School to increase intake

Batley Grammar School Headteacher Brigid Tullie. (d20041210)
Batley Grammar School Headteacher Brigid Tullie. (d20041210)

A Batley school is proposing to increase its intake of pupils from the local area.

Batley Grammar School has launched a consultation into changing its admissions arrangements for entry in September 2014.

The school is hoping to extend the proportion of available places to 90 per cent for children in the Batley and Birstall area.

Headteacher Brigid Tullie said: “The school recognises the increasing local demand for secondary co-education.

“It wishes to widen its access to more families within the local area.”

Batley Grammar made changes to its admissions for entry in September 2013.

And the new proposals are a further modification of these admissions.

Mrs Tullie said: “We offer 84 places to pupils coming into year seven and 24 places for the reception class.

“Currently 40 per cent of students come from Batley and the same percentage from Birstall.

“The other 20 per cent of pupils come from surrounding areas such as Morley.”

The new proposals would see the percentage of pupils from Batley and Birstall increased from 40 to 45 per cent.

This would reduce the intake from all other areas from 20 to 10 per cent.

There will be no changes for Post 16 entry.

Batley Grammar, which became a free school in 2011 and is the only co-education school in the area, is hugely over-subscribed.

They received 554 applications for just 132 places for the school year in September 2012.

Mrs Tullie said: “There were plans to build a mixed-sex academy at Howden Clough.

“But these were plans under Labour’s Building Schools for the Future programme and when the coalition government came in, these plans were scrapped.

“We understand we are in an area where not everyone can afford to pay fees for school education and there is a demand for secondary co-education.

“We are trying our best to meet the needs of the community.”

The consultation period closes on Friday March 1.

Comments can be emailed to or made in writing to the school.

Anyone wishing to view the admissions policies should visit