BUILDING has started on a new special school in Newsome.
Fences have been put up and portable buildings have been moved on to the site off Newsome Road South.
The new school's head teacher Mrs Gill Taylor said the building was expected to be finished by June next year. The children would be able to move in by September.
The new school will accommodate 108 children aged from three to 19.
"It will be a state of the art building to cater for children with severe and profound learning difficulties," she said.
"It will include a hydrotherapy pool and rebound therapy pool and there will be extensive landscaping."
She hoped the Newsome would build links with other schools in the area and its facilities could be used by other children throughout Kirklees.
"And there will be a community training room available for use by other schools and other members of the Newsome community," she said.
The new school will replace Highfields at Edgerton and Turnshaws at Kirkburton, which will close in July 2005.
Workmen have also moved on to the adjoining Newsome High School and Sports College complex to upgrade playing fields.