Councillors will be asked to amend plans to create 420 extra primary school places in Huddersfield.

And the changes could save Kirklees Council £1.5m in the long run.

The council had planned to extend Reinwood Infant and Nursery and Reinwood Junior School plus build a new primary school as part of all-through school plans at Royds Hall Community School.

But Cabinet members will now be asked to back a bigger primary school for Royds Hall and drop plans for Reinwood.

The council says they will save £1.5m from an original £10m plan by having a two-form of entry school instead of increasing places at three schools.

If Cabinet agrees at Tuesday’s meeting, 60 new reception children will join the Paddock school each year until there is full provision from reception to Year 6.

Clr Shabir Pandor, Cabinet member for Children’s Services, said: “The council is under mounting financial pressure due to government cutbacks, but we are investing massively in our schools.

“Introducing primary places at Royds Hall has effectively created a new school for local children.

Royds Hall Community School
Royds Hall Community School
 

“The proposals for North West Huddersfield will provide high-quality places and are the most cost-effective way of meeting local need now and in the future.”

Cabinet had previously agreed to increase the number of places at Reinwood IN and Reinwood Junior School from 90 to 120.

Reinwood has already taken in so-called ‘bulge’ classes in modular buildings, and a new toilet extension and internal remodelling was done, with all work to increase space costing £194,000.

Cabinet also backed an all-through school for Royds Hall, and in September the school started taking pupils aged four.

Currently the youngest pupils are based in the Old Mansion House at the existing high school, but a new year group will added each September into a new £5.5m school building which is yet to be built.

The council has so far spent £103,000 on work associated with Royds Hall.

But now Kirklees says it will be quicker, simpler and more cost effective to build a bigger primary school at Royds Hall.