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New 'super school' plan for Almondbury considered

A new "super school" could be built in Huddersfield, with the council looking to start a consultation on the plans.

The "all-through" school for children aged three to 16 would mean bringing together three existing schools in Almondbury.

Greenside Infant and Nursery School, Almondbury Junior School and Almondbury High School and Language College would be merged on to one site.

A consultation is due to be approved at a council meeting on Monday.

Kirklees Council said "no decisions would be made on making changes to the local school system without a full consultation being held".

'Learning dip'

According to the proposals, the new school would be located at the site in Fernside Avenue currently shared by the infant and nursery school and Almondbury High.

Junior school pupils would move the short distance from Southfield Road to join the other pupils.

Councillor Peter O'Neil, cabinet member for children's services, said an all-through school offered "potential for improved achievement".

He said: "It is clear that changing schools at age seven, to go from an infant school to a junior school, is unnecessary transition for children and families, which can lead to a 'learning dip' and hold up progress until children settle in their new surroundings.

"A similar argument can be applied to the school transfer from primary to secondary that takes place at 11."

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