Birstall schools set to merge

PLANS to axe two Birstall schools to pave the way for their merger are to be debated by councillors on Tuesday.

Brownhill Infants and Brownhill St Saviour’s CE Juniors already have approval to come together as a single school.

Kirklees Council’s cabinet are now to discuss discontinuing them so they can merge to become an all-through primary for four- to 11-year-olds.

It means there would be no transition from infant to junior school at age seven, which is believed to be less stressful for children.

If approved, both would be axed on March 31 next year and re-open under one headteacher and a single governing body the following day.

The new school, to be based at first in the existing buildings of both, will cater for the same number of children.

There will 436 places and all pupils currently enrolled will automatically become part of the new primary.

The establishment would remain under Kirklees Council control as a Church of England school.

Proposals to house the school on one site, which could involve an extension or wholesale rebuild, is to be considered in the Autumn.

A report on axing the two schools recommends council cabinet members approve the plan.

Coun Peter O’Neill (Lab, Batley West), joint cabinet member for children’s services, is also backing it.

He said: “The feedback received from a consultation confirmed parents, staff and governors are in agreement with our thinking.

“The two schools are geographically close, already have a good working relationship and can easily be developed into an all-through primary.

“We are committed to improving the quality of education in all our schools to give every child the best possible start.”

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