Windybank Learning and Community Hub
Kirklees Council is currently changing the way it works and is increasing its focus on health, wellbeing, economic resilience and strengthening early intervention and prevention. This will help to support families sooner, prevent problems arising and reduce the demand for more costly intervention at a late date.
The Local Authority recognises that schools have a unique and valuable role to play in communities and consequently High Bank Junior, Infant and Nursery School has been selected to build on its strong community roots to test and trial new approaches and ideas around developing ‘schools as community hubs’.
The vision for Learning and Community Hubs has been described as follows:-
- A seamless offer of early intervention and prevention from birth (via children’s centres core offer);
- Strong executive leadership with clear, transparent governance; accountability, commissioning and performance management arrangements;
- Secure sustainable models of governance and operation.
The priorities for the Hubs are as follows:-
- Child and family health;
- School readiness in the early years;
- Speedy access to services.
Working closely with Hightown School, Central Avenue Community Playgroup and Liversedge Children’s Centre, High Bank School has become responsible for the children’s centre building situated on the school’s site. The playgroup will now operate from Windybank Community Centre and children’s centre services will be delivered across each site to provide a more flexible delivery for parents and children. The specific focus for this project is early intervention and prevention and a new Windybank Board will oversee the work of all partners to ensure greater collaboration and integration. We relish this opportunity to work closer with key partners in our community to improve services for children and families.