A new school could be created in Huddersfield by bringing together two existing schools.
Kirklees Council is proposing to amalgamate Honley CE (VC) Infant and Nursery School and Honley CE (VC) Junior School to form one ‘all-through’ primary for children aged three to 11.
If the proposal went ahead, the new school would be a voluntary controlled Church of England school with early education and childcare.
The council has been in discussions with governors of both schools, and also the Diocese of Leeds, to look at ways of securing the best possible long-term outcomes for children in the area.
It would be a split-site school, with children continuing to use their existing facilities. Nursery and infant children would continue attending their current site in School Street and juniors would remain at Jaggar Lane.
There would be a technical ‘closure’ of the current schools, but they would immediately reopen as one primary school with a different name. All pupils would automatically transfer to the new school.
Honley I&N and Honley Juniors - which are only 0.2 miles apart - already have a strong partnership and work closely together for local children and families.
The vast majority of pupils transfer from the infant school to the junior school at the end of Key Stage 1, but they currently have to apply for a place.
All-through primaries remove the need for a change of school at age seven, support teaching and learning and benefit from even stronger relationships with children and families.
At next week’s meeting of the Kirklees Cabinet, a decision will be made on whether to hold a consultation. This would give parents and all other community members a chance to have their say.
Cllr Masood Ahmed, Cabinet member for Schools, said: “We are committed to developing education in our primary schools to give every child the best possible start.
“Changing schools at age seven can be a needless transition which holds up learning and progress. Therefore we seek, wherever possible, to change separate infant and junior schools into all-through primaries.
“These two Honley schools offer high standards of care and education. Bringing them together would build on their existing strengths.
“The council, the schools and the diocese all share the same goal of helping local children fulfil their potential.”