Revealed: primary schools with the biggest class sizes in North Kirklees

Large class sizes are widely accepted to be damaging to children’s education - but is your child in a supersize class?

Monday, 7th June 2021, 6:00 am
New figures have revealed how many primary school children in North Kirklees are being taught in classes of more than 30 pupils

There is currently no limit on the size of most primary and secondary school classes in England, although infant classes – for pupils aged four to seven – have a statutory maximum of 30 pupils.

Some exceptions are permitted, such as including a child with special educational needs who is partly educated in a special school as the 31st pupil.

According to official Department for Education data, 16 primary schools in North Kirklees have three or more classes with more than 30 pupils. The data is for the 2019/20 time period.

Birkenshaw C of E Primary School has seven classes with 31+ pupils in it. This means 219 pupils are in larger classes and taught by one teacher.

In total across Kirklees as a whole, schools are home to 209 classes with more than 30 pupils, containing a total of 6,778 children.

Bywell C of E Junior School, Dewsbury has nine classes with 31+ pupils in it. This means 287 pupils are in larger classes and taught by one teacher.
Battyeford C of E Primary School has six classes with 31+ pupils in it. This means 210 pupils are in larger classes and taught by one teacher.
Headfield C of E Junior School, Savile Town, Dewsbury has five classes with 31+ pupils in it. This means 155 pupils are in larger classes and taught by one teacher.
Staincliffe C of E Junior School has four classes with 31+ pupils in it. This means 124 pupils are in larger classes and taught by one teacher.
Roberttown C of E Junior and Infant School has four classes with 31+ pupils in it. This means 140 pupils are in larger classes and taught by one teacher.
St Patrick's Catholic Primary School, Birstall has four classes with 31+ pupils in it. This means 137 pupils are in larger classes and taught by one teacher.
Heckmondwike Primary School has four classes with 31+ pupils in it. This means 124 pupils are in larger classes and taught by one teacher.
Overthorpe C of E Academy, Dewsbury has four classes with 31+ pupils in it. This means 138 pupils are in larger classes and taught by one teacher.
Windmill C of E Primary School, Dewsbury has four classes with 31+ pupils in it. This means 125 pupils are in larger classes and taught by one teacher.
Carlton Junior and Infant School, Dewsbury has three classes with 31+ pupils in it. This means 98 pupils are in larger classes and taught by one teacher.
Mill Lane Primary School, Batley has three classes with 31+ pupils in it. This means 94 pupils are in larger classes and taught by one teacher.
Gomersal Primary School has three classes with 31+ pupils in it. This means 95 pupils are in larger classes and taught by one teacher.
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Dewsbury has three classes with 31+ pupils in it. This means 95 pupils are in larger classes and taught by one teacher.
Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School, Heckmondwike has three classes with 31+ pupils in it. This means 93 pupils are in larger classes and taught by one teacher.
Boothroyd Primary Academy, Dewsbury has three classes with 31+ pupils in it. This means 93 pupils are in larger classes and taught by one teacher.