Investment in four school buildings

spn pic spotlight hightown first.1.'Hightown First School.(050351)
spn pic spotlight hightown first.1.'Hightown First School.(050351)

Four Spen schools are expected to receive funding for much needed building works.

Hightown School, Birkenshaw Primary School, Headlands School and Gomersal St Mary’s Primary School are among 13 in Kirklees officers want to upgrade.

The work would be done using a £13m pot of capital funds ringfenced for education for 2013/14 and 2014/15.

Officers said in a report Hightown School’s early years classroom was not suitable and the class may be moved to a modular building elsewhere on the site.

This would then release the existing rooms for other uses.

Officers were working on a solution and would report back to cabinet in autumn.

At Headlands School the council wants to build a one classroom extension to cater for rising numbers in the catchment area.

The report stated officers were considering three options for Birkenshaw – continuing to rent modular buildings; buying modular units, or the preferred option of constructing a permanent building.

Last year the three tier education system was abolished in the Spen Valley and Gomersal St Mary’s changed from a first and nursery school to a primary school. It installed two modular buildings to provide space for the extra pupils.

The school’s building work is currently paid for by the Church of England’s Wakefield Diocese, but is currently consulting on transferring to Kirklees Council.

Officers want permission to look at a permanent solution in place of temporary modular buildings for the school.

The report, which will be discussed by Kirklees Council’s Cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday, seeks approval for officers to put together plans for each school.

The plans will then be presented to Cabinet later this year.