Information, advice and guidance on the provision of school places. The service is responsible for ensuring there are sufficient school places available, and that these are appropriate for the ages of the children requiring such provision.

Current school reorganisation proposals

Proposals to make changes to provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs

Kirklees Council is consulting on a statutory proposal to establish new Additionally Resourced Provision for Complex Communication and Interaction needs at Netherhall St James CE (VC) Infant and Nursery School, Netherhall Learning Campus Junior School and Netherhall Learning Campus High School. The Council is also consulting on an additional proposal to remove the registered Additionally Resourced Provision for Physical Impairment at Netherhall St James CE (VC) Infant and Nursery School and Netherhall Learning Campus Junior School, which has not been operational for two years due to a lack of demand for places. The consultation will run until 28 November 2022. For the full details of the proposals and how to respond, see Developing Special Education Needs (SEN) Additionally Resourced Provision at Netherhall Learning Campus

Joseph Norton Academy

Joseph Norton is an oversubscribed special school catering for 63 pupils in Key Stages 2-4 with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) difficulties. Between 20 September 2022 and 17 October 2022 Wellspring Academy Trust and Kirklees Council consulted on the following proposals:

  1. That the age range at Joseph Norton Academy be expanded to accommodate pupils in KS1 and KS5.
  2. That the number of places at the school increases from 63 to 132.
  3. That Joseph Norton Academy be moved from its current location in Scissett to a new site in Deighton.

Full details of the proposals can be found on the Joseph Norton Academy website . Further updates about the project on will be shared on this page as they arise.

Developing Special Educational Needs (SEND) provision in mainstream schools

A non-statutory consultation took place between 24 June 2022 and 22 July 2022 on proposals for new Additionally Resourced Provisions (ARPs), previously known as 'specialist provision', in mainstream schools. The new ARPs will specialise in social, emotional and mental health; cognition and learning; and complex communication and interaction needs. An outcomes report on the feedback received from the consultation has now been published. This report will inform a decision by the local authority or the relevant Academy Trust, as appropriate, on whether to move to the next stage.

School place planning documents 2021-24

Securing sufficient school places 2021-24
Primary school planning areas
Secondary school planning areas

Historic school place planning documents

Previous school reorganisation proposals

Changes to St John's CE (VC) Infant School

On 2 December 2021, the Schools Adjudicator made the decision to approve the proposal from the governing body of St. John's CE (VC) Infant School in Dewsbury to extend the school's age range from 4-7 years to 4-11 years from September 2022. This means that over time St John's will become an all-through primary school. As a result of the decision to change the age range, the local authority (as the admission authority) was obliged to make an application to the Schools Adjudicator to request a reduction in the Published Admission Number (PAN) of St. John's CE (VC) Infant School from 60 to 30 from September 2022. This is because the implementation plan put forward by the school's governing body and considered by the Adjudicator assumed the school's PAN would reduce from 60 to 30. On 21 December 2021 the Schools Adjudicator approved the reduction in the PAN of St. John's CE (VC) Infant School from 60 to 30 from September 2022.

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