New school to be built in Huddersfield as pictures of what it will look like released

The proposed plans for the new Joseph Norton Academy in Deighton
-Credit: (Image: Kirklees Council)

A new school will be built in Huddersfield for children with additional needs.

Under the plans, which were a partnership between Kirklees Council and the Wellspring Academy Trust, the Joseph Norton Academy, currently based in Scissett, will be rebuilt and relocated to Deighton following planning approval from the council.

The school serves pupils with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. In its current building, the Joseph Norton Academy can only offer 63 places and there is only limited space for expansion.

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A spokesperson for Wellspring Academy Trust said: "We are absolutely delighted with the news that planning permission has been granted. This is a significant step forward for our pupils.

"We look forward to working closely with the local authority to progress the build and ensure a fantastic new learning environment for future generations."

The new building will have a total of 132 places for children aged four to 18 and will now be in a more central location, which is hoped to better suit the needs of the pupils.

It will be built on land which formerly housed the Deighton Centre. It is hoped the new location will reduce the distances some pupils have to travel to school. Constructing the new building forms part of work by the council to help support those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

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Tom Brailsford, strategic director for Children’s Services, said: "This is another great example of how we’re supporting children and young people with SEND so they can achieve the best possible outcomes. We’re ambitious for all of our children, especially those who need extra help, and the new school will be a fantastic addition to our local education offer.

"Joseph Norton Academy caters for a wide range of needs and will have better facilities, more space, a more suitable location and around double the current number of places.

"Nationally, there is increasing demand for specialist school provision. We are investing in our children and families, not only to provide what’s needed but to enhance lives for many years to come."

In addition to the Joseph Norton Academy, Woodley School and College, which serves pupils with complex autism, is also planning a move.

David Shepherd, strategic director for growth and regeneration, said: "We have worked closely with Joseph Norton Academy and the Wellspring Academy Trust in designing high-quality facilities, both indoors and outdoors.

"The new school will help pupils to fulfil their potential in an environment that’s especially tailored to support them."