Joseph Norton Academy

Kirklees Council and Wellspring Academy Trust are working in partnership to create a purpose-built special school for Joseph Norton Academy.

The new school will have 132 places for children and young people who have an Education Health and Care Plan with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) difficulties. Joseph Norton Academy currently offers 63 places from a site in Scissett.

The pupils currently enjoy the semi-rural location and the curriculum has been enhanced by the addition of a school farm. But the buildings are dated, and any further developments are restricted due to the site. The children also travel a significant distance to attend school.

The new development will create additional special school places for pupils aged 4-18 years (Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 5) within a high-quality building, which is more fit for purpose and able to support the wide range of pupil needs - plus introduce co-education opportunities for a wider age range.

Consultation leaflet

Proposed landscape spatial arrangement

Proposed floor plans


The preferred site for the replacement new school is land that was formerly home to the Deighton Centre, which is central to the borough. Before we apply for planning permission, we want to hear your views on the project.

Public consultation is open from 12 June to 21 July.

There will also be in-person sessions where you will be able to view the proposal and chat to members of our team.

Tuesday 20 June Chestnut Centre, Deighton, HD2 1HJ (3pm - 6pm)

Saturday 24 June Deighton Carnival, Deighton Sports Fields, HD2 1JP (11am onwards)

Tuesday 27 June Brian Jackson House, Huddersfield, HD1 5JP (5pm - 7pm)

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