School mergers have been given the go-ahead.
Senior councillors backed plans for Beech School in Golcar to merge with Royds Hall Community School, which is to become an all-through school.
And Kirklees Cabinet also backed plans to bring Denby Dale Nursery and Gilthwaites First School together onto a single site for children aged two to 10.
Clr Shabir Pandor, joint Cabinet member for Children’s Services, said: “These structural changes are needed to ensure we provide good quality education for our children.
“We believe a merger between Royds Hall and Beech would benefit the current schools and the many children who attend them, both now and in the future.”
Clr Andrew Marchington, Golcar Lib Dem, said: “I’m fully on board with the process going forward, there has been fantastic work done at Beech School... this is a real opportunity to improve education further.”
Only 30 people commented on the Beech Early Years, Infant and Junior School and Royds Hall merger with 75% of parents in favour and no objections. Governors and staff also signalled support.
No-one commented on the Denby Dale consultation so the nursery will move to the Gilthwaites site and the merger will be officially complete by January 1, 2015.
Clr Pandor added: “Bringing these schools together will benefit the local community, especially children and families in the area.
“Creating one first and nursery school, with daycare provision, will build on the many strengths of the two federated schools.”
Kirklees now has a statutory duty to hold a four week representation period, with the final sign-off in September and the changes taking place on January 1, 2015.
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