of school places, based at two sites but with a single head teacher, leadership team and governing body and will be known as Longroyde Primary School.

Longroyde Junior School, Longroyde Road, Rastrick.

The existing buildings at both sites will be part of the new school and the Little Leopards nursery and the out of school provision at the Castlefields’ site will continue.

Previously parents of children at the Castlefields Infant School needed to apply for a Year 3 place at Longroyde Junior School. Children will now automatically move from the infant to the junior site within the same school, which is less disruptive to their education than changing schools at seven.

Calderdale Council’s Head of Learning, Jackie Nellis, said: “We are determined that children and young people in Calderdale are given the best possible opportunities to succeed.

Castlefields Infant School, Rastrick.
Castlefields Infant School, Rastrick.

“These changes will give children the best start in their education, making sure that they have an excellent foundation for their future studies.

“By combining the two schools we can make sure that children make continued progress and improvement from the Foundation Phase to the end of Key Stage 2, when they leave for high school.”

Children will now have access to a wider range of facilities and resources which were previously managed separately by each school.

They will also be given the chance to work with younger or older pupils at the school, allowing them to develop and improve important social skills.



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