Clayton Campus Update

Dear Parents/Guardians

As 2018 draws to a close, we can share some news with you about the Clayton Campus project.

You will be aware from previous communications that we completed the purchase of the former Clayton Hospital site in January this year.  Outline planning permission to clear the site, whilst retaining the central tower, had already been granted by Wakefield Council in 2017. This permission was granted subject to 34 conditions, many of which must be discharged before demolition can commence.  During 2018 we have been working closely with our consultants to enable the Council to discharge those conditions. We are hopeful that this process will be concluded early in the new year and work can then begin.

In the first instance we must remove some residual asbestos from the site and we expect this to start in February or March. Following that, the demolition process can commence and at this stage the contractor has indicated that the programme will last approximately 16 weeks.

In April of this year we asked all our parents to complete a survey to ascertain which facilities you considered should be built on the new Clayton Campus.  We had an overwhelming response with over 1,100 parents providing input and comments. The Governors and Head Teachers have used this information to help determine the facilities that we would like to develop on the site and detailed designs and drawings will be submitted to Wakefield Council for final approval later in 2019. As you will appreciate, this is an extensive development and the speed of progress will be determined by our ability to fundraise the significant amount required.  We will keep you informed of our progress.

We have a designated website for the Clayton Campus project and once this is live, we will communicate the details to you. The site will contain news, photographs and details of the proposed facilities as well as information about our fundraising campaign. 

This promises to be an exciting journey for the Foundation resulting in a development that will benefit all our pupils as well as wider community.

Malcolm Golightly
Spokesman for the Governors