TWO schools could be merged together.
Kirklees Cabinet will tomorrow consider plans to discontinue Brownhill Infant School and Brownhill St Saviour’s CE (VC) Junior School and replace them with a new all-through primary school.
The current infant and junior schools, for pupils aged four to 11, share a site and would be brought together with a single governing body and headteacher.
A report to Cabinet states that a new primary school would support the continued improvement in standards, meet needs in the area without displacing pupils and enhance children’s access to opportunities.
If approved both schools would close in their current existence on March 31 next year and enter the new phase under the Wakefield Diocesan Board of Education on April 1 and managed by the council.
A council report says: “The establishment of all-through primary schools is intended to improve the educational standards attained by children through better and more flexible management of learning, without a change of school at age seven.
“Single all-through institutions can establish longer term relationships with pupils and families, provide more opportunities for staff development and better manage resources to support learning.”
Staffing would remain “broadly similar” but the structure would change with a single headteacher.
Kirklees says there is no financial saving in merging the two schools as government funding can only be spent on education and the costs would remain similar.
A decision will be made at Cabinet tomorrow at 4pm.