Future of school

Whitcliffe Mount School. (D513A402)
Whitcliffe Mount School. (D513A402)

The original Whitcliffe Mount Grammar School building would be ideal to convert into flats.

That’s the view of Spen Valley Civic Society, in the light of news that a brand new school is to be built in Cleckheaton.

The current school – including the foundation building, more recent extensions and the adjoining sports centre – are set to be demolished once the new school is built in the grounds nearer to the motorway.

But Civic Society members say the old building has some architectural and historical merit and are considering whether to ask for it to be listed.

Secretary Erica Amende told their monthly meeting: “The foundation building is significant. It was made possible and paid for by local people because at the time Cleckheaton was told it could not have a grammar school, only Heckmondwike could.”

A group of prominent men including John G Mowat, George Whitley, J Walter Wadsworth, Reginald Grylls and Will H Clough – known as the Cleckheaton Conspirators – then campaigned for their own school. The first sod was cut on March 1, 1909.