Council unveils middle school closure timetable

KIRKLEES Council has outlined a time scale for the reorganisation of the Cleckheaton school system from September 2012,

Parents at schools in Gomersal and Cleckheaton have received letters that give a detailed time scale for the move away from the three-tier, middle school system to a two-tier system of primary and secondary schools.

The letter confirms that Whitcliffe Mount School will become an 11-16 school from September next year, taking pupils from Gomersal, West End and Whitechapel Middle Schools.

The three middle schools would formally close in August 2012.

Heaton Avenue will then move to the West End site, while St Luke’s and Moorend First Schools will merge at a new £3m building at Whitechapel Road.

From this September, Gomersal First and Gomersal St Mary’s will get extra classrooms to accommodate current year four pupils staying on site for two more years.

The children would then move to Whitcliffe when they are 11-years-old.

Construction has already began on improvements and extensions at Scholes First and Nursery School to ensure extra classrooms are up and running in September.

Pupils at Birkenshaw Middle School, which is set to close in July 2013, would have the choice of attending a new E-ACT academy at Howden Clough or transferring to Whitcliffe Mount School as normal.

The middle school site, in Bradford Road, is the preferred location for a new independent free school that parents hope to open by September 2012.

Discussions are ongoing on the best way to manage the possibility of two schools operating on one site.

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