It has been dubbed Huddersfield’s new ‘super school’.
And today around 1,100 pupils spent their first day at the new school which is one of the biggest the town has ever seen.
Oak CE Primary School has been created through the merger of Crosland Moor junior, Dryclough infants and Thornton Lodge nursery schools, which have become one under new headteacher David Bendall.
The new school, the largest primary in Huddersfield, has more than 180 staff for the pupils, who are aged from two to 11.
It is based on the Dryclough Road and Yews Hill Road sites which were previously home to the schools which have merged.
Mr Bendall said it is now one of the biggest primary schools in the country, and the first morning ‘was great’.
“It’s a new start for the children and they were raring to go, and very excited.
“I am extremely proud to be leading the new school. It is a fabulous opportunity to bring together the three schools served by a single leadership team and governing body.
“It also means the staff can share their outstanding practice across the whole school. This will enable all our children to benefit from a seamless transition as they move through the school with the staff whom they know.
“I look forward to working with our wonderful children and their families, the local community, the parish of St Barnabas and all key stakeholders to provide the highest quality education for the pupils.
“I feel deeply privileged to be the first headteacher taking this new school forward into a great future, with a fabulous team of staff, governors, supportive parents and inspirational children.”
The merged schools technically ‘closed’ last week, but immediately re-opened as the new primary school using the same buildings. Dryclough Infant School was based on Dryclough Road, on a neighbouring site to Crosland Moor junior school. Thornton Lodge was a split site nursery based at Yews Hill Road and Dryclough Road.