Pupils not pints as brewery becomes a learning centre

The Maltings, former Websters brewery, Fountain Head Village, Ovenden Wood, which Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High school are buying'Back, from the left, chair of governors Holly Bottomley, leadrer of technical and vocational courses Julian Dowson, headteacher Anthony Smith, manager Michael Horrocks and head of health and social care Helen Dobson'Front, students, from the left, Katie Atha, 13, Lucy O'Reilly, 13, Hannah Walker, 14, Niall Walker, 13, Jonathan Cole, 13, and Tom Cavell. 13
The Maltings, former Websters brewery, Fountain Head Village, Ovenden Wood, which Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High school are buying'Back, from the left, chair of governors Holly Bottomley, leadrer of technical and vocational courses Julian Dowson, headteacher Anthony Smith, manager Michael Horrocks and head of health and social care Helen Dobson'Front, students, from the left, Katie Atha, 13, Lucy O'Reilly, 13, Hannah Walker, 14, Niall Walker, 13, Jonathan Cole, 13, and Tom Cavell. 13
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A SCHOOL has been given the green light to redevelop a former brewery.

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Secondary is planning to turn The Maltings, Ovenden, into a vocational learning centre.

The building will include a full working private health centre and a pre-school nursery.

Calderdale Council’s planning authority agreed the plans for the former Ovenden Wood Brewery.

The school plans to offer hands-on learning in the gym and nursery for pupils looking at careers in sports management and childcare.

Head teacher Anthony Smith is confident that the refurbishment can be completed by September in time for the new school year.

He said: “A group of around 60 students from next year’s Year 10 have already signed up for courses.

“Some students prefer a more vocational hands-on setting and the parents have been fully supportive.

“This is not just about the qualifications. It’s about the skills they will learn on the job.”

As the former Ovenden Wood Brewery is a listed building extensive planning regulations had to be met before the external alterations could take place.

Mr Smith said: “We need to put two external doors on for the nursery.

“We want it to be an outstanding early-learning centre and to do that there needs to be free flow from inside to outside.”

The new site will be run by the Maltings Education Limited.

The gym and nursery will create 35 full-time jobs and a further eight part-time jobs.